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2nd September 2016
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The various children's room ideas and furnishings for princesses, from Portuguese manufacturer Circu, offer a big choice for interior design, with the availability of everything that corresponds to the fairy tale - down to the last detail.
Welcome to the first edition of KBzine since our Summer break. I hope that if you too, have had a break, it’s been a good one.
I’ve attended several festivals over the Summer and although I’ve been banging on about the benefits of compost loos for years I don’t believe I’ve shared any pictures. The ones I’ve used have been semi-permanent, posh wooden shacks with proper seats set into a wooden platform, with a pit below for everything to drop into. Users sprinkle sawdust over their contribution and everything smells really sweet, all the time. At some stage after the composting process is complete, the waste is removed and used to create energy. Perfect!
One festival I’ve attended for years is set in the grounds of a stately home. The owner told me this year that more than half the energy used ‘in the house’ and for the festival and other events held on the land, now comes from a combination of this human waste and food waste and peelings. That’s really good, isn’t it?
This year at another festival I saw temporary compost loos being installed, so took some pictures. These were raised to create space for green waste bins or non-porous sacks, which were to be taken away before composting had been completed, to the facility that would use the waste. This meant that effectively there would be no waste and that the festival field would be left as was, once all the revellers had departed.
This industry has moved forward in leaps and bounds over recent years, raising awareness of the need to reduce water and energy usage, while bodies such as the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, through the European Water Label, have done a grand job in encouraging manufacturers to produce the required products and widely publicising the wares of those that do so.
As you can see from my picture, the loos I’ve been using at these festivals are very basic (the wooden ones are even more quaint!). With the growing need for us all to reduce both water and energy usage, compost loos are a brilliant concept but need some adapting before they’re really suitable for home use.
I’m hoping one day soon to be able to write about someone from this industry who’s taken up the challenge and produced a ‘posh’ compost loo that’s fit for the home.
This Week's News
Apart from price, which is always top of the list, there should be two main priorities for anyone investing in a new bathroom. The first is that the product should be of excellent quality and should conform with all the relevant standards and regulations. The second is that it should be installed correctly, safely and efficiently, by qualified and competent installers.
Franke has launched a completely revamped consumer website, www.franke.co.uk boasting a faster and easier-to-navigate design that's optimised for mobile phones and tablets to enhance the browsing experience.
The new site includes the full Franke portfolio of sinks, taps, hoods, waste disposal products and the new 'Frames by Franke' collection. It also features inspirational lifestyle imagery and information, comparison and search facilities, advice and tips on how to choose the right products, videos and latest news.
Continuing the trend for more neutral colours in the kitchen, Dream Doors has added 21 new colours to its classic range, nine new colours to its modern range and three new colours to its traditional range. There is also a new door style range called Integra which is also available.
Showcased at KBB for the first time earlier this year, these three sleek Althia kitchen taps from Abode, are now available nationwide, through the company's distributor partners. The new modern contemporary taps offer cutting edge, up-to-the-minute creative styling with multiple functionality - the perfect family!
The clean-cut, Althia Pull out spray tap with minimalist design, maximises performance and style. The tall, swan neck moveable spout allows the control and flow of water and with its diverse application of use, this high specification mixertap is also designed to provide flexibility in food washing and preparation with its pull-out spray. The spray hose is also long enough to reach into the corners of even the largest of sinks to ensure hygiene.
The winners of the MasterPartner design competition were announced at The Big Feastival last weekend, Saturday 27th August. The competition saw national kitchen specialists from the UK enter the competition to be in with a chance of winning one of the four categories: Best Showroom, Best Kitchen Design Under £25,000, Best Kitchen Design Over £25,000, and Best Use of Social Media and Advertising.
The judging panel looked for a highly desirable, extremely well planned and designed kitchen... A kitchen that included a range of Neff appliances, appropriate storage, individuality and one that met all the needs of the customer.
Decormax, one of the country's leading distributors of decorative sheet materials and wood- based panel products, has notched up three hugely successful years with its own brand of Decor worktops, manufactured in partnership with Wilsonart UK.
Established in 2001, Decormax now operates nationally via three depots in Wakefield, Leicester and Bishop's Stortford. The company operates a fleet of its own Decormax delivery vehicles and has sustained remarkable growth over 15 years which have included some of the toughest trading conditions in living memory.
Ellis Furniture's Anna Hirst tells us that on the back of continued growth and thriving business, the company has expanded its Design and Marketing teams, with five new employees.
With the new Roseberry collection of painted timber bathroom furniture, leading manufacturer Utopia Bathrooms has brought something genuinely different to the market. It has developed a unique range that is packed with choice and inspiring design ideas and one that has universal appeal, at home in any style of property.
The culmination of months of intensive product development to ensure a perfect finish, the Roseberry painted timber range is a mix of fitted, freestanding and modular options. The key to its appeal is a classic raised and fielded door style made from solid timber.
The auction is one of the many 30th anniversary fundraising activities being held throughout this year. The auction lots have been donated by suppliers and partners and offer something for everyone from wine and whiskey to an Indian meal and weekend break in Birmingham.
Independent freestanding and built-in electrical retailer Bailey's of Verwood, Dorset has won a brace of new double ovens from Amica following a prize draw promotion at the CIH (Euronics) trade show earlier in the year.
Chosen from over 300 entries handed in on the Amica and Portway Appliances stand, the two ovens - which are worth almost £1000 at retail price - formed part of Amica's launch promotion for its new freestanding double cavity range.
Six contestants have cooked their way to a place in the finals, which will take place at the Bradburys kitchen showroom in Exeter over the weekend of Saturday 8th October and Sunday 9th October 2016.
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Croydex has been granted a patent for its Flexi-Fix 'X' plate following a successful application to the UK Intellectual Property Office.
City Distribution, based in Blackpool, has been servicing the North of England for 29 years. We take orders up to 4:45pm delivering the following day and even man our sales office on probably our customers' busiest day, Saturday, to deal with product enquiries and process orders for Monday delivery - arguably making a rod for our own back but today's retailer need every tool in the box to secure that all important sale.