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2nd September 2019


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International News

VitrA announces UK premiere of Claudio Bellini collaboration at designjunction 2019

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Leading 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.

Rangemaster introduces new granite sinks

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

Airuno launches powerful new wall hood

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

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

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IDS'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.

Commercial stainless steel wc now in a white finish

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British 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.

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

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Quite 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.

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.

Welcome to the


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?


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Steady growth in the domestic furniture market

* Steady-growth.jpgAMA 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

* Koenigstone-Monaco.jpgKönigstone, 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

* BMA-reacts-Boris.jpgThe 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

* VitrA-Designer-Collection.jpgPacked 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

* Roca-standards.jpgPremium 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

Nuance-Cover.jpgDesign professionals and consumers looking for beautiful bathroom ideas will find a wealth of inspiration in the new 52-page Nuance brochure from Bushboard.

Wilsonart launches visualiser

* Wilsonart-LANDING-PAGE.jpgWilsonart, 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-Space-Tower-Slim.jpgLDL 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.

BMA boosts membership

* BMA-in-compliance.jpgThe 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

* Aqualisa-dual.jpgInnovative 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.

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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.


BC Designs launches new brochure with a host of new products

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British 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.

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