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5th April 2013
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The Whirlpool Corporation has been recognised as one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in the Home Equipment, Furnishings industry sector. The company finished first in this sector for the third year in a row.
Half of humans lack safe drinking water, while competition for water from agriculture and industry could put more people at risk in years to come, says a Portuguese lawyer who is the United Nations' independent advocate for the right to water. Catarina de Albuquerque, speaking ahead of World Water Day earlier today, said the official UN figure - 800 million - doesn't provide a full picture of water poverty, estimating that some 3.5 billion people lack a safe supply.
As someone who works from home and who also seems to always have a houseful of people, was interesting to see that ‘Effortless Cleaning’ was one of the categories in this year’s global Electrolux Design Lab competition - and while I’ve not yet had a chance to look at all of the 1700 submissions, one that I have seen is ‘Smart-Floor’.
Considered by the judges to be amongst the 100+ best ideas, Smart-Floor is a self-cleaning, anti-slip, three-ply floor with in-built bacteria repellent, which is also porous to allow spillages to drip through where they are absorbed by a material in the core. A vacuum system powered by solar panels and installed in the skirting boards provides constant suction power through special fins, sucking up dust in the air and thus cleaning the air in the room.
I was thinking that while the competition is still in its early stages, it could just be that a product such as this could end up winning and thus go into manufacture, perhaps one day changing the world of cleaning as we know it. I've often wondered what the world might look like in the future, but have to confess that I'd never really thought about the cleaning side of it. This competition has now got me wondering and I'm really looking forward to checking out some of the other designs that have been put forward. As they say, "Watch this space!"
This Week's News
- Over 1,000 insolvencies combined for both industries in Q1 2013
There have been nearly 9,000 cases of insolvencies in construction and manufacturing since Q2 2011 PricewaterhouseCoopers' figures reveal, although the two sectors did see a fall in the last quarter.
Norcros, the supplier of branded showers, tiles and adhesives with group operating companies including Triton Showers, Johnson Tiles and Norcros Adhesive - and which is also active overseas with operations in South Africa and Australia, has acquired brassware specialist Vado.
This Summer will see the Society of British Interior Design launch an exchange programme to create educational opportunities and professional exposure for interior design students from both sides of the Atlantic. The move comes following a meeting with similar bodies from other parts of the world, which has been dubbed the 'Acronyms meeting'
The peacock, a favourite artistic motif that dates back to ancient Greek and Roman mosaics, which was popularised again by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements, is the inspiration behind artist Veronica Tommasin's latest designs, for Trend's inimitable glass mosaic 'Best Collection'.
Maytag, the premium appliance manufacturer renowned for its superior quality products, is offering a 10 year parts warranty on all its appliances.
In the current economic climate consumers are seeking appliances which boast long-term durability and exceptional quality, and now Maytag is supporting its brand pillars by offering a 10 year warranty on all parts throughout its appliance range.
Fantasia, the latest wall-mounted, vertical cooker hood to be launched by high-end Italian designer Elica has been awarded a prestigious 2013 Red Dot Design Award.
To launch the new Kew Painted Ash style, Burbidge & Son wanted to create two inspirational room sets, initially to photograph for its brochure and ultimately to display in the showroom at the company's Midlands headquarters. Having worked with Mistral 25mm solid surfacing for imaginative solutions on previous shoots, Burbidge invited Karonia to work with it on the new sets.
It's tougher than ever for homeowners to move up the property ladder, which has prompted most people to adopt an 'improve not move' mindset, focusing on home improvement instead. Channel 4 series 'Double Your House For Half The Price', hosted by Sarah Beeny, takes this one stage further, showing viewers how to make the most of property they already own, by extending every which way and maximising their living space.
Recycling collection schemes are now in place across most of the UK, placing extra demands on the house-owner to find additional storage space for each different type of waste. It makes sense to locate the waste system directly under the sink where items such as fruit and vegetable waste are disposed of on a daily basis, saving the customer both time and effort with recycling.
The BAL CPD Seminar, 'Specifying For Natural Stone', allows architects complete confidence when specifying for any natural stone tiling project. It is fully accredited for CPD by RIBA.
PWS has agreed long-term support to Help For Heroes at Catterick, focusing on helping the wounded, injured and sick personnel in their transition to civilian employment.
Building on the extremely popular overpainted finishes in the Milbourne range, PWS has introduced a natural oak option. The Milbourne design brings a hint of traditional values to the modern day kitchen with its enduring mix of Shaker styling and appealing finishes.
Home appliances brand AEG is working in partnership with Taste Festivals to bring some of the world's most experimental chefs together in a unique experiential event fronted by Gizzi Erskine - The Lab comes to London.
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First time buyers and pensioners looking to downsize will be able to benefit from a radically new proposal that allows local people to buy their own plot of land and design their own custom built home.
Responding to the announcement in the Chancellor's 2013 budget that the ceramic and steel industries will be exempt from the climate change levy from 2014, Chief Executive Tony Taylor from British Ceramic Tile said:
Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association CEO Graham Ball has welcomed this week’s budget as one that will help KBB retailers and encourage small businesses to invest.
Atlanta bathrooms is launching Trade Space; a free and innovative new service which connects the installer with the homeowner.
Springtime is the traditional season for home improvements, but if the seasonal urge to tend to our nests is not enough, two thirds of British first-time homeowners admit to be further motivated by the secret embarrassment at the state of their home when friends and family pop over to visit.
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.