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16th September 2011


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International News

Elegant Glassline from Hafele

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Hafele offer a broad range of storage solutions to suit all kitchens and together with their partner Vauth Sagel have launched Premea Glassline, an innovative collection of interior cabinet storage systems that can be tailored to meet design demands.

Perfect portfolio of traditional taps

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Introduced earlier this year, the new Portfolio 55 collection from Franke is an exclusive range of taps designed for the style conscious consumer who demands quality products for the kitchen. There is a total of 14 taps in the Portfolio 55 range, four of which are traditional timeless designs - the Verona, Venician, Vecchio and Rialto.

Water saving made simple with Triton's new Leah Eco showerhead

For customers wanting to save water without completely changing their existing mixer shower or losing showering performance, Triton's new Leah Eco showerhead provides a quick, easy and affordable solution.

New kitchen market report published

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A new edition of JKMR's 'Overview Report on the UK Kitchen Furniture Market 'has now been published, providing an in-depth review of recent market achievement, along with wide ranging analysis of market performance and development in the short to medium term.

Maytag launches new range of super smart tumble dryers

Maytag has launched a new range of premium tumble dryers offering a superb level of drying performance.

Imperial Bathrooms unveils fine furniture collection

Handcrafted in the UK using time-honoured techniques and combining practicality with the beauty and luxury of solid and real wood veneers is Barrington - a stunning new line-up of free-standing fine furniture from Imperial Bathrooms.

Methven unveils Deva Signature shower kits

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As part the ongoing launch of the new Deva collection, Methven - the global designer and manufacturer of showers and tapware - is launching the Signature range of Deva, 'own stable' shower kits.

Rocking Roller hood from Franke is hugely efficient

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Ever a leader in kitchen technology, Franke has introduced the Roller hood which is compact at 90cm wide, unobtrusive, with its steeply-angled design - and hugely efficient. This sophisticated unit will complement all kitchen schemes whatever the layout and size.

The stylish black glass surround contrasts beautifully with the stainless steel strips while ambient lighting is achieved with halogen lights. There is a choice of touch or optional remote control.

Welcome to the

It's rare that a press release will leave me so stunned that I sit with mouth agape but it happened this morning.

Unable to sleep I thought I'd come down to the office and finish the issue. My daughter had been the last one to go to bed and had carelessly left the dining room lights on. That's five on the fitting - only 40 Watts each and dimmed fairly low but wasting energy nevertheless and further on the road to wearing out. A few years ago this wouldn't have been too much of a problem but with energy prices what they are now and our masters at the EU decreeing that we now have to buy those horrid energy saving ones, (which are incredibly expensive if you need the type compatible with dimmer switches) we need to preserve them as best we can. I noticed the porch light had been left on too and I wasn't best pleased.

It so happened that a press release from uSwitch, the body that helps us find the best energy supplier for our needs, had arrived in the short time I'd been away from my desk. It offered some energy saving tips, which I scanned through dismissively without learning anything, but some of the results of a recent survey had me aghast so I read further...

...Things like people believing that as long as they don't use an electrical item, it doesn't use electricity even if it is still plugged in and turned on, or thinking that switching an item off by remote control means it's off so won't be using electricity.

"Idiots!" I thought. "Where do they get these people from?"

Then I got to the bit about how 59% admitted to occasionally leaving their set top boxes on when they're not in use. This is when I noticed my reflection in the window (yes I would have saved energy had I bothered to draw the curtains!) clearly aghast as the realisation dawned on me. No - I'm not one of the 59%. I'm one of the 26.2% that never, ever turns it off! Wonder how much that's cost me over the years?

And if you find it practical to charge your mobile phone overnight, make sure you read the release which I've included further down this page...



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Designs for all seasons

* Renolit-Autumn.jpgRenolit Cramlington has announced four new designs recently launched into the UK & Ireland's regional 3D stock range.

Are you attending InstallerLive this year?

From 16th -19th October at the NEC Birmingham, InstallerLive will provide you with new skills and knowledge to take advantage of the vast business opportunities open to you as you transition towards low carbon ways of working.

You have to be in it to win it - Kaldewei 'Retailer of the Year Award'

* Kaldewei_Bassino.jpgIn January this year, Kaldewei, popular throughout Europe for its baths and shower trays, launched its 'Retailer of the Year Award 2011' - a promotion to seek out and reward the most exemplary retailer deemed to create stunning displays, offer the most exceptional service and embody Kaldewei's core brand values of quality, style and pioneering innovation.

Refurbishment project suffers severe setbacks following electrical explosion

A worker on a refurbishment project sustained serious burns in an electrical explosion after a North London company failed to carry out basic Health & Safety checks. The injured man was working on a construction site at Leonard Street, Islington, when the blast occurred. City of London Magistrates' Court heard that the explosion was caused when a main electrical supply cable to the site was cut during its removal.

Caesarstone serves an ace at Wimbledon

* Caesarstone-Wimbledon.jpgThe luxurious competitors lounge at the Wimbledon Tennis Club required a surface for the dining area, which complemented its style and heritage while providing a high level of functionality. The solution was the beautiful Caesarstone Titanium quartz surface in a 30mm thickness with a 50mm formed edge which was installed by Cheshire Marble (Fabricator and Installer).

International Water Education Conference now underway

* The-Blue-Planet.jpgNearly 200 people from almost 40 countries are gatheredin Bozeman, Montana this week to discuss how education can lead to sustainable solutions for global water issues. The Sustaining the Blue Planet: Global Water Education Conference kicked off with a Sponsors' Reception on Tuesday evening and will continue through Friday. General sessions and interactive workshops will explore innovations in water education; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); technology and water education; water education in corporate sustainability; and more.

Retailers go 'solus' Abode

* Abode-Metrik.jpgKitchen manufacturer, Grange Interiors and kitchen supplier and installer, Majestyk Interiors are both showing their allegiance to Abode by their decision to go 'solus' with their kitchen sinks and taps. Only Abode products are now displayed within their showrooms.

Craig Steven, owner of Grange Interiors in North Shields, explains why he took the decision:

Bad habits burning energy and money

* USWITCH.jpgWith energy bills hitting new highs, new research by uSwitch.com, the independent price comparison and switching service, reveals that 30 million of us (62%) are throwing money down the drain by wasting energy.

Employers and interns get clarity on minimum wage

Guidance providing greater clarity for businesses that offer work experience, placements and internships was published yesterday, as announced in the Social Mobility Strategy in April.

RAK Ceramics launches new Opulence bathroom range

* Opulence-RAK.jpgRAK Ceramics has introduced its new Opulence bathroom range. Featuring sleek, contemporary styling and manufactured from fine porcelain, the collection includes 'his' and 'hers' basins and consoles, bidets and toilets. All options are available in crisp white or dramatic, opulent black.

Australia: Home renovation programmes have spawned DIY kitchens revival

* KitSet.jpgTelevision shows such as The Block and The Renovators has, according to the flat pack kitchens manufacturer, Kitset Kitchens, given everyday Australians the confidence to both design and install their own kitchens as part of a home renovation project. Such is the growth in demand for its DIY kitchens now, that Kitset has recently opened a new store - its fifth.

Kitchens International strengthens its team

Scottish kitchen designer and retailer Kitchens International has made several new appointments and promotions as the company expands in Scotland.

Legal Expert Judith Turner joins The Furniture Ombudsman

* Judith-Turner.jpgThe Furniture Ombudsman is pleased to welcome Judith Turner to its team of in-house professionals.

World's 50 best restaurants: trends from top chefs and critics

Electrolux has asked some of the world's most influential food critics and chefs: "What is the next big thing in the culinary world?"

Their answer is "A Scandinavian bistro-style slow street-food restaurant with Japanese influences focusing on local ingredients!"

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News in Brief
Visit 100% Design at Earls Court next week from Thursday to Sunday. Register at www.100percentdesign.co.uk/page.cfm/link=618

has introduced a fantastic collection of Porcelanosa tiles to show off its bathroom furniture ranges. T: 01902 406402

s curvaceous SB.F540.GS basin is created using Alape's distinctive glassed steel material and comes in two sizes. E: [email protected]

Celebrate the hot interiors trend for exotic timbers with Zebrano effect glass tiles from the CP Group's new Cookhouse Impact collection. T: 0845 519 7039.
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