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1st December 2017
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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.
John Austen was lucky enough to attend the business aviation show in Las Vegas a few weeks back with a colleague who produces an e-zine for that industry. He posted a picture on Facebook, of him strapped into an aircraft seat, captioned something like: 'The nearest I'll ever get to flying on an executive jet'.
I know the feeling... I was lucky enough to go on Concorde some years back. Sadly though, instead of witnessing the excitement of being whizzed through the sound barrier while sipping champagne, I was on board to examine what the cleaners had to do to bring that beautiful plane back up to standard before the next lot of wealthy passengers boarded.
What made things worse was that I didn't even get to see how she looked immediately after the new arrivals had disembarked - the mucky stuff had been cleared away before I boarded so no dirt to dish on how the elite behave whilst flying!
Naturally, I was more interested in the more private facilities on John's executive jet so asked him to get some pictures of the bathrooms... It made me wonder how many of you are involved in the manufacture or marketing of bathrooms for these jets? I often speak to designers and manufacturers about the difficulties they face and the ways they overcome them, when producing bathrooms for very small spaces, but supplying a bathroom for such a tiny space as is found on one of these jets must be an art in itself. And then of course, there's the fitting.
Are any of you involved in this work? If you are, I'd love to hear from you.
This Week's News
The Review of the UK Integrated MDA Market shows integrated MDA sales value will exceed £1.16Bn at end client buying price in 2017, up almost 8% on 2016. Value growth is almost twice the rate of volume growth, indicating that for the market as a whole typical client buying price have increased over the year, despite the price driven presence of internet buying mechanisms.
The Awards, which are now in their 15th year, took place at the Bloomsbury Big Top in London and celebrate the very best talent in kitchen and bathroom design. Claire Gay, sector marketing manager at Roca, collected the award on behalf of the company from host Claudia Winkleman.
Online tile retailer, Tile Trader, is urging members of the public across the UK to cast their vote in its 'Tiling for a Good Cause' initiative. The campaign will give one deserving facility a tiling transformation worth up to £500*, with nominations received from community groups across the UK including London, Glasgow and Coleraine.
The 12 entrants in the public vote are as follows:
Glasgow-based Rearo believes the new range will accelerate demand for luxury shower panels which do away with the need to replace tiles.
Sleep, the exciting hotel design event during November, has been an enormous success for Bushboard Nuance bathroom wall panelling. The company, which is aiming to change outdated perceptions about bathroom wall panelling, demonstrated the product on the stand with a live water feature alongside a seamless wetroom display.
Paul Findley, product manager for Bushboard Nuance says: "When people come into direct contact with the product - see it free floating in a tank of water - it makes it very clear that this is a robust, reliable, 100% waterproof product. The look is seamless as it has no edging strips or extrusions, and the decors look and feel just like the real thing."
Wilsonart UK has launched a new range of versatile laminate worktops into Selco Builders Warehouse. The new range includes a collection of 27 decors in a choice of square edge and post formed profiles. There are nine different textures in a mix of stone, contemporary timbers, and sparkle designs.
Alongside the new range, Selco Builders Warehouse is also listing six decors from the Wilsonart Zenith collection. Zenith is the first-to-market ultra-thin worktop solution that has grabbed consumer attention for its solid black core, its adaptability and versatility, that allows easy on-site installation and use for open shelving and standalone islands.
BAL has teamed up with CITB (Construction Industry Training Body) and The Tile Association to demonstrate the benefits of a career in wall and floor tiling and other trades at Skills London - the UK's biggest jobs and career events for 15-24-year olds.
Dave Rowley, BAL training manager, was there in his role as lead judge of wall and floor tiling at SkillBuild - the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices.
MHS Radiators has unveiled its new retail Product Guide for 2017/18, featuring a superb range of Designer, Multi Column, Aluminium and Cast Iron radiators, as well as a stunning selection of towel rails and valves.
The retail guide includes 28 new and exclusive Italian designed models across the range, with all 52 products available in an updated palette of colours and finishes. In addition, MHS Radiators has included more stocked items than ever before, with a wide range of sizes and colours available.
British manufacturer Mark Taylor Design is renowned for its superlative bespoke furniture and joinery and for its creative use of materials, which is exemplified by this simply stunning, unique copper and blue kitchen.
The owner of this four-bedroom Surrey family home, which also features a swimming pool and gym, were looking for a fresh, modern, open-plan kitchen and living area with the wow factor, which is exactly what Mark Taylor Design's expert team delivered.
Kitchen, bathroom and bedroom retailer, Modern Homes, has launched a new partnership, 'Yes Chef Dining' that will offer exciting food-related benefits and opportunities for its clients and expand their businesses.
Leamington Spa based Modern Homes is working in partnership with a very talented young chef, Richard Bramble, on the new business venture. Richard will be based at the showroom, offering a range of catering services and will be on hand for a programme of workshops and cookery demonstrations.
Electrical buying group Combined Independents (Holdings), part of Euronics, has launched an exclusive new brand and range of small domestic appliances. The Linsar range includes a colourful and stylish collection of kettles and matching toasters, available exclusively to Euronics agents.
The range includes a two-slice toaster and two cordless kettles, a pyramid kettle and a jug kettle. The three small domestic appliances are available in a modern satin finish of red, green, blue, white, cream or black, appealing to a number of styles and tastes. What's more, all three appliances benefit from a robust three-year warranty.
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