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22nd November 2013


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International News

GDHA invests in accessories market

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Popular British cooking appliance manufacturer Glen Dimplex Home Appliances has demonstrated its investment in the accessories sector with the launch of a new range of glass splashbacks and hoods, specially designed to complement its existing range of freestanding, built-in and range cookers.

Dudok brassware in new finishes rom Grange Design by Antonio Frattini

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Grange Design presents brand new and exclusive finishes to the illustrious Dudok range of bathroom brassware by Antonio Frattini.

Fagorbrandt (France) places organisation under legal protection order - De Dietrich UK remains autonomous

On Wednesday 6th November, FagorBrandt (France) took the decision to place the French part of the Fagor Group under the protection of the French legal system. Consequently, it has filed an application for insolvency in the Nanterre Commercial Court. This decision, which legally separates the activities of FagorBrandt (France) from Fagor Electrodomesticos (Spain) should allow the French business to continue to trade whilst endeavouring to safeguard jobs, together with the interests of its suppliers and partners.

Stunning new extractor hood meets strategic demand for white-glass pack

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Amica, the Polish manufacturer of mid-market, built-in and freestanding appliances, has introduced a new, white glass and steel version of its popular OKC653SW vertical chimney extractor at the request of kitchen and electrical retailers for a complete white-glass package.

Second year for Crosswater at the Sleep Event

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On 20th and 21st November 2013, Crosswater will partner with the renowned international interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE, in this year's Sleep Hotel - a showcase for the best in hotel bathroom design. Hosting Room 5 at the event, being held at London's Business Design Centre, they will display new brassware; the KH Zero collection - a result of an alliance between Crosswater and the designer.

Infrarad warms up energy debate

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Stylish, good looking and highly efficient space heating that consumes half the energy required to run conventional radiators is now available from a new UK company, Infrarad.

British Ceramic tile makes an impact with its new glass offer

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Bursting with a kaleidoscope of colours, contemporary decors and on trend designs, British Ceramic Tile's extended collection of glass products is set to make a big impact.

New family of taps are full of plus points

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With brassware a crucial element of any bathroom design, Laufen has introduced a new family of taps, designed by Andreas Dimitriadis (Platinumdesign), each with its own distinctive style.

LDL introduces 'Bright, Shiny New Stars' from Furnipart

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LDL Components is delighted to unveil the new 2013 collection of contemporary, design-led handles from Furnipart, the leading Danish manufacturer. Available exclusively through LDL, the new range continues the 'The Star on Your Furniture' theme and is entitled Bright, Shiny New Stars. According to Furnipart, the focus is on long, slim aluminium handles elegantly integrated into the full length of the front of the door or drawer and on simple handles or knobs for furniture.

Ellis Furniture launches Hydra Chocolate Grey

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As part of this season's launch of new bathroom products from Ellis Furniture, the popular Hydra range has welcomed the addition of two new door finishes: Chocolate Grey and Cirrus, both of which offer a warm and welcoming finish to any bathroom.

Creating space and money

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Smith's Environmental Products has a great solution for kitchens with limited wall space, Space Saver. Fitting neatly into the plinth of a kitchen unit, Space Saver eliminates the need for conventional radiators, as the before and after pics show.

Carron Phoenix's Windsor tap is a classic little number

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The new Windsor tap from Carron Phoenix is bang on the continued trend for heritage styling, combining a traditional swan neck spout with quarter-turn lever handles with crisp white ceramic effect casings.

Welcome to the


Those of us that have access to decent toilets apparently spend, on average, three years of our lives ‘on the loo’. Toilets are one of the most basic human rights, yet one in three of the world's population doesn't have access to a clean, safe and private toilet.

For the first time this year, World Toilet Day, which was on 19th November, has been recognised as an official day by the United Nations and with the weight of such an important body behind the drive to make decent toilets and clean water available to us all, things might start to improve more quickly. It is unacceptable that each year, some 60 million children are born into homes without adequate sanitation and some 700,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. And although organisations such as WaterAid have been making an enormous difference, more resources are always needed, so I’m delighted that the United Nations is now on board.

To coincide with World Toilet Day and no doubt draw a contrast between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’, my friends at Better Bathrooms have compiled a list of what they feel are the 10 most unusual loos around the world. I’m talking things like the safest (bulletproof), the most isolated (reach it by ski lift only), the one built for extreme conditions which doesn’t use water or chemicals but relies on worms for composting, the most spacious (it’s normal-sized but has glass walls and is set in large gardens so users feel as if they’re in the open air – not sure about that one…), the artiest, the most luxurious, the most innovative, the most expensive to build, the most Victorian…

Don’t miss the item below and do make sure you click through to the infographic to see the toilets in all their glory – some of them are simply incredible!





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Are these the most unusual toilets in the world?

To coincide with World Toilet Day on Tuesday of this week, Better Bathrooms compiled a list of what the staff feel are the 10 most unusual loos around the world and as well as being unusual they're all currently completely free of charge to use. At 15,190 feet above sea level, Saint-Gervaise-Les-Bains on Mont Blanc has specially designed toilets for use in extreme conditions. These 'dry' toilets are waterless and chemical-free, instead utilising a worm-composting system to deal with the waste.

Lustrolite brightens up the House Beautiful Awards

* Lustrolite-Rouge-Bathroom.jpgAbacus Direct won the silver award for the best bathroom product at the October 2013 House Beautiful Awards. The awards ceremony was held at London's Science Museum.

Two new retail members join KBSA

In the last month, the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has welcomed on board two new retail members - Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs and Hurford & Tebbutt.

Topps Tiles named Top 100 Apprentice Employer

Topps Tiles has been recognised for excellence in businesses that employ apprentices after being named as one of the country's Top 100 Apprentice Employers 2013, by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds.

The list was announced last week at the National Apprenticeship Awards, in Birmingham.

Abode Aurora: lights indicate water temperature

* Abode-Aurora-Monobloc-Tap.jpgAbode creates both beautiful and practical taps that deliver elegance and innovation in equal measure - its kitchen mixertaps are created for customers who desire the perfect design, performance and quality in their homes - without an enormous price tag - and this latest offering has something extra special in terms of safety by indicating water temperature.

New space saving solution from Bauhaus

* BAUHAUS-toilet-pic.jpgSqueezing an extra designer wall-hung WC and furniture into the smallest space just became a lot easier thanks to the Ultra Slim hidden-in-the-wall WC support frame and cistern from Bauhaus.

Ideal for smaller spaces; such as under the stairs or in a new ens uite tucked into an existing bedroom, the new Bauhaus Ultra Slim is also ideal for bathrooms with restricted wall cavities.

Britannia appoints new managing director

* Chris-Honer.jpgPremium kitchen appliance specialist Britannia Living has promoted sales & marketing director Chris Honer to the role of managing director. After working for the company for the last 18 months, Chris is delighted with the promotion and is looking forward to driving the challenges ahead.

Britton's stunning new one piece basin and pedestal extends Curve range

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Ceramic Style from Belling

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IDS launches first range of kitchen taps from Grohe

* Grohe-Eurosmart-Cosmopolitan.jpgSurface materials distributor IDS has introduced its very first range of kitchen taps from renowned European brand Grohe. The new product line complements IDS's extensive worktop offer in laminate, solid surface, solid wood and quartz to its trade customers and provides them with an easy-purchase solution of quality branded taps.

Shabby kitchens and bathrooms are biggest bugbear for tenants

A survey of the private rental market, by popular shower and tapware brand Methven, has revealed that poor quality fixtures and fittings are the biggest rental bugbear for tenants - and can cause them to leave their properties early.

Let there be light!

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