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3rd November 2017


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International News

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

British 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.

Fall in love with The Amore from Triton

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

'Sleep Easy' with Springfield Bedroom Furniture by Daval

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British 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.

In the Frame

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

Primitive kitchen: back to basics with Hi-Macs

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The 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.

Bushboard set to change perception of bathroom wall panelling

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Bushboard 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.

Häfele adds the ingenious Schüco Smartcube to its UK portfolio

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Furniture 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.

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.

Welcome to the


Sadly, our industry has made it into the press again this week, in a way that most of us wish it hadn't. The news that there are apparently some 1million tumble dryers in our nation's homes that pose a fire risk, has made many of us wonder whether our own appliances are safe.

The London Fire Brigade warned on Tuesday, when the issue was discussed in Parliament, that the Government must act now on white goods' safety. Giving evidence on behalf of the National Fire Chief's Council (NFCC) to the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Select Committee which was holding a one-off session on the safety of electrical goods and the UK's product safety and recall systems, head of fire Investigation Charlie Pugsley said that since nearly one fire a day in London involves white goods, "Consumers need to be given a fighting chance and know exactly what the risks are".

The LFB's 'Total Recalls' initiative has been campaigning for the last two years for Government and manufacturers to implement several changes to make all white goods safer. These include: * A single Government backed product recall data base * Recalls notices to be better publicised to reduce confusion * Greater regulation of second hand appliances * Changes to the way that fridges and freezers are manufactured * All appliances to be marked with a model and serial number * The inclusion of sleeping as a factor in risk assessments

Charlie warned that despite the campaigning and independent and BEIS departmental working group reviews plus Coroners' recommendations: "We still don't have the outcomes that will help keep consumers safe" and that something must be done immediately. He also highlighted the Brigade's call for improved manufacturing standards for fridge freezers adding: "The key issue is that a fridge freezer is not something you can turn off when you go to bed. If something is going to catch fire, just watching it doesn't mean you're going to be safe."

Also giving evidence were Pete Moorey of Which?; Martyn Allen of Electrical Safety First; Sian Lewis of the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances; Leon Livermore of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and Ian Moverley, communications director, Hotpoint, Whirlpool. When people's lives are at stake we need to work together to put things right. It will be interesting to see what changes come as a result of Tuesday's session, since whatever they are, they will affect us all.



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

SBID Awards 2017 winners revealed

* SBID-Awards-2017.jpgThe highly anticipated winners of the SBID International Design Awards 2017 were revealed on last week at a dazzling ceremony at the home of the awards, the Dorchester hotel in London's Mayfair.

With a 40% increase of entries and over 100,000 public votes, this year's awards have been one of the most globally represented editions to date, and include industry talent from over 40 countries across the globe.

Roca to showcase the new Armani/Roca Baia collection at Sleep 2017

* Baia-Armani-Roca.jpgSpanish bathroom manufacturer Roca will be exhibiting at Europe's leading hotel & design event, Sleep, at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London on the 21-22 November - stand DG7.

At this year's show, which focusses on 'Loyalty: Lessons in Love', Roca is exploring the personal experience of the bathroom space and introducing its luxurious new Armani/Roca Baia collection.

Sealux HydroHalt shower seal wins architects choice award

* sealux-HydroHALT.jpgSealux has been awarded 'Best Interior Product' at the annual Architecture & Building Expo in Dublin in recognition of its revolutionary new HydroHalt shower tray and bath joint sealing system.

The exhibition runs alongside the annual conference of The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. The judging panel, made up of five principal architects, clearly saw merit in the HydroHalt invention, designed and patented by Sealux.

Add style to any kitchen with the Blanco Envoy tap

* Blanco-Envoy-taps.jpgThe Blanco Envoy tap boasts a sleek and modern design, which is suitable for all modern kitchens. Available in brushed steel, chrome, matt black and trendy rose gold, it will stand out in any home.

The elegant Envoy tap boasts a sweeping swan neck and a tall spout, while the single lever control and high-pressure supply ensures a practical and powerful flow. Its ceramic disc cartridge improves performance and longevity.

Uform makes London Stock Exchange list

* Uform-makes-London-Stock-Exch.jpgKitchen door & component supplier Uform, is named in the latest '1,000 Companies to Inspire' lists within Britain and also Europe.

The annual lists, compiled by the London Stock Exchange and financial technology firm DueDil, are a celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized enterprises in the UK and in Europe.

Success for Whirlpool's National Quiet Day campaign

* Whirlpool-quiet.jpgWhirlpool's second annual National Quiet Day, which took place on 14th September, resulted in tremendous success, reaching over 162 million consumers.

The National Quiet Day inititative, which was established in 2016, highlights the problem of noise in UK households and how it can be damaging to our wellbeing.

Nicholas Anthony renews KBSA membership

* Nicholas-Anthony-KBSA.jpgAward winning kitchens, bathrooms and home interiors retailer Nicholas Anthony has renewed its membership of the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, in a year when more new members have joined than ever before.

"We are delighted that Nicholas Anthony has chosen to continue its membership," says KBSA corporate retail chairman Simon Acres. "We're thrilled they have chosen to support our organisation for another year and we are particularly grateful to Tony Nicholas, a former KBSA national chair, for his continued involvement.

British Ceramic Tile drives future growth with investment in its Devon-based factory

* BCT-close-up-prod-line.jpgThe UK's leading ceramic and glass tile manufacturer, British Ceramic Tile, is planning for future growth with substantial investment in its Devon-based factory.

The company, which has three sites in Devon, London and West Yorkshire, is driving forward its strategic plan through increasing production capacity and streamlining process within its manufacturing division.

Lakes Bathrooms appoints new sales & marketing director

* Lakes-Bathrooms-appt.jpgLakes Bathrooms has appointed Mike Tattam to join its board as sales & marketing director. Mike joins Lakes Bathrooms from Timbmet, where he worked as sales & marketing director and more latterly commercial director.

Prior to that he held senior positions at both Russell Timber Technology and Jablite. In his new role at Lakes Bathrooms, Mike will manage a team of 16 and be responsible for growing and developing the sales force.

Combined Independents (Holdings) appoints new marketing head

* Robert-Blair.jpgIn a strategic move to strengthen, increase and support the company's agents and increase value to suppliers, Combined Independents (Holdings) has appointed Robert Blair as head of marketing and eCommerce.

Robert joins CIH with an impressive background in eCommerce having begun his career with Amazon in 1999. He joined the company in the pre-dotcom and Google analytics era and so he was at the forefront of the Internet industry.

Gorenje donates appliances to ITV renovation project

* Gorenje-donates.jpgSlovenia-headquartered appliance manufacturer, Gorenje, has donated a variety of appliances to a charitable cause, working with ITV in Chester.

The third instalment of ITV's Love Your Home & Garden, which aired at 8pm on 13th September, saw retirees Richard and Ann Price receive a home overhaul, creating a dream home for the couple as a thank you for their outstanding services to charity and the community.

Available now: Maurice Lay Distributors new trade price guide

* Maurice-Lay.jpgThe updated version of the Maurice Lay Distributors trade price guide is now available and is filled with all the company's latest product details, prices and promotions.

Retailers will have access to the latest information across the entire portfolio from high-performance appliances and sinks & taps to top quality kitchen and bedroom furniture.

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Blanco revisits Kitchen Design student one year after sponsorship

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

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'Better Together' presentation from Sir Clive Woodward closes KBSA conference

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The final presentation at the KBSA AGM Conference & Networking Dinner, by Sir Clive Woodward, was hailed as a great success and brought together the theme of 'Better Together' perfectly for delegates, reports the KBSA.

KBSA announces 2017 Awards

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'Support and growth for retailers' key messages from KBSA AGM and conference

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New financial protection for BiKBBI members and their customers

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