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9th March 2018


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International News

Dallmer showcase stylish new drainage solutions

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Hoping to repeat the success of its previous appearance at the venue, Dallmer showcased its industry-leading floor drain solutions.

Sensor technology at its best with Blanco's Solenta-S tap

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Blanco UK has redefined sensor technology to make life in the kitchen easier. The Solenta-S tap has a manual or hands-free Start-Stop mode. With a near field sensor detection located in the hose arm, unwanted activation is prevented.

Utilising a professional design, the stainless steel product is elevated with a precise magnetic spray holder for user accessibility. Designed for convenience, the Solenta-S is available with the lever on either the left or right side making it a perfect match for user's preferences.

Roca goes above and beyond at KBB

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Roca, the world leader in creating imaginative, beautifully designed and sustainable bathroom solutions, will be unveiling innovative new designs at kbb Birmingham. At the show, which takes place from 4-7 March 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, Roca will be launching its eagerly-awaited Beyond and Carmen collections as well as exhibiting the new Armani/Roca range.

Velvet Victoria sleigh bed will provide that bedroom glamour

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With grey still going strong and velvet and metallics both set to be big news in 2018, the Victoria sleigh bed from Hyder Living ticks all the trend boxes.

This Week's News

Winning awards for innovation...

* Winning-Virtual-Worlds.jpgVirtual Worlds, Multilines Caccaro, Wirquin and Villeroy & Boch were proudly displaying innovation awards on their stands, having impressed judges Andy Bishop, creative director of KBB Birmingham, Hayley Tarrington-Robson, creative director of Day-True, Matthew Walmsley, national sales & marketing director of Blum UK, Colin Wong, creative director of Development Direct and Ruth Bell, editor of Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms.

Virtual Worlds' 4D Theatre, is, according to the judges: "An effective way of challenging how the industry engages with the consumer. VR has a firm place in the future of the industry and there is room for a huge amount of growth within this market."

Karonia - keeping the customers satisfied

* Karonia-stand.jpgWhen we arrived at the Karonia stand, there was a huge group of visitors, which I soon discovered included a good number of kitchen fitters keen to learn about the benefits of the company's easy-to-fit worksurfaces and the famed 'no join' finish, and see the specially designed shaping tools in action.

Congratulations to KBSA for Award win!

* KBSA-win.jpgWhen we visited the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association stand, membership manager Dawn Harlow told us how delighted everyone in the team was to have won the Special Achievement Award at the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards, for the significant contribution made to the KBB industry - and naturally she and Malcolm Scott, commercial director, Swift Electrical / KBSA corporate chair, wanted the Award in our picture!

The Award wasn't the only success of the week though, since they said the exhibition had proved really good, with significant interest shown in membership from a great many stand visitors, and bookings taken for the 2018 KBSA conference.

Abode makes a splash with raft of new kitchen and bathroom innovations

* ABODE-MAIN-Swich.jpgWith significant investment in research and development across its business, Abode is launching over 90 new products in 2018. From hot water taps and sinks, to kitchen taps and bathroom brassware, the new additions combine product innovation, style and function - as visitors to Abode's understandably very busy stand, will attest.

'The Rock' by Colin Wong: demonstrating permanence and impermanence

* The-Rock-1.jpgA groundbreaking new concept from award winning kitchen designer Colin Wong, which explores the potential of permanence and impermanence in kitchen furniture and materials, involved Corian, Neolith, Formica and Cosentino fabricating, delivering and installing each in a series of 'Rocks'.

Pretty in pink!

* Masterclass-stand.jpgMelissa, KBzine's editorial assistant, fell in love with this pink kitchen... Part of a vibrant new colour palette, Vintage Rose is pastel-inspired yet bold enough to form a striking contrast to more neutral tones, and is the perfect partner to on-trend shades such as grey and white, and popular materials such as timber, stainless steel and stone.

With accent colours increasingly being seen in the modern kitchen, this unusual colour creates a welcoming, vibrant ambience while enabling designers to add a sense of character and personality to their kitchen designs.

Blanco UK - simply buzzing!

* Blanco-MAIN-PIC-KBB.jpgIt was hard to get a picture of the Blanco stand, it was so crowded (we had to come back towards the end of the day when the halls had cleared a bit!) But then of course there was a lot to see.

BMA 'incredibly busy'

* BMA-team-pic.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association's stand was incredibly busy throughout the show and when we caught up with the team on Tuesday evening we felt a little guilty for asking them to pose for our picture...

InSinkErator: exciting new launches

* InSinkErator-4N1.jpgInSinkErator showcased a number of exciting new launches, including the 4N1 Touch instant filtered/non-filtered, steaming hot/cold water tap (more later, if I've confused you!), a new Food Waste Disposer that's being added to the Showroom Collection and a new Satin Black Finish steaming hot water tap.

Bushboard: simply booming!

* Bushboard-general.jpgThe team on the Busboard stand was exceptionally busy and we really liked the display, which showcased the company's Nuance bathroom panels, the new Omega and Options worksurface collections and some exciting new solid surface developments.

Delivering excellence: J P Distribution

* JP-Distribution.jpgJ P Distribution, which delivers products from many well-known brands to more than 2,500 retailers throughout England, Wales and Scotland, said its stand had attracted a lot of interest and that the team had been busy throughout the show.

Fantastic flexibility in refrigeration

* Caple-adaptable-fridge.jpgIf there's anything that made us wish we had a larger kitchen it was this Caple fridge freezer (loved the gorgeous Graphite hue too!) which offers very clever flexibility in terms of use.

Successful show for Mereway

* Mereway-cleaning-cupboard.jpgThe Mereway Group stand was busy every day and produced one of the best results ever for the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom manufacturer. There was lots to see...

Cosy copper beautifully displayed

* Cosy-copper.jpgHurlingham Baths featured several displays which made us feel we were strolling past the windows of a smart store. There was lots of luxurious copper on display in the room sets.

Laufen showcases latest bathroom collections, including premium showertoilet

* Laufen-showcases.jpgSwiss bathroom specialist Laufen showcased its latest bathroom collections alongside Roca, in the special blacked-out suite that we've come to expect from the manufacturer.

The black background contrasts so well with white sanitaryware, although it gave our own pictures a yellow hue so we're using the ones supplied!

Whitebirk's luxury fireclay sinks: handmade in Britain since the 1800s

* Whitebirk-sinks.jpgWe were stopped in our tracks by a display of Butler-style and circular sinks in a variety of unusual colours and as we tried to decide whether we preferred pale pink or baby blue.

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Recent News

Full steam ahead for Steamist

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Steamist, which supplies bespoke, luxury steam rooms, showers and saunas to the residential and commercial sectors, will be demonstrating its steam shower in the Total Sense Steam Cabin to potential specifiers and installers.

British Ceramic Tile looks at trends influencing interior spaces and surfaces in 2018

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The trends for 2018 are a tale of two stories according to British Ceramic Tile's in-house design team. On one side, you have faded grandeur; interiors that have aged over time, revealing an inner beauty. Surfaces are worn and distressed, revealing layers of visual interest for a textural, natural look within an organic colour palette.

Soundbathe in good company as Google enters hidden speaker market

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Delivering hidden music, soundbathe transforms (almost) any surface into a high-quality Bluetooth speaker. It can turn baths, walls, splash-backs, cabinets and furniture into giant sensory-audio music systems.

There are no visible wires, it's waterproof, hidden and completely safe and hygienic, all simply controlled from your smartphone!

Soapbox: What lessons can we learn from Carillion's collapse?

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Peer-to-peer business lending specialist ArchOver CEO Angus Dent outlines the lessons to be learned from Carillion's demise, and the steps smaller businesses should take to ensure they won't be hurt by future failures.

Top inclusive design award for VitrA and Sheffield Hallam University

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VitrA UK, one of Europe's leading bathroom manufacturers and part of the international Eczacibasi Group, has been recognised by the UK Over 50's Housing Award, for its considerable efforts to address the needs of our ageing population.

Overall growth forecast in the UK floor and wall tiles market at 7% until 2021

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Subject as it is to the influences of consumer and business spending levels, construction output and underlying economic trends, the wall and floor tiles market delivered a strong performance between 2014 and 2017 with overall growth of 8%.

KBB 2018: Bathroom Brands Group set to impress - Stand H20 E95

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Bathroom Brands tells us that 2018 is set to be a groundbreaking period of development for the Group, with KBB acting as a starting whistle for the year ahead.


Blanco appoints new regional sales manager for Northern Ireland

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Blanco UK has appointed Darren McCrellis (pictured right) as regional sales manager for Northern Ireland. He has replaced Joe Cleland (pictured left) who was Blanco's previous regional sales manager in Northern Ireland for over 12 years.

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