KBzine: the original kitchen and bathroom industry e-news - since 2002
2nd September 2019
We strongly recommend viewing KBzine full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.
Please note that you are viewing an archived issue of The KBzine.
VitrA announces UK premiere of Claudio Bellini collaboration at designjunction 2019
Rangemaster introduces new granite sinks
Airuno launches powerful new wall hood
Uponor endorses IDS Malmo Rigid luxury vinyl tile for use with its underfloor heating system
Commercial stainless steel wc now in a white finish
New Tampera Hot from Blanco 3-in-1 hot tap delivers 100°C filtered water; in an instant
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.
Lunar-inspired laminate celebrates 50th anniversary of moon landing
Mix & play by combining three different designs from Schmidt, for something truly special
Copper finish added to VitrA's Eternity by Sebastian Conran
Hoover reveals latest WiFi and large capacity laundry launches
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
Verona launches its most extensive ceramic tile collection yet with Definitive
Kudos introduces Original6: UK designed & hand built shower enclosures
The Bora principle: the innovation behind the idea
Bertazzoni strengthens refrigeration range with new BI models
Welcome to our first issue of KBzine following our Summer break, during which I've braved what appear to have been most of the UK's seasons whilst pitching my tent at one festival after another, at which I get to try out a myriad of compost loos and see some unusual toilet roll holders. I'm still of the opinion that every home with a garden large enough, should have a compost loo, as they save water and don't smell.
I'm always pleased to see at these festivals (which are no-drink, no drug events at which we really do 'leave no trace' - unlike Glastonbury and the like!) how everyone strives to conserve water. Scourers dripped with hot water and washing up liquid wash plates, utensils etc. Suds and debris are then blasted away with clean water from a spray bottle. After loo visits, hands are cleaned with sanitiser and if you want to rinse, you need to use your own waterbottle, so are aware of how much you're pouring.
Showers are always interesting and my favourites are those where water is heated in a metal tank over a wood fire. You're given a bucket of hot water which has a pipe with a showerhead coming from the bottom and you hang the bucket on a hook at the top of your teepee. You can regulate flow and switch on and off when you need the water for wetting and rinsing. As someone who stands under the shower for far too long at home, this reminds me of what can be achieved when you have just one bucket of water knowing that when it's gone there's no more to be had! This system even runs a sauna, as my picture, from some years back before it was all upgraded and expanded, shows.
I don't have a water meter at home but know that the only time I waste water is when I'm under that shower. I'm thinking that if I had a meter attached to the shower, which indicated how much water I was using - with, perhaps, a device that would turn the tap off once I'd used a pre-set amount, I'd make far more efficient use of my time and resources. Now we're finally becoming more aware of our need to conserve this precious resource, perhaps this type of device could eventually become a good seller, don't you think?
This Week's News
Steady growth in the domestic furniture market
AMA Research's latest 'Kitchen Furniture Market Report' reveals that the total UK domestic furniture market has shown steady growth in the last five years.
Make a house a home with Königstone's Monaco
Königstone, renowned for durable, high-quality worktops, has added a new colour to the popular Königquartz portfolio: Monaco. The pale grey shade incorporates a marble-like effect with a natural-looking grain to create a unique and stylish surface.
BMA reacts to Boris trade talk shower comments
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has welcomed calls by the Prime Minister to sell more UK bathroom products in the US. At the G7 summit, PM Boris Johnson appealed to President Trump to remove US trade barriers on products such as shower trays.
Incoming BMA chief executive, Tom Reynolds says of the PM's comments:
New Brochure Suite from VitrA packed with inspirational ideas and information
Packed with stunning design inspiration and easy-to-follow technical information, VitrA's three new brochures show the company's extensive range of sanitaryware, furniture, bathtubs, brassware and accessories in three distinct groups; the Designer Collection, the Signature Collection and the Bathroom Collection.
All three brochures may be viewed and downloaded online at www.vitra.co.uk Retailers may request physical copies via their VitrA distributor.
Roca backs installation standards
Premium bathroom manufacturer Roca UK has been unveiled as the latest industry giant to join The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation as a Corporate Sponsor.
Roca began life in 1917 as a manufacturer of cast iron radiators at its factory in Gavà, near Barcelona. From humble origins, the company has grown into a global business driven by a firm focus on improving the quality of life for its customers.
Bathroom inspiration from new Nuance brochure
Design professionals and consumers looking for beautiful bathroom ideas will find a wealth of inspiration in the new 52-page Nuance brochure from Bushboard.
Wilsonart, the world's largest designer and manufacturer of innovative laminate worksurfaces, has launched an interactive visualiser.
"Seeing is believing," explains Holly Turnbull, marketing communications manager worktops.
LDL launches Spacetember promotion
LDL Components, the largest Blum distributor in the UK, is launching Spacetember on 1st September, a month-long collaborative promotion between LDL and Blum to launch Space Tower Slim, its latest new product innovation.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has boosted membership with a new member and a returning member. Certification and approvals specialists In Compliance has joined the association and sanitary equipment specialist Wirquin rejoins the Association.
The German company In Compliance GmbH offers technical consultancy to worldwide certification and approval requirements for sanitary fittings and components.
Aqualisa launches new dual control mixer valves range
Innovative shower brand Aqualisa has launched Mian, a striking new range of dual control mixer valves adding to its existing specification collection. Designed to focus on form, style and function, the Aqualisa Mian blends clean lines, modern aesthetics and compact shaping, creating an overall feel of quality.
The KBzine Archive Search
We keep an extensive archive of news stories and product information that have featured in past issues of The KBzine. If you would like to run a search of the The KBzine web site using the search tool below please just go ahead by entering in the name of the person, product or company or any other key words that you are looking for.
How to contact us at The KBzine:
REQUEST THE KBZINE HERE
The KBzine is broadcast
every Friday. You may receive it FREE each week by
clicking the link above.
MemberSafe initiative announced
Secured your place at this year's KBSA Conference, AGM & Awards Dinner yet?
BMA announces judges for Ageless Bathroom Design competition
BC Designs launches new brochure with a host of new products