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24th March 2017


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International News

Aquavision introduces the Tailored Collection

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Aquavision has announced its new Tailored Collection - off-the-shelf MirrorVision+ televisions from the Bespoke Range. An invisible television in a perfectly reflective mirror, it will be highly desirable to designers, architects and home owners. The developers at Aquavision have taken the three most popular sizes of MirrorVision+ glass from the Bespoke range that have been requested over the last three years and made them available in this collection.

Saniflo launches raft of new products, new product catalogue and extended warranty

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Saniflo - inventor of the macerator with more than 60 years' experience and the number one in the UK macerator market - is launching a raft of new products featuring new technological advancements for the domestic and commercial plumbing sectors, a new product catalogue available now and an extended warranty for domestic products.

Carron Phoenix's new Carronade Elite waste disposal units: easy to fit; efficient to use

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The new Carronade Elite CE-50 and CE-75 waste disposal units (WDUs) available now from Carron Phoenix offer consumers an easy, hygienic and eco-friendly method of food waste disposal.

Sunshine on a rainy day

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Smeg has launched the latest addition to its range cooker collection; the stunning Portofino. Smeg's freshest design yet, the Portofino will come in eight colour-pop finishes: sunshine yellow, olive green, deep red, burnt orange, classic stainless steel, anthracite, black and white.

British Ceramic Tile talk texture with New Brighton and Luna

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British Ceramic Tile has extended its product offer with the addition of two contemporary ranges, New Brighton and Luna. Featuring a subtle linear design, both collections bring visual interest and texture to walls, tapping into consumer demand for tiles with raised surfaces.

Blue Atoll - a calming shade from Lustrolite

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Lustrolite's Blue Atoll shade is perfect for bathrooms and the shade is known to be calming, so worth suggesting to customers who lead busy lives and need their bathrooms to be restful and relaxing, to help them unwind.

A license to thrill with spectre from HiB

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With a license to thrill and delight retailers and consumers, HiB's latest innovative mirror collection, Spectre, continues to showcase the ultimate in luxury, style and practicality.

More than a kitchen: The new Kyra range from in-toto

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In-toto Kitchens opts for a cosy cottage atmosphere with its new Kyra range. With its grooved, wood-effect doors, and charming appearance, Kyra epitomises traditional country house and Nordic styles. A handled design (pictured with a Metal D-handle in Matt Black), this kitchen creates a tranquil, homely environment and provides a fresh approach to a classic kitchen look.

Installing sustainability is an education for Geberit apprentices in Poland

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Ten Geberit apprentices have recently returned from a working trip to Poland, where their sanitaryware installation skills were put to the test in upgrading the toilet facilities at a primary school in Warsaw.

Inexpensive 'stone look' floors are easy to install

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While Select First has always been a champion of wood and carpet, the company believes that there is something enticing about stone underfoot with its shade and texture versatility.

Traditional glamour yet modern manufacturing: Ideal Standard's new Waverley collection

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Ideal Standard has launched Waverley, a collection inspired by the elegance of the Victorian and Edwardian bathroom, which offers authentic period detail combined with the quality and reliability of modern manufacturing.

Welcome to the


One of the things I mentioned in last week's leader was that I'd been in discussions with the Domestic Cleaning Alliance's director Stephen Munton about some of the problems caused to his members when KBB appliances, fixtures and fittings aren't designed with cleaning in mind. I received the following response from Stephen, once he'd read my piece: "It was a pleasure to meet you again Jan, and I am thrilled you used our discussion as this week's leader.

"If - as you suggest - the retailers of bathrooms were able to up-sell the option of a hand-held shower hose to compliment those fixed to a ceiling point or over-head only, life would be so much simpler for those of us whose job it is to go in and clean the homes where such features are installed. A hand-held shower head on a hose is a Godsend, never more so than when a shower enclosure has sliding doors, because the shower head can often be switched to the coldest setting and the strong jet of water used to flush out the debris from the rails and tracks on which the doors are hung.

"My only "grumble" (I love that word!) would be about the combined shower mixers which require the user to turn the tap one way for the overhead shower, and the other for the hand-held... many times I have been stood inside a shower enclosure whilst cleaning it... standing right under the overhead shower...and turned the tap the WRONG way... you can guess the rest. I don't think I will ever get used to that!"

I had a chuckle at the picture Stephen painted (and judging by our Facebook comments he isn't the only victim) but I suppose if it's something you're faced with on the first job of the day and you don't have a change of clothes, it can be an absolute pain to get a soaking. His last point about needing to turn taps belonging to the same fixture in different directions for 'on' has puzzled me though. Is it a plumbing or cost-cutting thing or does it save money in assembly? I just can't fathom it out. Can you help me please?



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Exhibitors thrilled with the launch of k+b design London

* Exhibitors-caressi.jpgk+b design London closed its doors at the beginning of March, after delivering an innovative and forward-thinking event in the capital. Support was shown from the industry with an impressive visitor audience number of 8093 who attended across the three days.

Three-quarters of the visitor audience came from London and the South-East, with over a third from the interior design, architecture and developer communities, both key objectives for the launch of this event.

Wake up and smell the coffee...

* Lustrolite-Mocha.jpgBring warmth into the bathroom with this aromatic, elegant Mocha shade from Lustrolite panels...

Lustrolite's glass effect acrylic wall panels are the perfect way to update both the bathroom and the kitchen.

Partnership programme for Trend Interiors

* Partnership_Trend.jpgTrend Interiors has launched a partnership programme for its retail customers across kitchens and bedrooms. The programme, 'My Trend Offers' is available to all customers, both displaying and non-displaying.

According to Trend Interiors sales & marketing director Graham Jones, the move is a first for a brand aimed at the budget consumer.

LochAnna Kitchens expands portfolio, launching 18 ranges and additional kitchen features

* LochAnna-Kitchens.jpgLochAnna Kitchens has added 18 new ranges to the portfolio, increasing the offer to an incredible 64 kitchens designs.

Following the company's ethos of British design and workmanship mixed with a European influence, these new collections illustrate a combination of both traditional and contemporary kitchen designs, encompassing new clever storage solutions and kitchen features.

Roca brings together the future and the past to its stand at ISH

* Roca1.jpgIn the year of its centenary, Roca attended the ISH fair in Frankfurt with a new concept of stand, the Roca Mall - a modern shopping centre of over 1000sq.m that puts together the history, the present and the future of the brand through its different collections and products.

Beyond and Carmen... Looking to the coming years while praising 100 years of history... With the future in mind, Roca presented an exclusive vitreous china collection for those in the search for the extra mile. Beyond was an urban proposal with sophisticated solutions for basins shaped by Roca's new material, Fineceramic, and the latest technologies in the design of bathroom products.

Grohe launches new water security system for the home

* Grohe-water-control.jpgGrohe Sense and Grohe Sense Guard are Grohe's latest intelligent solutions for the smart home. The Sense smart water sensor monitors humidity, detects leaks and alerts homeowners instantly in case of a problem, while the Sense Guard is installed in the main water pipe and can switch off the water supply in case of a burst pipe. Both use ground-breaking smart technology, allowing them to be monitored and controlled using the new Grohe Ondus App.

Indesit introduces a new stylish and efficient cooker hood

* Indesit-Aria.jpgToday's modern family is busier than ever, and as a result, requires an extractor that can do the job without hassle and fuss. Indesit's new 60cm cooker hood, part of the Aria built-in cooking collection, features angled black glass and is designed and engineered to give users more room in the kitchen when cooking.

Boasting a powerful extraction rate of 658 m3/hr and complementing both modern and traditional decor, the cooker hood matches all other appliances in Indesit's new Aria built-in collection, and the LED lights provide enhanced visibility when cooking.

Kindred's displaying retailer base hits the magic 50!

* Kindred1.jpgKindred Living, sister company to PWS, tells us it is proud to announce that its approved displaying retailer base has reached 50 across the country. Only four months since the launch of the Kindred brand of fitted bedroom furniture, Inline Kitchens & Bedrooms of Pontefract, has become the milestone appointment.

Comments Kathryn Bassett, category brand manager at Kindred, "We are delighted that Inline is working with us on Kindred, as an independent specialist it is an ideal partner for the brand.

Imperial Bathrooms' new Design Guide includes latest launches

* Imperial-Bathrooms-brochure.jpgImperial Bathrooms has unveiled a bold, new-look Design Guide for its portfolio of handcrafted sanitaryware and bathroom furniture.

As well as providing an inspirational insight into the company's largest product offering to date, the 360-page Guide launches Imperial's new product designs for 2017, as well as all of the manufacturers most popular existing ranges.

Cembrit launches new tile backer board

Cembrit, the cladding and building board specialist, has launched Unipan, a versatile tile backing board which is ideally suited for internal 'wet' applications. Unipan is lightweight, tough, and stable, and offers a solid base for tiling through its excellent adhesion properties.

The boards are manufactured from a material that is a mix of cement and aggregate, which also contains polystyrene beading to greatly reduce the weight of the board allowing for easy on-site manoeuvrability and quick, simple installation.

Gorenje UK appoints new managing director

* Gorenje-UK-MD.jpgGorenje, has announced the appointment of Iztok Krulc as the new managing director of its UK business. Iztok will take the helm at Wimbledon-headquartered Gorenje UK where he will develop strategic plans to boost the company's profit and efficiencies.

Other responsibilities involve developing client relations and coordinating the efforts of the various departments - including legal, finance, marketing and sales - to meet company goals.

Mereway supports local charities and partners with Acorns for 2017

* Mereway-charity.jpgAs well as announcing that it has selected Acorns to be its charity for the year in 2017, Mereway Group has announced a list of 10 local charities that will benefit from last year's fundraising campaign. The 10 charities were selected by staff to receive £1,000 each from the total raised as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations.

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Budget relief on business rates welcomed KBSA

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