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10th April 2019


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International News

Reflecting mirror technology

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A bathroom mirror isn't just a mirror anymore now it's loaded with so much style, choice and technology. An illuminated mirror has therefore become a real must have for any new bathroom.

K├Ânigquartz - 28 colours to keep kitchens on trend

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With a pedigree in supplying top quality materials with a top-quality service, Königstone is proud of its growing range of quartz worktops: Königquartz.

Free up kitchen space with Fonda hob/extractor combination from Blanco by Gutmann

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The future of clean air in the kitchen has taken a leap forward with the ingenious Fonda hood from the Blanco by Gutmann portfolio. Combined with a stunning hob, the Fonda is a clever, space-saving, downdraft extraction system with an installation height of just 8cm.

Perfect for small or large kitchen design schemes and flexible in terms of installation and location, the Fonda sits quietly and discreetly in a streamlined, functional space.

Beko launches AutoDose Connected Dishwasher

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In what is believed to be a European first, Beko is launching one of its most highly anticipated products to date - the AutoDose Connected Dishwasher - perfect for those who sometimes forget to switch on the dishwasher or buy detergent!

Circular reflection

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Sensio has expanded its collection of circular mirrors with three new designs. Como, Aria and Luna join Orla; all rounded mirrors boasting various LED lighting features.

Welcome to the


National Stress Awareness Month is in full swing; what I can't understand is why it's only for a month... Surely it should be a year-round thing? The wellbeing gurus say we should de-stress by lighting candles and playing tranquil music while taking a long soak in the bath. I wish I had the time... Mind you, with research revealing that just 4% of us indulge in a relaxing bath while 79% choose a shower, 17% must be either unwashed or using the basin, so perhaps I don't have much to complain about after all!

It's not just our hectic lives that are the issue, but newer houses are smaller than their older counterparts, meaning that bathrooms offer little in terms of spaciousness. HiB's marketing director Steve Kaye says retailers can use this to their advantage: "Although a candlelit soak may have fallen out of favour, there's still a demand for a luxurious spa-like experience in the home," he advises. "Homeowners may be unsure of the options available to set the perfect bathroom mood, and by providing guidance on the latest and greatest products to achieve this, retailers can add value to their service." Steve agrees that music is extremely effective in reducing stress, and with the technology requiring little space, that part's easy to achieve.

Japanese bathroom manufacturer Toto's new Relaxology baths are said to provide a feeling of wellness (to the lucky 4%) and may of course persuade the rest of us to join them (in our own baths, of course!). Its Floating Bathtubs promise all-round relaxation and regeneration, thanks to innovative technologies and materials used in a way to create an all-encompassing experience of comfort.

A bathtub is an essential part of Japanese bathrooms. One tradition says people absorb nature's energy by taking a hot bath - especially in an Onsen, one of the many hot springs found throughout Japan. Toto's Floating Bathtubs emulate this experience with an internal design that puts the bather's body in an ideal position for relaxation. "An ergonomically shaped headrest allows the shoulders and head to relax fully," claims Toto. "The body reclines as in a comfortable embrace, keeping the natural S-curve of the spine from the nape of the neck to the lumbar vertebrae, for deep relaxation, and an all-encompassing feeling of tranquility and lightness." Sounds wonderful... but put one of those into my bathroom and you'd probably find me still in there the following day, fast asleep and with water-wrinkled skin...


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Bathroom design ideas from new website

* VitrA-banner.jpgVitrA, one of the UK's fastest growing bathroom brands, has launched a striking, intuitive, and multi-functional website designed for all. The newly launched interactive website makes it easy for all customers - from homeowners to architects and retailers - to choose a perfect bathroom.

It offers intuitive navigation, beautiful imagery and enhanced product browsing through a seamless user experience. Many new features help visitors throughout their bathroom planning journey.

KBSA strengthens board with new retail member

* KBSA-strengthens-board.jpgThe Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom Specialists Association has strengthened its board of directors with the appointment of a new regional chair for the West Midlands. Angela Bower is a director at Bower Willis Designs, a kitchen and interior design showroom based in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire.

Angela takes up her role with immediate effect and will work with the other board members to drive forward growth at the KBSA.

BMA announces host and first speaker for 2019 Conference

* BMA-host.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association has named the host for the 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference, set to take place on 8th October at the stunning Carden Park Hotel, Cheshire.

Tim Pollard, principal of Pollard and Pollard, a consultancy service working in the fields of sustainability, energy and resource efficiency in the built environment, will be facilitating the event.

BiKBBI Protected welcomes expressions of interest

* BiKBBI-comms.jpgFollowing the launch of The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation Protected initiative at The Houses of Parliament in January, the organisation is pleased to confirm that it is ready to accept expressions of interest from those retailers wanting to find out more.

BiKBBI plans a number of regional events to present the scheme to interested parties, following encouraging initial interest shown by the industry.

Cool concrete sinks for today's industrial style kitchens

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New account manager for LDL

* Account-manager-LDL.jpgLeading distributor LDL Components has announced the internal promotion of Oliver Bryant to the position of account manager for the South East.

Oliver has been with LDL for 18 months in a sales administration capacity. During this time, he has perfected his product knowledge and forged excellent relationships with many customers. Before joining LDL, Oliver was a logistics operator for a transport network, specialising in a 'same-day service' and ensuring that customers' needs were fulfilled with speed and accuracy.

Pronorm announces new managing directors as Heinz Hachmeiser retires

* Pronorm2Mds.jpgGerman kitchen furniture supplier Pronorm has announced the retirement of its managing director Heinz Hachmeister after 35 years of service and implemented a succession policy that will provide continuity and growth for the contemporary brand across Europe.

KBSA offers mediation service for members

The KBSA has introduced a mediation service for members that can help resolve potential disputes swiftly and economically. The service is provided by Focus Mediation, a company that has an above average rate of over 90% in assisting parties to reach successful settlements and resolutions.

KBSA members will get access to a team of fully accredited mediators, with one main point of contact and two dedicated mediators to handle each KBSA case. Mediations will usually be completed within 14 days, subject to everyone's availability.

Grohe presents first 3D metal-printed taps

* Grohe-3D.jpg3D printing has long been regarded as the manufacturing technology of the future. Components made via 3D printing have set new standards for premium manufacturers in the automotive and aircraft industry. In the sanitary sector, Grohe is now offering Atrio Icon 3D and Allure Brilliant Icon 3D - two unique tap designs created using 3D metal-printing.

Grohe says it has 'advanced its 3D technology process to meet the unique challenges of metal printing, enabling a fascinating symbiosis of the latest high-tech and skilled craftsmanship, which redefines the possibilities in product design and creates individual statement pieces for the bathroom'.

Bushboard Vista now available from Ireland's Potter Cowan

* Bushboard-Vista1.jpgVista, Bushboard's recently launched collection of statement splashbacks, is now available from one of Ireland's leading trade-only kitchen product and component distributors. Potter Cowan has branches in Belfast, Dublin and Cork and now offers Bushboard Vista alongside a comprehensive collection of household name brands for kitchens, appliances, taps, sinks worksurfaces, and splashbacks.

Adrian Allen, managing director of Potter Cowan says: "Vista is a great new product with a striking range of decors; summer palms, London brick, metro tiles and Moroccan designs to name a few.

Complete colour coordination from Abacus

* Complete-colour-coordination.jpgAbacus Bathrooms has developed a unique portfolio of stunning brassware and accessories so that retailers and designers can offer a completely colour-matched scheme in the bathroom.

With colour taking a subtle centre stage in bathrooms today, Abacus has introduced four stylish contemporary finishes - chrome, bronze, nickel and black - which will be available across three popular brassware ranges as well as accessories such as towel rails, wetroom glass, valves and traps.

Trend - for beautiful surfaces

* Trend-Murano.jpgAs one of the world's leading producers of coloured glass mosaic, Venetian enamel, gold leaf tesserae and engineered stone surfaces, Trend Group works with today's most celebrated designers, architects and artists.

The stunning results are seen in residential, commercial and public buildings around the globe and the UK has a network of franchisees with a commercial sales team to answer the demand for these stunning, bespoke surfaces.

Introducing Diesel Living

* Deisel-Living2.jpgInspired by the industrial and metropolitan world, CTD Architectural Tiles has introduced the Diesel Living collection to its growing portfolio. Exploring a variety of materials, colours and finishes, Diesel Living combines the iconic urban aesthetic associated with the brand with trend-led designs to deliver truly eye-catching tile solutions for contemporary spaces.

Carron Phoenix releases 2019 brochure featuring new product ranges

* CARRON-PHOENIX-brochure.jpgCarron Phoenix has launched its new Range brochure for 2019 including the addition of three new product ranges. The brochure is available to retailers now via the Carron Phoenix website, www.carron.com for next day delivery, or through their distributors.

The full-colour, 68-page Carron Phoenix Range brochure is easy to navigate with clear retail pricing and product codes, providing a useful resource to retailers and their customers. New products for 2019 include two new sink designs, the Aruba and Atoll and new tap Orla.

Experience the future with app-activated and smart kitchen appliances

* Experience-the-future.jpgKitchens International is asking its customers: "Why become a slave to your kitchen when you can control many appliances from an app or even your voice?

Luxury kitchens of 2019, it argues, have so many hi-tech options from app-controlled appliances, to sleek downdraft extractors, to the whole systems to control all appliances and many more, that cooking becomes a pleasure rather than a chore.

Discover raw, urban beauty with stunning new Ark sink from The Poured Project

* Raw-urban-beauty.jpgOne of the greatest inspirations for modern day interiors, exposed concrete continues to bring texture and stylish urban influences to the home.

Combining industrial raw materials with traditional manufacturing techniques, the new Ark concrete basin from The Poured Project will take centre stage in any bathroom. Lovingly handcrafted here in the UK by artisan furniture makers Claire and Andy Pedley, this architecturally stunning basin is all about creating a show stopping design feature.

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Recent News

BMA says a voluntary label and changing consumer habits is best way to save water

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has responded to a recent statement from Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency, on ways to reduce average water consumption in England from 140 litres per person per day to 100 litres, by claiming that a voluntary - not a mandatory - water label is the best solution.

Nuance bathroom wall panelling celebrates new patent with new dedicated showroom

Bushboard, the renowned worksurface and bathroom panelling manufacturer, has secured a patent for its innovative, trim-free waterproof bathroom panelling system, Nuance. Invented by the Bushboard team, the Nuance brand leads the way as a more aesthetically pleasing and easier to install alternative to tiling.

LDL prioritises training and customer service

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LDL has declared its mission to prioritise training and customer service. Recognising the crucial importance of comprehensive product knowledge, the company is now running three product training sessions each week in the new dedicated design room at LDL's headquarters in Glossop.


Karonia updates Mistral worktop brochure

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Karonia Surfaces has refreshed its Mistral consumer brochure for 2019. Available now, the updated brochure features the four new colours introduced to the range last year along with more lifestyle images showcasing the work carried out by retailers and installers throughout the UK.

New Dealer Inspiration brochure from Blanco is beautifully illustrated

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Blanco UK's new brochure, Dealer Inspiration Range, offers retailers a detailed and beautifully illustrated guide to Blanco's sinks, taps, cooker hoods, hobs and accessories.

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