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25th November 2016


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International News

Burgbad's Coco Collection wins German Design Award 2017

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The new collection from bathroom furniture specialist Burgbad wowed the expert jury of one of Germany's most prestigious design competitions - dressed not in a 'little black number' but a simple outfit in matt grey. The jurors declared Coco one of the German Design Award 2017's winners in the bath and wellness category.

Britannia Living unveils refreshed Fleet collection

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Britannia Living has updated its Fleet range cooker collection by revamping design elements and adding exciting new colours.

The models have been updated with the addition of a refined new oven door-handle and the introduction of a new fascia panel, which proved a huge hit on the Delphi platform.

The neat and multi-functional Blanco Delta II sink: perfect for smaller kitchens

Perfect for smaller kitchens, the Blanco Delta II sink is designed to fit perfectly in the corner of a workspace.

This 183 mm bowl is large and deep, and its uniquely slanted shape provides excellent space for washing up large saucepans and baking trays. Alongside the main bowl, there is an additional one with an integrated stainless steel colander and a large drainer area making this a truly multi-functional sink.

British Ceramic Tile relaunches its impactful splashback collection

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British Ceramic Tile has relaunched its Impact glass splashback collection, revealing a capsule new range that brings together a concise offering of best sellers and on trend new colours.

Indesit makes dinner time a breeze with innovative turn&cook function

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Indesit has developed a simple solution for creating perfectly cooked family meals in just one hour - bringing harmony to the kitchen. Its new built-in cooking collection, Aria, includes the KFW 3844 H IX electric oven, which boasts the innovative and time-saving Turn&Cook function.

Kaldewei showcases new product segment - washbasins - at this week's Sleep exhibition

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Kaldewei, showcased an exciting line-up of recently launched products at Sleep this week, including models from its new product segment - washbasins. With the introduction of this new segment, hotel bathrooms can now be styled using a single material, a harmonious design vocabulary and a matching colour scheme.

Created in collaboration with designer, Anke Salomon, the Silenio is distinguished by exceptionally soft interior lines - with the baths and washbasins harmoniously combined.

New freestanding bath offered in several finishes

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Victoria + Albert Baths has announced its latest freestanding modern bath design - the Terrassa.

Named after the Spanish city province of Barcelona, the Terrassa features a synonymous rimless design taking many of its design cues from the Barcelona bath, one of the company's most popular designs found in hotels worldwide.

The contours of the bath are highlighted by smart, sculpted 'swage' details on the inside, creating unique shadows to emphasise the Terrassa's distinctive shape.

Comprehensive grab rail range can't be beaten

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Inclusive bathroom solutions supplier AKW offers a comprehensive range of grab rails in many configurations for installation as a mobility support in bathrooms, particularly for the elderly and disabled.

'Spa-luxe' bathroom heating by Vogue (UK)

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Lavish spa interiors are now entering households on a much grander scale, just as couture fashion has hit the UK high street. In answer, Vogue (UK) presents its range of deluxe contemporary heating solutions with Stendy and Stendy Quad - epitomising spa-luxe design in the home.

Welcome to the




Happy Black Friday to you!

I can't quite make up my mind whether this buying extravaganza is something retailers love or dread...

Yes - in terms of sales, it can make a huge difference to the end of year figures, but in terms of logistics and actually being able to safely handle hordes of rampaging buyers - and then deliver purchases, to schedule, with extra pre-Christmas traffic on the roads... well it must be an absolute nightmare! And what about returns? Are Black Friday deals returnable, simply because people may have changed their minds?

This last point occurred to me over the past few days, in my quest to find the biggest capacity fridge freezer I can fit into the space, before my daughter moves back home to start a new job in January. Although we're not caught up in Black Friday panic, we are now in a bit of a hurry. We've been looking for - literally - months, and every time we think we've found something, we get distracted by other pressures and then have to start our search again.

Earlier this week I thought I'd found just what we needed... a small American-style unit offering huge capacity. Both daughters said it wasn't a good idea since it's a brand we've had twice previously, that leave puddles over the fridge floor, which wet our feet when we pull out the hydrator. I'd made up my mind though, since having measured the space, there was room for the appliance with extra to spare. Then it occurred to me... we need to be able to open the doors! In my search, it's been frustrating that net capacities aren't always prominently displayed on websites (and believe me - I've visited a lot, from manufacturer to retailer to on-line seller!) although these are one of the most important considerations in terms of buying decisions.

Ao.com has to be congratulated on its website, since the blurb beside the pic, tells you how many bags of shopping each will hold, making comparison easy. It was only during my 'lightbulb moment' about the need for space to open appliance doors that I realised that even ao.com is missing a trick. I wonder how many Black Friday shoppers will be wanting to return their bargains, having found when they get them home that they're not actually fit for purpose, since the doors can't be opened... A logistical nightmare indeed!



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

New compact oven and warming drawer for Amica Built-In

* Amica-warming-drawer.jpgEurope's fastest growing appliance manufacturer, Amica, has added two compact built-in ovens and a complementing warming drawer to its portfolio of built-in and freestanding kitchen appliances.

Amica's Platinum Design features a choice of two compact ovens. Both provide a 38-litre combination of oven with built-in microwave and grill and both offer touch control LED clock and time. Five power levels for the oven and three for the grill feature on the AMMB44E1GI which also features a 1000W power combi oven with a 1500W grill.

BETTE shower trays and baths chosen for luxury St James developments

* Bette_Brewery-Wharf.jpgMember of the Berkeley Group, St James, has chosen Bette enamelled steel bathroom products for a number of its luxury London developments. St James has established a reputation as a design-conscious developer regenerating brownfield sites, with its designs, not only creating desirable places to live, but also having a positive impact on the environment. Sustainability is vital to the way the company operates.

Bette specialises in the manufacture of high quality enamelled steel baths, shower trays and washbasins, all with a 30 year warranty. Sustainability is central to its approach and is demonstrated by the company's Environmental Product Declaration, which complies with ISO 14025 and EN15804.

AMDEA wins BSI's first industry leader award

* AMDEA-BSI-award-2016.jpgThe Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances has been recognised by the British Standards Institution for leading the way in establishing key production standards in the UK and wider world. AMDEA won the BSI Industry Leadership Award last Thursday November at a prestigious ceremony in London, becoming the very first recipient of this new honour.

The future is now

* The-future-is-now.jpgIt's an inalienable fact that just as the world keeps on turning so does our desire to continuously innovate. Staying ahead of the game is crucial if we are to succeed in helping our clients now and in the future, writes Darren Evans.

"Disney chairman Bob Iger once said: 'The riskiest thing we can do is just maintain the status quo'. I was reminded of this when members of our team here at Darren Evans Assessments visited the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon.

Abode Zorb - a 'steel' of a stainless tap

* Abode-Zorb.jpgOver the past few years there has been a continued dominance of steel in kitchen appliances overall. This ongoing trend has lead the way for Abode to introduce a competitively priced range of stainless steel taps which are a perfect combination with the company's sinks. 

They are hygienic and practical, retaining a natural lustre for years and the resistance of stainless steel to corrosion and staining, together with its low maintenance and sheen, make it an ideal material for the kitchen.

Holloways of Ludlow launches three kitchen designs to celebrate move to Shropshire

* Holloway-Brosseley.jpgFor the past 10 years, Holloways of Ludlow has been designing award-winning, beautiful, individual kitchens, hand-made from solid wood by skilled craftsmen at its workshop in West London. However, during 2016, the team has been preparing a return to its Shropshire roots, (where the business started life as a company trading in architectural salvage) and to celebrate the move, is launching three new designs.

Going green boosts contract kitchen firm's profits

* Lanzet.jpgLanzet, a national supplier of kitchens and fitted bedroom furniture to house builders, developers and social/commercial contractors, is enjoying record profits.

New appointment to boost Kinedo sales

* Saniflo_David-Scarlett.jpgGrowing success with the Kinedo range of cubicles has led to the appointment of a specification sales manager at Saniflo to further boost sales.

Kitchen & bathroom retailer, J Sheppard & Son, welcomes world-class chocolatier for exclusive masterclass

* Franke1.jpgAn audience of specially invited guests and key customers at the Chippenham-based kitchen and bathroom retailer J Sheppard & Son were joined by one of the world's top chocolatiers, Ruth Hinks, for an exclusive two-hour masterclass.

The masterclass was organised by sink and tap specialist, Franke, as a thank you to J Sheppard & Son for raising the most out of any of its 'More in Store' retailers this year for Marie Curie, by hosting a Blooming Great Tea Party.

CIH retailers achieve victory at Beko classic pro-am golf tournament

* Beko-Classic-Pro-Am.jpgCIH retailers took part in the Beko Classic Pro-Am Golf tournament in October to compete and play at the Gloria Serenity Golf Resort, near Antalya, Turkey.

The stunning resort with luxury hotel, designed by renowned architect Michel Gayon, offers a lovely atmosphere and with its rolling greens and the blue Mediterranean on the horizon, it made for the perfect venue.

AKW promotes independent living on Care England and ITN's 'Caring Communities'

* AKW-filming.jpgAKW, manufacturer of accessible bathroom, kitchen and mobility support solutions, has been extensively featured on a programme titled 'Caring Communities', produced jointly by ITN Productions and Care England.

Now in its third year running, the programme features key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles, exploring the complex role of care and the remarkable initiatives happening in the sector as demand grows exponentially.

Becky joins Crosswater Contracts team

* CROSSWATER_Becky.jpgAs part of its continued expansion, Crosswater Contracts has appointed Becky Greenin to the UK contracts team. Becky is the first of a series of new appointments, and will hold the role of projects and key account manager for London and the Home Counties.

Working closely with architects, specifiers, clients, contractors and project managers within the contracts sector, Becky will be focusing on business development and lead progression for the fast growing operation.

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Saniflo roadshow boosts Kinedo sales

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Saniflo UK, a leading designer and manufacturer of pumps, macerators and shower cubicles, says its 2016 'Building better bathrooms' roadshow has been so successful that it will take to the road again in 2017 visiting new venues with new products.


Utopia launches new-look brochure

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Utopia Bathrooms' latest brochure has a brand new format designed to inspire and assist end-consumers planning and selecting a new bathroom.

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