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14th September 2018


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Sleek with no leaks for the perfect wetroom

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"A few manufacturers have attempted to create something similar but, in our opinion, Abacus Elements has really nailed it with this clever design making it one of the best wetroom trays we have seen," Roger Bisby, Skill Builder.

Better than ever ceramic hobs from Amica

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Amica has redesigned two of its best-selling ceramic hobs, adding sophisticated features and safety improvements.

Matt black finds its surface match with CRL Quartz Vicenza

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Responding to many of the key trends in interior design while offering several practical advantages, CRL Quartz Vicenza is a new colour from CRL Stone suitable for kitchens and bathrooms.

Colour pop kitchens add real vibrancy to the home's hub

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This season it's all about eye-catching colour in the kitchen. Whether people are looking for an island with a vibrant pop of paint or a completely colourful kitchen, each of Burbidge's stylish designs can be hand sprayed in one of 30 shades from the kitchen specialist's Painted Palette, or colour matched to any paint manufacturer's colour, using the company's Bespoke service, ensuring that the chosen kitchen is perfectly paired with a hue that suits the householder.

Traditionally modern design for your kitchen

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Think traditional kitchen design and brass and ceramic are two materials that instantly spring to mind and the latest products from Abode combine both for a modern twist that turns the sink and tap into a stand-out feature.

Choose from the Forged Brass Astbury tap with its high-quality finish and real ceramic handles or the Century Copper Bayenne mixer, hand-brushed to create a classic oil rubbed look so no two are alike and pair them with one of a wide choice of ceramic sinks for a modern take on the traditional.

Kartell by Laufen presents 'Dim Sum'

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At this year's London Design Festival, Laufen presents 'Dim Sum' at the Kartell flagship store in Knightsbridge. The artistic, collaborative installation between Laufen and Kartell, in the heart of the Brompton Design District, follows its debut at Milan Design Week earlier this year.

Petite proportions with Roper Rhodes' small but perfectly formed bathroom solutions

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Adding an extra bathroom to an average-sized home in the UK can add 5% or around £15,000 to its value and thanks to bathroom specialist Roper Rhodes' space-saving bathroom furniture and sanitaryware, it's never been easier to create a stylish and functional cloakroom or en suite.

Hoover launches next generation AI dishwasher

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Hoover new AXI dishwasher, follows the successful release of the AXI washing machine, which in June, marked the beginning of Hoover's next generation of domestic appliances complete with Artificial Intelligence.

Colour blocking perfection with new shades from Masterclass

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A grey kitchen will never be boring with the enticing range of new colours from Masterclass Kitchens, designed to be mixed & matched with a variety of vibrant shades to create a space that is full of character.

Abajo - a space-saving, subtle extraction system from Blanco

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The Blanco by Gutmann, Abajo downdraft extraction system sits discreetly in the kitchen worktop; it is space-saving, subtle and stylish.

This system is perfect for open-plan living where sightlines should be kept clear. The Abajo sits flush to the worktop and siphons steam and cooking odours away leaving the room's atmosphere crystal clear.

Survey reveals safety managers' confidence with workplace eyewash stations

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From small particles like sawdust and cement chips to chemicals that cause burns, there are numerous workplace hazards that pose a risk to employees' eyes in a manufacturing facility.

New superslim worktops - a real innovation in laminate

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Sleek, ultra-slim and brand new Evolve solid core worksurfaces from Bushboard bring an inspired quality to kitchen design. Made from a 100% solid core laminate which is just 12.5mm thick, the new surfaces come in a choice of 15 dual-faced, contemporary designs and feature five complementary core colours - white, cream, light grey, dark grey and extra black.

Crosswater's Svelte bathroom furniture collection now offered inn Storm Grey

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Storm Grey is the latest finish to be introduced to the ever-popular Crosswater Svelte bathroom furniture collection. Renowned for its sleek curves and superior functionality, Svelte is an ideal choice for the design-conscious homeowner.

Franke's new Atmos hood aims to make condensation a thing of the past

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Franke's pioneering new Atmos hood features an innovative Steam Control System to solve the problem of dripping condensation by capturing rising steam before it condenses on surfaces.

Streamlined and elegant: Rangemaster launches two new kitchen taps

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Responding to key trends in interior design, Rangemaster has launched two new kitchen taps to join its extensive collection. The new 'Estuary' and 'Intense' models both share elegant swan-neck designs in a dual-lever monobloc configuration.

Welcome to the



Welcome back to our first post-Summer KBzine. It seems like such a long time ago that I wrote my last leader - perhaps that's the sign of having had a good break! As is usual over Summer, I've gone from one festival to another without actually unpacking my car and I'm happy to say that all bar one boasted a crowd that takes note of the mantra: 'leave no trace'.

The one where there were issues was not really caused by the festival-goers however, but because e.coli had been found in the pipes supplying the local village and farm where the festival was held. This meant that although most of us were proudly carrying reusable water bottles, (my smart Franke water bottle served me well - see #RefillnotLandfillUK to find out how to get one for yourself) rather than the environment-contaminating common sort, we ended up not being as environmentally-friendly as we'd hoped as the festival organisers had to ship in 27,000, two-litre plastic bottles of water to keep us all going - not good for an event that runs on solar power and doesn't normally leave a carbon footprint!

I just hope these plastic bottles are eventually put to good use, such as for more of the loft insulation material I have at home which has made a real difference to the Winter temperatures we have to suffer indoors, since it's been installed. Whilst away I experienced a vast array of compost loos of different styles which were always incredibly clean and didn't smell (I so wish it was like that in 'away from home' loos in normal life) so it's been something of a shock to come back to an inbox full of press releases and images of fabulous bathroom products with high-tech features! I did wonder more than once why no-one has thought of using the doors to advertise some of these products to the captive audience 'roughing it' within...

But onto festivals of a different kind... Tomorrow, of course, sees the start of the London Design Festival & all that it brings. There's so much to see and a multitude of related events being staged at so many venues (https://www.londondesignfestival.com/events) that I wonder whether anyone could manage to see everything before the Festival closes its doors on the afternoon (or probably evening) of 23rd September. If you're visiting, I hope that you're inspired and if you're exhibiting, that you make lots of sales!




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

KBSA Designer Awards 2018 winners receive their trophies

* KBSA-MAIN-PIC_Winners.jpgHearty congratulations to all the winners of the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association Designer of the Year Awards 2018, who collected their awards at the Association's annual conference this week at the Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon. The winners were:

Brassware and taps market enjoys 4% value growth despite intense pricing pressures

* Brassware-taps-market.jpgThe brassware and taps market in the UK, worth more than £200m, is estimated to have grown by 4% in 2017. Following a period of slow growth, the market improved between 2014 and 2016, driven by more favourable conditions in the new housebuilding sector and demand from the private commercial sector.

A more modest performance is anticipated in 2018 and 2019, with consumer and business confidence expected to decline, impacting on demand for brassware and taps.

New for 2018 at K├╝chenmeile: Holland Trend Haus

* Keller-Trend-Haus.jpgKeller Kitchens, Dekker Zevenhuizen and ATAG Benelux have joined forces and will open the doors of Holland Trend Haus on 16th, 17th and 18th September. At ServicePoint A30 in Bünde, the three Dutch companies will present the latest trends and innovations in the field of kitchens, worktops and kitchen appliances.

Following on from their last presence at Küchenmeile in 2013, Holland Trend Haus sees the three companies charting a new course.

Poor consumer lending practices short-change UK businesses by some 40% of sales

* Poor-consumer-lending.jpgUK businesses are being unknowingly short-changed out of sales revenues - by as much as 40% - due to poor practices employed by consumer credit lenders, a new research report has found.

The study, compiled by specialist finance platform, Duologi, looked at the biggest frustrations consumers face when borrowing funds to purchase goods and services on credit. It revealed an array of barriers that could be having a hugely detrimental impact on sales across a range of consumer-facing business sectors.

Salice set for SICAM success

SALICE-MAIN2.jpgSalice tells us it is looking forward to showcasing its extensive product range at SICAM 2018, the International Exhibition of Components, Semi-finished Products and Accessories for the Furniture Industry, held in Pordenone, Italy between 16th-19th October 2018.

With many new products launched within the last 12 months, Salice says visitors to the stand will have much to admire including the stylish Slider M35 Top coplanar sliding system which is suitable for medium sized cabinets, with doors width up to 1500mm and a maximum weight of 35kg per door.

Miele's new CM 7550 bean-to-cup countertop coffee machine incorporates WiFi technology

* Miele-new-CM-7550-bean.jpgPremium domestic appliance manufacturer, Miele, showcased at IFA a new model for its range of countertop coffee machines, the CM 7550 Coffee Machine.

Available from October, this attractive redesign of the existing CM 7500 is equipped with Miele's WiFiConn@ct technology, allowing the machine to be easily integrated into a smart home using an existing WLAN network.

Blanco introduces super stylish stainless steel taps

* Blanco-AMBIS-tap.jpgEver the innovator in kitchen sinks and taps, Blanco UK has introduced a range of brushed stainless steel taps designed for today's busy home. The Ambis, Candor and Lanora-S have been designed to complement any design scheme, be it traditional or modern, and all stainless steel sink models from Blanco.

The Ambis is an elegant, angular tap with a spout which can be swivelled by 360 degrees, making cleaning, washing up and food preparation simple.

NoCode Versobox - innovation in shower valve technology

* NoCode-Versobox.jpgNoCode's Versobox combines stylish looks with easy installation for any bathroom setting. The install box ensures a watertight installation for optimal product performance and tanking is also provided for additional waterproofing. The clear plastic front cover protects the valve during any plastering or wall finishing and acts as a tiling guide for an accurate finish.

With an impressive shallow depth of between 70 and 90mm, Versobox can be used in any type of wall.

Rangemaster updates iconic Elan range cooker by launching the Elan Deluxe

* RM_Elan_Deluxe-Cranberry-Main.jpgRangemaster has updated its popular Elan range cooker with the launch of the brand-new Elan Deluxe, available in both Dual Fuel and Induction models.

The distinctive Elan features including rotary controls, door, handles and towel rails have been retained and brand-new features have been introduced, bringing the Elan Deluxe in line with Rangemaster's most contemporary range cookers. The Elan Deluxe is also one of the first range cookers to benefit from the brand's recently unveiled 'next generation' induction system.

Illusion of wallpaper made possible with new V&A Serenity Collection from British Ceramic Tile

* BCT_Larkspur.jpgWallpaper enthusiasts rejoice. The illusion of wallpaper is now made possible with the new V&A Serenity collection from British Ceramic Tile. A collection of white, textured matt tiles inspired by the V&A's archive of wallpaper designs, V&A Serenity is all about discreet detail, creating a wall covering that's soft, serene and individually personal.

We all love the look of wallpaper. Textured, detailed, patterned... it's a surface covering that adds a new dimension to walls but often it's not suitable for wet rooms or busy areas of the home due to wear and tear. With this new collection of ceramic tiles, people can recreate the same stunning wallpaper effect knowing that the tiles are waterproof, easy to clean and will last for years.

Worktop Express launches Wilsonart's Zenith Solid-Core slimline worktops

* Worktop-Express-Zenith.jpgThe UK's leading online worktop specialist of worksurfaces in Gloucester has added three Wilsonart Zenith decors to its comprehensive range of Wilsonart worktops. Worktop Express, which started business in 2009, has built a compelling business initially supplying competitive solid wood worktops and has developed into offering all materials both online and through its eight national worktop showrooms.

Worktop Express started selling Wilsonart UK laminate worktops three years ago and has steadily increased its offer to include Zenith Caldeira, Rouille and Magma. In each Worktop Express showroom Wilsonart Zenith will have displays, sample blocks and offer decor swatches available to order online.

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BMA works towards international agreement on water efficient products

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association is working to influence the development of an international standard for a banding system to indicate the efficiency of water-using fittings and appliances, which will encourage water saving throughout the world.

Builders' merchants' sales soar as part of 0.9% rise in construction output

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Builders' merchants have reported a double-digit increase in June, with average daily sales up 11.2% up on June 2017. Their performance reinforces the release of the latest ONS data that has found construction output grew by 0.9% in Quarter 2 on 2018.

Abode scoops LTG's 'Best in Kitchen & Bathroom Accessories' Award

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Abode has won the 'Best in Kitchen & Bathroom Accessories Award' in the Luxury Travel Guide's 2019 Lifestyle Awards, which showcases the very best brands that enable affluent travellers to bring the benefits of their trip into everyday life.

Our industry's views of plastic waste: Franke's Snapshot Survey results revealed

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Franke's Snapshot Survey across the industry reveals commitment to reducing plastic waste, but that behavioural change is a much longer burn.

Carron Phoenix retailers to host 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' for Macmillan

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InSinkErator supports PhD food waste research project

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InSinkErator is supporting a PhD research project, 'The role of food waste disposers in the Circular Economy', being undertaken by The University of Sheffield, on the potential to recover biogas from ground food waste, transported to treatment via the sewer system.

Norbord answers the call of the Royal Marines

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Royal Marines are enjoying new kitchens at their barracks in North Devon after Norbord, a leading wood panel manufacturer, answered an appeal for help on social media. Norbord and selected partners provided a makeover for three kitchens by donating new units produced at the company's South Molton plant.

Masterclass takes to the high roads (and the low roads) by expanding into Scotland

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As its partner network continues to grow, Masterclass Kitchens is entering new territory, with retailers in Scotland able to take its products on board for the first time. In what is a big step forward for the company and with a strong network of retail partners now established in the UK and Wales, Scotland is the natural next step for the business.

Companies fined for breaching safety regulations

Two companies have been fined recently for breaches in safety regulations that led to injuries for their workers.

In the first, an East Lothian-based sole trader was fined after a self-employed furniture maker was injured on its premises. Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how, in 2016, the furniture maker was working on the premises owned by Peter Anselm Fraser, trading as A and A Fraser Property. Whilst the worker was moving wood over the planer blade, the machine skidded on the table causing her left hand to slip off the top edge and come into contact with the exposed part of the blade, which caused hand injuries.

Samsung creates new technical expert roles to enhance kitchen trade support

Samsung has created new roles in its customer engagement team for the kitchen trade to better serve the needs of the premium market and provide enhanced customer service for retail partners.

The secret ingredient for a modern kitchen

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Some children dream of being astronauts, explorers or artists. From a young age, Jean Pierre Pastor knew he wanted to be a chef. Inspired by his mother's great cooking, he cultivated a passion for food early in life and ultimately realised his dream: opening his first restaurant in 2000, La Fata Bema.

Feature floor tile sales rise as consumers turn to their floors to make an impact, says British Ceramic Tile

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Bold and bright or discreet and understated. Whatever the style, sales of feature floor tiles are on the up and outselling plain floor tiles, according to British Ceramic Tile.

The brand has reported a 70% sales increase of patterned floor tile in retail channels over the last year (2017 to 2018) with its feature floor and designer collections proving a surefire hit with consumers.

KitchenAid supports retailers with bespoke training opportunities

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KitchenAid has introduced bespoke training opportunities to support retailers at its Experience Store, Wigmore Street, London.

Stylishly arranged over two floors, the venue offers retail partners valuable and bespoke training on the vast array of KitchenAid appliances.

New FTA events to provide road map for new international logistics landscape

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The Freight Transport Association, the largest and most influential business organisation in the logistics sector, has launched a new series of events - the International Road Transport Operator Conferences 2018 - to help operators understand and adapt to the changing international regulatory landscape for road haulage.


Smeg's new digital brochure features entire built-in and integrated appliance range

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Smeg has produced a new digital version of its built-in brochure. This new digital format means customers, dealers and retailers have quick and easy access to Smeg's entire range of built-in and integrated appliances.

The brochure is conveniently split into two separate documents; the first focuses on ovens and hobs, while the second is centred around all additional aspects of the kitchen.

TKC expands its dedicated Jigsaw brand following its successful launch

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Following its successful initial launch, TKC has significantly enhanced the product offer for its Jigsaw brand to offer even greater sales opportunities for its complete kitchen customers.

The choice of door colours, styles, sizes and configurations have been expanded, backed by an updated literature suite.

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