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15th March 2013


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International News

Fresh new finish for Cucina Colore

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Mereway 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.

Electrolux EKC607601 freestanding cooker: Professional features, designer looks

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With sleek touch-controls and stunning streamlined looks, this freestanding cooker from the Electrolux inspiration range will create a designer feel in any kitchen.

Multi-function mirrors with HiB

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We 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.

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

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The 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.

Do your legs let you down?

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

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.

Welcome to the


I had thought that with all the wonderful innovations now offered by the KBB industry, we householders had it all, but apparently we hadn’t - until now.

A new company has put together a team of people to provide every kind of conceivable help to those buying or selling their property. And as well as offering traditional services such as legal help and financial advice, it also caters for the more spiritual needs of the prospective home buyer…

Incredibly, Future Life Properties (www.futurelifeproperties.com) also has a team of experts on feng shui, energy clearance, house blessings and house astrology based across the country. There are even Future Life Progression practitioners who can guide clients to travel to the future and see their future home – helping them to make decisions about what property they buy! It is also offering a free phone app – simply by tapping in Future Life Properties - people will be helped to see their future home through a guided meditation.

Company founder Anne Jirsch, explains: “People are becoming more aware of the energies at work around them and are now looking for spiritual help to guide them through their lives and make the most of the time they spend on Earth. This is particularly true of life’s big moments and buying your first property or moving house certainly counts amongst them. Future Life Progression is a wonderful tool for this as it can guide someone to visualise their future life, including their home, to give them an insight in how they can overcome blocks and discover what they can do in the present to speed up that reality. Your future home needs to be a wonderful investment that will rise in value over time, it needs to be in a location where you will like the local people and it needs to be your sanctuary, your castle. Everyone deserves that.”

I’m now wondering if in future, I won’t be slipping off my shoes and jumping into an empty bath at the showroom when no-one’s looking (to see if it’s going to be comfy for a long soak with a good book!) but will instead be popping into a meditation room to visualise each bath’s effect on my psyche!





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

National Self Build week launches

The first ever National Self Build Week will take place in early May 2013 with a wide-ranging programme of events planned to help millions of Britons turn their self build dreams into a reality.

One-for-all from Britton Bathrooms

* citiscape-Briton.jpgA good looking, competitively priced contemporary bathroom collection comes high on every bathroom retailer's wish list - but all too often design detail is sacrificed for the sake of price. This certainly isn't the case with the new Britton Bathrooms range from The Bathroom Brands Group.

SBID commits to KBB designers

SBID.jpgThe Society of British Interior Design was set up four years ago to serve the needs of designers working within living environment in the UK. With the creation of a KBB Advisory Board, membership of the Society can now provide KBB designers with a meaningful design qualification.

Classic choice from Crosswater

* Belgravia_Crosswater.jpgPerfect for classic bathrooms, the new Belgravia brassware collection from Crosswater brings sophisticated elegance to the ever popular nostalgic look. Belgravia brassware is a great partner for period style sanitaryware and for freestanding roll top baths - but will work equally well in adding a distinctive touch to contemporary room schemes.

John Lewis asks for more

* John-Lewis-Workshop.jpgThe success of recent Bathroom Planning & Design workshops delivered by the BMA's Bathroom Academy has left Partners at John Lewis, the department store chain, asking for more. The two-day workshops presented by the Bathroom Academy, together with partner and sponsor 20-20 Technologies, have been received extremely positively.

First 9kg washing machine from Amica is also available in black

One of Europe's fastest growing appliance brands, Amica, which produces freestanding and built-in domestic appliances in Poland, has announced the addition of 9kg washing machines to its existing 5kg, 6kg, 7kg and 8kg ranges.

Rated A+++ for energy efficiency, the 9kg Amica (AWN912DJ) also features a large 33 cm porthole which opens a full 150 degrees for easy manoeuvring of large 9kg family loads.

Anthea McIntyre MEP Visits Mereway Kitchens

* Mereway-visit.jpgUK furniture manufacturer Mereway Kitchens received a visit from Anthea McIntyre MEP this week. Anthea contacted Mereway to arrange to visit the company after learning that it had won the EEF Manufacturing Regional Award for People Management.

Zanussi Slimline dishwasher: perfect for smaller kitchens!

Zanussi-Quadro-slimline.jpgThe new Slimline fully-integrated dishwasher is compact enough to fit in even the smallest of kitchens for those who would rather relax than wash-up after dinner!

The Slimline is a 45 cm model that is perfect for smaller kitchen spaces yet still has the capacity for nine place settings. "Some of the people with the most active lives live in cities in small apartments," says Chandrasekar Kunche, Product Manager at Zanussi. "They'd love a tidy kitchen, but even small meals generate a lot of dishes."

Bradbury's to open Alno Store in Bristol

* Andy-Bradbury.jpgLong-established Alno dealer, Bradbury's, is to open an 'Alno Store' in the heart of Bristol. It has taken possession of a 1,500sq. ft. showroom, which sits in a prominent position on Bond Street South, opposite the upmarket Cabot Circus shopping centre.

New 'Building Confidence' gong for C&C Catering Equipment

* Building-Confidence.jpgC&C Catering Equipment has been awarded a new Health & Safety accreditation, Building Confidence. Developed by global procurement service business Achilles, Building Confidence is a supplier pre-qualification and accreditation service for the UK construction industry.

BKoncepts welcome new Financial Director

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He will oversee all financial matters within BKoncepts and comes to BK from Nabarro Poole Chartered and Management Accountants.

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Electrolux Design Lab 2013 opens for entries

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

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