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26th May 2017
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As with all new products from Abode, the technical and design side is hard to beat. The new mixertaps offer all the benefits of a standard kitchen mixer but with the addition of steaming hot filtered water available instantly at 98 degrees C.
Nutmeg, the new CombiColours' hue, is a true feast for the eyes.
It's that time of year again... we're set to enjoy a Bank Holiday Monday.
As normally happens, some of the weekend isn't going to be pleasant, weather-wise. Monday is predicted to be rainy, with thunderstorms. That means lots of gardening for many of us tomorrow and Sunday, then indoor DIY on Monday. I'm sure most of us need a rest but honestly, who has the time?
This isn't really the sort of thing I like to write about but I feel I should... Remember my builder who was supposed to repair a cistern but instead painted my freshly-neutrally-decorated kitchen & one dining room wall bright yellow? I think I've mentioned him twice in my leaders over the past couple of years...
I know each time I was grumbling, but each time - and when I've told people about the incident - we've had a good laugh. After all, it's not the kind of thing that happens every day and is a far better 'cowboy builder' tale than those where elderly people have been conned out of their life savings or entire homes have become uninhabitable because of poor workmanship. A good heart here - with, perhaps, a lapse in concentration...
Besides, Phil went on to do lots of great work - cheerfully carried out - for my sister and also my mother, so I've forgiven him for his little surprise. Although a roofer by trade, Phil had branched out to run a building business and in trying to please too many clients in too little time, whilst having a somewhat gung-ho attitude toward safety (which we see so often when tradespeople have busy schedules and cut corners where they shouldn't, to save time) he fell off a roof late last month.
I think the health professionals call it an 'induced coma'; the idea being that this state aids patient stability and helps the body heal more quickly. I'm sorry to say that on this occasion it didn't work and Phil passed away last week, leaving his young family bereft.
Bank holidays are notorious for swelling the queues at A & E. Make sure you don't join them, won't you? And if you have delivery drivers under your control, please remember that there will be heavy traffic for them to contend with over the weekend, so do be aware that any unnecessary pressure you may load on them, could lead to an accident that everyone will regret.
This Week's News
Following a nationwide competition to find the bathroom of the future, Ideal Standard is excited to announce the names of the three lucky architect and design professionals who are celebrating after their ideas on how bathrooms will look, feel and perform in the future, were chosen by the judging panel. Competition winners design a bathroom that might be on sale in 20 years' time.
This Pure S2 kitchen concept is distinct and fresh, seeing its handleless block-colour styling embody the colours of Summer. Appreciating the beautiful form associated with minimalist design, the Pure Kitchen Collection by SieMatic gives focus to exquisite materials and craftsmanship.
LochAnna Kitchens has announced the launch of seven new colours which have been added to its signature Profile Collection; a contemporary, handleless door showcasing the very best in modern Italian styling
Designed to give customers an even wider choice of stylish shades to revitalise their kitchen, the new palette offers shades in new Gloss and Matt finishes including:
The building will accommodate more than 600 employees from 28 countries in a modern and collaborative working environment.
TKC has launched the Vero handleless rail system for use with five of its slab door ranges, the ex-stock best-selling Vivo matt and gloss ranges, alongside Coniston, Glacier and Lastra which are made to measure.
Vero, meaning 'true' in Italian, is a complete system of aluminium rails, profiles and fixings that is easy to install into wall and base cabinetry. Vero allows retailers to build a true handleless kitchen combining style and value that will hit the market sweet spot for TKC customers, while earning them healthy profit margins.
The entire range of products from Browns 2000, including doors for kitchens and bedrooms, as well as glass splashbacks, will shortly be available as a comprehensive graphics catalogue within the ArtiCAD-Pro design software.
Northumberland-based Browns 2000 has long been known for its vinyl wrapped doors; however in 2011 it took the significant step of producing laminated products in-house for its Glacier range, spanning both high gloss and supermatt finishes. The laser edge banding on the company's range is regarded as the 'Rolls Royce' of production techniques. Glass splashbacks made to any size and colour, have also been added to the portfolio and are proving a real winner with their customer base.
Bette has enhanced the BetteLux Oval range to include a circular built-in washbasin. The combination of organic interior design and a slim, eight millimetre rim show how design can be pared-back to create the most restrained and elegant bathroom object.
State-of-the-art manufacturing expertise in forming technology and skilled craftsmanship are required to create this visual lightness in finely glazed titanium-steel.
Cosentino is delighted that its ultra-compact surface, Dekton, has once again been chosen to showcase the outdoor furniture by Gaze Burvill at the Chelsea Flower Show, happening this week. Located in the heart of Chelsea's show gardens on Main Avenue, the stand is unveiling Gaze Burvill's latest contemporary furniture exclusively designed by Katie Walker, as well as its outdoor kitchen displays.
With elegant design and practical features at its core, the cabinet combines a sleek design with contemporary flourishes. This includes two internal integrated charging sockets inside the cabinet which are ideal for electric toothbrushes, shavers and trimmers, for ultimate ease of use.
Simon Cornelius joins Methven having worked previously in senior marketing roles at Aqualisa, where he was instrumental in the launch of the UK's first smart shower.
Matthew Pitt, commercial & operations director of Abode, has just completed a 90 mile walk along the Dales Way, a long-distance footpath, raising over £2,500 for his chosen charity, the Alzheimers Society.
The owner of KB studios in Beaconsfield, Bob Baines, sadly passed away on 11th May after a long illness. The Kitchen & Bedroom studios is a family business with Bob's three children currently working in the showroom. Bob founded the business 35 years ago with his wife Beverley.
"It is a very sad time and we will all miss Bob," says KBS project manager Brent Mullane. "He was well known and liked in the industry, inspiring laughter and smiles with the clients and colleagues he dealt with. He cared about our customers and inspired us all to build a great business.
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The special Facebook page called 'Crazy 40 years', promoting lots of crazy stories and activities in which Wirquin customers and staff are taking part, can be followed and contributed at facebook.com/wirquin40years/. Other new platforms for Wirquin include Twitter and Linked In, so whether it's new products, career vacancies, new installation videos or problem solving tips the company is sharing it all on social media.
Designers from Ripples' 13 UK showrooms gather for a training day filled with inspiring and motivating speakers, they get the chance to compare design ideas and discuss techniques with their peers. The day is headed by Ripples' sales manager, Nicola Crow.
New judges this year include Andrea Hillier, national retail services manager Blum UK (pictured); James Herriot, director, Callerton, and Dave Hewitt, managing director, Oakwood Bespoke. They join returning judges Martin Thomas, director, Denmore Kitchen & Bathroom Studio and Renee Mascari, director, Mascari Design Solutions and CEO of KBBNTG, who is also head judge.
The children were enthralled with everything - from learning new English words to playing games on Adam's iphone.
Set to become available to retailers later this year, the new-look Sense range will combine sleek, stainless steel and black glass with the latest technology to provide consumers with innovative appliances across all categories from cooking and cooling to laundry and dishwashers.