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15th March 2019


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VitrA launches Equal - a new bathroom collection created in collaboration with Italian architect & designer Claudio Bellini

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Pursuing its longstanding tradition of working with acclaimed international designers, leading bathroom brand VitrA announces its latest collaboration with celebrated architect and designer, Claudio Bellini. Launching at ISH this year (11th - 15th March 2019) Equal explores the fusion between the organic shapes found in nature with the architectural lines present in an urban environment.

ViClean-I 100 combines purism with technology and comfort

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ViClean-I 100 from Villeroy & Boch sets a new standard in the design of shower toilets. It looks just like a conventional toilet, as the technology has been integrated into the ceramic and not the seat. ViClean-I 100 boasts clear lines and a minimalist look, accentuated by the ultra-flat toilet seat. Add to that the intuitive use and convenient shower functions and the new ViClean-I 100 becomes a subtle centerpiece in any purist bathroom.

LDL to offer L&S Italian lighting range

L&S, the Italian lighting specialist, is the latest addition to the LDL portfolio of premium furniture component brands. Established over 40 years ago, L&S is an internationally renowned pioneer of high-tech lighting solutions for the home. LDL is delighted to be the official UK distributor and to represent such a well-established and innovative brand.

Danby helps Syrian families

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Food is on the way to needy families in war torn Syria thanks to Canadian appliance manufacturer Danby who hosted an event for leading charity GlobalMedic. More than 200 volunteers gathered at Danby Appliances in Guelph, Canada to put the meals together and over the span of a few hours around 67,000 meals were mixed, packed and stacked, ready to be delivered to families in need.

XSquare bathroom furniture range secures Duravit the iF Design Award 2019

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Duravit was among the winners at this year's iF Design Award; for the XSquare bathroom furniture series, created by Duravit in conjunction with the designer Kurt Merki Jr.

Industrial design on tap with new Hex range

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Abode is often at the forefront of the latest kitchen trends and tapping into the burgeoning trend for industrial elements in kitchen design, Abode has launched Hex. Hex is a range of mixer taps available in a variety of configurations and finishes which make it the perfect pairing for an industrial styled kitchen.

Nuance now on ArtiCad

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The complete range of Bushboard Nuance waterproof bathroom panels is now available on the ArtiCAD design system. Designers will be able to show Nuance panels in 'real life' settings - and the picture can be changed in seconds so that customers can see alternatives.

New Infinity: a design to suit bathrooms of any size or shape

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New from Crosswater, the Infinity enclosure collection is designed to offer the ultimate in-shower experience for everyday use. Available in a choice of enclosure styles including quadrant, pivot door, single slider and walk-in, the collection is designed for installation in bathrooms of any size or shape.

As with all of Crosswater's products, quality and long-lasting durability come as standard across the range of Infinity shower enclosures. Surrounded by a contemporary polished stainless steel frame, 8mm toughened glass offers a superior power shower-proof surface that will withstand the daily wear-and-tear of multi-person use.

Introducing K├Ângistone: Feel at home

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Taking its name from the German word for 'king', Königstone was created in 2005 with the aim of providing quartz products of the highest quality for use as surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms.

New space saving cooling from Amica

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Perfect for a kitchen where space is short or as a replacement for an older appliance, Amica's new FC2093 larder fridge is just 55cm wide compared to the usual 60cm. There is a strong replacement market for 55cm fridges for both consumers looking for extra storage and this size is also popular in social housing.

The fridge is 1235mm high so there's an impressive 204 litres of cooled storage space - perfect for fresh foods. It has four shelves, a roomy salad crisper, four spacious door balconies and has an A+ energy rating.

Practical, adaptable Evolve - top choice for Nest Kitchens' community project

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Good habits start young - which is why top-rated Bramhope primary school in Bramhope, Leeds, is introducing hands-on cooking lessons for its pupils. When the company heard of the project, Harrogate-based Nest Kitchens, which specialises in bespoke furniture, decided it would like to be involved.

Unidrain: an exact fit for Copenhagen's Luxury Hotel Herman K

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Unidrain's HighLine drain and Reframe Collection of bathroom accessories were selected for all the Ahead Award-winning Hotel Herman K's designer bathrooms.

45-litre cooling perfect second-tier option for retailers

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A small 45-litre refrigerator makes the ideal second-tier cooling option for retailers interested in this growing segment of the appliance market according to Canada's Danby Appliances.

The brand which launched with Exertis late last year is now unveiling a retro-inspired compact countertop refrigerator as it's second product for the UK and European markets.

Welcome to the



With we Brits being a nation of DIYers, a survey I received this week from WRAS, the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme, made me realise how little many of us really know about ensuring that what we do doesn't only look good and do the job, but that it meets legal requirements too.

WRAS reminds us that to safeguard our drinking water, UK water regulations and byelaws require - for most types of plumbing work - the designer, installer, owner or occupier to obtain their local water supplier's consent first. I had no idea about much of this myself, but having looked into it, I can certainly understand why the regulations are in place!

According to the findings, 60% of homeowners are unaware that they must inform their water company if installing specific water fixtures. For example, 62% said they didn't know whether they had to inform their water company if installing a large bath (one holding more than 230-litres) and some 60% are unaware that they're legally required to tell their water company if they're installing a bidet which features an ascending spray or flexible hose - since, if these are installed incorrectly, they risk contaminating the drinking water.

Indeed, there's a long list of plumbing works (see more at www.wras.co.uk) that must be notified in advance and the regulations apply to homeowners, businesses, landlords and tenants and to many types of domestic and commercial plumbing - from building houses or extending business premises to everyday work. Consent takes a maximum of 10 working days and costs nothing and in many cases, the water supplier will simply need a description of the planned work and the contact details of those undertaking it, so it's not too difficult or time consuming.

WRAS recommends employing a WaterSafe approved plumber who's familiar with the regulations and these words made me wonder, how many professional fitters will be switched on enough to use WRAS's information in their marketing campaigns, and how many retailers are aware enough of the regulations to be able to advise customers that they really need to know what they're doing if they're planning to fit their own kitchens and bathrooms.


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

BMA marks World Plumbing Day by calling for more education on water efficiency

* BMA-World-Plumbing-Day.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association, called for more education on water efficiency to mark World Plumbing Day (11 March). Initiated by the World Plumbing Council, the day brought together the international plumbing community to promote the link between good quality plumbing, health, environmental sustainability and - increasingly - economic prosperity.

"We fully support World Plumbing Day and the need to educate and raise awareness of how to use water wisely, so that we canreduce our waste, thus ensuring we have water for tomorrow," said BMA CEO Yvonne Orgill.

Free up kitchen space with Fonda hob/extractor combination from Blanco by Gutmann

* Blanco-Fonda-hob-extractor.jpgThe future of clean air in the kitchen has taken a leap forward with the ingenious Fonda hood from the Blanco by Gutmann portfolio. Combined with a stunning hob, the Fonda is a clever, space-saving, downdraft extraction system with an installation height of just 8cm.

Perfect for small or large kitchen design schemes and flexible in terms of installation and location, the Fonda sits quietly and discreetly in a streamlined, functional space.

SMWF celebrates National Apprenticeship Week with award presented by MP

* SMWF-Nat-App-Week.jpgSmallbone & Mark Wilkinson Furniture has marked National Apprenticeship Week with an inaugural apprenticeship award. Rt Hon Claire Perry, Member of Parliament for the Devizes Constituency, presented the award to Kyle Smith (pictured right with runners-up) at a ceremony held at the Smallbone workshop in Devizes last week.

The award was established to nurture the next generation of furniture makers and is open to all apprentices undertaking the apprenticeship programme with SMWF.

'Ask the Evolve experts': Bushboard publishes FAQ guide to solid core worksurfaces

* Evolve-Crystal-black.jpgSolid core laminate worksurfaces are fairly new to the UK market but with their slim lines and robust qualities are quickly proving to be a top choice for kitchens. To help installers, retailers and the consumer, Bushboard has published a helpful e-zine packed with information on its Evolve slimline solid core laminate surfaces.

Beko launches AutoDose Connected Dishwasher

* Beko-AutoDose.jpgIn what is believed to be a European first, Beko is launching one of its most highly anticipated products to date - the AutoDose Connected Dishwasher - perfect for those who sometimes forget to switch on the dishwasher or buy detergent!

Wi-Fi connected, the Beko AutoDose Dishwasher allows users to receive helpful updates; for example, it notifies them when salt needs replenishing or when the filter needs cleaning.

Karonia updates Mistral worktop brochure

* new-MISTRAL-brochure.jpgKaronia Surfaces has refreshed its Mistral consumer brochure for 2019. Available now, the updated brochure features the four new colours introduced to the range last year along with more lifestyle images showcasing the work carried out by retailers and installers throughout the UK.

The brochure explores the unlimited creative potential of this versatile surface through a series of inspirational images and highlights the practical features and benefits of the completely solid 25mm format.

LDL to be plastic-free by 2020

* LDL-baler.jpgLDL, the UK's leading component distributor, has announced its commitment to removing all plastics from its packaging by the end of 2019.

Simon Ogden, managing director, explains: "We live in an ecologically fragile world and sustainability has never been more important. With plastic accounting for up to 90% of all oceanic pollution, we couldn't in good conscience continue to contribute to this growing problem. That's why we pledge to remove all plastics from LDL packaging by the end of 2019."

Wilsonart Inspired by Benchmarx Supplier Event

* Wilsonart-Stand.jpgWilsonart UK, part of the world's largest producer of laminate worktop and panelling products, has enjoyed three days at Inspire - the supplier event hosted by Benchmarx, the kitchen and joinery arm of Travis Perkins.

The Benchmarx Inspire Event, held at ANEC, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire from 5th - 8th March, showcases products, services and innovation from its catalogue of suppliers of which Wilsonart and its worktop brands is one.

Circular reflection

* Circular-reflection.jpgSensio has expanded its collection of circular mirrors with three new designs. Como, Aria and Luna join Orla; all rounded mirrors boasting various LED lighting features.

All three new mirrors are 240V, sit 30mm in depth, come complete with demister pad ensuring a steam free mirror in the warmest of bathrooms and IP44 rated for safety.

New Dealer Inspiration brochure from Blanco is beautifully illustrated

* Blanco-New-Dealer-Inspiration.jpgBlanco UK's new brochure, Dealer Inspiration Range, offers retailers a detailed and beautifully illustrated guide to Blanco's sinks, taps, cooker hoods, hobs and accessories.

The brochure includes the recently launched Sity sink, Viu-S tap, Evol-S Volume smart tap and Fonda extraction system, along with the classic products that Blanco is known for, such as its Silgranit PuraDur and Steelart sinks and stainless steel taps.

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Recent News

BMA announces date and venue for 2019 Conference

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has announced the date and venue for the 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference: 7th and 8th October at the Carden Park Resort, Chester.

Entries now open for KBSA Designer Awards 2019

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association's Designer Awards 2019 are now open for entries. And if you're not yet a full Association member it doesn't mean you're excluded. New members as well as KBB retailers in the processes of applying for membership also have the opportunity to enter.

Unified Water Label can help combat climate change

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The Unified Water Label can make a contribution towards combating climate change, says Bathroom Manufacturers Association CEO Yvonne Orgill.

Yvonne called for the industry to support the UWL, in response to the Committee on Climate Change's 'UK housing: Fit for the future?' recently published report.

Abode partners with Compusoft to make 3D design a reality

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Designers will now find it even easier to include Abode products in their kitchen designs, as the sink and tap manufacturer has joined Compusoft.

Brexit or Flexit - InHouse opens impressive new HQ, showroom and training facility for UK retailers

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At a time when other companies are approaching Brexit with caution, InHouse Inspired Room Design opens the doors to an innovative new headquarters, training facility, conference centre and retailer showroom, showcasing Europe's leading kitchen, bedroom and bathroom brands.

Acres consultancy sponsors kitchen design degree student

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Acres Consultancy has sponsored Andrea Williams, a student studying for the Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design at Buckinghamshire New University. Andrea funded herself through the first year of the course and is delighted to have received a financial contribution towards the second year of her course from Acres Consultancy.

JHC adds Bushboard Vista to showroom displays

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Northern Ireland's JHC Hardware has become the latest of over 500 stockists nationwide to stock Bushboard's latest innovation; Vista statement splashbacks and using the products to create striking new displays for the showroom in Belfast.

KBSA says rise in induction hobs is changing dominance of gas in the kitchen

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association responded to the Committee on Climate Change's 'UK housing: Fit for the future?' report - published last week, by reporting that gas is losing its dominance in the kitchen in favour of induction for cooking.

Record-breaking year in 2018 for LDL

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LDL Components enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2018, the company reports. Following the management buyout announced in April 2018, LDL has significantly expanded its workforce by the addition of new employees across a variety of roles.

Wren Kitchens joins Britain's best manufacturers

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Wren Kitchens has been awarded the Made In Britain marque in recognition of its commitment to manufacturing excellence. Wren manufactures all its high-quality kitchens at three state-of-the-art factories in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, using the latest production technologies.

Neighborly acquires Dream Doors

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Neighborly, the world's largest franchisor of home service brands, has announced the acquisition of Dream Doors, the UK's No. 1 kitchen makeover franchisor. The addition marks the first acquisition of 2019 and brings Neighborly to a total of 22 service brands, nearly 3,700 franchise owners and more than 850 colleagues across nine countries.

New members for KBSA

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association is continuing its drive to increase membership during 2019, with the announcement that three more members have joined the Association. The latest additions include one retail member and two corporate members.

Swan celebrates successful 2018

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Swan Products has annouced another great year in terms of sales, business growth and development, with contributing factors including the continued collaboration with the popular presenter, DJ, cook book author and designer, Fearne Cotton.


Maxtop expands business with sales manager appointment

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Maxtop Quartz has expanded its UK sales team with the appointment of Shawn Buckle as regional sales manager for the South of England. With 14 years in the industry, Shawn joins the Manchester-based company following a successful seven-year role as a key account manager at Bushboard.


Smeg UK announces super Spring offer for its retailers

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Coinciding with the key buying time for kitchens, Smeg will be introducing an incredible new offer exclusive to its retailers this Spring. From 1st March until 30th April 2019, Smeg stockists will be able to offer a free slow juicer for every Victoria range cooker purchased.


Franke launches redesigned brochure for 2019

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Franke UK has launched its 2019 Master Brochure showcasing a revamped format, making for easier navigation of its comprehensive, premium quality portfolio of products including sinks, taps, instant boiling water taps, waste disposal units and sorter bins.

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