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17th November 2017


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International News

Methven extends Aurajet range with new collection: Rua features unique square handset

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Methven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has launched the next phase of its Aurajet shower range with the release of the Rua collection.

Chelsea Matt Dove Grey kitchen from Benchmarx Kitchens makes this year's House Beautiful Award shortlist

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The striking Chelsea Matt Dove Grey kitchen range from Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery has made the shortlist of two categories in this year's House Beautiful Awards.

British Ceramic Tile extends its feature floor collection with the launch of Retro

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Floors have fast become a main attraction in the home. Once the supporting act to walls, floors are now central to design schemes with homeowners paying attention to what makes an impact underfoot.

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

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Spanish 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.

Add style to any kitchen with the Blanco Envoy tap

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The 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.

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.

Welcome to the


Years ago, as assistant editor on Baker's Review, I was given a Dualit 4-slice toaster and a Warburton loaf at a press launch as a 'thank you for coming' gift. The toast was soon gone but the toaster went on for years, having pride of place in my kitchen where it was probably the most expensive and covetable item.

It had lots of use and eventually one of the elements burnt out - and although I looked at having it replaced, it would have cost the same as a new Dualit, which I couldn't afford. So I continued using it until all but one of the four heating plates broke and I was forced to recycle the thing.

Looking back, it was stupid to keep using an electrical appliance that was clearly broken. However, there was nothing in the instructions telling me what to do if one of the elements stopped working and as Google wasn't around I couldn't ask the masses for advice...

If you read these leaders regularly you may be wondering whether this is another case of me making a risk assessment and deciding the appliance was safe to use, or whether it was simply the hippie in me not wanting to discard something that was still usable (or perhaps even a bit of both?). I'm not sure myself!

Either way, I was lucky as my toaster didn't end up setting a tower block on fire, as the one in Belfast did this week.

Expanding on thoughts in last week's leader, should we be looking at what we put on instructions, so people like me who do actually read them, know they'll only contain important information, rather than silly things such as 'Do not use toaster while in the bath'? Should we be looking at different scenarios in which users might find themselves, and gear the instructions toward those scenarios so users know they won't be wasting their time reading through them? If busy consumers are faced with the silly 'we're covering our backs' type of instruction, such as the fast food restaurant warning that the coffee's hot and may burn, we're less likely to bother taking notice and end up missing something important.

Also, should the typeface be bigger, and thus more readable? And should we be telling people to unplug their appliances when not in use?



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Soapbox: Tribunal system overrun with claims since scrapping of fees

* Soapbox-Tribunals.jpgThe Supreme Court has ruled that workplace tribunal fees, introduced in 2013, are unlawful. This is now forcing the Government to repay more than £27m to thousands of claimants, who were charged up to £1,200 to take unfair dismal, discrimination and other workplace claims to tribunal.

As a result of the changes to fees, cases are once again being brought before an employment tribunal without the need for the applicant to pay any kind of fee - resulting in a significant rise in cases.

Thirty-eight stunning apartments pick Nuance for beautiful bathrooms

* BUSHBOARD1.jpgAs a captivating alternative to ceramic wall tiling, innovative home builder Darren Smith Homes in West Yorkshire has chosen Bushboard's Nuance bathroom wall panelling as a compelling and practical way of creating spectacular bathrooms for 38 luxury apartments in Newgate, Mirfield, West Yorkshire.

Darren Smith Homes is a family-run company that has been creating luxury homes for over 50 years. Proud of the company's reputation for quality and service, site agent Tony Hutton explains the thinking behind the decision to attract potential buyers with Nuance-enhanced bathrooms:

BSH Home Appliances gains accreditation as a Living Wage Employer

* Andreas-Meier_CEO_BSH.jpgBSH Home Appliances manufacturer of brands such as Bosch, Neff, Siemens and Gaggenau, is proud to announce its accreditation as a Living Wage employer by The Living Wage Foundation.

The company is already paying its employees more than the voluntary living wage rate of £8.45 an hour, or £9.75 in London, but in achieving this accreditation has ensured that all regular contractors engaged by the company are also paid The Living Wage.

LDL sponsors FDA Kitchen Design student

* LDL-sponsors.jpgLeading distributor LDL Components says it is delighted to be sponsoring Joanna Cummings, a first year FDA Kitchen Design student.

Currently an Assistant Designer at Room - the Blackpool-based professional bespoke kitchen, bedroom and furniture designer, Joanna has just embarked on the three year course at Bucks New University. The course has been designed in conjunction with key members of the kitchen industry in response to national training needs.

Blanco sponsors Kitchen Education Trust's residential weekend

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Warm up this winter with Amber Underfloor Heating

* Amber-underfloor.jpgAmber Underfloor Heating is the new name in underfloor heating; offering excellent, high quality solutions with exceptional customer service.

Distributed exclusively through wholesalers, retailers and retail showrooms, Amber offers the full electric underfloor heating solution. The easy-to-use products include 100W/sq.m and 150W/sq.m AmberMat heating mats, 140W/sq.m AmberDry thin heating foils for installation directly below timber-based flooring - removing the requirement for latex - and two ranges of electronic, stylish thermostats.

New Easy Bathing collection from Bathstore overcomes any obstacle

* New-Easy-Bathing.jpgBathstore tells us it is extremely proud to introduce its new Easy Bathing range, designed specifically to make beautiful bathrooms accessible to everybody.

Bathstore has long recognised that a bathroom is a complex and personal purchase, where the customer's wants and needs are at the heart of the journey, from inspiration to installation.

Abode Althia single lever comes in a choice of six trendy finishes

* Abode-Althia-single-lever-taps.jpgAbode designers are forever keeping their eyes cast on fashion and colour trends, ensuring that its ranges of products are always 'on trend' and are 'of today'.

New Fusion Gloss Grey grabs attention

* New-Fusion-Gloss-Grey.jpgHudson Reed has extended its popular 'Fusion' bathroom furniture collection by introducing a new family of units - the Fusion Gloss Grey range.

Finished in a striking high gloss, dark grey tone, the new range is available in fitted and combination furniture configurations including full depth, slimline and L-shape designs, making it perfect for compact bathrooms.

New brochure from burgbad: brimming with inspirational ideas

* Burgbad-brochure1.jpgBeautifully photographed and packed with inspiring ideas, the new 145-page brochure from burgbad highlights how this global-leading company has built a reputation for producing bathroom products that combine world-class design with outstanding quality.

Recognised across Europe as a brand leader in bathroom design, burgbad, which was founded in Germany 70 years ago and is market leader in Germany now, started life as a simple woodworking company.

Utopia extends and enhances Visualise online planning facility

* Utopia-visualise.jpgUtopia Bathrooms has extended and enhanced its popular Visualise online planning function at www.utopiagroup.com It now includes all of the new modular ranges and also offers the user an improved experience.

The number of bathroom layouts available has been increased to nine, including the recent modular additions, Star, Lustre, Opula and Halo. Also available are Roseberry, You, Fitted, Symmetry and Downton.

Distribution centre investment sees Roper Rhodes experience record-breaking service speeds

* Distribution-centre.jpgRoper Rhodes, whose brands consist of Roper Rhodes, Laura Ashley, R2, Tavistock and Trade, is experiencing record-breaking service speeds after investing in its operational infrastructure and consolidating its warehouse space into a single, state-of-the-art facility.

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SBID Awards 2017 winners revealed

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The 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.

Blanco revisits Kitchen Design student one year after sponsorship

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In 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...

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Lakes Bathrooms appoints new sales & marketing director

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