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22nd May 2015


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International News

International retailers find growth in UK shopping centres

The latest British Consortium of Shopping Centres/Local Data Company vacancy monitor has found the number of shops in UK shopping centres trading as 'multiples' has increased in the last year, with the data showing a rise of 1.3% in the number of 'multiples' and a corresponding 1.3% drop in the number of independent shops.

Abode launches Vedo - the perfect finishing touch to a bathroom

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With its continued ongoing product development plans for bathrooms, Abode has launched a portfolio of eight new tap ranges for 2015 including Vedo - a five piece entry level range of beautifully designed, basin and bath taps that are truly affordable.

The indulgent organic forms used to create this very modern Vedo collection will provide bathrooms with a softer, gentler feel and add the perfect finishing touch to any bathroom decor.

Appliance retailers' awakening awareness of alternative brands' attributes affirmed at CIH Showcase

Simon Freear, Country Manager for Amica in the UK and Ireland, is confident about the freestanding and built-in appliance market following the company's huge success at the recent Euronics Showcase at Birmingham's NEC.

New Tech-Drawer from Mark Wilkinson Furniture

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Mark Wilkinson Furniture has launched a new Tech-Drawer to charge Internet-connected mobile devices. The design adds up to, four USB connection points into the body of a standard drawer (eight for a double drawer) and can also house standard three-pin plug points.

"Homeowners these days have a collection of devices to fill their family lives," says the manufacturer.

PWS gets smart with Kesseboehmer storage offer

PWS has put the spotlight on its Kesseboehmer product portfolio, strengthening the offer and making it more straightforward for manufacturers and retailers to specify and order.

Beautiful basins in natural stone will maintain their good looks for years to come

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Made from a hardwearing mix of minerals and resin, Clearwater's Natural Stone is the perfect material for the bathroom as it is easy to clean, can be made into sleek, contemporary shapes and maintains its good looks over many years.

Clearwater now offers modern and traditional basins to complement its impressive range of baths.

Viking finally in safe hands in the UK

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Top end American appliance brand Viking is now available from Middleby UK, the wholly owned subsidiary of The Middleby Corporation, Illinois, USA. Middleby UK is based near Wigan and has a long history of supplying the company's commercial catering brands Pitco, Middleby Marshall, Blodgett, Houno, Brema and Holman to name just a few.

Global kitchen appliances market expected to reach $253.4 billion, by 2020

A new report by Allied Market Research: 'Global Kitchen Appliances Market - Size, Share, Global Trend, Company Profiles, Demand, Insights, Analysis, Research, Report, Opportunities, Segmentation, and Forecast 2013 - 2020', predicts that the global kitchen appliances market will be worth $253.4 billion by 2020, registering a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 6.4% during 2014-2020.

Sleek, streamlined drainage design for wetrooms is seamless with Geberit CleanLine

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With wetrooms and open-plan showering areas being on trend, ensuring the right drainage is in place is an all-important part of the installation process. Designed specifically for wetrooms, the new Geberit CleanLine shower channel is as easy to install as a standard floor drain.

Suitable for installation in the floor or against the wall, the Geberit CleanLine shower channel can be fitted into thin bed mortar and provides a powerful water drainage solution for wetroom showers.

British Ceramic Tile extends its best-selling Rapolano collection

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British Ceramic Tile has extended its popular Rapolano stone-effect ceramic tile collection, with the addition of an on-trend shade of grey.

Featuring a neutral, organic colour palette of walnut, noce and marfilm, the Rapolano collection has been made all the more contemporary with the addition of a new grey colourway - the modern day neutral.

Whirpool announces UK and Ireland integration

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Following one of the largest acquisitions in the industry of Indesit Company Spa by the Whirlpool Corporation, the UK and Ireland organisational line-up for the new company has been finalised, and is now in operation.

Two stunning new colours of Lustrolite will enliven chic kitchens and bathrooms

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Lustrolite acrylic high gloss wall panelling, from Abacus Manufacturing Group, is now available in nine vibrant colours. The latest additions to the Lustrolite portfolio are Forest - a bright green - and Safari, a subtle khaki.

These new colours have been introduced into the already popular range which comprises Arctic, Glacier, Blue Atoll, Rouge, Mocha, Titan and Carbon.

New Lazio Lava oozes luxury

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Defining both luxury and aesthetics and reflecting European trends in design, the Lazio Lava is is the latest door to be launched from the K Collection, exclusive to PJH.

In a dark earthy grey shade finished in premium high gloss, it makes a stunning design statement enhanced by its streamlined design and contemporary appearance.

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Somebody sent me an article from the Daily Mail last week and I’m unsure as to whether they sent it to extract a comment of some sort or because they know my secret… My mother, who’s in her eighties, has a pampas bathroom! She refuses to change it because it has such a nice deep bath… despite the fact that she’s not had a bath for years because she’s not as able-bodied as she used to be and may not be able to get out. We can live and dream - which is why I still have all those size 10 clothes in the attic)!

In case you missed it, the article was about how an avocado bathroom suite – popular in the seventies, is the biggest turn-off when it comes to buying a new house. The fact that the Mail uses a cream thirties bath to illustrate the article is neither here or there (although the journalists should perhaps know better). The point is that the bathroom isn’t very attractive.

There was a discussion amongst readers who posted comments, about what’s more important; getting a house of a decent size that you like, in a location in which you wish to live, with a bathroom of some really odd colour; compared to a small ‘beige’ house (as one reader put it) with a shiny white bathroom.

I for one would opt for the former because there’s something quite exciting about transforming a grotty bathroom – particularly if it’s avocado to begin with – whereas you can’t easily change the size of your house and certainly can’t change its location without moving home. However, people can so easily underestimate the amount of time it takes to choose and install a new bathroom… and as someone who lived for some years with a sky blue bathroom with blue patterned tiles covering all the walls, and who now boasts a white bathroom suite, pink wooden panelled walls and a spearmint green door, I know what I’m talking about – so be warned!

Companies in this industry occasionally run competitions to find the owner of the oldest fridge or washing machine so they can replace them with modern versions in return for the publicity the campaign brings. How long, I wonder, before some clever manufacturer runs a similar campaign and thus rids this nation of its horrid avocado, pampas or blue bathrooms (or the like) forever…



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Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

KBB NTG launches series of industry learning guides

* Guide-Fan.jpgThe KBB National Training Group tells us it is delighted to announce the launch of a series of industry Learning Guides. The guides have been developed to form part of the Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom industry's Continuous Professional Development (CPD) as well as building together to form a foundation of learning - adding support to our industry's education programme.

The subjects covered within the series include Compliance, Inclusive Design, Lighting, Surveying and Ventilation. Each guide is focused on a specific subject and contains a wealth of useful informative information.

Wayne Hemingway graces KBBG Buying Group's Annual Members' conference, hosted by Miele

* KBBG-Annual-Members-Meeting.jpgThe annual members' conference for the Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG), the UK arm of Der Kreis buying group, was hosted by the Miele Company at the company's spectacular Experience Centre in Abingdon.

The theme for the conference was 'Simplify'; the focus on companies, collaboration and sustainability and highlighting the necessity for all parties along the value added chain to collaborate. Discussion was lively and fulfilling, and the highlight of the day was a thought-provoking and lively presentation by the founder of Hemingway Design, Wayne Hemingway MBE.

BRE Academy and IEMA announce educational collaboration

* BREIEMA.jpgThe Building Research Establishment's training body, the BRE Academy, and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, have signed an agreement that will see the partners collaborate to develop and deliver industry relevant sustainability training courses.

These will be embedded into both Higher and Further Education programmes to enable graduates to have market ready qualifications and support employers in their recruitment selection process.

New voluntary label offered by European Water Label, includes energy saving and technical icons

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Exquisite finishing touches from Belle Epoque Arcade

* Arcade-three-fold-mirror.jpgThe comprehensive accessory collection from Arcade Bathrooms is beautifully crafted and wide-ranging.

Each piece is handcrafted with the brand's hardwearing nickel finish, and for the ceramic pieces each is made of the finest china.

Sygma launches collection of fully stainless steel Metro tiles, inspired by Paris Metro

* sygma-group.jpgSygma-Group has just launched a new collection of stainless steel 'Metro' tiles, taking aesthetics earthenware tiles of the Paris metro.

Emblematic of the Parisian metro stations since 1900, the Metro tiles were produced by Gien. Ignored for many years, these beveled white earthenware tiles are now considered a safe and timeless value for decoration.

Introducing the newest addition to Jetstone's Ceramic collection: Emperador Grigio

* Emperador_Grigio.jpgThe unique practicality of ceramics and continuing development in palette is instrumental in the ever-growing popularity of ceramic as a new choice in decorative surfaces.

Jetstone's latest surface, Emperador Grigio, is a truly classic Italian selection that perfectly fits two trends in the current kitchen market, offering both a marble- and a concrete look. With its matt and textured surface, this new colour is a dynamic addition to Jetstone's already exciting range in ceramics.

Outdoor grilling in all seasons from new heavyweight

Viking-Grill.jpgHigh end American cooking brand Viking is launching a new range of outdoor grills - designed to appeal to well-heeled consumers. 

The new solid stainless steel range will also be sold to members-only golf, tennis and health clubs as a compelling outdoor-cuisine-event investment and to reinforce the brand's ultra-premium position.

Another exciting kitchen tap brochure from Abode

* Abode-2015-Kitchen-Brochure.jpgThe latest Abode kitchen tap brochure is now available and can be viewed on-line or downloaded or retailers can email for hard copies for their showrooms.

Crown Imperial launches new 'Colour Explorer' design tool

* BlackWood.jpgColour is a key design influence in interior design and experimenting with each client's or your own favourite shades and textures has just got easier.

Crown Imperial has now launched an innovative new 'Colour Explorer' tool, allowing users to experience over 200 different colour, style and finish combinations for the kitchen.

BAL strengthens specification support team

* Will-McLachlan.jpgBuilding Adhesives Ltd, the manufacturer of tile adhesives, grouts, sealants and ancillary products, has continued to strengthen its specification support team with the appointment of William McLachlan as business development manager.

William will work with architects, designers and specifiers in the London area supporting them on M40/M20 specification, providing project support and delivering RIBA-accredited CPDs.

Embarking on personal challenges to raise money for charity

B* Patrick-Oshea.jpgetter Bathrooms' David Ockerby (Warehouse, Didcot), James Kennedy (Video Department, Glazebury), and Patrick O'Shea (Customer Services, Glazebury), have all raised money for charity by running in either the London Marathon or the Great Manchester Run.

We've all dreamed of it, crossing the finish line after that gruelling 26.2 mile slog - and for David that what he did on Sunday when he ran the London Marathon.

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News in Brief

Max-Top is offering UK kitchen and bathroom retailers free Quartz displays - [email protected] … Congratulations to domestic appliance manufacturer Candy; celebrating its 70th anniversary this month - T: 01685 725 57 … Michelin-starred chef John Campbell is using Gorenje appliances at his new cookery school (www.thewoodspeen.com/cookery-school/) T: 0208 247 39 80  … Caple’s new Como Cashmere kitchens' soft grey cabinetry meets modern colour trends - T: 0117 938 1900

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