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22nd February 2013


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International News

Bushboard's quartz and laminate brands work the trend for contrast

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Bushboard's recently launched M-Stone quartz worksurface range shows how well it can work the fashionable trend for contrast by teaming up with an Ebony Stripwood laminate splashback from the company's Omega range which offers 39 different design options in sizes for midway and hob panels.

Beat bedroom storage blues with Hyder Living

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Bedroom storage problems are set to become a thing of the past with the brand new Turin bed from Hyder Living that makes clearing clutter a much more manageable task.

Semi-precious stone tiles bring harmony and balance to interior design projects

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ShellShock Designs has launched a new range of beautiful semi-precious stone tiles. The tiles are for use on interior design projects, both residential and commercial, that not only want to reflect timeless style and beauty, but also to reflect emotions on a spiritual level through the power of each individual stone. "This is ancient wisdom, brought up to date for the 21st century," says the company's Managing Director Jonathan Kern.

The gourmet guy needs to add sous vide to his tool kit

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KitchenAid, the premium manufacturer renowned for its appliances that combine professional performance with stylish design, presents the Chef Touch, an all in one sous vide cooking system perfect for those who see themselves as the next Gordon Ramsay or Heston Blumenthal.

Cooper Callas to distribute 'Nocalc' limescale reduction product

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Established National bathroom and kitchen distributor, Cooper Callas, has taken on the distribution for NoCalc International, the Dutch based producer of the revolutionary NoCalc limescale reduction product. Stock was delivered into Cooper Callas pre-Xmas and the company is already reporting a growing number of kitchen and bathroom retailers selling the product.

Extra height WCs complete Regal Comfort range

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Burlington, the well-known retail brand which manufacturers the only traditional range of bathroom products containing today's technology, has completed its Regal range of comfort-height sanitaryware with a choice of new pans.

Take a shine to Imperial Bathrooms' new lighting collection!

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Imperial Bathrooms - the quintessential British bathroom manufacturer - has dramatically increased its lighting collection to include five ranges of wall lamps. Named after some of the company's bestselling bathroom collections, the new additions - Carlyon, Radcliffe, Pendant, Astoria and Brokton - provide the perfect complement to its bathroom line up. All new lighting ranges are guaranteed to cast the ideal atmosphere in any bathroom, en suite and downstairs cloakroom.

The beauty of natural marble stands elegantly tall with Rio

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Making a centrepiece of the washing area in the contemporary or classic bathroom, Bagno Design has launched Rio - a freestanding wash basin which is beautifully crafted from marble.

With a diameter of 460mm and standing at 900mm tall, Rio is guaranteed to be a focal point of the bathroom. Made entirely from marble, no two Rio washbasins will ever be entirely the same thanks its natural markings.

Gorenje appearing at Slovenian fashion and product design showcase

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Slovenian manufacturer Gorenje, is appearing at Between Sense and Sanity, a Slovenian fashion and product design exhibition.

Welcome to the


I've recently had my kitchen wall replastered and painted and in struggling to get the washing machine back into place once everything was dry, I recalled that, in having one delivered a few years back, the burly delivery men managed to wreck the floor. I was cross at the time, but considering that they were lifting and manoeuvring heavy loads throughout their working day, it's probably not surprising that they had become tired and perhaps a little careless.

Walking-table.jpgAt the weekend I got into discussion about the problems of rearranging furniture and one of my friends sent me this short video (go to our Facebook page, link below to watch it), which shows two German technological masterpieces. I love the second, but what a shame something like the first can't be designed into everything heavy around the home!

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This Week's News

Everything you need to know about the May Design Series

In response to the design communities needs, UBM has created the May Design Series to provide a single destination for four of the most important trade exhibitions; kbb LDN, The ARC Show, DX and Interiors LDN, at ExCeL London 19th - 21st May.

Radisson Blu Hamburg: business as usual during bath renovations

* Kaldewei-Conoflat.jpg4-star superior hotel replaces 252 tiled showers with Kaldewei quality. In autumn 2009 the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg reopened in style after a period of extensive renovations lasting for more than a year and costing millions. Only a short while later General Manager Oliver Staas and his team discovered defects in the bathrooms.

US National Restaurant Association announces 2013 Kitchen Innovations awards recipients

Energy efficiency, intelligent controls, online tools, kitchen design and layout versatility lead advances in foodservice equipment for acclaimed industry award at NRA Show 2013.

Schüller launches 2013 schüller.C collection

* SCHULLER-SHOWROOM.jpgFlexibility was the keyword to the Schüller display at this year's Cologne Living Kitchen show. With a range of options that already appear never ending, the schüller.C collection just keeps adding design detail and planning options. The show offered a great opportunity for retailers to see some of those thought processes in action.

Electrolux Design Lab 2013 opens for entries

* Thomas-Johansson.jpgLeading global design competition, Electrolux Design Lab is now open for submissions at www.electroluxdesignlab.com. The annual design competition, now in its 11th year, asks design students and recent graduates from around the globe to submit an idea and a sketch of an innovative design solution for future households.

Blanco UK launches BlancoElon XL 6 S Silgranit sink

* Blanco-Elon-XL6.jpgThe new eyecatching BlancoElon XL 6 S is a versatile, multifunctional sink with practical accessories to increase the working surface around the food preparation area. It is made from Blanco's durable and hardwearing coloured sink material, Silgranit PuraDur II, with its patented Hygiene Protection Formula, Hygiene Plus.

With taps in chrome or complementary colours, these sinks integrate beautifully with the design styling of most kitchens, enhancing other appliances and fittings.

kbb LDN Innovation Award triggers global recognition for De Dietrich

* KBB-Ldn-innovation-awards.jpgDue to the huge success of the kbb LDN Innovation Awards in 2011, the competition is set to return this year and will showcase the most groundbreaking and inventive technologies across the kitchen and bathroom markets, providing a perfect platform to launch cutting-edge products to the industry and for visitors to see these new innovations for the very first time.

Hansgrohe bathrooms within earshot of the chimes of Big Ben

* Hansgrohe -Intercon-Westminster.jpgOpened in November 2012, the InterContinental London - Westminster Hotel is the first InterContinental to open in London for over 36 years. Just a stone's throw from the corridors of power and within earshot of the chimes of Big Ben, this new 4 star property exudes period appeal, set as it is within Queen Anne's Chambers, a former government building built in the 1800s.

Maximising design potential with Mistral

* Karonia-case-study.jpgMistral 25mm solid surfacing from Karonia lends itself to a whole host of creative applications in the kitchen. Here, it offers an imaginative and practical solution to creating a custom-built island unit as well as providing a sophisticated, durable and easy care material for worksurfaces, upstands and splashbacks.

More new recruits at Silverdale Bathrooms

* Silverdale-apprentices.jpgUK ceramic bathroom manufacturer Silverdale, has recruited another five production operatives at its factory in Newcastle Under Lyme in Staffordshire. This has grown the total workforce from 48, at the time of the buy-out in December 2011, to 63 and that excludes the seven UK Sales agents, who are an important part of this new team.

LDL introduces Easyfix LED lighting tape

* LDL-Easyfix-lighting.jpgEasyfix self-adhesive LED lighting tape is the latest addition to the Linea range of lighting solutions from LDL. This versatile lighting tape can be installed in four simple steps and is available in two different formats to suit both task and ambient lighting situations.

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Recent News

BMA's brainchild shortlisted in Sentinel Business Awards

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association tells us it is delighted to announce that The Water Label has been shortlisted in the Annual Sentinel Business Awards. The Sentinel is the newspaper produced for readership in Staffordshire and Cheshire and the BMA entered this year's Business Awards with its brainchild, The Water Label. The entry has been successful, so far, and has been shortlisted in the Business Innovation category.

Forum urges changes to Prompt Payment Code to prevent slow payers signing

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The Forum of Private Business is urging changes to the Prompt Payment Code after it has learned firms with payment times as long as 90 days are planning to sign up.

Ellis Furniture backs Multiple Sclerosis Society bike ride

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Ellis Furniture has teamed up with some of its suppliers, including MFC supplier Egger, to support joint managing director's daughter, Isobel Ellis, in her quest to raise much needed funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Lakes Bathrooms supports family featured in BBC One series

Lakes Bathrooms has supplied a shower enclosure to support a family featured in the BBC One series 'DIY SOS: The Big Build', due to air later this year. The enclosure was used as part of a life changing transformation to the home of a family in Spalding, Lincolnshire and is featured in the fifth episode of the 24th series of the flagship DIY television show.

Your chance to see Michel Roux OBE to cook 'live' at Raycross Interiors, Byfleet

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Raycross Interiors is naturally very excited that it will be hosting an exclusive Charity Event featuring the world renowned Master Chef, Michel Roux, on Tuesday 30th April 2013. The highlight of this invitation-only event will be two live cooking demonstrations by Mr Roux, plus the chance to win luxury prizes including lunch for two at The Waterside Inn, Bray and many other fabulous prizes donated by local businesses.

CPD Seminars have RIBA approval

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BAL is offering architects a comprehensive family of seminars, all approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects as contributing to their annual Continual Professional Development (CPD) study requirement. Each 45-minute seminar gives detailed coverage of a particular aspect of tiling. 

Leisure Sinks unveils new website

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To coincide with its 80th anniversary, Leisure Sinks - the largest manufacturer of domestic stainless steel sinks in the UK - has launched a contemporary new company website.

BMA continues its rapid growth

Hard on the heels of the five manufacturers and media companies which joined the Bathroom Manufacturers Association last month, two more manufacturers and a media group have joined the association.


Electrolux and Zwilling give consumers the ultimate induction cooking offer

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From 4th March to 27th May 2013, consumers who purchase an Electrolux Induction hob from the Inspiration Range in participating retailers will receive a FREE Zwilling J.A. Henckels TruClad professional pan set, via redemption, worth £165 RRP.

Want to learn more about wetroom installation and Impey's products?

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Having established a reputation as a wetroom specialist, with more than 250,000 successful installations in the UK, Impey Showers is offering one-day intensive training courses for industry professionals at its Centre of Excellence in Ilton, Somerset.

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