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27th October 2017


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International News

New: casual chic from burgbad

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Leading German manufacturer burgbad has brought a fresh look to luxury bathrooms with the inspiring and innovative Mya range. As part of the Building Products Group of the  Eczacıbaşı Group, burgbad is said to be the market leader in Germany for bathroom furniture.

Launched at the ISH show this year, and available now, Mya takes its inspiration from the wooden clothes horse of yesteryear, featuring light, open pieces in natural or dark grey matt oak veneer, themed around hanging rails and practical drawers. Matching matt basins are available in white and stunning dramatic black.

Utopia continues quest for modular dominance

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Hot on the heels of its major modular launch in June, Utopia tells us it's continuing its quest to dominate the modular sector of the bathroom furniture market with the launch of the dramatically updated Halo range.

Its fourth product launch this year, the new Halo range has a host of new features, additional units and a palette of six new on-trend colours. Supported by inspirational photography reflecting the latest home interior styles, the new range is very realistically priced to target a younger audience wanting stylish British quality products at affordable prices.

Abode adds new 'on-trend' colour to Harmonie bathroom range

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Striking and stylish finishes for kitchen taps are fast becoming the norm, but there are still very few manufacturers venturing into the bathroom with such finishes.

Bath remodelling expert introduces exclusive anti-mould and mildew technology

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Charleston Bath Experts (CBE), is providing customers with the exclusive Microban system, which uses antimicrobial technologies designed to inhibit the growth of mould and mildew in their bathroom fittings.

Kitchen design looks pretty in pink with Masterclass

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Part of a vibrant new colour palette from Masterclass Kitchens, Vintage Rose is set to send kitchens a-blush with pink in 2018.

Bowls of beauty: new manufacturing process produces super-fine basins

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International bathroom giant VitrA has launched Outline, a new range of ultra-fine wash basins manufactured using Cerafine, a brand-new material in bathroom production that allows for slim, elegant shapes with very defined edges.

Shapes and edges like this are not possible using more traditional materials as the shape would not survive the firing process.

New Zion Furniture from Crosswater: stunning yet functional

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New from Crosswater, the Zion floor-standing basin unit looks to redefine the concept of bathroom furniture for modern family living. Combining simple yet stunning style with everyday functionality, each aspect of the design has been carefully considered using the latest materials and resilient surface technology to ensure a high-quality furniture collection that will cater to every member of the family.

Hansgrohe bolsters growth

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Hansgrohe Group is strengthening its management team and increasing its focus on key areas that will fortify sales and sales-related functions - the cornerstones of the company's growth strategy. As of 1st January 2018, the Hansgrohe SE Executive Board will include two members responsible for sales as well as a chief financial officer as of 1 October 2017.

Step into the future with Hoover's touch-screen oven

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Hoover has launched its most innovative, high-end appliance to-date, with a new oven, boasting a 19-inch, fully interactive touch screen with just one single on/off button.

Small bathrooms have huge design potential with the Geberit Bathroom Collection

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The smallest room in the home can be big on style, with clever solutions and products that are designed with compact spaces in mind. Every bathroom needs good storage, but the smaller the bathroom the more important it becomes. Whether it is a cloakroom, en suite or small bathroom, The Geberit Bathroom Collection offers the perfect solution to maximise on space.

'Transitional Living' with open-plan kitchens by Rotpunkt

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Rotpunkt is answering the demand for transitional living: where traditional and contemporary design coalesce to become one unified interior solution.

Bringing a well-balanced fusion of 'classic meets modern', the traditional features of this kitchen are defined by Rotpunkt's Pastel Smoke Oak shaker-style cabinetry with one-panel design door and drawer fronts.

New magic box: innovative first-fix solution for thermostatic shower solutions from VitrA

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Designed to make the installation of built-in bath and shower mixers fast and simple, V-Box from VitrA is the new generation of standard and thermostatic shower solutions. The box can be used with X-Line, Pure, Nest and Suit brassware from VitrA and is the ideal money and time saving choice for both installers and consumers.

Bushboard Nuance at Kitchens & Bathrooms Live (Stand M635)

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Bushboard, now part of the Wilsonart Group, and the UK's leading producer of laminate worksurfaces, is exhibiting at the Kitchens & Bathrooms Live event at the NEC, Birmingham, 10th - 12th October 2017.

This Week's News

British Ceramic Tile reinvents the classic metro tile with its latest V&A collaboration

* BCT-MAIN-METRO.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile and the V&A have once again joined forces to reinvent the humble metro tile with an inspiring new collection of large format designs. Combining an obsession for classic styling with an elongated version of the metro tile, the collection provides retailers with a unique, highly marketable product to add to their metro offering.

Blanco revisits Kitchen Design student one year after sponsorship

* Blanco-revisits.jpgIn 2016, Blanco sponsored Bucks New University student, Anna Collins (pictured), to take part in the new Kitchen Design course. Now, Blanco catches up with Anna to see how she is getting on with the course...

Anna has been working alongside Tessa Collins, owner and designer at Right Price Kitchens in Essex.

Fall in love with The Amore from Triton

* TRITON-Amore-white-gloss.jpgThe Amore electric shower from Triton's Affordable Style collection boasts a contemporary aesthetic to create an eye-catching centrepiece in any bathroom.

This minimalist unit is available in three eye-catching finishes: white gloss, brushed steel and black gloss, which are enhanced by stunning chrome decals so your customers are guaranteed to find the perfect style.

'Sleep Easy' with Springfield Bedroom Furniture by Daval

* Sleep-Easy.jpgBritish fitted furniture specialist Daval, is helping us get 'Winter ready' with its enchanting Springfield Bedroom Furniture: a classically glamorous furniture collection with shaker-style doors.

Springfield's emotive styling pays homage to the main characteristics of Shaker furniture, presenting a highly tactile, timeless aesthetic where the wardrobes, ottoman and twin bedside units balance the room's decor. The soothing matt Alabaster finish is soft to touch and provides the perfect contrast to the bejewelled crystal handles which adorn Springfield.

In the Frame

* VITRA-Main-pic.jpgDesigned by VitrA's talented in-house team, new Frame furniture and basins blend natural matt with wood with an eye-catching louvre styling.

Frame basins complement the furniture and are available as either a vanity basin in white and taupe or as inset or countertop styles in a choice of white, matt white, black, and matt black. Frame basins can be inset or countertop in a range of distinctive shapes; bowl, round, oval, TV and square.

Primitive kitchen: back to basics with Hi-Macs

* Primitive-kitchen.jpgThe paleolithic age. An anonymous human imparts a whole new function to 'stone' objects. Man begins to break food into pieces, cut it and crush it.

2017. While people watch TV cooking programmes looking for the very latest hi-tech kitchen devices, Swedish designer Erik Bele Höglund goes back to basics, and designs the Primitive Kitchen Tool, fashioned from Hi-Macs, for modern cavemen.

Bushboard set to change perception of bathroom wall panelling

* Bushboard-main.jpgBushboard is set to change perceptions about bathroom wall cladding. The company's Nuance range of bathroom wall panelling products is proving popular with designers, facilities managers and builders that are specialising in small developments, student and residential accomodation as well as general contractors.

Paul Findley, product manager for Bushboard, explains: "Bushboard's aim is to change attitudes to what is an out-and-out alternative to tiling.

Häfele adds the ingenious Schüco Smartcube to its UK portfolio

* Hafele-smartcube.jpgFurniture fittings and architectural hardware specialist Häfele is bringing added versatility and elegance to UK design-focused projects with the introduction of the Schüco Smartcube to its portfolio.

Described as the infinite shelving system, the Schüco Smartcube offers complete versatility of design with countless configurations possible. At its core is a small, intelligent cube that can be extended as required to provide a smart shelving look that is equally at home in the kitchen, living area or the office.

New-look Geberit website offers a more user-friendly experience

* GEBERIT-WEB-MAIN-PIC.jpgGeberit has relaunched its website, with a new look and navigation system making it easier than ever to browse the extensive product range and find all the information needed to design, specify and install.

Enabling customers to find the information they need at a glance, the new-look Geberit website features a responsive design to make it particularly easy to use with a smart phone. Whether viewed on a desktop, mobile or tablet, the new website at www.geberit.co.uk is simple to navigate, with a straightforward menu structure and tiles directing the user to relevant information.

Nominations open for Tile Trader's 'Tiling for a Good Cause' campaign

* TT-Good-Cause.jpg'Tiling for a Good Cause', a nationwide initiative launched by online tile retailer, Tile Trader, is urging members of the public to nominate a space in their local area in need of a tiling makeover.

The initiative is designed to give one deserving facility the chance to receive a tiling transformation worth up to £500 to update a lacklustre space in need of a complete makeover.

New London and South-East area sales manager for VitrA

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Sales growth in contracts division leads to new director at Kitchens International

* Sales-growth.jpgDerek Dobbins, manager of contract kitchen sales, has been appointed director of award-winning independent kitchen retailer, Kitchens International.

As the fifth board member, Derek heads up the highly successful and growing contracts division Kitchens International (KI). Derek joined KI in 2010 at the height of the recession but in the last seven years has seen a huge growth in new build developments.

Combined Independents (Holdings) appoints new buyer

* CIH_Holt.jpgElectrical buying group Combined Independents (Holdings), part of Euronics - Europe's largest electrical buying group - has announced the appointment of a new member of the buying team, Paul Holt, who joins as a buyer.

Paul joins CIH with first-class knowledge and experience in the white and brown goods industry. He brings a wealth of capability gained through both the independent and multiple retail sales sectors, having held significant positions with Phillips, Glen Dimplex, Intertec Research and Testing, and Kenwood to name just a few.

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