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29th June 2018
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Big on performance but low on water consumption, each of the six new water-efficient Aqua Air showerheads use the latest water-saving technology to draw in air and blend it with water flow, making each droplet bigger and softer. By enhancing the system's spray power, Aqua Air promises to reduce water use by up to 50% compared to normal showers.
The flexible spout can be swivelled from side to side, it also can easily be removed from the holder. The spout is fitted with two buttons for the user to change the water flow from normal to a spray.
Shades of grey, white and black are dominating kitchen design in 2018. These versatile, albeit no frill tones, pair with any colour and finish, making them perfect for the modern kitchen.
With moodier aesthetics in demand, as seen at EuroCucina, grey, white and black décors are the perfect building blocks to design a kitchen around. Facilitating this trend, the Formica Infiniti Worktops range comes in 12 modern décors including four core neutral colours: Graphite, Fog, White and Diamond Black.
More than 20 million UK viewers tuned in at home four years ago and there's no doubt that the tournament will be dominating the airwaves again this year. While that may be great news for football fans, it's likely to lead to disagreements in households where not everyone's as passionate about the beautiful game.
Featuring a concealed C-overflow and the innovative InFino waste system, the unique models are incredibly hygienic and easy to keep clean.
All manufactured from hard-wearing and natural 304 grade stainless steel, the new taps present a professional image in the kitchen, with their own distinct style, innovation and high quality finish.
The new Paragon single and double bowl models are designed to blend seamlessly into contemporary kitchens, with both sinks suitable for undermount fitting. For added flexibility in kitchen design, the single model can also be fitted inset for a more traditional look, making it an excellent choice for refurbishment projects.
Priced to appeal to the family market, all three machines feature a number of useful innovations - such as child locks and drum clean - a programme that keeps the drum smelling fresh and clean...
Thanks to Telford 50 Legacy funding, the opening of an innovative new 'Smart Home', next February will showcase a range of assistive technologies, equipment and gadgets to help older people, those with a disability and people with dementia to live more independently and safely in their own homes.
From simple devices to stop baths overflowing or burning and self-pouring kettles to reduce the risk of scalds and burns, to more major adaptations such as accessible bathrooms, they'll show how life can be made easier for the home's occupants... Examples of what's available on the market will be demonstrated, giving people the opportunity to test equipment and receive free, impartial advice from trained staff. An occupational therapy team will provide assessments and information about what funding will be available to residents.
This £100K project is part of the £2m Telford 50 Legacy Fund, which supports a mix of physical schemes as well as other projects that help tackle key social issues in the borough and reduce demand on council services. Almost 1,400 people took part in a consultation last Summer to find out what people wanted to do with the money, and it was decided that the Smart House would offer a great way of helping people see for themselves how equipment can be easily integrated into their home and how even small adaptations can make huge improvements to quality of life.
In our industry, we're well aware that alarms, detectors, extra-strong glass for shower screens, temperature inhibitors and other devices can help those at risk from slips, falls, eating rotten food and burning themselves with both bathwater and cooking appliances, for example, but it will be lovely to be able to show the general public that there are all sorts of other gadgets and products readily available to make daily activities such as cooking and washing much safer and more manageable. With everything under one roof in the Smart House and trained staff on hand to talk to, people will be confident that they're receiving the right help to suit their individual needs or the needs of someone they care for. I only wish there could be a similar Smart home in every town, so we can all see the technology in action...
I was wondering though whether any of our industry associations had been approached and asked for input?
This Week's News
1st Place: £300 voucher to Paul Sequenza, Wickes Kent: Decor - Zenith Caldeira:
Cumbria-based Kudos Showers has become the latest UK manufacturer to join the diverse group of businesses campaigning for 'Made in Britain' products, making everything from kitchen rolls to wind turbines, vans to shoes and coffee machines to bio beans.
Replicate the beautiful appearance of Indian stone with the new Mumbai Slate collection from British Ceramic Tile. Known for its impressive colour variation and textured finish, Indian Slate has become a highly sought after surface material within interior design. Featuring rich base colours, the look is warm and inviting for a striking natural design aesthetic.
The superior Mumbai Slate porcelain collection from British Ceramic Tile provides a stunning floor covering, emulating the true beauty of Indian slate. Strong tonal variation and a matt, riven finish deliver an authentic interpretation, bringing the unmistakable raw, earthy qualities of slate indoors.
The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has announced the appointment of a second regional brand ambassador, following a comprehensive recruitment process. Alan Grant will represent the Government-sanctioned organisation in the South West Region, which is the second of three planned appointments.
An experienced installation expert, Alan owns his own business in Plymouth, and is a current Installation Partner with IKEA. Additionally, Alan has both electrical & gas qualifications as well as a recently earned Business Management Degree. Furthermore, he has been working with BiKBBI for a number of years as an independent inspector.
With saving time of the essence for modern families, steaming hot water taps are a hugely popular way of clearing worktop clutter and making a round of hot drinks quicker than ever before. Creating an on-trend industrial-inspired image, Abode has expanded its best-selling Pronteau 3In1 range to include the Pronteau Professional.
This latest steaming hot water tap from Abode not only offers all the benefits of a standard kitchen mixer, but has the addition of steaming hot filtered water available instantly at 98 degrees, all contained in one beautifully designed tap.
Based in London's exclusive Notting Hill, The Laslett is a boutique hotel from Living Rooms, comprising guest rooms designed by award-winning London based architectural and interior design studio Waldo Works.
With exceptional functionality via specialised touch-controls - including an innovative pan mode, chef mode and the ability to allow users to save up to five of their most used cooking settings (called favourite), this five-zone model is ideal if highly intelligent functions and plenty of cooking space is the order of the day.
The new range of 25mm ultra low profile 'RefleXion' trays feature a patent-protected, anti-slip surface that is built into the mould as opposed to being a retro fit. There is a perfect bond between an ultra-tough gel coat incorporating an EasyClean anti-slip surface, and the 100% natural sandstone resin base.
ThinCats has agreed a £2million working capital facility for bathroom company, Cubico (UK). The tailored repayment profile, which features an initial 12-month interest-only period, will enable Cubico (UK) to drive increasing organic growth, whilst investing in 10 new showroom openings throughout the year, creating 40 new jobs in-store as well as 10 additional roles at Head Office.
Headquartered in Birstall, West Yorkshire, Cubico offers high-specification bathrooms and ancillary products as well as a full design service, selling to both trade and retail customers via its 15 showrooms as well as through a trade counter at its distribution centre.
Although this range has nothing on the big-ticket items like the kitchen appliances and kitchens themselves, sell enough and it could prove lucrative - plus your customers will remember you when they're complimented on the condition of their products.
Award-winning Australian cleaning brand Hillmark offers a range aimed at BBQ enthusiasts but the products could work equally well inside the kitchen too. A real bonus is that they are all biodegradable so you can sleep a little easier knowing that the environment has not been harmed in their use, too.
Nothing says 'Made in Britain' quite like the new Resolute washbasin by Thomas Crapper, complete with Union Flag soap recess. Proud of its British heritage, the manufacturer's latest launch makes a striking style statement in the classically styled bathroom.
Made from the finest quality ceramic and beautifully styled with premium bathrooms in mind, the generous bowl is covered with high-quality glaze to help keep it looking sparkling new and a stylish, gentle upstand helps to make this basin the focal point of any bathroom or cloakroom.
With the very hot, dry weather many of us are experiencing at the moment, which means we're taking on extra fluids to cool us down and provide hydration, Gillian Kemp, leader of the 'Truckers Toilets UK Campaign', has a timely reminder for lorry and van drivers:
Last Monday, a team of seven from Saniflo UK set off from the company's UK headquarters in South Ruislip outside London to cycle approximately 220 miles to SFA Group's global headquarters close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, in a bid to raise £6,000 for Cancer Research UK as the company marks the 60th anniversary of the invention of the macerator. The cyclists arrived in Paris yesterday, beating their £6,000 target.
The team comprised managing director Tim Pestell, Lucy Reeves, Cheryl Samuel, Nick Quarterone, Martin Mercer and Graham Davies, supported by John L'Erario, who drove the van carrying everything the team might need.
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