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8th March 2013


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International News

Solutions for every bathroom challenge launched by new AquaCabinets

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AquaCabinets is a new brand of bathroom furniture joining the portfolio from Bathroom Brands. In direct response to the four UK bathroom demands of limited space, unerring style, the damage caused by water and humidity and colour-fade associated with UV light, AquaCabinets provides a flawless answer for each.

Truly inspirational!

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Phoenix Inspirational Bathrooms continues in its quest to provide the bathroom market with an injection of inspiration during these tough trading times with some more stunning new designs of high quality product at a realistic retail price backed up with the company's usual high standards of customer service and after sales support.

Take a seat for inclusive bathing

Simpsons, the wet room and shower enclosure brand in the Crosswater portfolio, provides a complete product offer for every type of showering concept. The brand which offers a range of eight different enclosures also provides a wide-ranging and innovative wet room solution. To complete what is probably the most comprehensive range of showering enclosures in the UK, Simpsons has now added a line of smart fold-down, wall mounted showering/bathroom seats.

A fresh, modern palette with Caple's new Altino Sand bedroom

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Bedroom specialist Caple's new Altino Sand furniture features a sumptuous, textured grain in a fresh finish for the perfect, natural backdrop to any bedroom scheme. Sophisticated and streamlined, this furniture can be filled with a multitude of storage solutions, from drawers and hanging rails to shoe and tie racks, to ensure there is a place for everything.

Radisson Blu Hamburg: business as usual during bath renovations

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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.

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

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.

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.

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In what is probably one of the most important roles he has ever played, Oscar-winning British actor Jeremy Irons has become something of an eco-warrior in recent years and yesterday, he jointly hosted a conference in Brussels to mark the publication of the EU’s green paper on plastic waste, which aims to make us rethink our use of plastics.

Jeremy called upon us all to make ourselves more aware of the impact of our “unadulterated consumerism”.

* Jeremy-Irons.jpg“I refuse to call it waste. ‘Waste’ is a verb,” he said. “It is what we do. We are wasting our resources.” The actor said we need to concentrate on what is important in life and that he is now working hard to raise awareness about the effects of plastic waste - including the leaking of endocrine-disrupting chemicals – and to promote recycling.

He criticised the waste disposal business for its “vested interests”, which he said were preventing society from tackling full on the problem of plastic waste in the same way that it tackled drink driving. “I hope some people will be embarrassed out of their comfortable way of living,” he said.

Public consultation under the green paper will last until the beginning of June 2013, resulting in further policy action on plastic waste in 2014. You can learn more by watching the short trailer to Jeremy’s documentary, ‘Trash’ at  www.trashedfilm.com and by reading the news story below – and, indeed, you can have your say.





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Fresh new finish for Cucina Colore

* Mereway-cucina-colore.jpgMereway Kitchens embarks on yet another exciting launch this Spring with the introduction of stunning new door style 'Light Ash' joining its contemporary Cucina Colore collection.

What should we do about plastic waste? New Green Paper opens EU-wide reflection

Plastic has become an unavoidable material in our modern world. Plastics are versatile and durable, but this durability can make disposal problematic. A Green Paper published yesterday by the European Commission aims to launch a structured discussion about how to make plastic products more sustainable throughout their life cycle and reduce the impact of plastic waste on the environment.

Display & training opportunities abound for retailers with Bushboard's M-Stone quartz range

* Bushboard-M-stone-display.jpgBushboard is focusing an extensive merchandising package and training programme at retailers to underscore its pioneering new M-Stone quartz worksurface range that offers on-site installation - and which will enable retailers to effectively target the brand to its full potential at consumers looking for quality, design and value in quartz worksurfaces.

Leisure Sinks appoints Phileas Plug to oversee 80th Anniversary competition

* Leisure-Sinks-Phileas-Plug.jpgThis year Leisure Sinks celebrates its the 80th anniversary. To coincide with this landmark, the company has recruited Phileas Plug to create and curate an exclusive competition for its customer base of installers.

Electrolux EKC607601 freestanding cooker: Professional features, designer looks

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FIRA first as bathroom manufacturer receives inaugural award

Aquadi by Symphony is continuing to lead the way in the bathroom furniture market, by becoming the first bathroom furniture supplier to be awarded the FIRA Gold Product Certification.

Multi-function mirrors with HiB

* HIB-Vortex-Mirror.jpgWe are in an age where men's grooming is as important as women's beauty. Dental care with rechargeable toothbrushes is also important to all family members, because of this the bathroom mirror in today's modern home not only has to offer style and design but also functionality.

Decline in retail floorspace hits town centres harder than out of town

Research undertaken by leading retail property trade body - the British Council of Shopping Centres, in partnership with Geofutures, shows that retail space in UK town centres is declining almost 20% faster than retail space outside town centres. A pilot undertaken in the South West has shown that town centre retail space contracted by 12% between 2005 and 2010. Over the same period the quantum of retail space outside town centres increased by almost 6%.

Seven new designs added to Aqua-Step waterproof laminate flooring range

* AquaStep-flooring.jpgThe Aqua-Step laminate waterproof laminate flooring range, exclusively available from IDS, has been updated with seven new designs bringing the range to 18 in total with a choice of elegant travertine stones and stylish woodgrains to suit a wide range of interior looks.

Claire Lambert is promoted to Brand Director for Showerwall

* Claire-Lambert.jpgClaire Lambert has been promoted from being Brand Manager to an enhanced role as Brand Director for the Showerwall brand.

2013 KBSA Designer Awards boasts two new categories

Following feedback from last year's successful activity, The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has added two new categories for this year's awards programme. The first is a common hypothetical brief for a CAD design entry which enables the judges to take out some of the subjectivity of design - as all entries must be based on this common brief. This has been called The Kitchen Concept Designer Award. The brief is available on the KBSA website.

Do your legs let you down?

* LDL-New-Fold-Lock-Legs.jpgFold & Lock Legs, the latest product innovation from LDL Components, will ensure that your cabinet legs will never let you down again.

Whirlpool induction hob scores highly in Which? Testing

* Whirlpool-induction-hob.jpgThe Whirlpool ACM 847/BA induction hob has performed exceptionally well in testing undertaken by consumer champion Which? achieving Best Buy status and receiving high praise from the testing team.

Which? says: "If you're looking for an excellent induction hob, look no further. It's hard to find anything bad to say about this Whirlpool."

F & P Wholesale raises more than £18K for charity - and there's more planned!

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Ellis Furniture backs Multiple Sclerosis Society bike ride

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Lakes Bathrooms supports family featured in BBC One series

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Electrolux and Zwilling give consumers the ultimate induction cooking offer

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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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