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26th September 2014


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New striking 'shower temple' from Belle epoque brand, Arcade

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Launched Sept 1st, this striking new freestanding shower temple is Arcade Bathrooms' most timeless product.

Arcade includes beautiful ceramic sanitary ware, free-standing baths and stunning showering masterpieces. Every piece is hand finished with exceptional care using the finest materials and manufacturing process. A nickel finish is used throughout all brassware, fittings and accessories within the Arcade range, completing the luxury concept and setting the range apart, as the most acclaimed in bathroom styling.

Franke Minerva boiling water taps are hot topic in BBC Good Food Magazine with exclusive sponsorship of 52 page cookery booklet

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As part of its ongoing support of retailers through its More in Store initiative, Franke is exclusively sponsoring a 30 Minute Meals booklet which is included with the October edition of BBC Good Food Magazine, on sale from early September.

A great retailer opportunity to display great value Abode designer taps

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Abode, one of the UK's largest kitchen sink, tap, bathroom brassware and shower manufacturers, is offering retailers a unique opportunity to display five of its latest kitchen designer taps at a special discounted price.

This promotion runs for a three month period from 1st October through to the end of December 2014 and is outlined on a promotional flyer as well as through the Abode e-marketing campaign.

See Amica at IFA from today until 10th September

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Berlin's IFA, kicking off its 90th year today, is one of the world's top trade shows for consumer electronics and appliances and exhibiting for the 5th year in succession is Amica, Poland's leading and Europe's fastest growing built-in and freestanding appliance manufacturer.

Orion; Sensio's new rechargeable LED under bed light

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Lighting specialist Sensio is pleased to further extend its bedroom lighting collection with another pioneering solution, the Orion rechargeable LED under bed light.

Enhancing both the functionality and aesthetics of any bedroom, Orion fits seamlessly beneath the bed, illuminating the area, whilst also transforming the bed into a focal point in the room. The discreet fitting can also be positioned inside cabinets, or under cabinets to create a floating effect and illuminate the floor in a kitchen or a bedroom.

Innovation at the lightest of touches with Geberit Sigma70

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Setting itself apart from other WC flush plates in terms of looks and performance, Geberit has launched its most revolutionary flush system yet, the Geberit Sigma70 featuring new Dual Hydraulic Servo technology.

Making activation of the flush almost effortless for the user, the new Geberit Sigma70 flush plate is the latest innovation in the best-selling Geberit Sigma range, which includes an extensive range of flush plates and the Duofix range of framing systems and concealed cisterns for wall-hung WCs, with 8cm, 12cm and corner options to suit any situation.

Smeg collaborates with innovative pop-up 'London in the Sky'

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Smeg is known for its collaborations with top architects and designers, but its latest venture, teaming up with open-air, pop-up restaurant London in the Sky, has reached new heights of style... 100 feet to be exact!

Inclusive bathroom design looks set to grow

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Due to the increasingly ageing society, accessibility is no longer a minority topic; the demand for inclusively designed bathroom products looks set to grow. You can have good design with product that ultimately serves a purpose rather than just 'looking good' to create a great space for all ages.

Well-designed, accessible concepts are becoming increasingly important as a result of this demographic change.

Welcome to the


The KBSA (Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association) held its annual bash this week and sadly, due to other commitments and a rotten cold and sore throat, I was unable to attend. As a strong supporter of everything industry associations stand for and the professionalism these groups bring to any industry, I was keen to include news of the event in today’s issue, if I could.

Two post-event press releases arrived early yesterday morning so these were the two I edited first, to ensure that they made it onto this page. Unbeknown to me though, that was just the beginning and they kept on coming (a bit like the owls in the first Harry Potter movie, if you’ve seen it?). Well – I thought I was a fast typist but it seemed that no sooner had I finished editing one, Ruth Ward at the KBSA office had sent another, and so it continued throughout the day until Ruth assured me at about 22.00 last night that she was stopping work. So… sorry there are so many of them but had I been a little less woolly-headed I’d have run them in the same piece and made a bit more of a feature out of them.

It’s all interesting stuff though (my congratulations to the award winners!) and I’ve included extra non-KBSA information to provide some balance to the issue.

One of the non-KBSA items, reports on a survey into what features would make it onto people’s wish-lists when it came to creating a luxury bathroom and apparently ‘Rainfall Showers’ and ‘Standalone Baths’ made it into the top slots. For me, it would be having someone carry on with my work for me and answer the phone while I was wallowing in my luxury bathroom, someone to pay the water heating bills and yes – you’ve probably guessed where I’m going with this… someone to clean the bathroom after I’ve finished in there!

Having finally had my roof done, my wish for a non-leaking bathroom (now that’s an anomaly – they normally leak outwards, don’t they?) would no longer be on my list. A new bathroom is though, and I can’t wait to start choosing! Mmmm… a rainfall shower does sound rather inviting…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

KBSA AGM and National Meeting breaks records

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has said that this year's AGM, National Meeting and Networking Dinner were their most successful since the start of the recession. Attended by over 40 retailers and almost 30 corporates, the event attracted almost 120 delegates.

Following the formal business, there were updates from some of the KBSA officers on the market opportunities for members, as well as from Renee Mascari, CEO of the kbbNTG, who updated the meeting on the new Foundation Degree Course which started this month.

KBSA announces 'Excellence Award' winners

* KBSA-table-shot.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced the winners of the 2014 'Excellence Awards', which were presented at their 2014 Networking Dinner at The Welcombe Hotel, Stratford on Avon, earlier this week.

The Customer Service Award for 2014 was won by retailer member, Rooms Kitchen Specialists, of Mottingham, a member for 28 years, while the runner-up was Gordon Busbridge Furniture of St Leonards on Sea - a member for 23 years.

Diane Berry Kitchens wins 2014 KBSA Designer Awards

* Diane-Berry_KBSA-Designer.jpgThe KBSA has announced the winners of the 2014 KBSA Designer Awards. Retaining her title as overall designer of the year was Diane Berry of Diane Berry kitchens in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, with her also repeating last year's success as kitchen designer of the year.

The judges described her entry as "delivering the brief perfectly in a stunning and contemporary way, and with fabulous taps"!

Kitchen Concept winner announced in 2014 KBSA Designer Awards

* Karen-MacArthur.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced the winner of the 'Kitchen Concept Designer of the Year' in the 2014 KBSA Designer Awards as Karen MacArthur from Kitchens International in Edinburgh.

The judges commented that Karen's was an excellent design they rated highly, and noted the mirror splashbacks as an unusual feature. Using a mix of mid and tall units was not intimidating, but allowed Karen the opportunity to express her design skills to the full.

Denby Kitchens wins 2014 KBSA Designer Awards

Barry-Lavin-Award.jpgThe KBSA has announced the winners of the 2014 Kbsa Designer Awards, and the winner of the Bathroom Designer of the Year was Barry Lavin, Director of Denby Kitchen Company.

The judges said of Barry’s winning entry that it “displayed beautiful workmanship and a brilliant interpretation of the client’s brief” - and further, that “the bathroom would be a real pleasure to use”. 

Young designer stars in KBSA Designer Awards

* Rebecca-Reynolds_KBSA-YoungDesigner.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced the winner of the Young Designer of the Year in the 2014 KBSA Designer Awards as Rebecca Reynolds from The Kitchen Showroom in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Rebecca was highly commended for her entry in the Kitchen Designer of the Year category, but her entry was judged 'best in class' when it was submitted for the Young Designer category.

Supplier Awards winners anncounced

The now traditional Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association Supplier Awards were announced at the 2014 KBB Review Kitchen Conference this week, and again, KBSA members voted for those suppliers that they thought had excelled in their service to them in 2013/14.

Members voted 'Product Supplier of the Year' to built-in appliance specialist Neff - the third time Neff has been voted 'best in class.'

The BlancoAttika sink... perfect for the design-focused kitchen

BLANCO-ATTIKA.jpgThe new handmade stainless steel BlancoAttika XL 60 sink and 60-T drainer are practical additions to the Blanco Germany Steelart range. The sink measures 520 x 420mm and has a deep bowl which is ideal for washing large pots and pans.

The high-rim surround ensures water remains in the sink and draining areas. The drainer is also slightly lowered at 35mm so it can act as a preparation area as well as a draining board. A walnut-compound food board is available which fits neatly in the draining area creating more space to chop vegetables. Alternatively, the food board can connect to both the sink and drainer creating more space to prepare food easily.

Revealed: 'Rainfall Showers' and 'Standalone Baths' voted ultimate wish list features for luxury bathrooms

New research conducted by an online bathroom retailer in the UK has revealed the top desirable wish list bathroom features which create the most luxurious bathroom environments.

'Rainfall shower', 'standalone bath' and 'underfloor heating' emerged as the top three, leading the way on the luxurious British bathroom wish list. The survey also found that less than a quarter (23%) of respondents had any of these features in their own home.

Superb screens from Ben de Lisi

* BDL-screens.jpg"The bathroom is about luxury and simplicity; it has to be effortless to use" - Ben De Lisi

American fashion and interiors designer, Ben de Lisi, has created beautiful shower and bath screen solutions which are now available to buy at Abacus Manufacturing Group via www.ben-de-lisi.com

Pictured is the Minimal Frameless Walk-In Screen which marries crystal-clear glass and chrome detailing, as does the Minimal Frameless End Panel.

LDL Components scoops Entrepreneur Award

* LDL_Alistair-McGowan2.jpgLDL Components has won the 'Most Impressive Growth' category at the recent National Entrepreneur Awards 2014.

Matthew Lord, LDL's Managing Director, received the award on behalf of the company from Alistair McGowan at the National Entrepreneur Convention, held at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham, this week.

Max-Top gets beyond the surface in new installation video

* Max-Top-Quartz.jpgKitchen worktop specialist Max-Top has launched a new installation video on YouTube, showcasing the ease and speed with which the popular Max-Top Quartz surfaces can be fitted.

The recently launched, modular quartz product, features a patented interior honeycomb structure (which offers 100% moisture protection) that means the surfaces are incredibly lightweight.

Master Series huge success for Bertazzoni

* Jacqui-Hoctor_Britannia.jpgItalian kitchen appliance specialist Bertazzoni has seen sales of its Master Series range ovens soar in popularity, revealing that they now account for more than 50% of all UK sales just two years after launch.

Jacqui Hoctor, commercial manager for Britannia Living - the manufacturer's UK distributor, comments: "While sales have grown across the board since launch, the Master Series has really taken the market by storm.

One in four UK businesses think their marketing isn't performing

Almost a quarter (24%) of UK based businesses believe that their marketing isn't performing as it should be, with a third of these (33%) complaining that the difficulty of making an impact with the advertising they do, is the biggest barrier to success.

The report was put together from the results of studies into the corporate marketing strategies of 300 UK organisations. Respondents to the study were drawn from a diverse mix of businesses, both B2B and B2C, which spanned multiple industry sectors.

Kensington Black by Vado

* VADO-KEN2.jpgVado has enhanced its Kensington range by introducing a black ceramic lever handle option. Kensington is an attractive, traditionally styled range that is perfect for modern-classic bathrooms, available in both chrome and gold finish options to create a timeless elegant finish.

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