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30th 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).
One thing that doesn't sit right about my job is that I'm part of the drive towards encouraging people to ditch what may be perfectly serviceable old kitchens, bathrooms and bedroom furniture in favour of new designs and trending colours. Doesn't fit with protecting our environment, does it?
In talking about products made from recycled plastics she proudly told me about her new blankets, unaware that the fibres leach into the washing machine (and thus our waterways) when washed. She was impressed by my loft insulation (no washing required) which is still going strong several years after installation. If you missed reading about it, the product - made from 100% recycled plastic bottles - costs roughly the same as conventional insulation yet has a higher thermal value and doesn't require use of protective clothing during fitting.
Trendy sunglasses made from recycled materials that come with a lifetime warranty were new to me and when they're funded by a Kickstarter campaign that reaches target within 24-hours, you know the manufacturer is onto something good. But it's not just the product that's eco-friendly - the packaging and cleaning cloths are made from recycled materials too, in a low-energy process. And for every backer, manufacturer Avalon collects one Kilo of plastic from the ocean and for each pair of sunglasses produced, it will be recycling one plastic bottle (www.kickstarter.com). And when you consider all the plastics we thought we'd seen the last of, coming back to us from Malaysia, we'd do well to find more ways of making something useful from the stuff!
This Week's News
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has named Cate Trotter as the first of a number of headline speakers for the 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference, set to take place on 8th October at the stunning Carden Park Hotel, Cheshire.
A granite worktop manufacturer has been fined after failing to ensure that lifting equipment was examined and maintained as being safe to use.
Mold Magistrates' Court heard how Grantech was not having regular statutory examinations carried out on lifting equipment and also failed to carry out repairs when defects had been found.
Bushboard's patented and award-winning Nuance bathroom wall panels have been a well-deserved success for the company - and now the range is even better with the addition of an exciting new Designer Collection comprising eight new decors and at the same time, seven new, stylish, glossy acrylic panels.
Steel in the home continues to dominate in the home fashion stakes; internal partitions and large steel windows replace solid doors and walls in contemporary homes. And, with advice from the Steel Window Association, homeowners can enjoy plenty of options if they want the look!
The most common use of steel windows in bathrooms is to create shower screens; not only are they are an excellent replacement for shower curtains, the stylish design also allows plenty of light to enter the shower space. Homeowners can choose to have just one screen outlining the shower tray on one side with an open front, or opt for two screens to create a closed in cubicle.
Mermaid has been a leader in the shower panel market for over 30 years, specialising in design, quality and innovations like anti-bacterial finishes on panels for showers, bathrooms and wet rooms and striking decor designs.
Grohe has introduced several new products for those working with customers in a low pressure setting. The new BauEdge deck mounted bath filler and bath and shower mixer are designed specifically for vented systems, allowing the user to enjoy a more fulfilling and pleasurable shower experience. Both products are suitable for installations with a minimum water pressure of just 0.2 bar.
Complete bathroom solutions that offer coordinated design across brassware and ceramics are enabling designers, installers and retailers to offer their customers a consistency in quality and design that is guaranteed to deliver excellence in performance and style. The Grohe Bau bathroom range is an affordable collection that comprises basins and complementing mixer taps, bath fillers, toilets and much more, all
The Subway range of glass mosaic tiles from Italian specialist, Trend, has been developed to add class and glamour to any feature surface - tiling, walls, splashbacks, and customised artwork. The colours and textures have been selected to answer the demand for natural, brilliant designs in today's corporate and residential interior schemes.
Crafted by hand using traditional artisan techniques, the tiles are coloured throughout to achieve consistent shades and prevent fading. They are completely resistant to heat, burns, impact, wear and chemical cleaners.
AKW, one of the UK's leading providers of accessibility solutions, has announced the launch of its new range of plumbing and pipe fittings. Available from June, the range has been introduced to enable installers and specifiers to get everything they need to fit an accessible bathroom from AKW's one stop shop.
Available in convenient pack sizes, allowing installers to order exactly what is needed for the job, the range includes compression and copper pipe fittings, as well as plastic push fit tubes and fittings. AKW has also incorporated tap connection flexi-hoses, Solvent Weld waste fittings and a selection of isolator valves into the range for ultimate flexibility.
Königstone transforms a house into a home with a stunning portfolio of high quality kitchen worktops. The company has launched a new easy-to-browse website so that designers, retailers, installers and consumers can explore different materials and colours for the finishing touch to the new scheme.
The new website highlights the benefits of the materials in Königstone's worktop portfolios, Königquartz and Könignaturals. Königquartz is available in 28 colours; Könignaturals offers 23.
"Originally gaining popularity in well-to-do households fortunate enough to have a separate dining room, sideboards became the statement piece for storage, display and serving.
A supplier and a flooring company have both been sentenced following the death of a 30-year old floor layer in London. Paul Tilcock was found dead on the bathroom floor by the owner of a house in Mitcham. The adhesive being used to fix the flooring contained a large amount of toxic substance.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive found that T Brown Group had not implemented any systems or procedures adequately to control the risks to its employees from working in an enclosed space with a substance known to be hazardous to health, namely dichloromethane.
Based on the outskirts of Cairo, Ceramica Cleopatra is an Egyptian manufacturer of ceramic and porcelain wall and floor tiles and both domestic and commercial sanitaryware.
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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.