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25th September 2015
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To furnish a bathroom, you need to take all possible aspects into consideration, including both the design and the functionality as well as the material used, since this will have a big impact on the final result.
Available now, the sleek 5mm light features chip-on-board (COB) technology and is both remarkably powerful and extremely efficient.
Especially prevalent in high-end commercial and residential projects, steel is the favourite today due to the visual, innate solidity of the material; without being overpowering, steel creates a look no other material can replicate due to the slenderness and robustness of the steel sections.
Since the 1991 launch of its first contemporary, Japanese-style deep soaking tub - the Imersa, the company has been steadily introducing new and improved designs.
Lustrolite acrylic high gloss wall panelling is proving exceptionally popular with designers and retailers who want to add pizzazz to kitchens and bathrooms - or, indeed, any room.
An opulent combination of form and function, Quadra encompasses a rigid structure to provide practical storage space and shelves for towels, as well as impressive levels of heat for the bathroom.
The Marino family has a striking contemporary design suitable for all bathroom styles with its distinctive long lever handle making one-handed operation effortless. The tall, square shaped design of Marino products with radiused edges will give all bathrooms an interior design look and feel.
I’m sure we’ve all been there… we do our research before visiting a store to purchase our new appliance, we’ve built up a great rapport with the salesperson and decided to shop at that store again, then as we’re about to pay they go and spoil it all by attempting to sell us several years’ worth of extra parts & labour guarantee at a ridiculous cost. The fact that they’ve probably spent a good deal of the contact time selling the appliance’s superior workmanship, components and reliability seems to be forgotten in their quest to increase their commission and perhaps achieve a target by selling this add-on, which tends to leave us as customers feeling a bit let down.
We in this industry are doing our best to promote the concept of saving water and energy and a press release I received this week describes a product that hits the spot in both terms of a brilliant add-on to that sale AND a useful aid when it comes to saving water. For customers on a water meter it’s got to be a far better impulse buy than a pricey long-term guarantee, hasn’t it? You’ll be offering them something they need, which will save water and thus money, instead of asking them to pay for something you’ve just spent ages convincing them they’re unlikely to need!
Oasys is a decorative disk that hangs anywhere in the home and it shows daily infographics about how much water the household has been using, by talking wirelessly to a microphone on the main water line. It shows people the impact of their daily water use habits and the difference they make when they save water, allowing them to set goals to do even better. It also forecasts the weather, how much water is in local reserves, and can text/email you if there's a water leak.
You can read more about it below…
Also featured in this week’s news is a plea by the European Water Label’s Yvonne Orgill, for cash incentives to be made available to encourage users of water/energy-guzzling products to switch to those that reduce water usage and save energy.
In both cases it will take a little investment but the money spent will be far outweigh the benefits achieved – not just in personal terms but when it comes to our environment too.
See the concept come to life at: www.electroluxdesignlab.com
This Week's News
Yvonne Orgill, managing director of the European Water Labelling Scheme, argues the case for cash incentives that will persuade householders using dated products to swap to more efficient alternatives
"Since the latest toilet models flush with a maximum of four litres, it follows that 10 million of the houses in England use twice the amount of water they need to.
The creation and use of data is about to become part of the day-to-day construction business in the UK. But how is the industry actually going to face the challenges, especially in the context of Building Information Modelling Level 2 becoming mandatory in the UK in April 1st 2016?
This is by all means a huge milestone that is expected to massively revolutionize the whole industry.
Everyone knows there's a water crisis. But few know that it's bad enough for the World Economic Forum to rank it with the greatest impact of all worldwide issues. Ad campaigns and word-of-mouth have reduced usage a bit, but don't provide the constant feedback that guides real behavioural change.
The company has collaborated with internationally-renowned and award-winning product designers from around the world to realise the innovative new collection of bathroom products.
Auxillium Property Solutions managed the project and selected the Diamond White Sparkle worktop for all kitchen and breakfast bars in the halls due to its durability and stylish finish.
The dealers will be invited to the pre-Christmas session at the Good Housekeeping Institute in London's Soho at the end of November.
With the Autumn months a popular time for sprucing up the bathroom in time for entertaining guests over the festive season, Roca is offering retailers and consumers a duo of promotions on some of its best-selling wall-hung WCs and installation systems.
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has said that this year's AGM, National Meeting and Networking Dinner were even more successful than last year's events, with 120 delegates in attendance and more than 40 retailers and almost 50 corporates.
The winners of the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association's Excellence Awards were presented last week at the 2015 Networking Dinner at The Welcombe Hotel, Stratford on Avon.
Members voted Product Supplier of the Year to built-in brand leader NEFF – which is the fourth time NEFF has been voted best in class.
"The KBSA Design award entries this year demonstrates the design led talent our industry has to offer today's consumer," said Judge Renee Mascari, owner of Mascari Design Solutions, and CEO of the kbbNTG.
Gorenje has promoted its national sales manager, Stuart Benson, to the role of sales director. Stuart boasts more than 25 years' experience within the appliance & kitchen industry, and joined the company in early 2013 as national sales manager for the UK & Ireland.
Jernej Hren, managing director for Gorenje UK, comments: "I was delighted to be able to offer Stuart the promotion to sales director. Since joining, he has been integral in taking the sales team forward and has been successful in raising Gorenje's profile across the UK."
A new managing director for German kitchen company Alno UK has been announced. Adinde Blacquiere has taken over the position following her previous roles as channel director and finance director for the growing company.
Adinde's predecessor Jonathon Wagstaff has taken on other responsibilities for the development of the International business after spending six years steering Alno UK from strength to greater strength.
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