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17th April 2019


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International News

Cool concrete sinks for today's industrial style kitchens

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Building on the popular trend for industrial style kitchens, a truly unique range of concrete-style sinks has been introduced by design pioneer, Blanco UK.

Grohe presents first 3D metal-printed taps

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3D 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.

Bushboard Vista now available from Ireland's Potter Cowan

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Vista, 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.

Complete colour coordination from Abacus

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Abacus 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.

Trend - for beautiful surfaces

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As 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.

Introducing Diesel Living

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Inspired 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.

Experience the future with app-activated and smart kitchen appliances

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Kitchens 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?

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.

Welcome to the


On Monday I took part in a walking tour of some of London's natural springs and ancient wells - not because as editor of KBzine I've often voiced my support for any scheme that helps conserve water, but because I'm a member of a choir whose leader was asked to co-host the tour.

'The Fellowship of The Spring - London Water Pilgrimage' took a 'human stream' of around 200 of us to some of these ancient water sources and we visited parts of London we never knew existed; a Roman bath for example, much like that in the city of Bath itself, (only far smaller) boasted crystal clear water; in stark contrast to the Thames which flowed just 50 metres away.

"Since time immemorial, people all over the world, have held water to be sacrosanct," said our leaders. "Humans have long held pilgrimages to the sources of streams, doused themselves in 'holy' lakes, made offerings on riverbanks or on the shores of oceans. These were not acts of blind worship: but regular, necessary nods to a deeply-known recognition of humanity's dependence on water and a keenly-felt gratitude for nature's benevolence. It is only quite recently that these habits have, for most of us, been forgotten.

"By resuming these rituals and behaviours and by caring for and paying attention to our waterways, we grow motivated to defend and protect their right to flow, to be free from pollution and to be able play their vital role in the broader web of nature. Water sustains us and every living thing: it slakes our thirst, it wets the soil and seeds from which our crops spring, it yields us fish. Water is where we go to play. We navigate it for adventure and escape, for discovery and communication, for income, for birth, burial and everything in between.

"Disregarding how deeply our lives are intertwined with water- wasting it, exploiting it, dumping waste and chemicals in it-is clearly now to court disaster, and extinction."

Wise words indeed... And in case you're wondering... yes, I did tell as many fellow 'pilgrims' as I could, about the water-saving products that are available and how best to find them, as well as how hard our industry is working to promote their use. Had I known about the tour prior to last week's broadcast of KBzine, I'd have been better prepared to spread the word. Perhaps next year then...


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

KBSA experts to meet consumers at Grand Designs

* KBSA-experts2.jpgThe Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that it will have a number of retail members providing advice at Grand Designs, which takes place in London's ExCel 4th - 12th May.

Five KBSA retail members will be on hand to discuss visitors' kitchen projects throughout the show in the Ask an Expert area. Individual sessions can be booked on-line, in advance with one of the following retailers:

Franke enlists help of award-winning culinary historian for its 2019 Blooming Great Tea Party

* Franke-charity.jpgPaying homage to Queen Victoria's 200th anniversary, Franke's 2019 Blooming Great Tea Party fundraiser for Marie Curie, held between 21st and 23rd June, will take on a royal theme this year with its exclusive Victoria Sponge cake recipe specially developed by Regula Ysewijn, an award-winning cookbook author and culinary historian with a love for Britain.

Ysewijn's debut book P'ride and Pudding - the history of British Puddings Savoury and Sweet', won the Gourmand World Book Awards 'Culinary Heritage' category in 2017 and she has recently released the National Trust Book of Puddings, which explores nostalgic sweet treats.

Be inspired by new kitchens from Keller

* Keller-be-inspired.jpgKeller's new Kitchen Inspiration brochure for 2019 showcases a portfolio of high-quality kitchen schemes that will inspire customers and make kitchen planning a joy.

The brochure is packed with beautiful imagery of stylish kitchens and a focus on each model's detail such as handle trims and lacquer cabinetry, to show it off to its full advantage.

Euronics showcase a success

* Euronics-Showcase-2019.jpgElectrical buying group Combined Independents (Holdings), part of Euronics, hosted the Euronics Showcase at the NEC Birmingham this month after a three-year hiatus. It was a huge success.

The two-day exhibition enabled CIH members to meet with suppliers to familiarise themselves with the latest products and services available, as well as be the first to see new, exclusive, product launches.

New area sales manager welcomed to the Masterclass team

* Masterclass-area-sales.jpgMasterclass Kitchens has welcomed Fran Liston its expanding sales team. Covering the East Anglia and North London areas, Fran will be responsible for supporting existing Masterclass retailers in this region and continuing to grow the business, taking over the reins from Brian Peck, who retired from the company in March.

Fran brings with her a wealth of experience in the kitchen industry, having worked as group showroom manager at builder's merchant Ridgeons and more recently, as business development manager for Maurice Lay distribution.

New Hotpoint fridge freezers offer extended freshness

* New-HotpointFF.jpgHotpoint has launched a new range of Total No Frost fridge freezers that incorporate a variety of technologies to ensure long-lasting food freshness and minimal food waste.

Included in the range is the Class 7 Total No Frost fridge freezer, which offers a combined capacity of 368 litres and provides the ultimate freshness for the food whilst offering lots of storage flexibility. Total No Frost technology ensures that the user never has to defrost their freezer again.

TKC adds Dust Grey colour to its contemporary Lucente and Vivo+ ranges

* TKC-Dust-Grey.jpgTKC has introduced Dust Grey as a stocked colour to two of its contemporary ranges, Lucente and Vivo+, in gloss and matt, tapping into the trends for grey tones and tactile finishes in the kitchen.

Already popular on TKC's Cartmel, Cambridge and Windsor ranges, the versatile Dust Grey colour suits the contemporary styling of the Lucente handleless and Vivo+ slab doors. It also complements a range of woodgrains and metallic finishes to achieve the sought-after mixed material look.

LochAnna Kitchens now available on Compusoft's Winner Design

* LochAnna.jpgLochAnna Kitchens' collection of 17 kitchens, including the recently launched Form range, is now available to download for free on Winner Design kitchen planning software by Compusoft.

Andrea Wright joins Karonia as administrative co-ordinator

* Andrea-Wright.jpgAndrea Wright has joined solid surface specialist Karonia in the role of administrative co-ordinator. Joining from NESP where she was sales office & purchasing manager for the last nine years, Andrea brings with her extensive experience in the KBB industry and specialist knowledge of the worktop sector in particular.

Having worked closely with Karonia in her previous role, Andrea already has a good working relationship with many of her new colleagues.

R15 stainless steel sink goes extra large

* R15-stainless.jpgIdeal for accommodating large pots and pans that won't fit in the dishwasher and in line with the trend for industrial-style kitchen design, Abode has extended its popular Matrix R15 range of sinks with the launch of the R15 Extra Large Bowl.

One of six different bowl sizes in the range, the R15 Extra Large Bowl can be installed into any surface, including laminate, enabling the customer to create an undermount look without the expense of solid surface. Alternatively, the R15 can also be undermounted and clips are provided for both methods of installation.

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