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8th June 2018
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Design flair is evident throughout the new collection, which includes Loop, a contemporary brassware solution featuring an on-trend single lever and elegant tapered spout, giving high-end appeal at a competitive price point.
Each intelligent toilet is designed to make life more comfortable with smart and personalised cleansing technologies free of the unnecessary bulkiness and lackluster design of traditional toilets.
This picture, which a reader shared with me on Facebook, took me back to the time my shower screen shattered for - as far as I was aware - no reason while I was showering. It convinced me that my now-ex was trying to murder me, since he'd wired up our washing machine in a way that I was subjected to vaguely painful electric shocks every time I unloaded the damp laundry. My father later discovered that the thing hadn't been earthed and I believe one of the wires in the plug was touching something it shouldn't have done, so my shattered shower screen just added to my suspicions!
The chap who no longer has a shower screen contacted his supplier and was told that it could be a combination of incorrect installation (i.e. screws done up too tightly) and a fluctuation in temperature. It surprises me that a shower screen could be so badly affected by temperature changes, since showers are generally geared up to suit the user's individual preference and may sometimes run cold.
Shouldn't we as an industry be warning people that an expert installer should be employed to fit a shower screen, rather than it be a simple DIY project? After all, it will show that not everyone's an expert fitter, and if it prevents the manufacturer's name from being shattered when someone is injured? I know these screens are made, like windscreens, to shatter safely, but what about heart attacks or victims jumping in shock and perhaps bashing their heads or slipping over? Do we do enough to ensure our customers are kept safe?
This Week's News
The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation standards partner B&Q announced its intention to simplify its kitchen and bathroom operation, providing customers with new and more streamlined offering.
Notably, a significant part of these changes would include the closure of its Homefit Installation Service - the department responsible for kitchen & bathroom installation. In a statement to its installers, Mark Rigby, head of installations at B&Q, said the company would continue to sell the installation service to its customers until 9th July, with an intention for department closure planned for December 2018.
The new Paragon single and double bowl models are designed to blend seamlessly into contemporary kitchens, with both sinks suitable for undermount fitting. For added flexibility in kitchen design, the single model can also be fitted inset for a more traditional look, making it an excellent choice for refurbishment projects.
"We are delighted with the response this year," he remarks. "We have had more entries than last year in every category and initial indications are that the quality of entries is very good.
Want to ensure you are part of one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year, which provides an opportunity for manufacturers, distributors, retailers, architects and designers to be inspired by thought-provoking presentations and gain valuable insights which will benefit their businesses?
If so, you had better register for the Bathroom Manufacturers Association's annual conference while you still can. With so many repeat bookings, the conference fills up fast, so don't delay, book your place today...
Bushboard's new brochure for its best-selling Nuance, alternative to ceramic tiling, waterproof wall panel collection is packed with inspiring design ideas and practical advice. The new brochure completes a lineup of retailer marketing materials that includes swatch sets, displays, and even test-rooms if a contract project is large enough.
"The dealer log-in system is great for checking stock levels; it is quick and easy to place and track an order. It is also quick to obtain invoices and monthly statements."
Priced to appeal to the family market, all three machines feature a number of useful innovations - such as child locks and drum clean - a programme that keeps the drum smelling fresh and clean...
Warren Ginsberg, founder of bathroom accessories supplier HiB, joined other business leaders in opening the market at the London Stock Exchange this week. The spectacular ritual involves a bespoke market opening mechanism, launched using an engraved glass tablet, which is given to the individual opening the market as a memento of the day.
HiB was invited to join the ceremony as part of the launch of study entitled '100 Stories of Growth - Capital at Work' which looks at the stories of some of the country's most successful SMEs. It was one of the first companies to share its journey, describing how it had carved out a niche supplying high-end designer cabinets and mirrors to independent retailers in the UK and the Middle East.
The UK's largest manufacturer of ceramic and glass tiles, British Ceramic Tile, enjoyed a successful event during Clerkenwell Design Week, welcoming other like-minded British brands to partake in its celebration of great British design.
The three-day event saw British Ceramic Tile launch its first ever initiative with Central Saint Martins.
The £10,000 Stoves Community Kitchens campaign aims to place the kitchen at the heart of local communities and enrich local community projects by helping to transform their cooking facilities. The competition saw applications flood in from across the UK, with more 5,000 votes being cast in the public vote.
Hudson Reed has added to its Glass Collection with a new range of Walk-Through wetroom screens.
Natalie Chisholm has joined Gaia Climate Solutions from MultiYork Furniture Ltd. Natalie brings 15 years of marketing experience to Gaia Climate Solutions in her role as Marketing Manager.
Will's previous employment experience spans manufacturing, quality control and logistics, the skills which he will be utilising at Salice to continue to ensure the company delivers the premium standards of product quality and customer service that consistently remain the fundamental trading principles of Salice.
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