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18th September 2015


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International News

Whirlpool's 'Kitchen of the Future' wows IFA fair visitors

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As mentioned in last week's leader, Whirlpool presented its entire brand portfolio, for the first time, at the international fair, IFA in Berlin, over the past several days.

Bespoke bathroom screens designed by SWA members

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Exploiting the strength and slim proportions only steel can offer, bespoke internal glazed partitions, screens and shower enclosures, designed and manufactured by Steel Window Association members, are growing in popularity.

Especially prevalent in high-end commercial and residential projects, steel is the favourite today due to the visual, innate solidity of the material; without being overpowering, steel creates a look no other material can replicate due to the slenderness and robustness of the steel sections.

Cabuchon Bathforms launches 5th generation deep soaking tub - the Yasahiro

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British bath manufacturer Cabuchon Bathforms has announced the launch of the Yasahiro, a modern take on the traditional Japanese Ofuro and a bath that draws upon more than 20 years' experience in deep soaking tub design.

Since the 1991 launch of its first contemporary, Japanese-style deep soaking tub - the Imersa, the company has been steadily introducing new and improved designs.

New Lustrolite colours at 100% Design - for stunning bathroom panelling and kitchen splashbacks

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100% Design featured the Abacus Manufacturing Group stand where the latest stunning new Lustrolite colours were on display.

Lustrolite acrylic high gloss wall panelling is proving exceptionally popular with designers and retailers who want to add pizzazz to kitchens and bathrooms - or, indeed, any room.

Quadra from MHS Radiators provides practical perfection

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MHS Radiators has introduced the visually stunning Quadra to its inspirational collection of designer towel rails.

An opulent combination of form and function, Quadra encompasses a rigid structure to provide practical storage space and shelves for towels, as well as impressive levels of heat for the bathroom.

Abode Marino: a striking contemporary design

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Abode has launched a portfolio of eight new tap ranges including Marino, a collection of beautifully designed basin and bath taps.

The Marino family has a striking contemporary design suitable for all bathroom styles with its distinctive long lever handle making one-handed operation effortless. The tall, square shaped design of Marino products with radiused edges will give all bathrooms an interior design look and feel.

Introducing BAL Tank-it - the ultimate waterproofing system for all applications

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Suitable for internal or external waterproofing, BAL Tank-it is the new, ultimate tanking system formulated with innovative technology from the UK's market-leader in tiling solutions. Highly polymer-modified, the two-part, rapid-setting product provides complete protection and can be tiled after only 90 minutes - and, since no priming is required, it produces significant time and cost savings on key installations for tilers and contractors.

Microwave oven market expected to reach $25.4 Billion by 2020

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According to a new report: 'World Microwave Oven-Market Opportunities and Forecasts, 2014 - 2020', the global microwave oven market is expected to generate revenue of $25.4 billion by 2020, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 6.07% during the forecast period, 2015 - 2020.

Amica appoints Origo as distributor for Ireland

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Amica household appliances has announced that Dublin based Origo, a leading consumer appliance distributor for Ireland, is to distribute the Amica brand in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Into the fold - new showerwall from Merlyn

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Stepping into Merlyn's showerwall fold is the new 8 Series Folding Showerwall. The ingenious folding mechanism allows you to fold the shower wall back so that it's horizontally flush against the wall - perfect for smaller bathrooms.

New Combi-Steam oven combines microwave speed with conventional heat and steam

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The engineers at V-Zug have launched an oven which combines the speed of a microwave with conventional heat and steam.

Phoenix Bathrooms added to EQ software package

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Phoenix Bathrooms' products are now available on the EQ Software system, thus providing all EQ users with the ability to access the full range of Phoenix bathroom and heating products in digital format via the software package.

Welcome to the



When people talk about the standards of education in the UK, they rarely have anything good to say and this breeds the feeling that our young people are entering the world of work without the skills they need to succeed.

Sometimes it takes a reminder, such as the news this week that a student from the UK is one of just six finalists out of 1500 entrants globally in this year’s Electrolux Design Lab competition, to remind us that we still have plenty to shout about. And having looked at the other finalists’ entries, I feel that Jordan Lee Martin, a product design student from the University of Huddersfield, may go on to become the winner.

Jordan’s entry – Bloom – is a kettle that uses wasted steam and hot water to carry out household tasks and which Jordan says is the most efficient kettle in the world.

“Through the use of its three pods, Bloom utilises wasted steam and hot water, harnessing them to carry out multiple tasks,” he explains. “Each pod can be used once fitted to Bloom’s docking base and is controlled via a smart device or the kettle’s hub. All pods use pre-existing technology e.g. steam cooker, propagator, plant air purifier, steriliser and dishwasher.”

But that’s not all… Bloom is fitted with a child-lock and a lid within the spout to prevent possible exposure to steam or hot water and which redirects the steam through the vents for the pods. Further, Bloom acts as a thermos, sustaining the temperature so that it can deliver steam and hot water more efficiently while its exterior acts as thermal resistor ensuring the surfaces will not burn anyone – saving energy.

“Everything is pre-existing technology that has been repurposed to be more sustainable, safer, accessible and easier to use,” says Jordan, who gains extra marks from me for not reinventing the wheel in coming up with his design. He believes that by accessing children early, Bloom will help develop good life habits. He says that a more informed generation will be more attentive towards waste and the environment, consumption and sustainability, as well as more aware of health, germs and fitness.

With goals such as this, I do hope he wins the competition and that his Bloom one day ends up in full flower…

See the concept come to life at: www.electroluxdesignlab.com



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Hi-Macs brings a splash of colour to the bathroom

* lghaus.jpgAttention to detail makes the difference between a design that is merely practical and a bit boring and one which is attractive and eye catching.

To furnish a bathroom, you need to take all possible aspects into consideration, including both the design and the functionality as well as the material used, since this will have a big impact on the final result.

The American Hardwood Export Council to present four projects at 100% Design

* 100pc-design-kitchen-stool.jpgThe American Hardwood Export Council is to present four projects at 100% Design, as part of the London Design Festival 2015.

The Invisible Store of Happiness - a celebration of wood and craftsmanship in the form of a three-metre high wooden sculpture made out of American maple and cherry, will be showcased alongside three pieces from The Wish List project that AHEC presented at the Victoria & Albert Museum during London Design Festival 2014. Getting Away From It All, A Stool for the Kitchen and Ve-sel will be on show as part of the shortlist for The Wood Awards 2015 in the product design category.

Hobsons|choice's Bath showroom stages evening of foodie festivities

* Hobsons-Choice.jpgOn Tuesday, the Hobsons|choice Bulthaup showroom in Bath opened its doors to local 'foodie' magazine Crumbs, for a party celebrating all that is great about Bath food and drink.

The idea for the special invitation-only evening was cooked up between Richard Carter (hobsons|choice managing director) and Jane Ingham (MediaClash managing director). Ping Coombes, MasterChef winner and Bathonian, headlined the event, providing guests with delicious BBQ pulled-pork steamed buns, created in the showroom's Bulthaup b3 working kitchen. Upstairs, the team from the Burger & Lobster, Bath, offered drinks and cocktails to guests as they mingled around the many Bulthaup kitchen displays.

Whirlpool pulls plug on potential purchase of Aga Rangemaster

Whirlpool Corporation, which had made an eleventh hour bid to buy iconic British brand Aga Rangemaster, has withdrawn, leaving US commercial foodservice, food processing and residential kitchen equipment giant the Middleby Corporation to go ahead with the bid it made in July.

In a statement made last Friday, 11th September, Whirlpool said:

Amica sponsored Oxford swim attracts over 100 entrants

* Amica-swim.jpgA total of 115 open water enthusiasts and complete beginners finished the Oxford 4K Lock to Lock river swim organised by Swim Oxford on 6th September 2015. The new event was sponsored by home appliance brand Amica.

Amica, which is rolling out a grass-roots marketing campaign for the last quarter of 2015 and throughout 2016, directly linked the inaugural Oxfordshire event to its independent kitchen specialist and expert electrical retail customers from the immediate area.

Holloways of Ludlow appoints Rebecca Northmore as CAD technician

* Rebecca-Northmore.jpgAward-winning kitchen and furniture designer, Holloways of Ludlow, has announced the appointment of Rebecca Northmore to the company's CAD technician team at its Head Office in West London.

Rebecca joins Holloways of Ludlow from world-renowned architectural practice, Foster and Partners, where she spent two years specialising in the design, interpretation and creation of architectural models developed from CAD drawings, to create the final project models for clients.

BMA to host BIM seminar

* Chris-T-H.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association is hosting a Building Information Modelling seminar, which is open to everyone who is trading in the bathroom industry.

"From 2016, all Government related building projects - falling within the current criteria - must be submitted under a BIM process, which is validated and monitored under the laid down procedure," warns the BMA's Yvonne Orgill. "BIM looks at the build, maintenance and demolition across the lifetime of the building and underpins Government's objectives to reduce waste, carbon emissions and use more sustainable products and methods.

Soapbox: Same road, different rules: what fleet drivers should know...

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Do you and/or your fleet drivers know the speed limit for lorries on a single carriageway in a non-built-up area of the UK? It appears that 81% of drivers don't and it could be fuelling frustration on the road, according to a study by AA Drive Tech.

CDM 2015 & the homeowner

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The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) came into force on 6th April 2015 and they have implications for anyone organising work on their home.

Latest LED lighting innovation from LDL

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Available now, the sleek 5mm light features chip-on-board (COB) technology and is both remarkably powerful and extremely efficient.

Brian looks East to grow kitchen sales

* Brian-Peck.jpgMasterclass Kitchens has bolstered its sales team with the appointment of Brian Peck. Focusing on the East of England, Brian will be a familiar face to many in the industry, joining the company from Waterline where he looked after the area for Crown furniture.

Indesit makes changes at the top

* Fiona-Hope_Indesit.jpgIndesit has announced two structural staff changes within its marketing departments. Piero Pracchi, previously marketing director UK & Ireland, has been promoted to senior director, Brand & Digital Marketing [EMEA], in recognition of his UK success, while Fiona Hope has been appointed marketing director UK & Ireland.

Fiona brings strong brand and consumer experience gained from her role as managing director with SodaStream and her previous roles within Coca-Cola.

PWS heads north with new sales executive

* Michael-Green_PWS.jpgPWS has appointed Michael Green as area sales executive for the North West Region. Michael joins PWS with a strong background in sales development, most recently working as an account manager selling real wood flooring.

New sales agent for Mereway and Trend Bathrooms

* Geoff-Cockcroft.jpgMereway Bathrooms has announced that a new sales agent, Geoff Cockcroft, has been appointed to represent both Mereway and Trend Bathrooms in the South East region.

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Barwick appoints new managing director Gary Campbell

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Leading independent bathroom distributor Barwick tells us it is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Campbell to the role of managing director.

Utopia promotes Chris Jones

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After six highly successful years as Utopia's business development manager for the Midlands region, Chris Jones has been promoted to the position of key accounts manager.

Kitchens International appoints two new showroom managers

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Independent kitchen designer and retailer Kitchens International has appointed two new managers for its designer showrooms. Helen Taylor becomes showroom manager for the Glasgow showroom and Donna Smith is manager for Perth.


Victoria + Albert Baths launches International Design Awards competition

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Victoria + Albert Baths has announced its debut International Design Awards, in celebration of its upcoming 20th anniversary.

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