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13th July 2018
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Simple wall-hung modern furniture in subtle wood shades, soft creams or soft graphite teamed with either a counter-top or vanity basin in an appealing shape or a super-size slab top with one or two bowls and complemented by wall-hung sanitaryware, a walk-in shower and a freestanding bath, are the essential base ingredients for design success.
The superior Mumbai Slate porcelain collection from British Ceramic Tile provides a stunning floor covering, emulating the true beauty of Indian slate. Strong tonal variation and a matt, riven finish deliver an authentic interpretation, bringing the unmistakable raw, earthy qualities of slate indoors.
Big on performance but low on water consumption, each of the six new water-efficient Aqua Air showerheads use the latest water-saving technology to draw in air and blend it with water flow, making each droplet bigger and softer. By enhancing the system's spray power, Aqua Air promises to reduce water use by up to 50% compared to normal showers.
The flexible spout can be swivelled from side to side, it also can easily be removed from the holder. The spout is fitted with two buttons for the user to change the water flow from normal to a spray.
I'm not normally one who brings politics into the workplace but I feel that events this week warrant a comment, with this industry being one of a handful I can think of, that's probably holding its collective breath over the Brexit white paper shenanigans, with so many of the products involved being made in different countries.
I'm not a fan of much of what's gone on in the heads of the EU decision-makers over the decades I've seen things unfold (I can remember, having learnt of the issues as a schoolgirl, asking my father how he was going to vote in that first referendum and him telling me that we were "too small" to be successful on our own in the future - but the world and the way it does business, has changed so much since then, hasn't it?).
There are things I do like though and amongst these are the EU's high standards regarding animal welfare and the environment and the fact that I can buy products I know are manufactured to a consistent high standard (I'm not including lightbulbs in this group). I also like the way we often work together for everyone's benefit and for the good of the planet - for example the European Bathroom Forum's voluntary agreement on adopting a single labelling scheme (see more below) which will give tardy manufacturers something to strive for and consumers knowledge when it comes to making decisions about the environmental-friendliness of appliances etc.
As someone who doesn't eat meat, I like the idea that EU meat is safer to eat than some other meats; while as a consumer, I'm taken with the idea that goods are made to a decent, universal standard - but may be more expensive as a result. I'm also well aware that we need younger people in the country, to help pay our pensions with their taxes - but mindful of the dearth of young workers this leaves the older ones to contend with back home, which somehow doesn't seem fair.
I'd really love to know what your thoughts are on this and if you've an opinion you'd like to share with KBzine's readers but are not keen on having your name 'in lights', I'll happily run any comments as anonymous contributions and not divulge your details to anyone. You can trust me - I'm a journalist!
What do you reckon? White paper deal or no deal?
This Week's News
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association tells us that tickets are selling fast for the Conference & Awards Dinner, taking place on 12th September at the Stratford Manor Hotel.
With consumers' ever increasing demand for stylish modular bathroom furniture together with speed of delivery, Ambiance Bain has developed a new range of products which fit the bill - all available from UK stock.
Nygel McCormac, sales & marketing director for Ambiance Bain says: "Offering a choice of outstanding quality modular furniture with practical storage, together with matching bath panels, shower trays, shower wall panels and mirrors, the Rapide collection has the benefit of beautifully handcrafted French design, with a choice of colour and size options to suit every bathroom configuration."
During the latest meeting of the European Bathroom Forum on 5th July in Lisbon, the majority of the principal representatives of the bathroom sector came to a voluntary agreement on a single labelling scheme.
Steam Touch: Adds a burst of steam on selected programmes, helping to remove stains and give fabrics a fresh scent and a soft finish.
Sirius Buying Group, the major buying group of electrical appliance and kitchen retail solutions, has just enjoyed its biggest annual international conference to date, with the event being completely sold-out and Sirius hosting a full party of 140 delegates: made up of group members and their respective business partners, plus key delegates from group Approved Suppliers.
The group also welcomed a number of delegates who registered to attend as first-timers, and a pool of brand new members to the group.
Rangemaster has added six new A+ rated models to its existing cooling range. The new models include the RSXS18 standalone American-style four-door fridge-freezer, which has 560 litres of storage space, and the RDXD18 French-style two-door, two-drawer version, which has 557 litres of storage space.
They are available in three colour co-ordinating Rangemaster finishes: Black, Stainless Steel and Ivory. In addition, the company has introduced four integrated models, including 70:30 and 50:50 fridge-freezers, plus a tall larder fridge and a tall larder freezer.
Research, commissioned by Hotpoint, has found that two thirds of Brits worry about food waste, but admitted to buying fresh ingredients that replace edible food in the fridge. The research also reveals that in the UK, the top three most wasted foods are bread, bagged salad and fresh vegetables.
Always pioneering the ethos that the key to any perfect, stylish bathroom is in the planning and structure, Abacus Bathrooms has developed the innovative Easi-Plan range of flushing and support systems. The Easi-Plan system allows bathroom designers and installers to create spacious schemes by maximising floor space whilst creating beautiful lines.
Saniflo UK - renowned designer and manufacturer of pumps, macerators and shower cubicles - is embarking upon an aggressive consumer campaign to create a strong pull for its trade customers. Selected and qualified audiences will be targeted via print and digital campaigns from June through November.
No stranger to consumer advertising and accustomed to strong television campaigns dedicated to the Kinedo Kinemagic shower cubicle, this year Saniflo will promote a broader collection of products featuring its Domestic Up range.
Appreciating a combination of industrial chic with country-house styling, 'Timeless beauty' welcomes a blend of durable materials like brass, wood and ceramic which over time, become more beautiful with age.
The full-colour A4 brochure is as stylish as the range itself, covering the complete kitchen taps collection from Abode, including hot water taps, water filter taps and the award-winning Abode Swich Aquifier.
Ultra White Collar Boxing is designed to encourage people to get fit and try a new experience.
The new brochure for Bushboard's Omega worktop range is packed with new products and clever ideas. With a collection designed around the latest on-trend colour palettes, smart looks and innovative thinking, this range takes laminate to a new level.
Bushboard was one of the first worktop specialists to introduce texture and a new realism to laminate. The new brochure features the company's latest development in this field with striking new end grain edge detail on five woodgrain designs.
Paul White has joined the team at underfloor heating specialist, Gaia Climate Solutions, as a Technical Designer. Paul was responsible for taking projects for large clients to final working drawings in his previous role at Retail Design Solutions.
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Average sales a day, which take trading day differences into account, were down 2.1% on April 2017.