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10th November 2017


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International News

Roca to showcase the new Armani/Roca Baia collection at Sleep 2017

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Spanish bathroom manufacturer Roca will be exhibiting at Europe's leading hotel & design event, Sleep, at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London on the 21-22 November - stand DG7.

Add style to any kitchen with the Blanco Envoy tap

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The Blanco Envoy tap boasts a sleek and modern design, which is suitable for all modern kitchens. Available in brushed steel, chrome, matt black and trendy rose gold, it will stand out in any home.

The elegant Envoy tap boasts a sweeping swan neck and a tall spout, while the single lever control and high-pressure supply ensures a practical and powerful flow. Its ceramic disc cartridge improves performance and longevity.

British Ceramic Tile reinvents the classic metro tile with its latest V&A collaboration

British Ceramic Tile and the V&A have once again joined forces to reinvent the humble metro tile with an inspiring new collection of large format designs. Combining an obsession for classic styling with an elongated version of the metro tile, the collection provides retailers with a unique, highly marketable product to add to their metro offering.

Fall in love with The Amore from Triton

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The Amore electric shower from Triton's Affordable Style collection boasts a contemporary aesthetic to create an eye-catching centrepiece in any bathroom.

'Sleep Easy' with Springfield Bedroom Furniture by Daval

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British fitted furniture specialist Daval, is helping us get 'Winter ready' with its enchanting Springfield Bedroom Furniture: a classically glamorous furniture collection with shaker-style doors.

In the Frame

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Designed by VitrA's talented in-house team, new Frame furniture and basins blend natural matt with wood with an eye-catching louvre styling.

Primitive kitchen: back to basics with Hi-Macs

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The paleolithic age. An anonymous human imparts a whole new function to 'stone' objects. Man begins to break food into pieces, cut it and crush it.

Bushboard set to change perception of bathroom wall panelling

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Bushboard is set to change perceptions about bathroom wall cladding. The company's Nuance range of bathroom wall panelling products is proving popular with designers, facilities managers and builders that are specialising in small developments, student and residential accomodation as well as general contractors.

Häfele adds the ingenious Schüco Smartcube to its UK portfolio

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Furniture fittings and architectural hardware specialist Häfele is bringing added versatility and elegance to UK design-focused projects with the introduction of the Schüco Smartcube to its portfolio.

New: casual chic from burgbad

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Leading German manufacturer burgbad has brought a fresh look to luxury bathrooms with the inspiring and innovative Mya range. As part of the Building Products Group of the  Eczacıbaşı Group, burgbad is said to be the market leader in Germany for bathroom furniture.

Launched at the ISH show this year, and available now, Mya takes its inspiration from the wooden clothes horse of yesteryear, featuring light, open pieces in natural or dark grey matt oak veneer, themed around hanging rails and practical drawers. Matching matt basins are available in white and stunning dramatic black.

Utopia continues quest for modular dominance

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Hot on the heels of its major modular launch in June, Utopia tells us it's continuing its quest to dominate the modular sector of the bathroom furniture market with the launch of the dramatically updated Halo range.

Its fourth product launch this year, the new Halo range has a host of new features, additional units and a palette of six new on-trend colours. Supported by inspirational photography reflecting the latest home interior styles, the new range is very realistically priced to target a younger audience wanting stylish British quality products at affordable prices.

Abode adds new 'on-trend' colour to Harmonie bathroom range

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Striking and stylish finishes for kitchen taps are fast becoming the norm, but there are still very few manufacturers venturing into the bathroom with such finishes.

Bath remodelling expert introduces exclusive anti-mould and mildew technology

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Charleston Bath Experts (CBE), is providing customers with the exclusive Microban system, which uses antimicrobial technologies designed to inhibit the growth of mould and mildew in their bathroom fittings.

Kitchen design looks pretty in pink with Masterclass

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Part of a vibrant new colour palette from Masterclass Kitchens, Vintage Rose is set to send kitchens a-blush with pink in 2018.

Welcome to the


Sadly, another couple and their children have had their lives changed drastically thanks to a tumble drier fire which devastated their home and killed their cats. And as they weren't insured, it's not just psychological issues they'll have to deal with...

I gather the appliance was around 10 years old but had appeared to be in good working order. This begs the question: How old is too old when it comes to an appliance?

Further, should some appliances be automatically scrapped after a certain period, or even built to automatically disable themselves after a set number of uses, for safety's sake?

I bought my first dryer a couple of years ago when my washing machine started to fail. We could live with some programmes no longer working but when the thing stopped spinning properly I realised it had to go. My daughters had been on at me for years to buy a tumble dryer but as there's no room for one I opted for a washer dryer.

As I'd never used a drying programme, the first time I tried it I used what I believed would be the coolest dry - wool. And instead of letting it go through the full cycle I turned it off after 10 minutes. The machine and contents were, surprisingly, very hot. My barely-used poly-cotton duvet set had gone thin and see-through and looked decades old and my whites - washed so many times without issue - were dyed blue in places.

As you may imagine, I've not used the dryer part of my machine since, so it turned out to be an expensive buy - but at least I still have my house! Now I'm wondering whether I shouldn't be using the machine at all...

Experts have said that no-one should leave a tumble dryer running when they're out. If this is good advice, it's a little worrying as it's almost admitting that the appliance is unsafe.

I wonder... How much maintenance information is provided in most manuals? Is the need to regularly empty filters given enough prominence or is it buried under installation instructions and several language sections back? Is the English understandable and the diagrams clear? These crucial points should be checked by manufacturers. Going further, should we consider supplying machines with warning stickers on the front, or even as part of the controls themselves? Or can an automatic filter-emptying feature be incorporated? More clearly needs to be done, but what?



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference: Who said you can't mix business with pleasure?

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The annual event has been designed to expand the minds of its delegates and this year the organiser exceeded expectations.

Methven extends Aurajet range with new collection: Rua features unique square handset

* Methven-Aurajet1.jpgMethven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has launched the next phase of its Aurajet shower range with the release of the Rua collection.

Featuring Methven's patented Aurajet technology, the new Rua collection showcases an all new square handset design, enabling customers to enjoy Aurajet's immersive showering experience with a bold new aesthetic. The range consists of four products - a standalone handset, rail shower, hand shower and cool-to-touch bar mixer.

Chelsea Matt Dove Grey kitchen from Benchmarx Kitchens makes this year's House Beautiful Award shortlist

* Benchmarx-shortlisted-main.jpgThe striking Chelsea Matt Dove Grey kitchen range from Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery has made the shortlist of two categories in this year's House Beautiful Awards.

The Chelsea range, which was added to Benchmarx's portfolio earlier this year, has been nominated in both the 'Best Kitchen' and 'Dream Kitchen' categories, the latter of which will be voted for by the readers of the magazine.

Impey announces 2018 'We Are Wetrooms' training tour dates

* Impey-training.jpgNow entering its third year, the 'We Are Wetrooms' installation training tour continues to grow in popularity. During 2018 Impey's specialist wetroom training event will visit nine locations, giving plumbers, bathroom installers and tilers the opportunity to develop or refresh their wetroom fitting expertise; and booking is now open!

British Ceramic Tile extends its feature floor collection with the launch of Retro

* BCT-Retro-FF_leopard.jpgFloors have fast become a main attraction in the home. Once the supporting act to walls, floors are now central to design schemes with homeowners paying attention to what makes an impact underfoot.

Carron Phoenix launches Value Deals sink and tap promotion

* Carron-Phoenix-Rapid.jpgCarron Phoenix has launched a 'Value Deals' price promotion on a carefully selected range of its best-selling sinks and taps to boost the competitive edge of its product offer to retailers. The promotion is running from now until 31st March 2018 and offers generous savings against individual retail prices.

"When we say 1,950 colours, we mean 1,950 colours"

* Keller1.jpgPunch up cabinetry with indigo blues and firehouse reds, or dial it down with soothing greys and on-trend millennial pink - Keller's impressive paint library can deliver any shade your heart desires. By utilising the globally-recognised Natural Colour System (NCS), Keller's kitchens are available in a standard palette of no less than 1,950 hues.

To add extra design flexibility, each colour comes in three lacquer choices - a mid-sheen Silk Gloss, ultra shiny High Gloss and a modern flat Matt Structured lacquer.

Binopolis introduces rebranded Vauth-Sagel range of high-quality in-cupboard bins

* Binopolis.jpgSpecialist retailer Binopolis.com has relaunched and extended its Vauth-Sagel range of built-in bins to provide its customers with more choice than ever before.

Perfect for those who want to keep their bin hidden behind closed doors and make the most of their cupboard space, premium German brand Vauth-Sagel's integrated bins are easy to fit into existing kitchen units or can be incorporated into a new kitchen scheme.

Lec launches 55 and 60cm Combi Collections - Includes four Total No Frost fridge freezers

* Lec-Combi-Collection-open.jpgRefrigeration specialist Lec has added to its A+ cooling range with six new combi fridge freezer models.

The 60cm collection features three SKUs across two models. The TNF60186 and TNF60187 are both 188cm tall, A+ combis with 40dBA noise rating and 15 hours of power cut safe time and feature Total No Frost technology, which means fans distribute cooler air evenly inside the appliance to prevent the accumulation of ice or frost on the walls or food.

Smart winners will be safer in seconds @registermyappliance.org.uk

* Smart-winners-Register.jpgThis Autumn, many of the UK's leading domestic appliance manufacturers, driving AMDEA's Register My Appliance safety campaign, will once again be rewarding those customers who make the smart choice of registering their fridges, freezers or washing machines, by entering them into free prize draws for a range of luxury prizes.

Appliance owners who take the few minutes on their smartphone, tablet or PC, to use www.registermyappliance.org.uk to register their old and new appliances, will improve their home safety and increase their chances of winning valuable prizes.

Insinkerator presents new Showroom Collection brochure

* Insinkerator-brochure.jpgInSinkErator has published a new brochure, which details its premium Showroom Collection exclusively available to premium kitchen retailers and includes high quality, statement pieces for the kitchen, such as the new Rose Gold J Shape 3N1 steaming hot water tap.

The Collection range is available through exclusive distribution partners and has been created and designed for kitchen showrooms.

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