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13th June 2014
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The Stoves FD90 and SXS90 are 90cm wide models that offer the latest in convenience and efficiency and are available in sleek black and modish stainless steel.
KBB sector CAD software specialist, ArtiCAD, has announced the availability of a large number of new manufacturers' graphics. Designers using the ArtiCAD-Pro software can access these new catalogues and quickly and easily choose the specific items they wish to include in their design to ensure that they are as realistic - and as stunning, as possible.
Featuring a straight geometric spout and a slim, one touch control lever, the Atoll range can be operated with just a gentle lift or push. As well as being a great choice for new bathroom installations, Atoll can be a quick fix for updating a tired bathroom that is past its best.
Founded over 30 years ago, in-toto is now a well-established kitchen brand in the UK with nearly 50 Design Studios nationwide.
You’ll be well aware by now that I’m a sustainability and recycling fiend, so you may well imagine my delight at the Government’s recent decision to finally impose a levy on the reusable plastic bags handed out to shoppers at larger stores and supermarkets, in a move to reduce waste and the environmental impact they have and encourage people to take their own bags with them when they shop.
It is hoped that the 5p levied on each bag will go to charity, but bearing in mind the good causes that will benefit and knowing just how little 5p is actually worth these days, I wonder whether the figure should be doubled to act as a greater deterrent against bag use and the scheme expanded to encompass all shops. What do you think?
I asked this question yesterday in KBzine’s sister publication, Cleanzine, and someone later posted on our Facebook page that the bags comprise a mere 1% of global waste, which I admit isn’t very much, but a move to cut down on their use and thus reduce the damage they cause the environment and wildlife, is certainly a step in the right direction, isn’t it?
And while I’m on the subject of packaging, if you’ve taken steps to reduce the amount that you use, or if you’re in the supply chain and now insist upon your delivery drivers removing packaging at the point of delivery and taking it back to the depot to ensure that it’s disposed of responsibly, I’d love to hear from you!
This Week's News
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has confirmed that the 2014 AGM, National Meeting and Networking Dinner will be held on Tuesday 23rd September 2014 at a new venue - The Welcombe Hotel, Stratford on Avon.
It has also announced details of some of the speakers.
The panel is headed by kitchen industry stalwart Renee Mascari, CEO of the kbb National Training Group and Principal of Mascari Design Services.
The mineral finish is one of three robust acrylic doors available in a rich Copper; bold Bronze and a shimmering Pearl Basalt.
In keeping with the Cucina Colore ethos of mixing colour and texture for dramatic effect, all three work well when teamed with a wood grain finish to add interest and individuality to kitchen designs.
The conference, set for 7th October 2014 at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, is shaping up to be the breakthrough event in the bathroom and kitchen industry calendar. With its theme of Marketing the Future and packed with fresh and innovative thinking from talented and successful business speakers, the conference is aimed at breaking down the current industry paradigms.
Badea by Bauformat is designed to provide retailers with access to a high quality and stylish range of bathroom furniture, washbasins and mirrors. Bauformat is delighted to showcase its latest range of bathroom storage solutions, ideal for compact bathroom spaces in neutral and vibrant tones.
The Badea collection consists of six distinctive modern and contemporary ranges with a multitude of finishes, styles, colours and configurations options. New additions in 2014 to the 'Gaste' and 'Sky Colour' ranges - perfect for cloakrooms and en-suites - are really exciting.
One of the industry's leading designers and manufacturers of high quality kitchen and bathroom furniture, Ellis Furniture, is celebrating the launch of its striking, new flagship 1891 Collection of real wood, painted kitchen furniture and the accompanying, equally stunning 1891 kitchen brochure.
The new 1891 Collection represents the company's single largest launch of kitchen furniture to date. This real wood collection of natural grain and painted doors - available as Shaker style and slab across the four ranges of Littendale, Mondrian, Aspect and Matisee - offers possibly the most affordable, outstanding quality range of painted kitchen furniture available in the UK today, providing retailers with a great opportunity to fill a gap in the market.
Iconic American fashion and interiors designer, Ben de Lisi's brand new 'Pure' and 'Simple' sanitaryware and furniture collections are available to buy at Abacus Manufacturing Group via www.ben-de-lisi.com
'Simple' (pictured) is an elegant range of bold, contemporary sanitaryware that offers effortless chic and streamlined design with Nano Tech easy clean coating and a choice of products that includes a wall hung basin, back to wall and wall hung WCs and wall hung bidet.
Compact in size and clever in its use of space and proportions, Solo is perfect for both smaller bathrooms and cloakrooms. Designed by Bauhaus, Solo is a useful basin and furniture unit combination which is now available in two smart new glossy colours. Quartz, a soft grey and Azure, a gentle blue join the existing Graphite, Calico and White options, bringing the colour choice to five.
Martin, who will take up his new role on August 11th, joins Methven from creative plastics manufacturer Curver UK where he was Managing Director for the UK and Ireland.
Simon managed the multiple retailer accounts for over a year when he joined the company. He is now responsible for the sales team along with the multiple retailers, independent retailers and key accounts.
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