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1st February 2019


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International News

The RIBA + VitrA Talks series continues into 2019

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The RIBA + VitrA Talks series continues into 2019 with more emerging and established international voices in architecture. Last year leading bathroom brand VitrA announced the partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in the form of the RIBA + VitrA Talks series.

Taps and showers one step closer to voluntary agreement says European Bathroom Forum

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A Voluntary Agreement for the Unified Water Label is a step closer after a programme for taps and showers was supported by the European Commission department DG Environment.

Silestone launches the new minimalist kitchen sink, Integrity Q

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Silestone by Cosentino, is adding to its popular Integrity by Silestone kitchen sink range with the new minimalist kitchen sink, Integrity Q.

New colours, finishes and revamped brochure for Cucina Colore

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Mereway Kitchens has launched a selection of new colours and finishes for its contemporary Cucina Colore collection, which are included within a stylish revamped brochure.

'New Traditional' with Dark Gold Art Moderne II Towel Warmer by Vogue (UK)

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British designer and manufacturer of premium radiators and towel warmers, Vogue (UK), presents the growing style trend 'New Traditional' with its Art Moderne II Towel Warmer: a pioneering heating solution that redefines traditional styling with a modern perspective.

First in Danby's UK range arrived - and it's a Red Dot Award winner!

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Danby Appliances, Canada's principal household appliance manufacturer which announced its expansion to Europe in October, has revealed the first of its products to become available through distributors Exertis.co.uk.

CRL Stone launches six new colours of Ceralsio ceramic

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With the trend for nature-inspired materials, industrial lines and neutral colour palettes set to be strong in 2019, CRL Stone has added six new colours to its Ceralsio ceramic surface collection.

Splash up colour schemes with Lustrolite panels

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Lustrolite's acrylic panels are one of the most suitable materials for bathroom and kitchen splashbacks. Not only do they have a sleek, modern look and finish; they are incredibly easy to clean and maintain. The panels are highly-resistant to harsh chemicals and can be cleaned with just warm water and a soft microfibre cloth.

Spring cleaning in store with The Signature Collection

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If clearing the clutter and transforming the kitchen into a minimal oasis is on the home improvement checklist this Spring, then investing in some clever storage solutions is the perfect way to achieve it, courtesy of The Signature Collection by Masterclass Kitchens.

Bespoke concrete solutions from The Poured Project

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We'll be hearing a lot more about the 'The Poured Project' in future as KBB specialist The Lenny Agency has just been awarded the PR contract.

Swiss Krono's CamuStyleTX wins prestigious German Design Award

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CamuStyleTX, the latest collection from global decorative panel specialist Swiss Krono, has won the award for Excellent Product Design in the Material and Surfaces category of the prestigious German Design Awards 2019.

Gorenje joins Hisense family

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Gorenje, the global Slovenian-based home electronics manufacturer, has joined the Hisense family of consumer electronics brands. The Gorenje brand will continue to operate in the UK, with both sales and support continuing.

Minimalist vanity basin, WC & electronic-flush urinal for Istanbul

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The Istanbul collection designed for VitrA by Ross Lovegrove has been an international success since it was first launched in 2004. The sanitaryware and furniture collection draws its inspiration from the organic shapes found in nature and the fluidity of water.

Keller's chic Chelsea kitchen: vintage style with a modern twist

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Keller's new Chelsea kitchen reflects a vintage style; with a modern twist.

Fashionable tap for modern kitchens

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The beautiful, angular shape of Blanco's fashionable Luper tap brings a modern design to all kitchens. The cross-shaped mixer tap has ceramic disc control and provides a high-pressure water flow with a minimum of 0.5 bar pressure.

Welcome to the



Our industry makes some fabulous products, designed to make our lives easier and more enjoyable and more often the innovations are also designed to help protect the environment by using less energy and water (and, in the case of many products, making us think we're using the same volume of water when really, we're using a lot less). I sometimes wonder where it will all end... when we'll have reached that pinnacle of luxury and opulence and there'll be no more improvements left to make.

As a consumer, I've always felt that the weak link has been in the fitting; that unless you're lucky (or clever) enough to employ a fitter who really knows the ropes, you're not going to get the best out of your purchase, however wonderful it might be.

That's one of the reasons I'm behind trade bodies such as those in our industry, which are championing the need for comprehensive training and education and a recognised accreditation for those that have proved they won't let their trade body down; that they won't bring it into disrepute for poor workmanship, overcharging or bad customer service.

I applaud the moves made by the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation to ensure its members not only boast solid expertise, but that consumers are going to find it easier to access their local members in future (see its latest announcement, below). Although things may have changed in the interim, I'd never heard of a specialist accredited body for fitting these centerpieces of our homes, prior to joining this industry. We still have a long way to go before we reach the same level as 'Gas Safety' (ex-Corgi) fitter specification - but we're on our way.

I also applaud the Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association for getting behind the move to develop higher education apprenticeships for the furniture industry following the success of the Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships that have recently been developed.

Today it has sent an email to its members, reminding us of our responsibility to help with the development of higher education apprenticeships via a survey by The Furniture Makers & the British Furniture Manufacturers Associations, on behalf of trade associations from across the UK furniture and interiors industries. It's our chance to shape our future, not only as an industry but as consumers too. The survey took me about two minutes to complete. Please have your say too at:



Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

BiKBBI makes major announcements at Annual Conference

* BiKBBI-conf.jpgRecently the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has alluded to a big announcement which was scheduled for the Institute's Annual Conference at The Houses of Parliament.

And the organisation did not disappoint the 100 industry representatives as it unveiled a new service which launches in the Spring.

Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery website now open for business

* Benchmarx-Eton-Matt.jpgReaffirming its commitment to helping the trade save time and money, Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery is the first trade-only supplier of its type to add a transactional function to its website.

CIH implements European rebrand in the UK

* Euronics.jpgCombined Independents (Holdings), an electrical buying group, part of Euronics, Europe's largest electrical buying group, has announced the European wide rebrand of Euronics has now taken effect in the UK.

The UK rebrand encompasses a new logo, marketing materials, vehicle liveries, fasciae for members and a new website. Furthermore, the CIH reception has been refurbished to include kitchen furniture that is now available to CIH members through its unique partnership with DER KREIS (KBBG).

Clever evolution of tap technology with Blanco's Evol-S

* Clever-evolution.jpgRenowned for pioneering kitchen tap design and technology initiatives, Blanco UK has launched the clever Evol-S Volume smart tap, demonstrating another step towards sustainability and smart functionality.

This revolutionary smart tap has an integrated measuring function with a precise rotary control to give users the exact amount of water they need. The specific volume is set with the scaling wheel while the measured amount is delivered via the intuitive touch sensor system. The standard mixer tap functions of temperature and flow are controlled by the lever on the opposite side - the Evol-S is available handed left or right.

Simon Acres launches new consultancy business for KBB sector

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Simon has brought together a team of experienced professionals to offer considered recruitment, accredited sales training, video marketing, social media solutions, end to end web development and business consultancy.

Congratulations to Roger Cooper; Bathroom Brands' new chairman!

* Roger-Cooper.jpgFollowing the announcement of Clive Chaplin's retirement, Bathroom Brands Group has announced the appointment of Roger Cooper as the Group's non-executive chairman.

New POS for Vista statement splashbacks

* POS-Vista-display.jpgBringing colour, pattern and a funky new look to kitchen walls, recently launched Vista splashbacks have been an outstanding success for Bushboard. Hundreds of kitchen specialists have listed the new range and there is now a fabulous array of Point of Sale material with which to promote it.

Vista includes a compelling showroom lure like Summer Palms along with Moorish patterns, geometrics, weathered London brick, metro tiling and vintage prints (just some of the inspiring options in the new collection which includes 14 designs in 9mm mdf and six in 4mm acrylic).

Kai by Crosswater: part of the New Essentials collection

* Kai_Crosswater.jpgCrosswater's new Essentials collection offers deluxe bathroom suites at astonishingly good prices, without compromising on quality or function.

Kai is the first range to join the collection; combining modern style with everyday usability, each component has been manufactured using the latest materials and water-control technology to ensure the ultimate bathing experience for every member of the family.

Growing Kudos at 20 years

* MAIN-PIC-Kudos-Facility.jpgUK manufacturer, Kudos Showering Products is marking its 20th year of trading with ambitious growth plans for the business.

HiB hits the right note with groundbreaking launch

* HiBRhythm-red.jpgHiB is striking a chord for 2019 with the launch of a stunning musical ceiling light, designed to take a starring role in any bathroom. Rhythm combines sleek, minimalistic good looks with clever technology. Featuring a Bluetooth-enabled speaker, giving outstanding sound, Rhythm allows consumers to play music or news straight from their devices.

The inclusion of a remote control also allows the user to adjust the volume or skip a track at the touch of a button.

IDS's new state-of-the-art worktop picker improves efficiency

* IDS-picker.jpgIDS has invested £350,000 in a state-of-the-art Hubtex EZK20 worktop picking platform for its warehouse in Newcastle-under-Lyme to improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption.

The multi-directional picker allows operators to pick from both sides of the warehouse's cantilever racking, with the capacity for up to 450 worktops per day. Capable of picking a worktop load of up to 1500Kg from a height of up to eight metres, the custom-designed platform reduces the likelihood of damage and is safer and easier for operators to use.

Out now: Maurice Lay Distributors' new trade price guide

* Maurice-Lay-Guide.jpgGet your copy of the Maurice Lay Distributors' trade price guide for a comprehensive collection of all its latest promotions, product details and pricing.

Inside, you will find everything you need from high-performance appliances and durable sinks and taps to top quality kitchen and bedroom furniture.

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