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13th September 2013


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International News

Ellis Furniture launches latest designer colourways for its Spirit kitchen range

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New for this season, leading manufacturer Ellis Furniture has added two new design led finishes to its Spirit range of kitchen furniture. Offering the perfect combination of superior quality and luxury with a contemporary design, Spirit also comes in at a very desirable and affordable price point, making it a most attractive offer.

World Water Week opens with a call for life-saving cooperation over water

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Global leaders have gathered in Stockholm for the 23rd World Water Week, calling for strengthened cooperation over water. With the world's population and economies growing fast while the amount of available water remains the same, collaboration over our most essential resource is more urgent than ever.

Apollo combines raw materials and neutral hues to create some seasonal shutter style

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Just as John and I were packing up to go on our holidays, we received a press release about trends for the cold times a bit further ahead...

Visiting Cersaie? Make sure you pay a visit to the House of British Ceramic Tile!

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If you're visiting Cersaie, the exhibition in Bologna which is taking place in just a couple of weeks (23rd -27th September) make sure you schedule in plenty of time for stand A230 in hall 25, where British Ceramic Tile will be showcasing its new and exciting range of wall and floor tiles to worldwide markets.

Volcanic bath erupts into UK market

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A bath is still an important feature within any bathroom, particularly for those who seek an indulgent escapism from day-to-day trivialities. But how do you unite a luxurious bathing experience within an artistic bathroom centrepiece that is cost-effective? Simple. Meet the Etna freestanding bath.

Soapbox: World Water Week calls attention to growing need for clean water

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Ahead of World Water Week, which begins on Sunday, Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of The Food Think Tank, offers four recommendations for facilitating universal access to clean water

Abode bathes with Mr & Mrs Smith

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Yorebridge House is a romantic Mr & Mrs Smith hotel formed from a former schoolhouse in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire that is now home to 11 individually designed rooms all of which have luxury bathrooms and spacious showers. The hotel has recently been voted the 'most romantic' hotel in the UK.

DEVI launches the next generation of underfloor heating

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DEVI, said to be the world's largest manufacturer of electric underfloor heating systems, has launched the next generation of indoor underfloor heating cables. The cost-effective DEVIflex provides a complete heating system.

The DEVIflex works equally well beneath laminate, ceramic, stone, vinyl and carpet and, by removing the need for radiators, space is maximised.

Correct specifying for heavy traffic tiling

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The BAL CPD Seminar, 'Specifying tiling in heavily trafficked areas,' gives architects confidence in specifying for any tiling project where traffic levels mandate high durability.

What's Neue from Benchmarx?

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Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, the trade-only supplier of high quality pre-assembled kitchens, has introduced a comprehensive new range of integrated cooking, washing and cooling appliances under the own-brand name, Neue.

First Roca Gallery in Asia set to open its doors in the heart of Shanghai

Roca, international market leader in the defining of bathroom design is to inaugurate a Roca Gallery in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, I am the smartest of them all!

Launched this month, the super clever Revive illuminated mirror range from Bauhaus has Bluetooth wireless technology features that can be activated via any smartphone, tablet or device that has a Bluetooth facility. Once activated you broadcast weather, news and sport via online radio or listen to your favourite music via high quality concealed stereo speakers.

No frosty reception for Polypipe's Domus Thermal at Scottish student housing

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Polypipe Ventilation's Domus rigid duct and Domus Thermal duct insulation systems have been installed into a large new student accommodation development in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh.

Welcome to the


Last Saturday, as part of my weekend estate agency job, I showed a family around an expensive house they were considering buying. Without even having seen the upstairs the husband examined the rather plush kitchen in detail, which isn’t normally how things are done, but as it gave me some real hands on experience of some of the things I write about in KBzine, I was happy to go with the flow.

I loved the kitchen, which was full of the types of appliances I can only ever dream of owning. He wasn’t as impressed though, first complaining that the fridge freezer was integrated, saying than the one in the rented accommodation he’s currently in keeps breaking down as the airflow is insufficient and that this is a common problem with some integrated fridge freezers, (I’d love your comments on this please!).

Then, reaching under the sink, he complained that the InSinkErator food waste disposer is an inferior model that the one he’s currently using and doesn’t ‘do bones’!

My first thought was that he might be about to do away with his rather badly behaved child, but my second was one of indignation. Complain about an InSinkErator? He’s lucky to have one as it is! And whether such a device ‘does bones’ or not, it has to be infinitely better than scraping leftover food into old newspapers before wrapping it and taking it out to the kerbside collection box!

Food waste disposers such as these divert around 20% of household waste away from landfill and have been judged to have a smaller carbon footprint than kerbside collection. They’re also much easier and more pleasant to use. I was most surprised to learn from a press release this week that they’ve been in manufacture for 75 years. Let’s hope that with landfill space being used up as quickly as it is, it won’t be another 75 years before every home has one – bone crushing model or not!





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Franke UK introduces new sales & distribution policy to secure future of the brand

Coming out in direct support of its specialist retailers loyal to the Franke brand, Franke UK has introduced a new policy to ensure they can sell Franke product with confidence and protect them from 'market free riders' who have been deliberately and recklessly damaging the Franke brand on the Internet.

Knowing your customer? Handle with care!

The future of the UK bathroom industry is in the hands of a rather select group of people. Customers. Your customers. But who, exactly are these people and how do they wield so much power?

This is one of the fundamental questions to be discussed and debated at the Bathroom Business Conference on 8th October 2013. This annual conference has grown over the last decade and has developed a reputation for tackling some of the difficult questions which the industry faces.

Carron Phoenix extends its popular Isis stainless steel sink range

* Carron-Phoenix-Isis.jpgCarron Phoenix has extended the choice of its best-selling Isis stainless steel sink range to include two new undermount options in a single and 1.5 bowl.

The third big name in as many weeks for the BMA

Utopia Bathroom Group, described as the UK's leading manufacturer of complete bathroom solutions, has signed for the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, the third major bathroom manufacturer to join the association in as many weeks.

UK real-life kitchen study findings announced

* FIRA-kitchen-use.jpgDo you know how often you open your cutlery drawer every year? ...Or how often you will open it over a period of 20 years?

If you've never thought to keep count, then you don't have to. Experts at the Furniture Industry Research Association and Blum UK have worked this, and the way you use the rest of your kitchen, out for you.

Ellis Furniture launches Reflection Gloss White

* Ellis-Furniture-Reflection.jpgThis season, Ellis Furniture will unveil its largest collection of new bathroom products to date. With more new furniture ranges and door finishes than ever before, the manufacturer is also introducing a wide variety of new brassware, sanitaryware, worktops, handles, accessories and cabinet shapes and sizes.

InSinkErator celebrates its 75th anniversary

* InSinkErator-Evolution200.jpgInSinkErator, the global leader and the inventor of the food waste disposer, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with the production of its 150 millionth disposal unit.

Franke launches its quietly stylish Maris cooker hood in black glass

* Franke-Maris-FMA905BK-black-cooker-hood.jpgFranke has enlarged its range of highly popular decorative cooker hoods with the launch of its new Maris model in sleek black glass.

In a stylish design with 90cm wide flat front and rounded corners, this is the only hood in the range which, when in recirculatory mode, does not require a chimney so it can be fitted to a wall compactly, similar to a flat screen TV - a feature that is likely to find favour with tech-savvy customers.

Abode conforms to CE marking legislation

* Abode-Apex-sink-Specto-tap.jpgAbode has announced that, in accordance with the new CE Marking legislation which came into effect in July this year, all sinks manufactured by Abode conform to the legislative changes that came into mandatory effect. Since kitchen sinks are covered by the Harmonised European Norm EN13310:2003, they will now form part of the Construction Products Regulations (CPR).

New Maytag dishwasher has Steam Clean technology

* Maytag-MDW-0612-dishwasher.jpgMaytag, the premium appliance manufacturer, renowned for its superior quality products and American heritage, has added a new user-friendly dishwasher with Steam Clean technology to its range.

Dishwashing is black or white

AMICA-rep-IMAGE.jpgAmica has added a new range of freestanding dishwashers to its line-up of feature-rich home appliances. As Poland's leading home appliance manufacturer and one of Europe's fastest growing, Amica is rapidly increasing its business here in the UK; building on an increasingly recognised reputation for first-class customer service.

Visit AEG at The National Home Improvement Show this September

* AEG-Mobile-Academy.jpgVisit the AEG Mobile Training Academy at The National Home Improvement Show this September for inspiring cookery demonstrations and expert advice on the latest AEG kitchen appliances.

Visitors to the show are invited to learn all about advances in cooking technologies, such as induction hobs and multifunctional steam ovens, as well as being given the opportunity to get hands on with AEG's products.

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