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23rd May 2019
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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...
This Week's News
The 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.
Leading bathroom manufacturer VitrA announces its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module, approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Earning professionals a valuable eight points, the seminar Bathroom Design and Specification:
Granite & 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.
Franke 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 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.
Your 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.
Andrew 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.
Pattern 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.
Katie 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 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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