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22nd February 2013
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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.
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.
At 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
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.
4-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.
Energy efficiency, intelligent controls, online tools, kitchen design and layout versatility lead advances in foodservice equipment for acclaimed industry award at NRA Show 2013.
Flexibility 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.
Leading 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.
The 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.
Due 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.
Opened 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.
Mistral 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.
UK 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.
Easyfix 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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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.
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.