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8th February 2019


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International News

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

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Renowned 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.

New POS for Vista statement splashbacks

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Bringing 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

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

HiB hits the right note with groundbreaking launch

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HiB 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 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.

Welcome to the



Well I've not received any press releases about it, but several friends who know I'm involved in the KBB sector have asked me what I know - and although I thought at first that they must be joking, I can see it's all over the Internet... Have you heard about Refridgerdating?

Amongst many other wonderful things, Samsung's Family Hub Refrigerator allows you to monitor the contents of your refrigerator via your smartphone: great for planning what to cook the family while you're waiting in the rain for your delayed train, or even for deciding what top-up shopping you need to do at your local shops while on your way home.

The Refridgerdating app takes it to a whole new level though by enabling you to take pictures of what's on your fridge shelves and then share it to your profile on the social media platform. It then works much like Tinder, with those searching for a partner able to swipe right or left when they see your fridge picture, with the decision based on the contents of what they think might be your food preferences.

While Samsung hopes the app will beautifully match singletons based on what's inside their fridges, I can see all kinds of issues here... Going on the contents of my own fridge, it can sometimes look as if we're healthy eating fanatics whereas other times you'd think we were a family of heavy drinkers. A leftover Indian takeaway might lead someone to think that this is all we live on; shopping I buy for my mother and store until I visit, might make people think we're meat eaters at home, when we're not.

And then you have the issue of - much as you can find with dating app users who aren't strictly honest with their profile info and who perhaps also Photoshop their images - the prospect of people stocking their fridges with foodstuffs they wouldn't normally dream of eating (or removing all the cans of beer), just to attract the sort of mate they're looking for. Can you imagine how this could turn out? And what about households where fridge space is shared, with each housemate or family member having their own shelf?

I love many of the apps we're offered these days but am really not sure about this one... Are you?


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Most KBSA retail members have confidence in supply chains - whatever Brexit brings

* UK-EU.jpgWith just weeks left, the clock is ticking on Brexit. The delays and uncertainties have not been good for business, making it difficult to make decisions.

While the majority of Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association retailers do not have to deal with bringing their own products into the UK, they need to have confidence that their suppliers have plans in place to deal with all possible outcomes and luckily, a snapshot survey found that the majority of them have confidence that their suppliers have contingency plans in place for a no deal exit.

Convert to the dark side

* Keller-dark.jpgDarker shades in kitchens are really popular this year; so ever the pioneer, Keller, has launched a new melamine colour, Metal Black, which offers an industrial style to complement the stunning Bolton model so homeowners can stay on trend. This model is perfect for contemporary and traditional homes.

The industrial element is reflected through the smart cube-shaped units, reflective of warehouse storage shelving, and dark coloured tin handles (no 672 from Keller's range) which can be matched with aluminium framed display cases (as pictured).

The Bolton model is also available in Concrete, Rust and Marble White.


Rotpunkt urges KBB industry to support further education apprenticeships

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Helping to 'provide a clear path into the kitchen industry', this announcement marks an important step for a qualification that sits just under the Level 4 & 5 FDA Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design, currently offered.

Bertazzoni teams up with EQ Software

Italian kitchen appliance manufacturer, Bertazzoni, has partnered with EQ Software to provide retailers with simple and easy access to its product portfolio. Since launching in the UK in May 2017, Bertazzoni has built a robust network of trusted stockists and distributors to ensure consumers have access to a high calibre of retail partners across the UK.

Bertazzoni has bolstered this by choosing EQ Software as its business management software provider.

Winter promotions for Bushboard Evolve: Love to Shop on Every Evolve Surface + Free Evolve Displays

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New Northern and Southern Ireland sales role for Ashton

* Ashton-Ireland.jpgCRL Stone continues to develop relationships with showrooms and fabricators... Ashton Reid has joined the business as sales representative covering Northern and Southern Ireland, having returned to the UK from Australia, where she worked as a senior product co- ordinator for a timber flooring manufacturer for five years.

For CRL Ashton will support retailers and stone fabricators throughout Northern and Southern Ireland, presenting them with the latest surfaces from the Ceralsio ceramic and CRL Quartz collections, providing POS material and building a strong network of suppliers throughout the region.

Bora demonstrates the future of kitchen technology at architect@work

* Bora-demonstrates.jpgShowcasing the latest innovations in cooking technology, Bora exhibited at the recent architect@work in London, with live demonstrations of its new cooktops creating a talking point among the show's visitors.

The show's theme, future-proof, was apt for the appliance manufacturer, which is revolutionising the kitchen with its cooktop extractor system. A working model of the new Bora Professional 2.0 was displayed throughout architect@work, which ran from 30th - 31st January.

Blanco appoints new marketing manager

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Membership continues to grow for KBSA

* Membership-KBSA.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that four new members have joined the Association, just weeks after confirming that 2019 began with an influx of 10 new members. The latest members to join include three retail members and one corporate member.

Uform reduces paint-to-order lead times

Kitchen manufacturer and distributor Uform is pleased to announce a reduction in lead times for its Paint-to-Order timber items. This latest development means that Paint-to-Order timber items are now back to a 10- day lead time, which comes as a result of the company's recent £4million investment programme which was completed at the end of 2018.

Commenting on the news, Uform CEO Eamon Donnelly says: "Following the success of our attendance at KBB last year where we launched a number of innovative ranges along with a new Kitchen Stori brochure concept, we experienced an unprecedented demand for Paint-to-Order products in the months that followed.

HIB team sleeps rough to raise over £2,000 for homelessness charity

* HIB-sleeps-rough.jpgHiB has raised £2,000 for The Starfish Project following a 'sleep out' to encourage donations. Seven members of the HiB team - Terri Reeves, Richard Berry, Frank Hanna, Jason Wallbank, Charla Hodgkins, Robert Stiff and Dave Cooley, spent a cold January night sleeping in the uncovered HiB carpark, braving the weather to raise money for the charity.

The Starfish Project, which is based locally to HiB, offers support to those suffering from addiction, coping with mental health issues, homelessness, relationship issues, learning difficulties and beyond. With four weekly drop-in centres the charity offers a vital resource to its surrounding community.

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Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery website now open for business

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