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23rd May 2019


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International News

Transform bathroom designs with new panelling from Abacus - a clever alternative to tiling

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Abacus Bathrooms has launched a new interior decorative wall and ceiling panelling system. The transformative M1 Series is a portfolio of fantastic panelling solutions to answer today's demand for design-led, innovative bathrooms and kitchens.

Launched as the perfect alternative to tiles, the inspirational home-improvement range is equally at ease in both modern and classic schemes and offers the retailer and designer the edge in a competitive world.

New Origin brassware and accessories come in copper, matt black, brushed nickel and chrome

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VitrA, one of Europe's leading bathroom companies, has expanded both its Designer Collection and the recently launched Signature Collection with a new range of brassware and accessories, available to retailers from the end of June.

Subtle elegant design is the key theme of the outstanding new Origin brassware and accessories range from VitrA. Origin presents retailers, designers and consumers with a complete and versatile collection that is the perfect partner for contemporary sanitaryware.

Crosswater introduces Svelte grey ash veneer & mirror collection

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Crosswater has extended its increasingly popular Svelte collection with a beautiful new Grey Ash Veneer furniture finish and an elegant illuminated mirror collection.

Ideal for the design conscious, the Svelte collection focuses on the key principles of practicality, simplicity and beauty to create stunning furniture for the bathroom. Specially manufactured using the highest quality materials, the collection is presented across four distinct sizes and finishes to suit all bathroom schemes.

Keller's elegant Elba: warm wood with a sturdy industrial touch

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Keller's Washed Oak Elba model is perfect for kitchens large or small. The rustic timber effect melamine-fronted cabinetry provides symmetrical patterns which can be combined with all sorts of worktops and appliances.

Whether it's a large open plan kitchen where units have been used to create an island, or a narrow kitchen where homeowners have opted for the galley-style design, they can add stylish components such as copper light fittings or an integrated extractor hood (as pictured).

Saniflo launches Kinedo Kinespace shower enclosures

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The new Kinedo Kinepsace range of elegant and discrete shower cubicles from Saniflo UK is designed to make fitting shower enclosures swift and easy, while delivering a high-quality product with a 10-year warranty.

Shine bright with gold mosaics

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From Byzantine icons to mystical Buddhist temples, gold mosaics have been chosen for designs over centuries as gold is an incredibly strong, precious metal that is immune to oxidation and so provides both strength and long lasting beauty.

Traditional with a modern twist; Blanco's Faron sink

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Ever the pioneer for sink design, Blanco has created the Faron XL 6 S; a large sink with a Silgranit PuraDur finish which is perfect for bringing a modern country house style into the kitchen.

New cool compact wine storage from Danby

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Retailers looking for products to capitalise on the promise of a long hot Summer can now offer the new Danby 16 bottle wine cooler.

Striking concrete-style worktops from Königstone

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Industrial style finishes, such as concrete, remain popular at kitchen design shows and, with Königstone's new Concrete Collection of worktops, homeowners can easily bring this current trend into their homes.

Wall-hung WCs made easy with striking glass casing Vitrus from VitrA

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VitrA has pioneered easy, fuss free installation for wall hung sanitaryware with its extensive range of in wall frames and has now taken another step forward with the introduction of Vitrus, an elegant glass casing-control panel combination that means wall-hung, or back to wall WCs can be retro fitted and new installations can be made without the need for a false wall.

Orsoni from Trend for beautiful mosaic 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.

Award-winning artist Dror designs masterpiece tap for Franke

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Inspired by the ever-shifting lines of flowing water, Franke's new Maris Free tap created by award-winning contemporary artist Dror Benshetrit, is designed with sculptural characteristics featuring a tactile, twisted-effect neck and spout in distinctive Matt Black or SilkSteel PVD.

Bora Pure: Design on a whole new level, scaled down to the bare essentials

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With the tried-and-tested quality features of Bora products and already the winner of the German Design Council's Iconic Award 2019, Bora Pure presents itself as a compact system and an entry point into the world of Bora.

Welcome to the


Although I spend a lot of my working week looking at (and drooling over) the latest offerings from the KBB industry, I only get to hear what consumers really want to be able to get their hands on when I'm chatting to family and friends. It was with some interest then that I opened up a new report commissioned by www.Showerstoyou.co.uk to discover the list of 'I wants'. Apparently, sanitising bathroom accessories top the list of bathroom technologies homeowners wish to try, with 83% desiring a self-cleaning toilet, 66% wanting mood lighting fitted in their bathtub and 69% dreaming of digital controls for precise temperature, spray and timing in their shower.

Me? I'd just like a bathroom that doesn't have an unfathomable leak! My dining room ceiling, below, is testament to the fact that we do indeed have a leaky bathroom, but can we find the cause? No!

Looking more closely at the latest smart bathroom technologies available when it comes to the toilet, after the self-cleaning feature, we most desire a self-deodoriser function (55%) and the ability to generate a heated seat (31%). When it comes to showers, mood lighting (55%) and built-in sound - ideal for those that enjoy a shower-sing-along - at 48% also feature strongly. Similarly, once the mood lighting's been sorted, a built-in scented mist dispenser (62%) and a built-in heated backrest (41%); top the list.

In terms of general bathroom tech, the majority (62%) selected temperature control/thermostat smart control. Water conservation technology came second (41%); highlighting the fact that we're becoming increasingly environmentally conscious within their homes (or is it, I wonder, the increasing numbers of us who have water meters?). Wall-mounted, touch-panel interface was voted the third most-desired general smart bathroom technology, at 34%.

Asked which of these emerging technologies they'd most like to try in the future, the response was: sanitising bathroom accessories, such as gadgets that use UV light to disinfect damp towels - leaving them fresh, fluffy and clean (59%), warming drawers (think heated towel rack but in drawer form) 52%, Fitbit Wi-Fi scales which track weight, lean mass, body fat and more - and sync data wirelessly and automatically to your Fitbit account 48%, virtual reality showers 45% and cooled cabinetry (essentially refrigerated bathroom cabinets) 28%.

Anything you'd particularly like to try, or are in the process of designing? Please share...


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Final call for entries as KBSA announces Kevin Keegan as Awards host

* KBSA_Kevin-Keegan.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, has announced that former manager of the England football squad and player at England and Liverpool, Kevin Keegan OBE, is to present the 2019 Designer Awards, along with a final call for entries.

Kevin began his football career in 1968 at Scunthorpe United, making his debut as a 17-year-old. During his career he spent time at Liverpool, Hamburg, Southampton and Newcastle as well as with the national side. Kevin captained England for six years until his international retirement after the 1982 World Cup. He was capped 63 times for England, scoring 21 international goals. As a manager, he was in charge at Newcastle, Fulham, Manchester City, and England.

VitrA Bathrooms announces its first RIBA-accredited CPD 'Bathroom Design and Specification: Ceramic Sanitaryware'

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Granite & Trend Transformations supplier visit: an inspiration

* Granite-Trend.jpgGranite & Trend Transformations' franchisees were invited to attend a supplier event where Craig Condie, national accounts manager for Blanco UK, hosted the event and presented Blanco's new product portfolio.

The franchisees were inspired by the excellent advice from Craig Condie which focused on selling not only the aesthetics of the new sinks and taps but, more importantly, the functionality and revenue development.

Purity on tap: Franke launches Vital Capsule tap range with world's smallest, most advanced water filter

* Purity-on-tap-Franke.jpgFranke has launched its iconic Vital Capsule filter tap range in three models and two vogue finishes featuring a unique 'above the worksurface' design and the most advanced water filter system in the world to deliver unrivalled purity.

Developed and made in Switzerland by Franke, the water filter system features pioneering and patented technology. It is the first ever filter system to combine activated carbon with a high-tech membrane filtering water through 0.3 micrometer pore holes, almost 100 times finer than a human hair, setting the new standard for filtered drinking water.

TKC launches new sink and tap range

* TKC-sink-taps.jpgTKC has launched a new range of sinks and taps supported by an eight-page full colour brochure, reflecting the latest design requirements in styles, colours and materials at a variety of price points to suit customer needs.

The new 14-strong sink collection includes eight stainless steel, three ceramic and three granite sinks available in inset and undermount styles to suit both contemporary and traditional kitchens. Bowls come in single and 1.5 options, some of which are fully reversible for design flexibility.

Bushboard Evolve stars in 'Your Home Made Perfect'

* Luna_Bushboard-Evolve.jpgYour Home Made Perfect is the first ever British virtual reality and visual effects property show - and Bushboard's Evolve ended up playing a starring in the first episode. Presented by Angela Scanlon, the groundbreaking property and makeover series sees architects Laura Jane Clark and Robert Jamison, transform ordinary homes into extraordinary ones. The results are presented to the home owners using virtual reality headsets, giving them a real life look at how the changes will work.

The first show, which was broadcast in early April, featured home owners Andy and Esther, parents of three small children who found their home too cramped and inconvenient for comfortable family life.

Moores head of product development, Andrew Story, appointed to FIRA Council

* Moores_Andy-Story.jpgAndrew Story, head of product development at Moores Furniture Group, has become the latest Council member of the Furniture Industry Research Association. FIRA is a not-for-profit body and it is the Council's role to represent the needs of members and govern how funds are allocated, ensuring that projects undertaken are reflective of the furniture sector and will add value to the hundreds of organisations who are members.

Moores Furniture Group manufactures and installs kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture and accessories across the contract and retail markets. Moores has a three-brand strategy including the Affinity, Definitive and premium Roux Kitchen range in partnership with Michelin star Chef Michel Roux Jr.

Make a statement with the new patterned tile collection from Verona

* Verona.jpgPattern has made its mark within the interiors world. From discreet motifs to striking geometric designs, pattern has become an influential design trend, one that has taken the nation by storm especially when it comes to transforming surfaces.

Tapping into this incredibly popular design movement is the new patterned tile collection from leading tile distributor, Verona. A range of statement ceramic tiles, each design has its own inimitable style, where old meets new and function meets form.

Marketing manager appointed at Kudos

* MARKETING-Kudos.jpgKatie Hodgson has been appointed marketing manager for UK manufacturer Kudos Shower Products. Based at the Head Office in Cumbria, Katie will be reporting to sales & marketing director, Nick Graville.

Katie, who studied marketing management at Copenhagen Business Academy, joined the team at Kudos from the wallcoverings industry, so brings with her experience from within the interiors market. She joins Kudos at a busy time with many new products currently being designed, developed and produced, ready to launch over the next few months.

Carron Phoenix gives its website a design update

* Carron-P-Main-pic-website.jpgCarron Phoenix has given its website, www.carron.com , a revamp with a modern look and design using full-screen lifestyle photography and clear visibility of its extensive product range.

The website's redesign allows for easier navigation around the site so customers can find everything they need in a few simple steps. It features clearly defined sections for taps, sinks, waste management systems and a newly added section on hot water taps. The update also allows customers to view products in every available colour and finish.

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Recent News

ArtiCAD to sponsor Bathroom & Kitchen Conference

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Kitchen, bathroom and bedroom design software specialist ArtiCAD, is to sponsor the 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference, set to take place on 7tgh and 8th October at the Carden Park Resort, Chester.

"Use UK training providers or risk losing them", warns FIESTA chairman

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"Companies in industry must use UK training providers or risk losing them." That was the warning Gary Baker, Furniture & Interiors Education, Skills & Training Alliance (FIESTA) chairman, issued to delegates at the Closing the Gap conference last month.

Franke sinks and tap chosen by couple on new TV show, 'Your Home Made Perfect'

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Two Franke Sirius sinks and a Neptune tap have been chosen by a couple on the new BBC2 series, Your Home Made Perfect, in which homeowners can design their dream homes using innovative virtual reality technology.

Leekes become latest high-profile retailer to join BiKBBI and Roman becomes sponsor

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The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has confirmed that the leading independent home department store Leekes Group has become its latest Retail Installation Standards Partner today. The Institute has also confirmed that Roman is to become a sponsor.

Kitchens International launches commercial interiors division

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With the growing demand for cool commercial interiors, Kitchens International has created a new stand-alone division - KI Interiors.

LDL takes next steps in environmental campaign

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LDL is consolidating its drive to reduce the company's environmental impact with the introduction of recyclable drink cans and a new cycle shelter.

The move follows the recent announcement of LDL's zero-plastic packaging pledge by 2020 and the phasing in of eco-friendly recycled cardboard. According to managing director Simon Ogden, it's all about continually making little steps to pave the way for big change.

Designing outside the triangle

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Mark Elmore, general manager, design, at Fisher & Paykel, shares his views on design in the kitchen. Mark has been designing kitchen appliances for decades. He is particularly interested in the physical and architectural changes that have occurred, and in the sociological and psychological ways in which kitchens have changed over the years.

BMA supports Water Saving Week with two consumer videos

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association is supporting Water Saving Week (29th April - 3rd May) by promoting two new videos, designed to help consumers think about how they use water and look for products with the Unified Water Label (UWL).

People ask friends, family, or Twitter for water saving advice, rather than their plumber

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Only 6% of Brits ask their plumber for water saving advice, with people more likely to ask friends and family (18%) or social media channels (13%) - with the majority (40%) seeking advice from their water company.

Grohe's XXL Truck Tour returns to the UK for its third year

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The Grohe XXL Truck Tour, a vast mobile showroom that has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors all over the globe, is returning to the UK for the third time with a jam-packed schedule that looks set to be its most successful yet.

Exciting plans in store for Moores and Roux Kitchens

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Moores and Michel Roux Jr. have announced big plans for the Roux Kitchen collection which include wider distribution to premium housebuilders and selected kitchen retailers, new colours in the collection and R&D into how it can further meet consumer needs.


Hotpoint launches laundry cashback and free gift promotion

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Hotpoint is aiming to encourage consumers to wash their clothes at a lower temperature with the company's innovative ActiveCare technology. Hotpoint ActiveCare washing machines can remove more than 100 stains, including coffee and ketchup, at just 20˚C.


'Free Trade' with Euro Brochure by Vogue (UK)

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Vogue (UK) has launched Prelude by Vogue (UK) - a brochure aimed at those who live outside the UK.

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