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13th August 2019


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International News

Lunar-inspired laminate celebrates 50th anniversary of moon landing

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To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Formica Group has partnered with renowned artist Matthew Day Jackson to create a unique laminate design replicating the surface of the moon.

Mix & play by combining three different designs from Schmidt, for something truly special

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Planning for a new kitchen can be a difficult task when there is so much to choose from in terms of cabinetry style, finish and colour. Add worktops, appliances, lighting and finishing touches to the mix and it's easy to see why it can be a daunting thought.

Copper finish added to VitrA's Eternity by Sebastian Conran

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Warm, glowing copper is having its moment in the spotlight as interior designers use it with contrasting materials to create a variety of feels from mid-century cool to Scandinavian luxury. VitrA has extended its popular accessory range, Eternity by Sebastian Conran, by adding a luxury copper finish to the existing chrome and gold finishes.

Hoover reveals latest WiFi and large capacity laundry launches

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Hoover has unveiled details of its latest laundry launches, including WiFi-connected, large-capacity models and a heat pump tumble dryer with an ultra-quiet drum.

WiFi-connected washing machines can be controlled and monitored through the Hoover Wizard App, which provides access to additional washing programmes, maintenance advice and the user manual.

The Shower Lab announces internal and external corporate rebrand in line with a new vision

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Popular UK shower designer and manufacturer, The Shower Lab, has this week launched a newly modernised brand complete with redesigned logo and website. The entire business rebrand has paved the way towards a more innovative placement amongst the competition.

Verona launches its most extensive ceramic tile collection yet with Definitive

Leading tile distributor, Verona, has launched an extensive, market-leading portfolio of high definition stone-effect ceramic tiles to fill a vital gap in the UK marketplace.

Kudos introduces Original6: UK designed & hand built shower enclosures

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UK Showering solutions manufacturer, Kudos, has introduced Original6, a new range of shower doors and enclosures based on the manufacturer's hugely successful Original Collection design.

It's softer...

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The last time the industrial look had a moment was in the noughties when exposed extractor pipes, stainless steel worktops and expandable taps were seen in glossy magazines and designer kitchens across the UK and beyond.

The Bora principle: the innovation behind the idea

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The original Bora cooktop extractor is more effective than conventional extractor hoods - but why? Bora stops cooking vapours and odours from rising in the first place by extracting them from the place they are created.

Bertazzoni strengthens refrigeration range with new BI models

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Bertazzoni has bolstered its refrigeration offering with the addition of new built-in fridge freezer models, hand crafted to the same high-quality specifications as the rest of the brand's offering.

VitrA extends Scandi-style Sento bathroom furniture

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Aesthetic and minimalist Scandinavian styling has made the Sento range from VitrA a top choice for bathroom buyers looking for modern and versatile design.

The wide range of options within the Sento range has now been extended with the addition of new washbasin units, designed to work with countertop bowls.

BC Designs brings colour to its bath collection

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British bath maker, BC Designs, is launching Colourkast; a collection of eight colourways which will be available across all its Cian baths and basins.

'Go Eco' with new coffee-inspired wood colours by Rotpunkt

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Rotpunkt, award-winning designer and manufacturer of quality German kitchen furniture, has responded to the growing trend for eco-friendly interior design with the launch of two coffee-inspired wood colours:

Spread Mudd right through the house

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A new tiling brand from Building Adhesives, Mudd products gets the job done. No fancy names, no gimmicks - just a range of hard-working products to see you right through the installation. If you're looking for prepping and levelling, then look no further.

Twice as nice with Caple's new double ovens in the Classic collection

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Caple's new double ovens have been carefully curated to match the other new cooking appliances in the Classic collection. Each features an LED display, programmable electronic timer, metal dials, easy-clean enamel interior, tangential cooling fan, removable chrome shelf racks and a light.

Welcome to the


John and I are taking our usual short break so this will be the last issue of KBzine until week beginning 26th August. And although this is the Summer rather than the Christmas break we're having, we'd like to share a gift: the chance for you to have a day out and enhance your own knowledge of the industry and what's available, or help some of your lucky customers or potential customers visualise just what they can achieve when it comes to refurbishing their kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms...

The organisers of the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show, taking place from
4th - 6th October 2019, at ExCeL, London ( www.homebuildingshow.co.uk ) have very kindly offered us a limited number of pairs of tickets, worth £36 a pair, which you can either pass on to your customers or use yourself.

Just contact me via email for details.


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Last chance to book KBSA 'Staying Ahead' Conference

* KBSA-Keegan.jpgThe 2019 KBSA Conference, AGM and Awards Dinner is selling out fast so members are being encouraged to book now in order to secure a place.

"We have had a lot of interest in booking and this year it could be a sell out," says KBSA chair Richard Hibbert. "Building on the success of last year we have introduced a new format for the afternoon and a host of top-class speakers around a theme of 'Staying Ahead', to make the 2019 conference one to remember.

KBSA Designer Awards - standard extremely high say judges

* KBSA-Designer-Awards-judges.jpgThis year's shortlist of finalists for the KBSA Designer Awards has been reviewed by the judging panel that met in London to determine the 2019 winners. Head judge Ainhoa Bilbao of Bulthaup praised all of the shortlist for their imaginative, creative and innovative designs.

She said: "The standard of entries was extremely high this year, making the judging very close."

Simon Acres joins the Furniture Makers Company

* Simon-Acres.jpgSimon Acres, principal director at KBB specialist Acres Consultancy, has joined the charitable organisation, the Furniture Makers' Company (FMC). Simon was admitted to the Company last month and during a young professional industry experience lunch and presentation.

Simon says, "I am delighted to have become part of this worthwhile organisation. The FMC helps individuals with financial assistance and advice when times are tough. All well as providing essential help and support FMC also drives excellence and high standards and promotes education for the future of the industry.

VitrA announces UK premiere of Claudio Bellini collaboration at designjunction 2019

* VitrA-collab1.jpgLeading bathroom brand VitrA has chosen to premiere Equal, its latest designer collaboration, in the UK for the first time at designjunction 2019. Now in its ninth year, designjunction has proven itself to be the most anticipated exhibition of the London Design Festival, attracting over 27,000 visitors across five days in 2018.

This year VitrA will be showing Equal and Origin as well as unveiling the latest additions to Plural by Terri Pecora.

International Safety Awards 2020 are launched; new categories added

* International-Safety-Awards.jpgFor the 2020 edition of the International Safety Awards, the British Safety Council has launched new categories of Awards to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations that campaign to transform health, safety and wellbeing.

The Awards - an internationally recognised accolade for safety excellence and reaching their 62nd year in 2020, recognise and reward organisations that have demonstrated a true commitment to achieving high standards of health and safety during the 2019 calendar year. Last year, over 500 organisations from a wide range of industries, countries and continents won an International Safety Award.

Rangemaster introduces new granite sinks

* Rangemaster-granite-Mayon.jpgRangemaster has expanded its Igneous Granite range of sinks with the introduction of new Mayon, Mica and Paragon models, alongside a new Dove Grey finish.

Mayon features a minimalist smooth drainer with a geometrically shaped bowl. It is available in three variants: single bowl, double bowl or an ultra-compact single bowl version, which has a width of just 690mm, making it perfect for compact kitchens. Each variant is available in three colourways, Black, White and new Dove Grey; a mid-tone grey with a subtle metallic finish that enhances the product's shine within the worktop (main image).

Airuno launches powerful new wall hood

* Airuno-wall-mounted-hood.jpgA new contemporary wall hood has been launched by designer cooker hoods brand Airuno, expanding its extensive collection of eyecatching kitchen appliances.

The Boheme Wall Hood is an 80cm angled extractor that combines an elegant, curved aesthetic with exceptional practicality, delivering impressive extraction at a maximum rate of 770 m3/h and making it one of Airuno's most powerful extractors to date.

Uponor endorses IDS Malmo Rigid luxury vinyl tile for use with its underfloor heating system

* IDS-Marta.jpgIDS's luxury vinyl tile flooring, Malmo Rigid is the first flooring in its category to be endorsed by underfloor heating firm Uponor for use over its Minitec water-piped underfloor heating (UFH) system.

Malmo Rigid has been added to Uponor's list of recommended floor coverings, widening its potential for use in both domestic and commercial settings. Uponor's backing gives further credibility following independent performance tests by Exova BM Trada of its tiles and plank formats over its own water-piped UFH system, which showed no significant movement or change in visual effects.

Commercial stainless steel wc now in a white finish

* Commercial-stainless-steel-in-white.jpgBritish manufacturer, Pland Stainless, has introduced a new white powder coated version of its popular Atlanta2 back-to-wall WC pan. This new model offers the same hygiene and strength properties as stainless steel but in a clean white finish.

The Atlanta2 model stands 400mm high by 360mm wide with a 580mm projection from the wall. It comes in 304 grade stainless steel but is available in 316 on request. It has been designed to be suitable to use with all leading WC frames. It's a rear inlet pan with the option of P or S trap and it comes with a white heaty duty seat and cover, ideal for high traffic commercial applications.

LochAnna proudly supports The Kitchen Station to provide new kitchens to armed forces

* LochAnna-proudly-supports.jpgLochAnna Kitchens has proudly supported Scottish kitchen specialist, The Kitchen Station, which has installed two fully integrated, contemporary Evo Driftwood kitchens to the 3 Scots regiment's service family accommodation in Inverness. The kitchens will be used to assist and support families of the Armed Forces community.

The kitchens have been fitted in the contact houses of members of 3 Scots which serve dependants, friends and family members from across the UK to visit loved ones at Fort George. The 3 Scots battle group is the 3rd Battalion of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and is comprised of soldiers who have been deployed overseas and are now in the final stages of training to become the lead element of the Very High Readiness task force. The soldiers in the force are highly skilled

Bayswater London W2 celebrates hitting milestone

* Bayswater1.jpgBathroom brand, Bayswater London W2, continues its expansion plans after successfully partnering with over 200 retailers across the UK. Bayswater, which focuses on Edwardian and Victorian bathroom products, is celebrating the milestone by offering up to 70% off selected ranges throughout August.

New Tampera Hot from Blanco 3-in-1 hot tap delivers 100°C filtered water; in an instant

* Tampera-Hot.jpgQuite simply, the new 3-in-1 Tampera Hot from Blanco is all that is needed for instant, beautifully filtered, 100°C boiling water at the twist of a child-safe lever; from an ultra-safe, super-hygienic and taste-free, four-litre titanium boiler.

Featuring an insulated spout, it offers all the benefits in terms of time, energy and space of a hot tap, with no need for optional extras, delivering deliciously pure cold, warm and instant boiling water from a single mixer tap which oozes engineering quality.

Grohe appoints Simon Andersen as new general manager for the UK

* GROHE_Simon-Anderson.jpgGrohe has announced the appointment of Simon Andersen as its new UK general manager. Simon will take over from the current general manager for the UK, Ina Sielemann, who heads to Grohe's headquarters in Germany to take on the position of head of projects Central Europe.

"I am very pleased to announce Simon Andersen as the new general manager of Grohe UK," says Jonas Brennwald, deputy CEO Grohe AG and CEO LWT EMENA. "Simon has been working for Grohe for over 10 years and has shown great leadership lately as marketing director for North and East Europe. With his strong background at Grohe we are confident that Simon will continue to drive the business for Grohe UK successfully".

BC Designs launches new brochure with a host of new products

* BC-Brochure-FC.jpgBritish bath maker, BC Designs, has launched its new brochure for 2019 featuring a raft of new products including Colourkast; a collection of eight colourways which will be available across all the manufacturer's Cian baths and basins.

The 104-page brochure is the biggest to date and highlights the growing demand for high-end bathroom products.

Bushboard backs British forces veterans

* Bushboard-backs-vets.jpgRenowned worktop and bathroom panel manufacturer Bushboard, has recruited ex-military personnel for several key roles within the company. "We used an agency that specialises in ex-military job seekers," explains Lindy Tegg. "We find that ex forces people are committed, hardworking, self-motivated and happy to take a high level of responsibility - all qualities as important to us at Bushboard as they are to HM Forces."

Former RAF weapons engineer, Lee Palmer (second left of picture), has been appointed as a quality engineer for Bushboard. Lee, who served for over 20 years carried out tours to all the high-profile combat zones including Northern Ireland, The Falklands and Afghanistan, says of his employer's initiative:

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Recent News

MemberSafe initiative announced

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The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation today announced its MemberSafe initiative - the first of a number of measures planned to protect installers against financial loss when transacting with other businesses.

Secured your place at this year's KBSA Conference, AGM & Awards Dinner yet?

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This year's highly-anticipated Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association event will feature talks from Lady Michelle Mone and Kevin Keegan OBE, as well as insightful, expert workshops in the morning and a delicious dinner.

BMA announces judges for Ageless Bathroom Design competition

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has announced the judging panel for its inaugural Ageless Bathroom Design competition, which was launched last month. The competition is open to any bathroom retailer, architect or designer and the closing date for entries is 30th August.

Duravit support Blueprint for the Future

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Duravit tells us it is delighted to be part of Blueprint for the Future - a three-day event designed to showcase of the work of the brightest, most interesting and challenging architecture students graduating Part II across London and the UK.


Grohe launches cashback offer for Sensia Arena shower toilet

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Grohe has launched its latest cashback offer to its customers. The new promotion entitles any consumer who purchases a Grohe Sensia Arena shower toilet through a participating retailer to claim £100 cashback via its online claims form.

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