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28th April 2017
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LDL launches unique new 3D drawer solution
Daval launches 'Langham Kitchen Furniture Collection' in new Slate stone finish
New subscription model for ArtiCAD-Pro launched
First bathroom manufacturer to exhibit at Clerkenwell Design Week: Bette takes the bathroom in a new direction at Design Fields
Stone Show outing for Ceralsio and CRL Quartz
V-ZUG live Gourmet Academy enabled displays
Ireland's Potter Cowan joins Wilsonart UK'S distributor line up
Aqata showering luxury at the Ideal Home Show Village
Designworks tiles launch new Zen mosaic tile collection
The products offer a matt texture in a range of tranquil colours which evoke relaxation in every inch.
Kartell by Laufen takes part in Milan Design Week with new collection
Stoves unveils new built-in Richmond Collection
New and improved hot water tank from InSinkErator
On Sunday, a record 40,000 dedicated souls (or should that be so many thousand soles?) pounded the streets of England's vibrant capital city in the 2017 London Marathon. Many were elite runners for whom this type of effort is a way of life but tens of thousands of them saw it as a life challenge and a way of raising money for charity. One even carried a tumble dryer on his back...
I never fail to be moved by their efforts as I watch the race and the atmosphere is absolutely incredible. If you're one of those that took part, I salute you. I'm hoping that many of next year's runners will have an added reason to feel pleased with themselves, by wearing running shoes that are also helping the environment.
The equivalent of a truckful of plastics ends up in our oceans every minute. It gets eaten by the fish, which some of us then eat (which no doubt helps us succumb to some of the diseases and disabilities for which the Marathon runners are raising money). Far better to use this waste for something good then...
I've written before in this column about Vacs from the Sea - a (sadly, limited) range of vacuum cleaners, made by Electrolux, from recycled plastics found floating in our oceans. Now, Adidas is launching a new range of running shoes made from this floating, plastic debris. Its Ultra Boost X Parley shoes are created with yarn made in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans: it includes reclaimed and recycled ocean waste and some 11 million plastic bottles have been used to manufacture one million shoes that are said to wrap the foot in adaptive support and ultra-light comfort.
The heel and sock liners are also made of recycled materials - as are the laces. This is a great initiative & I'm hoping that some of next year's Marathon successes will be identified as wearing these running shoes, to help them really catch on amongst the masses.
This Week's News
'Improve not move' as home improvement figures continue to grow
With many households having just undertaken a Spring clean over Easter, home improvement figures continued to increase in popularity across, as planning applications saw an upsurge in every region & country in Great Britain, except for Scotland.
House builders' views on their supply chain: from the Jablite round table debate
Jablite recently hosted a round table debate to ask: "Is the house building supply chain fit for purpose?"
The answer from the panel of house builders and representative organisations came back loud and clear, the supply chain is fragmented and the communications links are weak. Richard Lee, managing director of Jablite sums up some of the key subjects covered in the discussions:
Now available: 'Affordable Luxury' from Xey UK
'Affordable luxury' Spanish furniture is making its debut in the UK through Xey UK. Designed to offer a highly flexible furniture portfolio of kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture as well as flooring, Xey delivers a tailormade selection of interior solutions for every room in the home, all covered by a 12-year manufacturer's warranty and expertly made in Spain.
Xey presents a range of furniture storage solutions and accessories to optimise the performance of any space. From systems which organise drawers, to pull-out sink units, clever space-saving corner solutions, rack and pull-out larders and also a selection of wooden and stainless steel inserts to arrange cutlery and utensils, Xey is able to provide interior solutions to benefit any lifestyle.
The Supreme enclosure collection from shower specialist Simpsons is simple, classic design at its very best. Updating the classic enclosure to suit the needs of the modern shower room, the range is expertly designed to offer long-lasting style and practicality, with an impressive lifetime guarantee offered on all Supreme products.
Featuring sleek silver framework and a selection of both curved and recessed handles, the contemporary design blends seamlessly with playful accents of colour to create a statement look in the bathroom.
New Michel Roux Jr. kitchen range unveiled at Grand Designs Live 2017
Roux Lifestyle, in collaboration with British kitchen manufacturer Moores, will launch a new luxurious premium kitchen for the most discerning homes at Grand Designs Live in London, 29th April - 7th May 2017. The Roux Kitchen, crafted for Roux Lifestyle and its Director, world-renowned chef Michel Roux Jr., meets the demands of a world class professional chef.
The Roux Kitchen hones in on the functional aspects professional chefs love and expect. It is the small details that set it apart, from integrated lighting to ingenious storage and a meticulously planned layout.
When resignations in trades don't have to mean the end
Construction and plumbing employers are missing a key opportunity to retain valuable departing talent, according to new research carried out during a survey of 1,002 UK employees, which revealed that 93% of trade workers such as those in construction and plumbing, would be willing to consider staying at a company once they have handed their notice in, depending on what their employer offered them.
But just 25% of employees say that they have been made any kind of offer when they have made their employer aware of their decision to leave.
Perfectly in tune with the trend for seamlessly integrated showering, Abacus Bathrooms' new collection features a beautifully coordinated showering portfolio.
Called Temptation, the range is led by two cutting-edge thermostatic shower controls in one and two outlet versions. The former caters for a single shower, while the latter allows a shower system that also diverts to a bath filler or hand-shower.
Birmingham resident's oven stands the test of time
Local retailer Macphersons Appliances Direct in Birmingham has teamed up with Neff to replace a customer's 34-plus-year-old oven, free of charge.
The oven, which the customer has had for over a quarter of a century, is still fully functioning, minus the broken hinge that cannot be replaced. The store has removed and replaced the old appliance and provided the customer with a new oven as well as installing it.
Virtual Worlds celebrates two decades of innovation with UK roadshow
CAD design company Virtual Worlds is celebrating two decades of innovation by touring the UK with the very latest in virtual reality (VR) technology.
The company, which will turn 20 in July, is planning on marking the occasion by inviting KBB retailers to try out the very latest innovations during a roadshow at various locations throughout the year by showing them the power of virtual reality and offering them advice on how it can help to generate sales and increase conversion rates.
'Smooth move' with new multi-slider gas hob by V-Zug
Tried-and-tested cooking methods paired with cutting-edge slider control has now been realised thanks to V-Zug's new glass gas hob, available to UK retailers as from 1st May.
The appliance's state-of-the-art multi-slider control provides a simple, direct and ergonomic solution for controlling individual cooking zones with high-grade performance. Impressively powerful, it is equipped with a range of four technologically advanced gas burners:
Darren Holliday, Abode managing director, takes on another challenge
Darren Holliday, managing director of Abode, is taking on the Mount Kilimanjaro Ascent Challenge in June, fundraising for 'Hartlepool Families First' charity. The charity enables disabled children in Hartlepool, to enjoy life to the full.
This charity was chosen by Darren as the son of a friend, who was a healthy 19 year-old rugby player, with his whole life ahead of him, went to bed on 19th October last year, but never woke up again.
Phoenix Bathrooms appoints two new area sales managers
Phoenix Bathrooms has appointed two new area sales managers.
Smeg UK has announced three new appointments
Firstly, Allister Reed has been promoted to the position of sink and tap sales manager. As a newly created role to support the huge investment in this area and supporting Smeg's dedicated factory, this national position will see Allister working closely with Smeg's sales team to nurture and build upon opportunities with the brand's existing customers.
Allister will also be tasked with targeting new opportunities in the kitchen specialist sector, developers, builder's merchants and the company's key distributor channels.
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