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28th March 2014
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That's exactly what Karonia did at kbb with its Mistral products & I have to admit that John and I were continually distracted from our conversation with the stand team because we kept discovering new configurations and saying to one another: "Have you seen this?" at which point we would both run our hands over it and ask: "How on earth did they do that?"
"Sous vide is a wonderfully versatile cooking technique, and AEG is proud to bring it into UK homes," explained Helen Casewell. "There is almost no limit to the range of dishes that can be enhanced using this method."
The asymmetrical basin in mineral marble is also available in a modern grey metallic and mineral marble white as well as the black - all enhanced with a fine glitter effect. The gently rounded curves of the vanity unit are echoed in the basins and the selection of handles. New LED lights can be incorporated beneath the wash basin for night-time ambience or be set above, below or included in the mirror - all carefully positioned to provide light without glare.
The extractor hood, so often now a centrepiece of the kitchen in terms of positioning, function and striking design, has been taken into the entertainment business too. The one we were looking at was playing music...
We saw so many exciting innovations that we felt relieved not to have been charged with selecting the winners, who were:
Just as the Etna Bath has added a truly state-of-the-art twist on the freestanding bath, so too does the full Etna Collection. With a continuation of the elegant ripples we have seen on the Etna, the collection features freestanding basins, countertop basins and most strikingly, a round, freestanding version of the Etna Bath.
Renowned German kitchen manufacturer Bauformat is delighted to unveil at KBB2014 the UK launch of its new Linea Piantra handleless kitchen, the latest addition to its Burger brand.
Recently showcased at the company's in-house fair, Linea Piantra is a stylish addition to any retailer's portfolio and is competitively positioned to ensure an added value offering.
Ideal for new build or retrofit opportunities, these attractive showers are up to 30% slimmer than other units on the market. They're an ideal replacement product where an old shower has been removed or for shower replacement programmes for social and private landlords.
Positioning a WC too far from the soil pipe causes flushing problems so the rule is, the closer the better. By using an angled pipe, the pan itself can be placed on the window wall where the soil pipe is usually situated while the high level cistern is on an adjacent wall.
The AEG hob scored an impressive 82% and Which? Said: "We were really impressed with this induction hob; it's quick, easy to use and has plenty of useful features. Not only does it cook brilliantly but it's very easy to clean when you've finished. In fact it's so good we didn't hesitate to make it a Best Buy.".
KBB 2014 Review - Part 4
In our other life, John and I produce a weekly e-zine for the cleaning, hygiene and health & safety industry, which goes out to more than 100,000 readers in 148 countries around the world. Exhibitions are held in many different countries and as John and I produce ‘Dailies’ on behalf of the organisers of several of them, we get to walk around a lot of miles of exhibition halls filled with cleaning equipment!
It’s struck us over the years, the lengths to which some of the manufacturers will go, to ‘glam up’ their cleaning cloths, mop buckets, scrubbing machines and graffiti removal kits etc, to make them stand out from the crowd and make sure everyone remembers them after the event.
The KBB industry of course, doesn’t really need to go to such lengths as most of what’s on show is pretty glamorous anyway, but one stand stopped us in our tracks for its sheer ingenuity and I simply have to mention it in the Jewels from Spain item below…
Finally, we’ve just heard that Gorenje’s HomeCHEF built-in oven has won an International Red Dot Award, in the Product Design category – so our congratulations to Gorenje (www.gorenje.co.uk) too.
This Week's News
'Heaving' is a word I'd normally use to describe a busy pub or club, or perhaps the pitch at Wembley stadium during a rock concert, rather than an exhibition stand, but 'heaving' is the first word that came to mind when I started to write this piece about Franke's stand at KBB Birmingham.
Visitors to the Britannia Living stand had the opportunity to experience the Britannia, Bertazzoni and Best collections up close, with a variety of top product lines on display and a number of new collections in the spotlight.
The show proved to be a massive success for all of Britannia Living's brands, as the busy stand attracted interest from retailers and customers throughout the show.
Award-winning appliance specialist Caple used the show to launch a selection of high performance appliances, which had been kept under wraps until then. The company's PR guru, Homestyle's Sarah Mills, quickly revealed all.
The revelations included the first launch to national retailers, of Caple's Sense Premium collection of white glass and stainless steel appliances - which looked really striking. We were also shown a selection of new appliance concepts, which had never been seen in the UK and which will form part of the Sense Premium collection for 2014.
As we walked towards the stand, we wondered what precious objects were on display in small glass cabinets on individual plinths, objects that perhaps needed to be kept safe from the hands of potential thieves – like priceless jewels perhaps. As we got closer, we realised they were handles… beautifully designed handles I have to admit, but displayed in a way that made them appear to be highly covetable.
What a brilliant idea, as our photo shows!
A newly published AMA Research report into the builders and plumbers' merchants' market says that the sector is now dominated by four national organisations competing in a highly fragmented market, with many regional and local merchants. It also says that following a period of decline as a result of the general economic downturn and a fall in construction output, the market recovered in 2010 and maintained its value through to 2012.
It says that in 2013, growth in some key end-use sectors has created an increase in demand for merchants' products, leading to a value increase in the market during the year.
Simpsons has launched a stylish new walk in, easy access enclosure in its luxury Elite range. Designed to make showering easy and safe for the whole family, it comes with a robust 8mm toughened glass screen and folding panel to afford easy in and out access.
It's also compatible with a range of 25mm low profile shower trays so it can be floor mounted with no step up - for a total integrated bathroom look. The shower trays come with a high flow waste which prevents any danger of overflow too, so everything is covered.
KWC Switzerland has announced changes to the distribution of its luxury KWC kitchen tap brand that will come into effect from 1st April 2014.
The company has appointed the Sink Space to manage the sales & distribution of its kitchen tap offer, replacing KWC (UK). The brand will also continue to be available from Sterling Distribution.
Introduced to coincide with the launch of three new effects in April 2014, the 20 page brochure explores the creative potential of this versatile 25mm solid surfacing through a series of inspirational, real-life installations.
Crown Imperial has unveiled its latest kitchen furniture design for Spring 2014 - Pinova. As a renowned British manufacturer and one of the leading names in kitchens, Crown Imperial is synonymous with high quality design and product innovation spanning over 60 years.
Sleek and ultra-modern, Pinova is a stunning new satin matt 'J' profile handleless kitchen collection, pictured here in a light grey painted satin matt finish and available in 19 different colours.
Crosswater is well recognised for its expertise in the bathroom arena with a 20 year history of introducing groundbreaking, top quality products that combine cool European design with the tastes and needs of UK consumers. Perhaps not so well-known is that the business today was originally founded with kitchen taps - from the car boot of Crosswater's founder and Group Chairman Dave Hance.
Verve by Rearo arrived in stores on Monday and promises to offer budget conscious homeowners the ultimate in high quality, attractive worktops, which will immediately transform the look and feel of any kitchen.
The build up to the opening of the next big John Lewis store has begun and the Bathroom Manufacturers Association has been appointed, once again, to provide the Partnership with more of its Principles of Bathroom Design training.
The huge new £15million store is set to open in York on 10th April and will feature a new fitted bathroom department. The store, which is part of the £90 million Vangarde development at Monks Cross, is John Lewis's first opening of 2014, and will be the chain's 41st shop.
Carron Phoenix has launched a brand new six month promotion to retailers supporting them with 'unmissable deals' on some of their most popular product lines in sinks, taps and hoods and giving them a very competitive edge to generate sales and margins. The promotion runs from April 1st to September 30th.
The promotion, together with the company's highly popular Sink & Tap Value Packs, is designed to increase the brand's appeal to retailers as a trusted partner for product choice, quality and value.
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These are the words Yvonne Orgill is using to describe the progress being made with the arrangements for the Bathroom & Kitchen Conference 2014.
"We're delighted with how the industry's long established conference is developing this year," enthuses Yvonne, CEO of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, which organises the annual event.
It also gave the aching feet of those who attended, some much-needed respite!
Mark's name was chosen randomly from thousands of entries, winning him a Ford Transit Connect, bearing the livery of his company, Imperial Tiling.
As such, it has applied and been accredited for the seventh year running for the Buy with Confidence East Sussex Scheme, once again reassuring cautious online shoppers that they are making a well researched choice.