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IN BRIEF EGERIA INVESTMENT COMPANY ACQUIRES KLAFS Egeria, an independent panEuropean investment company, has announced that it will acquire a majority interest in Klafs. Headquartered in Germany, Klafs is the world’s largest manufacturer and integrator of high-quality sauna systems, steam baths and complementary products and services for both private and commercial customers. The sellers as well as the management team have retained minority stakes in the company and management will continue to lead the business. The acquisition is still subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be finalised in the first quarter of 2021. Founded in 1952, Klafs has achieved significant organic growth over the years. The company has 733 employees and is the clear market leader in the DACH region with 25 showrooms as well as four production sites in Europe. The investment by Egeria provides the company with the financial backing and operational support to accelerate growth through further international expansion and acquisitions.

PISCINA & WELLNESS BARCELONA LOOK TO BUILD A UNIQUE EVENT With an event taking place from 29 November to 2 December this year, organisers for Piscina & Wellness Barcelona feel confident that their show will go ahead and already have more than 150 companies taking part. Naturally, this latest edition will have a number of changes though, but the event team’s commitment to innovation and sustainability remains. In addition to providing a multi-format hybrid edition, the biggest change of all to the format will be the co-location of Piscina & Wellness with BBConstrumat – an established building show. This change is expected to see a doubling of the number of companies attending: more visitors, more contacts, more networking and more business.

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Hawaiian Residence Receives Splinterworks’ First Concrete Slide Installed at this beautiful splitlevel pool in Hawaii, Cadence – first concrete slide from Splinterworks – is a creative blend of industrial materials with organic design which allows Cadence to sit very comfortably within the island’s lush, green vegetation. With stunning views, it was paramount not to obscure the landscape. So the company designed Cadence with just three integrated steps to keep it below eye-level and to allow for wonderful, uninterrupted views

from the house, and utilised the drop between the two pools to create sufficient velocity. The hewn steps make the treads non-slip. A narrow slit at the top of the slide provides a weir of water that cools and keeps the slide thoroughly slippery. The viscous form of the polished concrete slide flows through the steep hillside views, culminating in a generous splash! The concrete material visually references the island’s pāhoehoe lava, a Hawaiian term meaning

smooth, unbroken lava. In order to achieve the exhilarating ride requested, the slide swings out over the rocks and foliage, curving back around and tapering out to launch the rider into the lower pool. Splinterworks positioned the exit carefully to allow for thrillsseekers to still have room to leap from one pool to the other. Splinter Works Ltd 01225 464957 www.splinterworks.co.uk

Ezarri Clads Sulphur Thermal Baths On The Silk Road Specialist tile company Ezarri has recently supplied tile mosaics for sulphur thermal baths found on the Silk Road. Lisi Bath is located in the capital of the former Soviet republic of Georgia, between the Black and Caspian seas. Silk and sulphur combine with Ezarri mosaics to turn Lisi Bath into a star attraction in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. The healing sulphur baths are located at Lake Lisi on the outskirts of the Georgian capital. The region is cherished for its natural surroundings, and Ezarri has played a direct role in the area. As well as silk and sulphur, the place is steeped in myths and legends. One story tells of the origins of the capital of Georgia and that the ancient King Vakhtang was so impressed with the thermal springs that he decided to fell the forest to build a city. With that story in mind, the Lisi Baths now have the final part of the equation: Ezarri, silk, sulphur and a great legend. All that was left was to install the selected mosaics: Daikiri, Caipirinha, Sky, Diamond. Daikiri and Caipirinha, from Ezarri’s Cocktail collection, are a blend of mosaics with a shine effect and are especially suited for this type of wellness space.

Sky, from the company’s Iris collection, is a mix of white and two blue tones with an iridescent finish. Diamond, from the same collection, is a mixture of white mosaics with and without iridescent effects. The choice of mosaics has enabled the use of one colour for each space, lending each of the baths its own unique style and atmosphere and the technical characteristics of Ezarri’s mosaic solutions are stringent enough for use in sulphur baths. Ezarri Mosaico +34 943 164 140 www.ezarri.com

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