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26th May 2017
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In a contemporary combination of anthracite metal and oiled oak, the new pull-out shelving system includes a larder unit and various solutions for base units, including Magic Corner options to maximise the usable space in hard to access corners.
As with all new products from Abode, the technical and design side is hard to beat. The new mixertaps offer all the benefits of a standard kitchen mixer but with the addition of steaming hot filtered water available instantly at 98 degrees C.
Nutmeg, the new CombiColours' hue, is a true feast for the eyes.
Following on from last week's leader in which I shared the sad story of a tradesman who met his demise as a result of a lapse in safe working procedures, I'm delighted to see that the UK'S safest house builders have been honoured by the NHBC, which has announced the winners of the first round of its annual Health & Safety Awards; the UK's only awards scheme to honour the safest home builders.
Frighteningly, every year several thousand construction workers are injured while working on a building site. Through effective management of working areas and access routes many of these injuries could be avoided, whilst also helping to reduce the number of working days lost to a business. The matter of health, safety and environment continues to be one of the top priorities in housebuilding and construction.
NHBC's role is to support the industry in maintaining and improving the build quality of new homes for homebuyers, whilst providing the benefit of its 10-year Buildmark warranty protection, when required. The NHBC Health & Safety Awards, now in their seventh year, are designed to recognise and reward the very best in health & safety, and are also helping to drive up safety standards in the industry by showcasing and sharing best practice.
A total of 56 site managers have been awarded Commended status for their sites and will now go on to compete for the Highly Commended and National titles, which will be announced at a gala event next month. All of the competing sites have been visited by NHBC Health & Safety advisors and were scored against the highly stringent health & safety standards set for the competition.
Stephen Ashworth, NHBC health and safety services manager, says that in 2017 there was a record number of entries into the Awards programme and the shortlist of finalists was "outstanding."
That delights me and I really hope that awards programmes such as these, soon spread throughout the KBB industry. I spend my life writing about the quality of items produced by this industry and occasionally how they've been manufactured to be 'easy to fit'. Anything that avoids being difficult to fit or transport is going to make life easier for those tasked with the job, and with it their safety at work, so the more often I come across that term, the better.
This Week's News
Following a nationwide competition to find the bathroom of the future, Ideal Standard is excited to announce the names of the three lucky architect and design professionals who are celebrating after their ideas on how bathrooms will look, feel and perform in the future, were chosen by the judging panel. Competition winners design a bathroom that might be on sale in 20 years' time.
This Pure S2 kitchen concept is distinct and fresh, seeing its handleless block-colour styling embody the colours of Summer. Appreciating the beautiful form associated with minimalist design, the Pure Kitchen Collection by SieMatic gives focus to exquisite materials and craftsmanship.
LochAnna Kitchens has announced the launch of seven new colours which have been added to its signature Profile Collection; a contemporary, handleless door showcasing the very best in modern Italian styling
Designed to give customers an even wider choice of stylish shades to revitalise their kitchen, the new palette offers shades in new Gloss and Matt finishes including:
The building will accommodate more than 600 employees from 28 countries in a modern and collaborative working environment.
TKC has launched the Vero handleless rail system for use with five of its slab door ranges, the ex-stock best-selling Vivo matt and gloss ranges, alongside Coniston, Glacier and Lastra which are made to measure.
Vero, meaning 'true' in Italian, is a complete system of aluminium rails, profiles and fixings that is easy to install into wall and base cabinetry. Vero allows retailers to build a true handleless kitchen combining style and value that will hit the market sweet spot for TKC customers, while earning them healthy profit margins.
The entire range of products from Browns 2000, including doors for kitchens and bedrooms, as well as glass splashbacks, will shortly be available as a comprehensive graphics catalogue within the ArtiCAD-Pro design software.
Northumberland-based Browns 2000 has long been known for its vinyl wrapped doors; however in 2011 it took the significant step of producing laminated products in-house for its Glacier range, spanning both high gloss and supermatt finishes. The laser edge banding on the company's range is regarded as the 'Rolls Royce' of production techniques. Glass splashbacks made to any size and colour, have also been added to the portfolio and are proving a real winner with their customer base.
Bette has enhanced the BetteLux Oval range to include a circular built-in washbasin. The combination of organic interior design and a slim, eight millimetre rim show how design can be pared-back to create the most restrained and elegant bathroom object.
State-of-the-art manufacturing expertise in forming technology and skilled craftsmanship are required to create this visual lightness in finely glazed titanium-steel.
Cosentino is delighted that its ultra-compact surface, Dekton, has once again been chosen to showcase the outdoor furniture by Gaze Burvill at the Chelsea Flower Show, happening this week. Located in the heart of Chelsea's show gardens on Main Avenue, the stand is unveiling Gaze Burvill's latest contemporary furniture exclusively designed by Katie Walker, as well as its outdoor kitchen displays.
With elegant design and practical features at its core, the cabinet combines a sleek design with contemporary flourishes. This includes two internal integrated charging sockets inside the cabinet which are ideal for electric toothbrushes, shavers and trimmers, for ultimate ease of use.
Simon Cornelius joins Methven having worked previously in senior marketing roles at Aqualisa, where he was instrumental in the launch of the UK's first smart shower.
Matthew Pitt, commercial & operations director of Abode, has just completed a 90 mile walk along the Dales Way, a long-distance footpath, raising over £2,500 for his chosen charity, the Alzheimers Society.
The owner of KB studios in Beaconsfield, Bob Baines, sadly passed away on 11th May after a long illness. The Kitchen & Bedroom studios is a family business with Bob's three children currently working in the showroom. Bob founded the business 35 years ago with his wife Beverley.
"It is a very sad time and we will all miss Bob," says KBS project manager Brent Mullane. "He was well known and liked in the industry, inspiring laughter and smiles with the clients and colleagues he dealt with. He cared about our customers and inspired us all to build a great business.
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The special Facebook page called 'Crazy 40 years', promoting lots of crazy stories and activities in which Wirquin customers and staff are taking part, can be followed and contributed at facebook.com/wirquin40years/. Other new platforms for Wirquin include Twitter and Linked In, so whether it's new products, career vacancies, new installation videos or problem solving tips the company is sharing it all on social media.
Designers from Ripples' 13 UK showrooms gather for a training day filled with inspiring and motivating speakers, they get the chance to compare design ideas and discuss techniques with their peers. The day is headed by Ripples' sales manager, Nicola Crow.
New judges this year include Andrea Hillier, national retail services manager Blum UK (pictured); James Herriot, director, Callerton, and Dave Hewitt, managing director, Oakwood Bespoke. They join returning judges Martin Thomas, director, Denmore Kitchen & Bathroom Studio and Renee Mascari, director, Mascari Design Solutions and CEO of KBBNTG, who is also head judge.
The children were enthralled with everything - from learning new English words to playing games on Adam's iphone.
Set to become available to retailers later this year, the new-look Sense range will combine sleek, stainless steel and black glass with the latest technology to provide consumers with innovative appliances across all categories from cooking and cooling to laundry and dishwashers.