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February 2019

2. Editor’s Kitchen Choice 4. New Traditions

Traditional design suitable for modern day living…

6. Hardware With History Celebrating 90 years in the industry, hardware specialist, Armac Martin, launches its latest range in the UK…

8. The Heritage Series Cover Utopia’s new Scandi-inspired Contemporary Fitted bathroom furniture range. Find out more on page 29. www.utopiagroup.com

Bertazzoni’s Heritage Series may be inspired by tradition but when it comes to technology, its focus is set on the future…

10. Versatile Tradition Renolit showcases its take on traditional décors with coordinated colourways and on-trend surface structures…

13. Designer Drawers

Demand for innovative storage solutions is on the rise, as Häfele UK’s Justin Crofts explains…

16. It’s A Bin Thing Salice’s latest bin system comes preassembled, is easy to install, adjustable and even fits in narrow drawers…

17. Smooth Operator Looking for a clever storage solution for your next kitchen design? Blum’s newly updated LegraBox could be the answer…

18. Professional Practicality editor: Catherine Earle Catherine@KitchenandBathroomJournal.co.uk publication manager: Eoin Costen Eoin@KitchenandBathroomJournal.co.uk circulation: Circ@KitchenandBathroomJournal.co.uk Tel: 01502 732515 Twitter: @KB_Journal www.KitchenandBathroomJournal.co.uk Please note: points of view expressed in articles by contributing writers and in advertisements included in Kitchen & Bathroom Journal do not necessarily represent those of the publishers. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information contained in Kitchen & Bathroom Journal, no legal responsibility will be accepted by the publishers for incidents arising from use of information published. All rights, including moral and intellectual property rights, reserved. COPYRIGHT: No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written consent of the publishers. Copyright CPC Ltd, 2019.

Italian kitchen manufacturer, Scavolini, has introduced Mia to its extensive collection of contemporary kitchens…

19. It Makes PerfectSense Egger extends its award-winning PerfectSense range with the addition of 12 new décors…

20. Perfect Partners K&B Journal takes a look at the latest integrated cooking appliances designed to target the practical pitfalls of openplan kitchens…

22. All In One Solution

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K&B Journal takes a closer look at Faber’s new versatile flush downdraft extractor and induction hob combination, the Galileo…

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The trend for open-plan living increases demand for quiet extraction…

27. Editor’s Bathroom Choice

28. A Great Fit As its 30th anniversary approaches, Utopia’s Head of Product Design, Richard Shore, talks to K&B Journal about the launch of the company’s exclusive Scandiinspired Contemporary Fitted range.

32. All In Vein Delicate veining and subtle colourways inspired by nature are order of the day for bathroom surface design…

34. Seeing Red Gerald Culliford introduces dramatic and boldly patterned natural surfaces into the bathroom…

36. Going For Gold The latest brassware designs that are proving to be worth their weight in gold…

38. Steel Appeal Zazzeri launches its first collection of steel accessories designed by Roberto Innocenti…

39. Water Saving The Unified Water Label could help consumers make better choices, save water and reduce water poverty, says BMA CEO Yvonne Orgill…

40. Consumer Trends K&B Journal talks to Paul Bailey, Senior Product Manager at Grohe UK to find out what factors are influencing the toilet market and the solutions available…

42. Clever Cleanet As technology continues to influence bathroom design, the market for shower toilets in the UK is gaining momentum…

44. New Look For ISH 2019 From 11 to 15 March 2019, the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water will return to the Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre with a new structure, different layout and extended range of supporting events designed to inspire the industry…

47. Business News


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The Sensio Halo plinth light from Sensio Lighting is the latest fitting that comes with integral Triotone technology. Each fitting comes in a choice of three LED colours; warm white 3000K, natural white 4000K and cool white 5000k. The technology enables a designer to select the correct shade of white to suit the new kitchen. It also reduces the required stock holding as there is no longer a need to stock the same light fitting in different LED colours. If the customer wants to change the LED colour after installation, they can chose a different shade of white by flicking a switch on the back of the light fitting. 01977 522 020 www.sensio.co.uk

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1. Camden is a brand new handleless addition to the Town & Country range, part of the Bretton Park Kitchen Collection from JP Distribution (JPD). This ultra smooth matte finish slab door, with integrated handles, adds sleek, contemporary styling to an established range of traditional kitchens. The Camden (as shown) combines dust grey and light grey door colours to create a cutting edge, minimalist look. Doors can be complemented with cabinets in oak, ivory, mussel, white or light grey. 01924 436 100 • www.jpdistribution.co.uk 2. Cool to the touch, M-Stone from Bushboard is a unique blend of natural stone particles with resin, resulting in a material that is technically advanced compared to stone and granite. It is heat, impact, abrasion and moisture resistant. Surfaces are 20mm thick and matching splashbacks, and upstands are available to complete the look. M-Stone worksurfaces come in six colours including on-trend black, ivory (pictured) and white. Samples are available via the Bushboard website. 01933 232 272 • www.bushboard.co.uk 3. Lawcris has launched its brand new PerfectSense Plus range. The featured Light Grey Chicago Concrete is now available - alongside 11 other new décors - for the first time as a high-gloss and also a velvety-matt lacquered MDF board. The PerfectSense Plus collection created together with Egger offer an appearance of exclusivity and luxury. Special UV technology makes them durable and scratch-resistant. The 12 brand new décors complement the existing Egger range. 0113 217 7177 • www.lawcris.co.uk


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With its ‘U’ shaped spout, the Acri tap range from Reginox has a distinctive contemporary look and, at 370mm high, is designed to make a statement. Available in three on-trend and eye-catching metallic colours – copper, gold and gun metal – they coordinate with the company’s recently launched Miami range of PVD-coated sinks. Acri features an easy to use single lever operation and swivel spout and is suitable for both high and low pressure systems. 01260 280 033 • www.reginox.co.uk

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Inspired by the heritage of tradition with a modern twist, BA’s Aldridge style kitchen encourages new ways to add colour to any home. Hailing a softer side that will continue to develop in 2019, this beautiful combination of Matt Denim Blue with a mix of Matt Dove Grey offers effortless luxury for modern living. 028 8676 4600 • www.byba.co.uk

NEW TRADITIONS Traditional design suitable for modern day living…

The painted shaker Kew kitchen from Burbidge (pictured in Mink and Putty) reveals the unique patterning of the solid ash framing and adds an easy sense of space to your kitchen thanks to lengthening lines and the soft neutrality of the Simply Burbidge range palette. Hide away everyday crockery and food stuffs with integrated shelving and plate racks – or confidently display with on-trend decorative open units in a variety of sizes. From their UK manufacturing site, Burbidge can create curved doors along with made to measure kitchen door sizes. 024 7667 1600 • www.burbidge.co.uk

“Contemporary country kitchen design tends to favour pared back tones but don’t be afraid to inject a little colour and personality. One way to achieve this is to introduce a statement island or painted free-standing unit to contrast with neutral walls and worktops. Country kitchens are full of charm so consider accessorising open shelves with mix and match storage and display utensils to create a characterful contemporary space that feels lived in.” Joanne Emery, Marketing Manager at Burbidge


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1. This block painted in-frame Regent kitchen from Marpatt has been finished in contrasting colours. The whole kitchen is bristling with subtle features, special order curved doors on the island, special order full height doors on the tall housing, all hinged with stainless steel butt hinges. 0116 274 3943 • ww.marpatt.co.uk 2. Nolte Küchen has launched its new Classic collection. At the heart of the 1920s inspired collection is the Torino Lack door range. Its soft matt lacquered surface and offset frame design makes this new arrival an ideal addition to the Matt Lacquer Concept, which now includes five door options and 18 colours. Pictured in Lava soft matt. www.nolte-kuechen.de

3. Reginox’s standalone ceramic drainer will provide the perfect partner for any Belfast or Butler sink. Guaranteed to add a touch of period glamour to the kitchen, the new drainer simply sits on the worksurface, offering an ideal solution for drying dishes, whilst also serving to protect natural timber surfaces from standing water that would otherwise stain the wood. It features a grooved surface and non-slip silicon feet and can be easily stored away when not in use. Manufactured from high quality ceramic with a scratch and stain resistant white glaze, it measures 540mm x 465mm and comes with a ten-year guarantee. 01260 280 033 www.reginox.co.uk

An advanced induction hob with a powerful, built-in hood, customers will love how beautifully the Mythos 2gether combines minimalism and functionality. The only product of its kind with an A+++ energy rating, the hood runs automatically when the hob is in use, providing exactly the level of extraction required. While the flush mounted design, which seamlessly integrates into any worktop, makes the Mythos 2gether altogether easier to clean. Make it wonderful at Franke.co.uk


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HARDWARE WITH HISTORY Celebrating 90 years in the industry, hardware specialist, Armac Martin, launches its latest range in the UK… Image Credit: Luxmoore & Co

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his year marks the 90th anniversary of luxury solid-brass cabinet hardware manufacturer, Armac Martin. To celebrate this monuments year, the Midlands-based company has launched its latest hardware collection, Washwood. Proud of its heritage and established manufacturing techniques, the new collection is manufactured from solid brass at Armac Martin’s headquarters in Birmingham. The collection, which is available to order now, comprises of a solid-brass knob set on a machined square backplate, solid-brass forged pulls in three sizes and an appliance pull. It’s also available in 21-plated and

patinated finishes, including a burnished brass finish (pictured). Richard McGrail, Armac Martin’s Commercial Director adds, “At Armac Martin, we work hard to design and manufacture quality, luxury hardware that our customers will only need to purchase once. The Washwood Collection offers a classic look with a distressed, contemporary feel, which we are in no doubt will be a popular choice with our market here in the UK and overseas. This follows the launch of our successful contemporary Matt Black finish, launched at Decorex in October 2018 which we continue to have great success with.”

For more information please visit www.armacmartin.co.uk or call 0121 359 2111 Download the free Kitchen & Bathroom Journal App from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) to experience this page’s interactive links


The Marlow from Marpatt Inframe and In Stock At Marpatt we have built up a reputation as one of the leading suppliers in special painted finishes across our range of kitchen doors and accessories and The Marlow is no exception. The Marlow inframe has a beaded outer frame with a Shaker design door within, finished achieving a beautiful painted grainy texture. The Marlow has a sister door, The Henley, which benefits from a completely smooth painted timber finish and features a simple non-beaded frame. These two models are available in an extensive palette of standard Marpatt colours but can also be painted in a custom colour of your clients choice. For more information on our painted doors & accessories call us on 0116 2743943, visit www.marpatt.co.uk or find us on Facebook.


traditional kitchens 8 • kitchen & bathroom journal february 2019 Left: A range of special colours and finishes are available including Matt Black, Black Décor and Ivory, with chrome, stainless steel or copper highlights. Below: The bright chrome handles found on the Heritage Series are replicas of the handrail found on the original Bertazzoni stoves. Bottom: The Heritage Series brings together heritage styling and modern engineering.

THE HERITAGE SERIES Bertazzoni’s Heritage Series may be inspired by tradition but when it comes to technology, its focus is set on the future…

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nspired by the original Bertazzoni ranges created by Napoleone Bertazzoni at the start of the 20th century, Bertazzoni’s builtin Heritage Collection offers classic styling with state-of-the-art-technology. Featuring built-in ovens, hobs and ventilation system that have been designed

to partner perfectly with the brand’s extended range of classically-inspired refrigerators, builtin dishwasher and stand-alone appliances, each design is a clear descendant of the company’s much-admired bloodline. From the ovens eye-catching stainless steel frames with bright chromed corners, metal chromed knobs and handles, to the distinctive analogue thermometer, each model offers nostalgic design ideally suited to a traditional kitchen. However, when it comes to technology, the Series is anything but traditional! Designed to make cooking as fuss-free as possible, electric, gas, combi-steam, full steam and combi-microwave ovens feature touch sensitive displays with high resolution TFT and knobs to ensure maximum flexibility. The smart interface display also manages a whole host of oven features including the

“Bertazzoni Assistant”, “Total Steam” and “Steam Assist” systems, which have been created to offer precision cooking and maximum flexibility. A clever anti-finger print finish and soft-close doors complete the design features. Maurizio Severgnini, Managing Director of Bertazzoni UK & Ireland adds, “Social media, especially visual platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest, have significant impacted on kitchen design trends. Over the last few months, traditional designs and classic appliances have featured heavily in aspirational and design-focused social media posts and channels. The Heritage Series means consumers can choose to have a traditionalstyle without compromising on functionality.”

For more information please visit www.bertazzoni.com or www.facebook.com/BertazzoniItalia Download the free Kitchen & Bathroom Journal App from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) to experience this page’s interactive links


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VERSATILE TRADITION Renolit showcases its take on traditional décors with coordinated colourways and on-trend surface structures…

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hen it comes to traditional décor design, Renolit focuses on several design elements to create an inviting and elegant space. Warm colours, symmetrical lines and the use of wooden finishes with coordinated plain colours have been used to give a modern twist on this popular kitchen style. Colour has also been used to keep the installation up to date by using classical tones to connect woodgrain décors with solid colour doors or within the surrounding room by the use of complementary decoration.

Oak remains a firm favourite in this genre. Renolit Alkoren Kendal Oak is a smooth oak with subtle detail within the design and an even uniformity of colour. A gentle linear structure flows around attractively proportioned swirling knots. The surface has a light distribution of linear pores giving it a natural look with a pleasant touch. An alternative contender, and a break from the norm, is the up and coming Rockford Hickory. One the newest décor’s in the Renolit range of 3D thermoformable films, it is


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robust and versatile. The depth is created by using light pores and contrasting cathedrals. Variation of pattern and colour emphasizes the designs natural beauty. Combining with the subtle tone of Stone Grey Supermatt and a fresh forest green creates a sophisticated traditional effect. The painted appearance of woodgrain textured single colour doors gives a modern twist to conventional kitchen design. A painted timber look, such as Renolit’s charming wood style finish, Modern Ash, is particularly suited to present-day new build homes where the owner desires the quality and design statement associated with a traditional kitchen but in a

smaller space where a full woodgrain décor may be domineering. Modern Ash is a deep, visual ash structured surface emboss which creates an up-to-date contemporary painted timber finish. A style which fits well with a variety of five-piece or routered door styles. The Modern Ash emboss matches Egger’s ST27 and Renolit offers a wide spectrum of seven colours. Illustrated here are two different colour ways; dark and light to illustrate how trending accessorising or a change of wall paint will have a dramatic effect on the overall feel of a kitchen. The dramatic dark colour of Onyx Grey provides a statement to any room. Needing little to lift the effect further it can be easily combined

with a variety of colours to meet the individual’s preferences. Shown here combined using Tin Plate and OakENDgrain Delight, with Fern accessories, all of which create a pleasant interior. At the other end of the spectrum, the soft light tone of White Grey Modern Ash provides an ideal backdrop which can be enhanced with bolder woodgrain designs such as Inedito 1 SC, or by adding warm metallic Rose Gold to provide a bright and cheerful atmosphere. Opposite: Natural Kendal Oak with Wave Blue Top: Dark Rockford Hickory Above left: Onyx Grey Modern Ash Above right: White Grey Modern Ash

For more information and a 2018/2019 Trends brochure, please call 01670 718222, email renolit.cramlington@renolit.com or visit www.renolit.com/design Download the free Kitchen & Bathroom Journal App from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) to experience this page’s interactive links


NOVA PRO SCALA DRAWER SYSTEM

Inspiring design, creative and functional. Simple. Clear. Timeless. More glass. More height. More space. Alongside the familiar Crystal and railing options, the Nova Pro Scala range also includes a high glass version and a drawer side in height 250 mm. Nova Pro Scala incorporates the best of Nova Pro. And much more besides! Elegant edge definition is a striking feature of Nova Pro Scala. The broad spectrum covered by the product range enables segmentation from the entrylevel version through to the premium segment and provides the individual styling option of designer panels which fit snugly on the drawer sides.

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he desire for space-saving storage is by no means new, but consumer demand for innovative solutions that make more intelligent use of space has certainly increased in recent years. One of the most critical influences is the fact that living spaces are getting smaller. With space at a premium, making the most of every inch has become a key objective for homeowners. The rise of open-plan and broken-plan living, itself a consequence of smaller house sizes, has also created its own particular storage challenges. Such schemes give the illusion of more space, especially when combined with sleek lines and a clutter-free finish. As a result, concealed storage solutions, including drawers, are becoming increasingly sought-after by consumers. The fittings and hardware specialist, Häfele, offers a particularly wide range of innovative drawer systems to cater to this growing demand. “Reliable storage solutions that combine great looks with flawless function are becoming a priority for consumers, and, in turn, for kitchen fitters and

designers,” Häfele UK’s Justin Crofts explains. “At Häfele, we aim to help our trade customers by providing a range of drawer products to help them turn their customers’ storage dreams into reality. “Our range of drawer systems has long been popular with the trade due to its exceptional quality and durability. Forward thinking innovations in our portfolio include the Accuride 5321EC Drawer Runners, with smooth movement and soft close that provides ultimate functionality when used in under stair storage drawers. The product has proved particularly popular for our customers who are able to maximise under stair space that is usually wasted. The Accuride 0116RC is another great application for moving kitchen worktops in order to create even more usable space underneath and to allow seating when extended. Both are perfect options for when space is at a premium.” Häfele stocks a variety of products from the Accuride range, including two way runners, soft-close drawer runners, push-to-

Demand for innovative storage solutions is on the rise, as Häfele UK’s Justin Crofts explains…

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open drawer runners, runners for heavy and large drawers and stainless steel runners. Justin continues: “Another of our most popular drawer products is the latest version of the Grass Dynapro soft close runner, an evolution of the market-leading Dynapro undermount drawer slide for wooden drawers. Perfect for when drawer slides need to be concealed in-situ, this innovative solution now includes 4D adjustment as standard, providing effortless sideways, back/forth, tilt and up/ down movement. Further features, including optional touch-to-open functionality and integrated liquid dampener, make the Dynapro a stand-out solution for the market.” Grass has remained a world-leading manufacturer of furniture fittings and process machines for over 60 years. As a UK

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distributor, Häfele offers a wide range of products from the company’s extensive range. “Another fantastic Grass product we supply is the Nova Pro Scala Drawer System. It sets new standards of excellence in drawer design,” explains Justin. “The Grass Nova Pro brand has become synonymous with exceptional quality, stability and smoothglide double-wall drawers. Nova Pro Scala builds on this reputation for excellence, bringing customers even more quality and versatility. A number of innovations sit alongside the standard 90mm drawer side. The system includes an exclusive solid one piece 186mm drawer side with the possibility to add customisable extra sides, or a one piece 186mm Crystal Plus side with optional 8mm thick panels or inserts. The Nova Pro

Scala’s straight inside surface and minimum construction width maximises the use of space on offer like never before; the drawers also use a specially developed liquid damper, with optional touch to open, enabling the closing movement to feel lighter than previous drawer systems and giving it added potential to become handle-less. “The system’s flexibility continues with a range of exterior finishes; glass, wood or metal finishes can be combined with four standard drawer heights, resulting in a truly modular system.” He concludes: “As spaces are getting smaller, storage is getting smarter. With innovative drawer technology, even the smallest space can be transformed to suit every individual.”

For more information please visit www.hafele.co.uk or call 01788 542 020 Download the free Kitchen & Bathroom Journal App from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) to experience this page’s interactive links


NEW GLOSS & MATT DECORS Platinum distributor, Lawcris, launches a selection of 12 brand new decors consisting of grey tones, aqua shades and industrial surfaces. The new decors complement the current range of premium category high gloss and matt lacquered MDF boards by EGGER. Find out more at lawcris.co.uk


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Each bin pair will take loads of up to 37kg

Bin sizes include 340mm, 440mm, or 600mm in height

IT’S A BIN THING Salice’s latest bin system comes pre-assembled, is easy to install, adjustable and even fits in narrow drawers…

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alice is well-known for its innovative storage and waste solution and its latest bin system is no expectation. Based on the proven Lineabox drawer system, the removable bins are fitted into a carrier that’s mounted on the base panel of the drawer. The carrier is a sturdy steel plate that can be adjusted in three directions for perfect positioning and there are different versions that have been designed to take various different sizes of waste bins. You can

choose whichever size of drawer you want from 450mm up to 1200mm and both the Lineabox drawer and the waste bins are supplied in kits that can be assembled easily without tools. The Lineabox slides are full extension, so the bins pull out beyond the cabinet, and each pair will take loads of up to 37kg. Bin sizes include 340mm, 440mm, or 600mm in height. Lineabox finishes include White, Titanium, Champagne and Stainless Steel. The bins are available in black.

For more information please call 01480 413831 or visit www.saliceuk.co.uk Download the free Kitchen & Bathroom Journal App from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) to experience this page’s interactive links


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The award-winning LegraBox opens up a range of design opportunities for retailers as it can be used in multiple applications throughout the home.

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lum is known for its clever storage solutions and its latest additions to the LegraBox drawer system don’t disappoint. Suitable for a wide range of applications, it combines clear contours with parallel drawer side design and accent lines. Drawer sides – which can be branded with a company logo or name - are straight, both inside and out, and are just 12.8mm. Individual components are fully co-ordinated to create a uniform look while added benefits include a new runner system with quality of motion and a full load capacity of 40kg or 70kg depending on width, even when fully extended. In keeping with the current trend for high fronts, LegraBox also comes with a new type of front fixing bracket that guarantees maximum stability when opening and closing drawers and pull-outs. The LegraBox free

design version also allows for high fronted pull-outs to be customised in anything from glass or wood to leather or stone. With the introduction of the new Blumotion S for LegraBox and Movento, your given the flexibility of three different motion technologies with a single runner along with the satisfaction of soft-close Blumotion. This opens up a range of design opportunities from front fixing high fronts and low, heavy loads to utensil drawers, Space Tower pull-outs, plate drawers, bottle holders and spice racks. Lisa Robinson, Marketing Manager at Blum adds, “We know that retailers need to offer their customers a USP. Our innovative LegraBox system provides so many options which are practical, functional and stylish – the ultimate solution for manufacturers, retailers and homeowners alike.”

Looking for a clever storage solution for your next kitchen design? Blum’s newly updated LegraBox could be the answer…

For more information please visit www.blum.com or call 01908 285 700 Download the free Kitchen & Bathroom Journal App from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) to experience this page’s interactive links


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talian kitchen manufacturer, Scavolini, has introduced Mia to its extensive collection of contemporary kitchens. Designed in collaboration with Italian chef Carlo Cracco, the new concept was inspired by the professional kitchen. As well as the use of hardworking materials such as a 5cm thick stainless-steel worktop and Pietra D’IseoCeppo engineered stone breakfast bar, the design heavily features innovative storage solutions that, as well as offering practical space-save qualities, create eye-catching design features that can be personalised to suit even the most meticulous cook.

Right: The hanging structure is in Dark Steel aluminium with clear glass shelves. It also houses the hood, a dish rack and additional open storage that is not in the line of sight. Below left: The pull-out base unit with integrated chopping board and knife rack features a clever cut out, so peelings can be swept straight into the food waste bin below. Below right: Options for base units include Matt Steel drawers with clear glass inserts can be included in the Mia range to reveal the contents. Bottom left: The wall panelling is shown in Pinstripe Oak textured melamine and accessorised with hooks, containers for herbs and spices and bottle racks. Bottom right: Larder units feature a combination of folding glass-fronted doors and a Delhi Clay finish, with vertical recessed handles.

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The velvet smooth matt finish is perfect for kitchen frontals with its anti-fingerprint surface. Featured décor - F302 Ferro Bronze PM

The striking gloss surfaces have exceptional depth and a glass-like finish. Featured décor - U599 Indigo Blue PG

PerfectSense Gloss can make rooms feel lighter and larger, and represents pure luxury, comparable to glass or acrylic. Featured décor - U750 Taupe Grey PG

IT MAKES PERFECTSENSE Egger extends its awardwinning PerfectSense range with the addition of 12 new décors…

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gger’s PerfectSense range has continued to gain momentum, picking up a clutch of European awards for its super-smooth MDF boards with premium matt and gloss finishes.  Platinum distributors, Lawcris Panel Products, stock the complete collection, but last year they saw an opportunity. Dean Carroll, Lawcris Procurement Manager, explains “We are finding high-gloss finishes with contrasting matt textures very popular at the moment. The PerfectSense collection seems to be the range that everyone wants

to get their hands on. The gloss surface shows exceptional depth and has a glass-like finish, unlike anything we have seen on the market. But perhaps one of the highlights for this range is the anti-fingerprint surface of the matt boards which makes them ideal for many spaces in the home. Whilst the feedback from the current range is very positive, the boards are so good that our customers want more options. Working hand-in-hand with EGGER, we came up with 12 additional décors to add to the range which provide even more definition and interest, named PerfectSense PLUS.”  Lawcris have launched a selection of grey tones, aqua shades and industrial surfaces to complement the current range. Each decor is available in the PerfectSense Matt and Gloss finish.  Dean continues, “Cool, contemporary greys are gaining prominence within interior design, whilst warm, yet natural greys,

such as taupe, are also starting to come through. In response, we have added five new grey tones to the collection. We have also introduced various aqua shades into this range, giving designs an often-needed injection of colour. Aqua colours are also complementary when combined as accents with popular woodgrains and grey tones within furniture design. Finally, whilst solid colours continue to dominate (particularly in the form of frontals) material finishes are gaining traction, with people looking for something a little different. Industrial materials add tactility and interest to the overall design and this is where décors such as concrete and bronze come to life for a high-end look and feel - something our customers have been chasing us for.” Available to order now, mix and match the gloss and matt surfaces – with a choice of two unique textures – and complete the look with PerfectSense PLUS edging.

For more information please visit www.lawcris.co.uk or call 0113 217 7177 Download the free Kitchen & Bathroom Journal App from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) to experience this page’s interactive links


hobs & hoods 20 • kitchen & bathroom journal february 2019 The Bora Professional is a cooktop and extractor system with a streamlined appearance and equipped with intelligent touch operation. The cooktop prevents cooking vapours and odours from rising by drawing them away downwards exactly where they arise, so that it feels like cooking with fresh air. Simple to dismantle for ease of cleaning ready for the dishwasher, the cooktop offers high functionality and quality combined with a long service life. www.bora.com

“Cooking odour is one of the big drawbacks of open-plan living spaces and something that the latest technology is working hard to combat. Vapours and steam left to travel around the room can permeate the air and linger in soft furnishings, far better then to draw them downwards into the cooktop. As well as being more efficient than conventional extraction hoods, such technology also has great aesthetic qualities, creating a streamlined, professional impression in the modern kitchen environment. Combining the extraction system in the cooktop opens up the space visually and practically.” Willi Bruckbauer, CEO and founder of Bora

PERFECT PARTNERS K&B Journal takes a look at the latest integrated cooking appliances designed to target the practical pitfalls of open-plan living… 1

“Open-plan living has led to ventilation being more hidden, seamless and integrated, whether the hood is installed in the worktop, the ceiling or kitchen furniture. People don’t want models that interrupt their lines of sight or intrude too much on the living space from the kitchen area. Hoods that are decorative or wall mounted will be stylishly and subtly coordinated with the kitchen and other appliances to ensure they integrate perfectly into the living space. Meanwhile, flush ceiling hoods, downdraft extractors and – in particular – venting hobs are growing in popularity.” Sean Liddle, Product Manager, Ventilation at BSH Home Appliances

1. The Chopin-Evo Countertop Extractor from AirUno combines powerful countertop extraction with a 90cm frameless panoramic induction hob. The worktop extractor operates at a maximum rate of 550 m3/h, has a noise level rating of 59-73dB and is energy rated B. The four-zone induction hob ranges between 1.4 and 3.0 kW and features a convenient touch display, individual power levels for each cooking zone, a timer, and pause and recall functions. 0113 201 2240 • www.airuno.co.uk


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“The built-in sector of the extractor market is growing, with both concealed extractors and flush multi-functional cooking and extraction systems generating increasing demand. We believe open plan living to be the biggest contributing factor of growth as designers and homeowners alike seek to keep the eye line clear from obstruction and aesthetically prefer more streamlined designs to better suit a modern kitchen look.” Fiona Barker-Scott, Brand Manager at Falmec UK

2. The Sintesi by Falmec is a multi-functional one piece kitchen extractor and induction hob designed with the modern kitchen and on-trend open plan layout in mind. It comprises of a recirculated system which features Falmec’s unique Carbon.Zeo filter and stylish induction hob with panoramic zones, a touch control interface and an integrated surface mounted extractor system. Rated A++ for energy efficiency and a low noise level from just 47 dB to 66 dB. 01206 849 900 • www.falmec.co.uk 3. The Bosch PXX875D34E induction hob with integrated ventilation combines powerful extraction with a hob. Thanks to its ‘PerfectAir’ technology, the sensor continually monitors the level of odours in the air during the cooking process and automatically adjusts the power level to ensure optimum extraction performance. The hob itself features a ‘CombiZone’ cooking surface, ‘FryingSensor’ which measures the temperature in the pan for perfect results and a smart ‘CookingSensor’ so you can control the pan by the temperature rather than the power level. 0344 892 0115 • www.bosch.co.uk 4. The Neff Flex induction venting bob combines powerful extraction (550 m³/h on a normal setting and 690 m³/h on its intensive setting) with a FlexInduction hob. The hob features two FlexInduction Zones that let you place your pots and pans anywhere you want and heats them exactly where they stand, as well as ‘TwistPad Fire’: a removable, magnetic, illuminated control knob that gives you precise, convenient control over all cooking zones. The extractor boasts a minimum noise level of 39dB and an ‘A’ energy efficiency rating. 0344 892 8989 • www.neff-home.com/uk

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5. Bertazzoni’s 78cm black ceramic glass induction hob with integrated extraction features nine power levels, six speed levels (including two intensive settings) and four cooking zones measuring 180 x 220mm. The built-in extraction system offers a maximum airflow of 720 m3/h and a noise output of 48/66dB. www.uk.bertazzoni.com

“Open-plan living spaces mean odours and steam can escape easily into the environment and cling to materials throughout the home. As this trend of open-plan living grows, we expect to see more consumers choosing hobs with integrated extraction, as they provide not only a great design solution but are also highly efficient as they catch dirty air at the source.” Maurizio Severgnini, Managing Director at Bertazzoni UK & Ireland


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ALL IN ONE SOLUTION K&B Journal takes a closer look at Faber’s new versatile flush downdraft extractor and induction hob combination, the Galileo…


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1. Space-saving design: The ultra-compact motor design - which is centrally located and only sits 210mm beneath the countertop - is designed so a sink style drawer unit or shelves can be installed underneath, maximizing storage in the kitchen.

he Galileo, named after the Italian “father of modern physics”, is the star of Faber’s new hoods collection. With it’s innovative engineering, the clever cooker hood and induction hob duo combines powerful kitchen extraction and bridge induction hob technology to create a singular cooktop level unit. Packed with helpful features and designed with simplicity in mind, the new Galileo is a competitive offering for any modern kitchen…

2. Powerful extraction: The Galileo boasts extraction levels of up to 700m³h and also has an automatic function that detects the extraction level based on the hob power levels. With an impressive A+++ energy efficiency rating, it’s one of Faber’s most efficient and sustainable extractors.

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3. Induction cooking: The Galileo has four induction zones which also convert to two handy large bridge zones, giving you a flexible cooking area. With nine cooking levels, a booster function for quick bursts of intensive heat and a useful cooking timer, the Galileo is an advanced induction hob as well as kitchen extractor. 4. Versatile style: The new flush downdraft extractor sports a practical heat proof cast-iron grid and a waterproof motor design with an easily accessible reservoir to cope with spills. 5. Safety features: The Galileo has touch sensitive controls and safety features such a child lock and an over flow detector. 6. Flexible installation: This flush fitting hob and hood can be installed into an island setting or into a worktop against a wall. The hood has also been developed to easily connect to standard UK ducting sizes for fuss-free installation.

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“There is an evident increase in demand for quiet appliances which reflects the growing trend for open plan living. Consumers are looking for appliances that will fit into their lifestyle with ease, keeping disturbance levels to a minimum. We’re always looking for ways to improve efficiency, build sustainably and reduce power requirements.” Max McCormick, Product Manager for Kitchens at Miele GB

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“The trend for open plan kitchens continues to grow. With the kitchen becoming the heart of the home to entertain, people are often on the look for quiet kitchen appliances and are willing to invest in appliances with a lower decibel rating. Having quieter appliances also means people with smaller homes and spaces don’t have to worry about a noisy kitchen.” Lucy King, Product Manager, Smeg UK & Ireland

1. Miele’s KMDA 7774 FL A++ rated induction hob with integrated extractor features a grill extractor framed by two PowerFlex Zones, allowing the two individual rings to be combined to accommodate larger pans. Featuring Miele’s exclusive and intelligent Conn@ctivity 2.0 technology, the extraction power automatically adjusts depending on the hob setting and offers a noise level from 69dB – 2dB less than previous models. In addition, TwinBooster technology delivers extra power when needed. Once the hob is switched off, the extractor will also automatically turn off.  This appliance can also be connected to WiFi via a smartphone. 0330 160 6600 • www.miele.co.uk 2. Smeg has revealed several elegant updates to its Linea Downdraft Extractors for 2019. The new line-up includes the KDD90VXE-2 downdraft hood (pictured) which works at just 57dB on a high speed setting. The hood also retracts in and out of your worksurface when required, saving invaluable space and maintaining the contemporary and minimalist look in your kitchen or open plan area. It’s also available in new glass finishes; white, silver and black. www.smeguk.com


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hobs & hoods 26 • kitchen & bathroom journal february 2019 1. Launched for 2019, Wave 2055 uses a design that is sleek and industrial. Ranging in size from 240cm up to 300cm, the frame can be specified in stainless steel, matt black or a choice of colours in either a matt or glossy finish. Retailers can further specify the use of either carbon filters or high performing plasma filters. The quiet sound at 58 dBA belies the strength of performance. The efficient motor has three settings. When using plasma filters, setting the extractor on the lowest levels, thus reducing motor noise, is recommended as a lower air speed improving the recirculation technique. 01661 842 304 • www.inhouseltd.co.uk 2. The AEG Hob2Hood adapts automatically to keep your kitchen free of steam and vapours. As you cook, the hood activates automatically, monitoring the fluctuating heat and steam of every simmer and boil from your hob to effortlessly maintain the freshness of your kitchen; meaning that your attention is free to solely focus on preparing and enjoying a great tasting meal. Plus, with AEG’s SilenceTech technology, you can cook at the hood’s maximum power levels and the noise level will still be reduced down to the lowest number of decibels. 03445 611 611 • www.aeg.co.uk

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3. Franke’s pioneering new Atmos hood features an innovative Steam Control System to solve the problem of dripping condensation by capturing rising steam before it condenses on surfaces. The hood uses a second motor which emits air jets that create a vortex effect, drawing up the steam and eliminating water droplets forming on the underside of the hood. Installed into wall cabinetry, the sleek stainless steel hood is available in three sizes of 60, 90 and 120cm wide, features a brushless motor for low noise levels and has an A rating for energy efficiency. 0161 436 6280 • www.franke.co.uk 4. The Harmony hood was Westin is cleverly integrated into a high specification induction hob, offering a simple solution that is ideal for islands. The partnership of hob and efficient extraction, quietly draws odours, steam and fumes offering the latest worktop solution. The product includes a G5 induction hob, plinth motor and initial ducting and has a noise level of 52 Db. 01484 421 585 • www.westin.co.uk

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editor’s choice kitchen & bathroom journal february 2019 • 27 1. Crosswater’s Infinity modular furniture collection features cabinetry finishes in Windsor Oak, Storm Grey and White Gloss, worktop finishes in Glacier White, Carrara Marble Effect, Windsor Oak, a choice of chrome or matt black handles and optional extras including an Infinity 500 internal drawer, mirror and LED light bar. Basins and taps sold separately. 0845 873 8840 • www.crosswater.co.uk

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2. The latest addition to VitrA’s Istanbul collection is the new minimalist vanity basin which measures 100 x 600cm. It includes a slim-line tap and pebble shape basin mixer and is paired with an illuminated mirror. The urinal – which has an electric flush - has the same curved tear drop shape as wall hung pans and bidets within the collection. Accessories include a WC brush holder, roll holder and towel ring. 01235 750 990 • www.VitrA.co.uk 3. AKW has launched its new anti-slip vinyl flooring range. Available from February, installers will be able to choose from six colours and the design of this durable safety flooring has been developed considering risk of falls factors such as slip resistance, visual contrast and texture. Suitable for wet rooms as well as other bathroom adaptations - due to its high barefoot and footwear slip resistance - the flooring range conforms to both HSE and International standards. In fact its PTV (Pendulum Test Value) exceeds wet room requirement standards. 01905 823 298 • www.akw-ltd.co.uk 4. Developed to protect floor tiling from lateral movement which occurs in problem substrates - such as heated floors – BAL’s Flexbone 2Easy mat provides a buffer layer between tile and substrate. No adhesive is needed and as such, preparation is reduced to a quick sweep of the floor if the surface is flat, sound and level. No removal or residue, no removal of laitance and no priming of the surface is needed. 01782 591 160 • www.bal-adhesives.com

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For the ultimate in seamless elegance, there is the ‘all in one’ Coralux worktop and basin, made to order and designed to fit any size between 650mm and 1850mm

A GREAT FIT As its 30th anniversary approaches, Utopia’s Head of Product Design, Richard Shore, talks to K&B Journal about the launch of the company’s exclusive Scandiinspired Contemporary Fitted range.

Fitted furniture design is in our DNA,” begins Richard Shore, Head of Product Design at Utopia. “The Utopia brand is known for creating high-quality, innovative fitted furniture ranges that are made in Britain and we’re proud to have the majority share in the market. We’ve been designing fitted furniture for 30 years and in that time, market trends and propositions have changed significantly. With our new Contemporary Fitted range, we wanted to create a product that delivered on the same practical benefits we’re known for but also explored new materials, textures, shapes and sizes. For us, the new range needed to be completely new. It needed its own space and identity in our product portfolio.”

The new collection focuses heavily on the customer’s experience. “You want to be able to connect with a design,” says Richard. “Being able to see, touch and feel the design helps you fully appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into the collection. We wanted the Contemporary Fitted range to live up to expectations.” Utopia has made sure every detail has been underwritten by the use of quality materials. From textures and colourways to lighting and material combinations, every aspect of the range has been created to deliver on the customer’s experience. Even the buying process has been designed to offer a simple and effective solution that doesn’t overwhelm customers.


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Utopia is offering a brand new 12mm compressed laminate worktop to complement the new range. The laminate is imprinted with the colour and texture of natural materials such as marble and slate

The elegant, handleless drawline concept accommodates a wide range of storage solutions that not only runs seamlessly wall to wall but also floor to ceiling

The collection is based on a selection of four fascia colours, four worktop colours and three handleless trim colourways that, when mixed or matched, can create an amazing number of combinations. Richard explains, “Contrasting colours and textures are key to the new collection. Alongside Flat White and Flat Grey, which have beautiful matt finishes, Sandwashed White and Washed Oak have been developed using the latest technology to reproduce natural colour and deep woodgrain perfectly. Door and fascia colours can be mixed and matched with a beautiful metallic trim available in chrome, copper or matt black.” Priced in the middle to premium sector, the Contemporary Fitted range sits comfortably between the company’s existing fitted and painted timber ranges. “We didn’t want to restrict the aesthetics of the range so we created a ‘good, better and best’ pricing structure across the complete range,” explains Richard. “This boils down to the hardware in the units. A good option would be to purchase a unit from

the range, while a better option would be to have a single drawline. A best option would be to have a draw within a draw. This framework opens up the market and offers more flexibility when working to a strict budget.” “This handleless drawline concept touches on the look and freedom you can feel when incorporating wall mounted furniture into a bathroom, while offering the practical benefits of fitted furniture. We have small bathrooms in the UK but the nature of changing a bathroom can be expensive. It’s well documented that there are a lot of saving graces when installing fitted furniture that you simply don’t have when installing a wall mounted bathroom, especially when it comes to hiding unsightly pipework. To rectify this solution, the Contemporary Fitted range brings the two design elements together to create a wall mounted fitted fusion. Fitted options sit alongside wall mounted washbasin units and storage solutions. They look identical but the proportions change. It’s a great crossover that connects the two trends.”

In 200, 300, 350, 600 and 700mm widths, the range’s base cabinets all feature a set back low level plinth - a clever stylistic touch that gives the furniture perfect proportions and creates a floating effect when illuminated. The standard option is a base cupboard with an internal shelf, upgrading to a single deep storage drawer or ultimately a deep storage drawer which conceals a second accessory drawer. A comprehensive range of wall and mirror cabinets in the same widths as the base furniture but with extended height allows a floor to ceiling fit with good storage capacity. The addition of a ceiling filler means ceiling heights between 2.2 and 2.4m can also be accommodated. “Relaying this message to retailers and educating them on the complete range is important,” admits Richard. “We offer strong design and advice services but just like consumers, retailers buy from displays too. You wouldn’t want to invest in something if you are not 100% sure it is the right fit for you and your business, so we encourage our retailers


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Completing the cabinetry is a range of co-ordinating bath panels with a 100mm plinth, available in 1700 and 1800mm main panels and 700, 750 and 800mm end panels

Available in both fitted and wall mounted configurations, the emphasis is on tall mirrors, contemporary Scandi-inspired finishes and feature metallic accents

to explore the new ranges for themselves and visit our Wolverhampton-based showroom. We have invested time and money into making sure our displays reflect realistic bathroom environments, showcasing average-sized and aspirational room sets. We need to get retailers as excited and as enthusiastic by the products as we are so they can relay that passion to their customers. People want to buy from well-informed and enthusiastic retailers and we can help with that. “We’re not looking to take over the country and to get a display into every corner

of it – the partnership has to be right for both parties involved. We want to create good quality displays and build strong relationships. We want to work with retailers who are prepared to invest in our company and grow with us. By introducing new innovations like this, we’re showing our dedication to the industry, and with 30 years of experience behind us, we’re confident in what we do.” So what can we expect from Utopia in 2019? Richard adds, “Contemporary design is a moving trend. We need to continue to make sure our concepts feel fresh and alive.

As trends evolve, we will adapt. We are very proud of our framework and we need to make sure it remains competitive in its own right. This year will very much be a case of gauging the industry, what it is doing and the way it is moving and continue to give Contemporary Fitted the attention it needs to lead the market.” A brand new brochure and price list have been developed to showcase the Contemporary Fitted range. A new website has been launched and includes a new Contemporary Fitted visualise tool.

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Radianz has introduced eight new finishes to its high-density, non-porous composite surface Cirrus Collection. From the muted silver tones that feature in Orion to the dark and characterful ripples of Aster, the premium quartz surfaces offer an impressive array of choice.

ALL IN VEIN… Delicate veining and subtle colourways inspired by nature are order of the day for bathroom surface design…


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“Marble-inspired quartz surfaces are continuing to prove a very popular way of creating a stylish and sophisticated look in the bathroom. The delicate veining and subtle colours of marble-inspired surfaces provide the perfect background on which brassware colours can pop.” Jonathan Stanley, VP Marketing at Caesarstone UK 1. Part of Caesarstone’s Supernatural Collection of engineered quartz stone, London Grey™5000 has been inspired by nature and features earthy tones and a rich texture-like appearance that emulates the appearance of marble. Made up of 93% quartz, it offers heat and humidity resistance and a non-porous finish without the need for sealing or waxing. Available in 13mm, 20mm and 30mm thicknesses, it’s also guaranteed for 15 years. www.caesarstone.co.uk 2. Ceramique Internationale has launched a new range of porcelain floor tiles featuring a unique cross-over effect. Created by Ricchetti, the Cocoon range takes inspiration from the natural stone market, using the latest in digital printing technology to enhance the realism of each individual title. The series is available in six colours across seven sizes and formats, including large format 600 x 1200mm slabs; 600 x 600mm squares and 300 x 600m oblongs in three authentic shades of MultiBeige, MultiColour and White. Alternative sizes and colours are available to order on a lead time of 21 days. 0113 231-0218 • www.tilesandmosaics.co.uk

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3. The Supreme Collection from Staron is a groutfree, non-porous surface range ideally suited to the bathroom. Made from a blend of natural minerals and thermosetting acrylic polymers, basins can be integrated into the material’s surface, creating a naturally flowing and hygienic washbasin and countertop solution. www.staron.com 4. Dekton® by Cosentino ultra-compact surfaces can be used for vanity tops, wall cladding or flooring in the bathroom, and its large slab formats ensure the area can be covered using the smallest number of slabs and minimal joins. Available in over 30 designs and a range of different textures and thicknesses, Dekton®’s benefits include high resistance to scratches, stains, heat and UV rays. Pictured: Dekton® Aura Bathroom Cladding, with Silestone® Blanco ZeusExtreme Flooring and Silestone® Armony Wash Basin. www.dekton.com

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5. Showerwall’s Herringbone acrylic bathroom wall panels combine the trend for organic, neutral colours with the demand for patterns and geometric designs, without the installation and maintenance demands of tiles or grout. Available in two sizes of 900 x 2440mm and 1220 x 2440mm, the acrylic panels are polished to achieve a glass-like finish to add to the luxurious aesthetics and are fully waterproof, so do not require any trims for installation. It is one of the décors in Showerwall’s Custom Collection, which includes a library of 15 inspirational designs plus the option of creating truly bespoke digitally printed panels. 0845 604 7334 • www.showerwall.co.uk

“We are seeing a return to patterned designs for consumers looking for a more modern look for their bathroom walls, with interesting shapes in geometrics, metro and hexagonal designs.” Steph Harris, Product manager at Showerwall


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SEEING RED W Gerald Culliford introduces dramatic and boldly patterned natural surfaces into the bathroom…

Top left: Marinace Rosso Granite Top right: Fusion Fire Top right: Jordan Pink Background: Pink Onyx

ith over 50 years of experience in the stone industry, Gerald Culliford is no stranger to predicting the next big surface trend. Today, homeowners and interior designers are turning more frequently to striking and vibrant material choices with colour trends becoming increasingly more daring. For Gerald Culliford, this has resulted in a higher demand for bold coloured surfaces, with an emphasis on shades of red. Oliver Webb, Director Sales & Marketing at Gerald Culliford explains, “With the added environmental pressure to move away from plastic and other unsustainable materials in the home, there is a significant escalation in the trend for the naturally sourced materials and a desire for the handcrafted products. This has led to interior trends becoming less artificial and designs returning to tones and shades derived from nature. In its multitude of variations, earthy reds such as comforting russets and terracotta

have become increasingly incorporated into colour palettes as they provide a fresh and luminous look, especially when paired with other nature inspired hues and materials. Gerald Culliford’s portfolio is brimming with examples of these tones being used in the home. The Fusion Fire range features layers of deep burgundy and crimson through to pink, creating a sense of faded majestic grandeur, whilst the Marinace Rosso is formed by a mixture of pebble cross-sections in varying sizes and shapes, creating the appearance of terracotta, rosé wine and chalky greys. For those that prefer a lighter interior, marbles such as Jordan Pink offer a misty finish whilst the clouds of Pink Onyx deliver a truly luxurious yet understated feel. Open to a range of applications, it would seem the partnership between exotic stones and statement design in the bathroom is set to continue.

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Contemporary Fitted bathroom furniture. New for 2019. Introducing the all-new exclusive Contemporary Fitted range from Utopia. Available in both fitted and wall mounted configurations, the emphasis is on tall mirrors, contemporary Scandi-inspired finishes and feature metallic accents. See the full range at utopiagroup.com/contemporary

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Available in chrome, inox, matt black and brushed gold, the NoCode Pepe collection includes mono, two hole and three hole mixers plus a wide range of bath and shower mixers with thermostatic options. Pictured: The Mono basin mixer in brushed gold with a height of 171mm, projection of 113mm and a minimum bar of 0.5. www.nocode.co.uk

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The latest brassware designs that are proving to be worth their weight in gold… 1. The Sagittarius Churchman crosshead basin mixer with pop-up waste features a high-shine gold-plated finish. It also includes independent control over hot and cold water supply and offers a minimum water pressure of 0.2 bar and maximum pressure of 3.0 bar. Suitable for all plumbing systems, including conventional gravity fed and combi boilers, the cross-head design comes with a tap fixing kit and flexible hose connectors. 0161 620 2029 • www.sagittariustaps.co.uk

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2. Deva’s Coronation bath shower mixer comes complete with the ‘telephone style’ handset and wall bracket. It can be deck or wall mounted and is suitable for low and high pressure systems. With a solid brass body, the range also includes basin taps and basin mixers and comes in gold or chrome. WRAS approved. 0800 195 1602 • www.deva.org.uk 3. The Armani Roca Baia collection meets demand for metallic and textured finishes in the bathroom. Available in greige, brushed steel and chrome, the dazzling finishes can be found across basin mixers, drains, shower columns and bath levers to trace elegance through the bathroom space. The same colours are also included within the sanitaryware and furniture ranges. www.uk.roca.com

““A key trend that we are seeing is consumers looking for brassware with metallic and textured finishes that make a real statement in the bathroom, without overwhelming the space.” Claire Gay, Marketing Manager at Roca

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4. The NOT-233-PG Notion floor mounted bath mixer from Vado offer striking, contemporary design in four finishes. Pictured in polished gold, the Notion collection is a true celebration of modern design. Additions to the range include basin mixers with wastes, wall mountedmixers, showers mixers, waterfall bath spouts and thermostatic valves. 01934 744 466 • www.vado.com 5. The Westminster three-hole mixer from Imperial Bathrooms is available in chrome, antique gold (pictured) or polished nickel. Complete with a pop-up waste, it can be used with both high and low-pressure systems and also work with both pressure and pump water systems. www.imperialbathroom.com

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6. The Perrin & Rowe Contemporary bathroom collection incorporates bath-shower mixers, bath sets, basin sets, bidet sets, shower mixers, shower sets and accessories. Customers can choose from chrome, nickel and pewter finishes with special finishes such as satin brass available on selected pieces by request. Pictured: Contemporary 3831 three hole basin set. 01708 526 361 • www.perrinandrowe.co.uk

“Creativity and imagination has returned to bathroom design, and consumers want to invest in creating a space which has impact and style with hints of individualism. Brassware is now considered a major element in bathroom design, and one which requires real expertise to get right. Retail showrooms can use this to their advantage, providing experience and guidance that the internet cannot match.” David Cole, Sales Director at Perrin & Rowe


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STEEL APPEAL Zazzeri launches its first collection of steel accessories designed by Roberto Innocenti… Top: Flush plates have been designed to work with double flow flush tanks and shower toilets Bottom left: The complete range is made from 316/L stainless steel, complementing the Z316 collection. Bottom right: Practical solutions, including towel holders, coat handers and shelves are available.

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talian brassware specialist, Zazzeri, has launched its first range of bathroom accessories to complement its established Z316 brassware collection. The kitchen and bathroom tap range, which was originally created by Roberto Innocenti and designed to push the boundaries of steel in the home, can now be partnered with a wide range of accessories that have been designed to integrate with the contemporary brassware design. Reflecting the robust steel design of the mixers, showerheads and three-hole and onehole taps, the accessories range is made of 316/L stainless steel and comprises of towel

holders, coat handers, shelves, dispenser holder, soap dish, toilet paper holder, lavatory brush holders and a plates for double flow flush tanks and shower toilets. Roberto says, “Steel is a material that is applicable on several products. Its high corrosion resistance, its soundness and its tendency not to interact with the environment make it a material with hygienic qualities suitable for professional applications. These objects are aesthetically satisfying and rational at the same time. They are able to interpret the various qualities of steel into our daily lives and give the room a continuity in terms of style and design.”

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WATER SAVING The Unified Water Label could help consumers make better choices, save water and reduce water poverty, says BMA CEO Yvonne Orgill…

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vonne Orgill has called for more support for the Water Label following a story of a disabled mother from Yorkshire who couldn’t afford to pay her water bill, reducing her to limit washing and flushing the toilet, after it had risen by a staggering 35%. Yvonne says, “Water is our most precious commodity, one that everyone should have access to, making this news story particularly distressing but this is not an isolated incident.  A report on poverty from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that arrears for water bills are now the most common form of debt for the poorest families. “The industry must take the issue of saving water in the bathroom seriously. How much water we use in the home is becoming a burning issue. With 22% of all the water used in the home down to toilets and 25% from showers, bathrooms are increasingly under the spotlight.” A study by the Energy Saving Trust estimated that we use 840 billion litres of water each year for showers and flush more than 740 litres down the loo, equating to enough water to fill 300,000 Olympic swimming pools. 

Yvonne Orgill “If we are too achieve the Government’s ambitious target of reducing water consumption from around 142 litres to only 80 litres per person per day, we must take action and the Water Label is a great place to start,” explains Yvonne. “The label provides valuable information on water and energy usage in a very simple and easy to understand format. We do have support from manufacturers, retailers and merchants that recognise the benefits, but we need more awareness and education so that it becomes standard practice to look for the Water Label and ask for it when it is not used.

“Whilst it is a voluntary scheme, there are currently 12,500 products and 147 brands already using it. We have the opportunity to drive forward real change and to help people like Shirley, to have the water they need in their home.” In recent weeks, it would seem the BMA are one step closer to a Voluntary Agreement for the Unified Water Label (UWL) after a programme for taps and showers was supported by the European Commission department DG Environment and has since circulated details of a Commitment that is required from the industry in order to develop an acceptable Voluntary Agreement for taps and showers. Yvonne adds, “This is a significant advancement for the industry but the real work starts now. Manufacturers must support us over the next two years by registering all relevant tap and shower products and making the UWL visible. A body will be formed to drive this forward so that an independent auditor can assess if 80% of the market using the UWL is achieved. We all recognise that this is a huge task but one the industry is more than capable of achieving.”

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CONSUMER TRENDS K&B Journal talks to Paul Bailey, Senior Product Manager at Grohe UK, to find out what factors are influencing the toilet market and the solutions available… The Trend: Smart Homes PB: “Many smart products are now available in the bathroom from shower toilets, to spa-like showers controlled by Bluetooth technology, helping to create the perfect home spa bathroom. This trend is driven by increasingly busy lifestyles, and the desire for not only an optimised user experience, but one that is personalised to an individual’s preferences. As well as creating personal, luxuriously tailored experiences for the user, the smart home will be able to make resource management really efficient– saving water and energy without impacting on product performance and enjoyment.” The Solution: Grohe Sensia Arena The Grohe Sensia® Arena redefines the shower toilet experience and delivers on the trend for smart homes. Delivering optimum hygiene levels to your bathroom, the Sensia® shower toilet is much more than just a bidet and WC combined, and is packed with state-of-the-art features, such as a touchscreen remote control allowing you to save your favourite cleansing settings and a downloadable app for control through your mobile phone. The Sensia® Arena also comes with innovative features such as an air-infused shower spray, a rimless bowl, an automatic lid opening and, in the case of the floor-standing model, automatic flushing and rinsing using Grohe sensor technology. It’s also been designed to be kind to the environment, using less than one litre of water per minute, and has an annual energy consumption of 30kWh (estimated per 4 person household)


toilets kitchen & bathroom journal february 2019 • 41 The Trend: Future Proofing PB: “The idea of future proofing your home is an appealing concept for most homeowners. A digital bathroom will provide more convenience and comfort both now and in future years, when family members might be older and less mobile. Digital operation allows each user ownership over their own cleaning and hygiene, meaning a sustained independence even for the elderly or more vulnerable users. As a market set to grow and become an established norm, digital products can also really help upsell and create value and aspiration around a property on the market.” The Solution: Grohe’s Rapid SL Grohe’s Rapid SL system allows you to create a streamlined contemporary bathroom thanks to its concealed installation and flushing systems. Available in three different installation heights to provide a solution that caters for the differing needs of individual homes and users, each frame comes pre-assembled with sanitary ware fixings and is subject to stringent testing – the WC frames are tested to hold 400kg. The Rapid SL can also offer a range of clever features including odour extraction and a Grohe Fresh hygienic flushing system to disinfect your WC. The additional fixing element for back support and support rails means that after installation, if additional supports are needed later down the line, these can be drilled in without the need for extensive work behind the wall. Thanks to Grohe’s innovative water technology, which delivers whisper quiet acoustics, the toilet flush measures at just 21dBA as opposed to the average flush noise of 75 dBA.

The Trend: Wall Hung PB: “Within the market, we are seeing growth in the wall hung category which is now beginning to take precedence over back-to-wall installations. Consumers are frequently looking to make the best use of their space in the bathroom and wall hung designs provide a more compact build and helps to create the illusion of more space. Wall hung toilets provide a more ergonomic design, thanks to the bowl being suspended off the floor meaning that all areas surrounding the toilet are easily accessible, making cleaning quick, easy and convenient. Meanwhile the aesthetic of a wall hung design complements the trend for a minimalist bathroom style, and in some spaces can even be a focal feature within the room. When a complete bathroom redesign is planned, in most instances, a wall hung toilet is the preferred choice for installation. As the trend in property to “improve, don’t move” gains momentum, this may see more people spending money on renovating their bathrooms and thus we may see a more significant growth in wall hung toilets.” The Solution: Grohe Euro Ceramic Wall Hung Toilet The Grohe Euro Ceramic wall-hung toilet offers powerful cleaning and a sleek silhouette for the modern bathroom, and will add style and practicality to any bathroom update. In glossy Alpine White vitreous china, the WC’s rimless technology gives germs nowhere to hide, making cleaning easy and guaranteeing improved performance, while the Grohe Triple Vortex flush uses three water outlets to create a silent, powerful, splash-free vortex that cleans every corner of the bowl. Available to purchase both with and without Grohe PureGuard technology (an applied coating which provides a surface too smooth for limescale to stick to, whilst antibacterial ions prevent bacteria growth).

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The Cleanet Riva shower WC

CLEVER CLEANET As technology continues to influence bathroom design, the market for shower toilets in the UK is gaining momentum…

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esigned exclusively for Laufen by Swiss designer Peter Wirz, the Cleanet Riva shower WC combines beautiful styling, hygienic comfort and user-friendly technology in one compact design. Cleverly integrating its technology into its closed ceramic body, the shower toilet features a wide range of intuitive functions to aid hygienic comfort and health. It uses a clever operating concept on two levels: In everyday use, the shower toilet is operated by pushing or twisting a stainless steel rotary button at the side. The user can also select basic or detailed settings – including a softer lady shower or extra power mode - using a simple touch screen remote control. The Cleanet Riva also features a multi-stage hygiene concept, where the whole water circulation system is thermally cleaned and descaled at regular intervals. For easy cleaning, the design is joint-free

and the ceramic has been treated with dirtrepellent LCC. The seat and lid also feature a quick-release function. LED night lighting with a signalling function and an automatic air purifier also feature in the design. Peter adds, “The Cleanet Riva was designed with a vision of pure simplicity at the forefront of our work. Consumers do not want an electronic toilet that looks like a machine. That is why we have made the Riva as slim and as elegant as possible, in the ceramic unibody design of a classic toilet. We deliberately kept its innovative technology in the background. Only the intuitive stainless steel rotary button hints at the superior comfort and hygiene of the toilet. As designers, we know of no other shower toilet that combines both function and design for such a high level of hygiene. Cleanliness has been considered in every aspect of the design.”

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2019 PREVIEW

NEW LOOK FOR ISH 2019

From 11 to 15 March 2019, the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water will return to the Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre with a new structure, different layout and extended range of supporting events designed to inspire the industry…

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ext month, over 200,000 visitors are expected to attend the world’s leading trade fair for the combined topic of water and energy, ISH, and with more than 2,400 exhibitors from Europe and beyond presenting new and innovative products for the very first time, it’s clear to see why the show continues to grow. This year, the event has chosen to reinvent itself. Not only is ISH changing the sequence of days it is held – starting on a Monday and ending on a Friday – to provide an additional working day for visitors, the five-day exhibition will also offer a new layout thanks to the inclusion of the newly built Hall 12. The new design is expected to offer a clearer overview and greater transparency to visitors and will allow more freedom between the product groups. The

new hall – which has been constructed in the western section of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre – also offers the organisers more opportunity to integrate new subjects and grow the show further. So what can visitors expect in the halls? In the course of current technological change, digitalisation has, more than anything, impacted significantly on all areas at ISH. In the Energy section, expect to find efficient heating and air-conditioning technology, combined with renewable energies, whilst ISH Water will continue to focus on sustainable sanitation solutions and ultra-modern bathroom design. Designs are also expected to reflect modern-day bathroom challenges, including multigenerational design, health, wellness, comfort and convenience.

As well as a wealth of new product on show, visitors can also take advantage of the demonstrations and presentations available to them throughout the event. To make them clearer and more accessible for visitors, the events are grouped into three clusters: Selection@ISH, Skills@ISH and Career@ ISH. The ‘Selection’ section includes the presentation of awards, the Trend Forum ‘Pop up my Bathroom’ and a number of guided tours. Under the heading of ‘Skills’ are all the specialist and technical forums on relevant issues in the sector. The ‘Career’ cluster is devoted entirely to encouraging and fostering the careers of the new and younger members of the profession. Keen to plan your trip? There’s still time. Find out more by visiting www.ish.messefrankfurt.com


ISH preview kitchen & bathroom journal february 2019 • 45 “Exhibiting at ISH is a great opportunity to liaise with industry professionals, as well as introduce the trends that will set the agenda for the coming year. ISH has a reputation for being the place where business gets done and our presence there puts Scavolini bathrooms at the heart of the global conversation. We are looking forward to showing the world our stunning designs and innovative concepts – which all proudly bear the Made in Italy certification.” Vittorio Naldi, Branch Manager at Scavolini UK

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1. To mark its debut at the world’s leading bathroom design trade fair, Scavolini will present its latest bathroom collections Gym Space, Tratto, Juno and Diesel Open Workshop in line with the growing trend for blurring boundaries between the bathroom and the rest of the home. Pictured: The Gym Space system by Scavolini, designed by Mattia Pareschi. The system comprises frame and furnishing accessories in an Anthracite finish, wall-mounted vanity unit and tall cabinet. The accessories include storage compartments, towel hooks and mirror. Note, sports equipment is not included in the range. 07818 260 099 • www.scavolini.com 2. At its 750m2 stand, divided into five themed zones, Kaldewei will be demonstrating its expertise in the area of design and functionality. The stand will be displaying its international references, flexible solutions as well as the latest trends. These will include; bathroom solutions in exclusive colours, revolutionary shower concepts and new installation and drainage solutions. Visitors will also be able to see for themselves the diverse digital services that Kaldewei has to offer. 01480 498 053 • www.kaldewei.co.uk 3. The DOT316 tap range by Ritmonio will be showcased at ISH 2019. Available in the three finishes - brushed stainless steel, brushed black stainless steel (pictured) and champagne stainless steel – the range has been designed to meet the needs of those who love minimal and refined design, whilst offering less than 9 l/m water flow. www.ritmonio.it

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4. Unidrain will be exhibiting their award-winning linear drains, specifically focusing on HighLine Series (an almost ‘invisible’ drain, with panels in both steel and frosted glass, along with the discreet Custom solution) and HighLine Colour Series. Unidrain’s bathroom accessories series, Reframe Collection, winner of the prestigious Good Design Award, will also be showcased.   01332 840 820 • www.unidrain.com

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“It’s one of the absolute calendar highlights for Victoria + Albert as it’s such a fantastic opportunity to showcase our new designs to the trade. There seems to be an increasingly international crowd in attendance at each edition of ISH, so it’s an opportunity to meet our customers from as far afield as Brazil, Australia and the US.” Emma Joyce, Communications Manager at Victoria + Albert Baths

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business news kitchen & bathroom journal february 2019 • 47

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1. Franke has launched a new UK-wide dedicated repair team covering its boiling water taps, hoods and waste disposal units. The full-time, fully qualified team are part of Franke’s Consumer Care department and will respond to any issues with relevant products, whether they are in or out of warranty. The service is only chargeable for products that are not covered under the Franke warranty. A new vehicle fleet features Franke’s distinctive ‘Make it Wonderful’ illustrations and branding and all technicians wear Franke branded uniform and carry official company ID at all times. The service is available from Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm subject to prior booking of an appointment. 0161 436 6280 • www.franke.co.uk 2. Gary Matthews is now the UK Sales Director for Ideal Bathroom. With over 28 years experience, Gary will concentrate on the development of the business’ sales strategy. He will be focusing on the customers’ needs, building sales excellence and working collaboratively with key suppliers in its portfolio. Ideal Bathrooms’ Managing Director, John Bagshaw said: “We’re thrilled to have Gary on board. He’s well-known in the industry and I know he’s going to make a big impact in the company and help us strive for success and further growth. 0800 634 2600 • www.idealbathrooms.com 3. BAL has doubled its sales team while additionally creating a new Training and Technical Support Team of five and adding to its Specification Support Team. Joining the BAL team as Area Sales Managers (ASMs) are; Lewis Lupton (Northern England and Scottish Borders), Geoff Cavell (East Midlands), Michael Maher (M5/M40 Corridor, Beds, Bucks and Herts), Richard Homan (Kent and Sussex) and Andy Oates (London). In addition, BAL have appointed Debi Boulton (pictured) as Head of Sales. 01782 591 100 • www.bal-adhesives.com 4. Carron Phoenix and KWC distributor, The Sink Space, has launched a completely revamped, newlook website www.thesinkspace.co.uk and invested in its first ever showroom, to support its growing trade customer base. Open now, the new showroom showcases a carefully curated selection of products from both brands including Carron Phoenix’s popular Vela and Debut stainless steel and Bali granite sink ranges, mixer and pull-out taps, and premium sisterbrand KWC’s luxury ZOE and EVE tap collections. 01793 754 130 • www.thesinkspace.co.uk


business news 48 • kitchen & bathroom journal february 2019 1. Lakes has started the New Year with a refreshed ‘Designed for Life’ brochure. This latest brochure includes new lifestyle imagery, new bathroom sets and improved close-up product shots to strengthen the key themes introduced in Lakes’ first edition last year. Sales & Marketing Director Mike Tattam explains: “Our new brochure is very different from what it was and quite distinct from other brands. It’s proving to be a powerful selling tool, helping stockists, merchants and their installer customers stand out in a crowded market and with improved lifestyle targeting. Our plan is to keep developing it so the brochure becomes a powerful tool in helping our stockists and installers sell, and homeowners choose, the most appropriate showering space for their needs.” 01684 853 870 www.lakesshoweringspaces.com

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