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18th July 2014
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Good design and ingenuity are increasingly sought in the UK bathroom market and designers and consumers are now turning to solutions that have long been commonplace in European countries such as Germany and Austria.
Apart from the storms that kept me awake for much of last night, (almost continuous lightning has a great way of lighting up the bedroom when you are temporarily without curtains!) the weather has been pretty good lately which has meant that my 86 year old mother has been able to enjoy a few al fresco meals on our patio. My office, which is next to the patio, is built around the old Victorian outside loo, which although far nicer than one might picture, still has the original loo because it’s set at an angle and replacing it with something more modern will involve digging out and replacing all the drains, which I can’t be doing with right now.
I’ve noticed over the past couple of years that rather than use this loo, my mother has chosen to make her way through the house to tackle the very steep stairs to our upstairs bathroom instead and last night she told me why. Apparently, as she gets older, she’s finding it more and more difficult to sit on – and get up from - the low seat of the downstairs WC.
A press release from our friends at DRA Public Relations informed me today that as we are all growing taller (they supplied the figures to prove it) their client has started manufacturing basins and WC’s in taller versions, to make life easier for us. Now that’s really what you call providing solutions for your users’ problems, isn’t it? And with all the recent figures showing that many of us in the developed world are becoming more obese than ever, I can see everything having to be built to withstand heavier weights too!
In kitchen news, I learned from XFM radio today that a company is selling the option of the ‘toaster selfie’. You supply an image of yourself (or, I presume, anything else of interest) and it adapts a toaster so that it will produce slices of toast featuring the image.
Makes a change from Jesus, doesn’t it?
This Week's News
The Tile Association has urged the finest tile fixers across the UK to apply for the Master Craft Award, the highest honour that can be bestowed in the industry.
The TTA worked closely over a number of years with the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers to reinstate Master Craftsmen into the wall and floor tiling industry in 2012.
This Summer sees the launch of British Ceramic Tile's new Mosaics collection. Designed to complement the company's existing portfolio of wall and floor tiles, this new capsule collection of Mosaics sees British Ceramic Tile continue on its journey to become a one-stop shop for all tiling needs.
Offering retailers four equally strong ranges within one collection, Mosaics has been designed with the aim of inspiring homeowners to use mosaic tiles in new and unique ways.
Bill Miller, Managing Director of The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group, is urging independent kitchen specialists to appreciate the value of the adage, 'less means more' when updating their kitchen displays.
"Very simply, says Bill, "Customers want to be enthralled and wowed by your kitchen displays - not confused. By showing fewer, but larger layouts, you will have more scope to show your design flair and be able to show realistic sized settings, which relate more closely to an actual, real world kitchen. Do not confuse your customers with unnecessary clutter and too much product for the eye to handle.
The result is a major boost for Roman's extensive nationwide network of retailers. They are now able to design specifying from the complete Roman range, including enclosures, showers and accessories, using the latest CAD technology. This will allow them to create bathroom designs faster and more accurately than ever before.
Sometimes just a simple, thoughtful touch can make all the difference. This is certainly the case with Britton Tall, a clever design to make life easier for taller people, the elderly, less able or anyone with back or knee problems.
For a tall person, a standard height pedestal basin can, quite literally, be a pain in the neck because using it involves stooping.
Rich, sophisticated Spanish Oak is the latest finish available for the bestselling Linea bathroom furniture range from Bauhaus. Linea is a versatile collection that includes 65, 75, 100 and 120cm units with a choice of cast mineral marble, featuring either a round or rectangular bowl.
Spanish Oak joins Graphite, Blackwood and White Gloss finishes to extend the appeal of this sleek, contemporary range.
The Austrian furniture manufacturer's 300sq.m showroom in Beijing showcases the company's classic designs and bestsellers from the kitchen, dining, living and sleeping ranges, including high-class kitchens such as vao and k7, the award-winning flaye table and the flexible cubus and cubus pure modular systems.
Three years ago family-run builders' merchant, G H Brooks, decided to refurbish its 2,500 sq ft tile showroom to include bathrooms. A strong product range with good displays was key so the Harrogate-based firm turned to Abacus Manufacturing Group to create the displays and to be its main supplier of bathroom products.
The Pride of Warwick Award was a very hotly contested award, with the judges looking for a clear business plan, the ability to demonstrate achievement of business objectives, and a strong understanding of customers' needs.
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