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kitchen &bathroom june 2013

journal

What customers look for when buying a less-able bathroom

STYLISH SHOWER ENCLOSURES and HORIZON cubicles from Saniflo

Highlights from KBB London and Interzum 2013 Plus: classic kitchens, hobs and hoods, digital showers and more


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JUNE 2013 kitchen &bathroom june 2013

journal

What customers look for when buying a less-able bathroom

STYLISH SHOWER ENCLOSURES and HORIZON cubicles from Saniflo

Highlights from KBB London and Interzum 2013 Plus: classic kitchens, hobs and hoods, digital showers and more

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CONTENTS 2. EDITOR’S KITCHEN CHOICE

30. NEW FOR BLUM

4. 21ST-CENTURY CLASSIC

Blum’s new range of smart products wowed visitors at this year’s Interzum.

7. IN FRAME. ON TREND

31. RUSTIC ROMANTIC

With a new range of painted doors launched this spring, East Coast Fittings’ latest collection is bang on trend with this year’s must-have look.

Renolit launched 29 new stock range additions at Interzum 2013.

32. EDITOR’S BATHROOM CHOICE Cover: Cubicles offer an efficient showering solution for any shape or size of bathroom. In most cases, you can have a watertight space complete with the shower, controls and doors fitted and ready to enjoy in less than two hours. The Horizon from the Kinedo range is one of a collection of shower cubicles available in three styles and 800, 900 and 1100x800mm sizes. 020 8842 0033 www.saniflo.co.uk

8. CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC German manufacturer Schüller has mastered the balance of classic and contemporary design to create a sought-after classic kitchen collection.

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INDEPENDENT LIVING

There has been a sharp increase in the number of bathroom solutions available for the less-able. But what can retailers do to increase their sale chances?

10. MAGIC METALLICS Available to order from June, Ney’s new range of metallic door finishes bring a touch of magic to proceedings.

37. THE STYLE STAKES With over 35 years experience in bathroom solutions for the less-able, Pressalit Care’s new PLUS track system combines style with functionality.

editor: Catherine Earle Catherine@KitchenandBathroomJournal.co.uk publication manager: Eoin Costen Eoin@KitchenandBathroomJournal.co.uk design: James Crisp James@KitchenandBathroomJournal.co.uk circulation: Jennifer Sims Circ@KitchenandBathroomJournal.co.uk

12. STONE EVOLUTION

Sort it. Store it. Bin it. Crush it. Recycle it.

40. REVAMPED & REWORKED

Tel: 01502 517115 Fax: 01502 517117 Twitter: @KB_Journal www.KitchenandBathroomJournal.co.uk

18. KBB LONDON 2013 HIGHLIGHTS

Barwood’s re-launched exclusive range of less-able sanitaryware includes stylish and functional designs.

21. A NEW AUDIENCE

42. ON THE TILES

Blum UK found a new and unexpected audience to introduce its products to at this year’s KBB show.

44. ELEGANT ENCLOSURES

22. INNOVATION @ INTERZUM

47. RAK CERAMICS

Highlights from the German exhibition in May.

RAK Ceramics shows you can create style on a budget with its extensive range of chic shower enclosures.

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, 2013.

ISSN 2052-3394 Readers should note that a charge may have been made by the publishers to cover the cost of reproducing some colour photographs in this publication.

origination: CPC Ltd printing: Colchester Print Group, Attleborough NR17 1YE published by: Craftsman Publishing Co Ltd, Napier House, 11 Surrey Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1LJ, United Kingdom

The engineered stone QUARTZFORMS Collection.is pushing the boundaries of design and production.

13. HOBS & HOODS

38. ACCESSIBLE BATHING FROM EUROCARE Eurocare’s range of bathroom stylish solutions offer bespoke and innovative products with freedom and independence in the forefront of its designs.

16. WAYS WITH WASTE

25. ALFATHERM New décors making their debut at Interzum.

48. THE DIGITAL GENERATION 26. NEY @ INTERZUM New innovative products from Ney’s principals were launched at the show - available from Ney in UK later this year.

50. 100 YEARS OF DALLMER

28. DÉCOR TRENDS 2013-14

51. BUSINESS NEWS

Experts from Schattdecor, Chiyoda, Renolit and Impress give their thoughts on the newest trends.

52. CLASSIFIED DIRECTORY

From drainage systems to electronic urinal controls, Dallmer is a name you can rely on.


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Available from June, Carron Phoenix has launched its new low profile Adelphi stainless steel sink range. It features a popular straight drainer pattern and has a recessed and sloping drainer that enables water to run away easily, preventing pooling. The bowls feature 10mm radius corners for a minimalist look whilst being easier to clean. Available in two sizes, the Adelphi 150 1.5 bowl measures 1050x510mm and fits a 600mm cabinet. The Adelphi 100 single bowl model measures 940x510mm and fits a 500mm cabinet. Optional accessory packs include a wire basket, strainer and wooden chopping board. 01324 638321 www.carron.com

Online replacement kitchen cabinet doors specialist Kitchen Door Workshop has created an extensive range of doors that includes everything from contemporary handle-less doors to traditional shaker styles. With a six-year guarantee on drawers and door fronts and realistic price tags, it has struck a harmonious balance between affordability and quality. 01825 756 041 www.kitchendoorworkshop.co.uk

editor’s kitchen Hoover has launched its largest built-in oven with a 78-litre capacity. Shortlisted in the KBB London Innovation Awards 2013, it fits into any standard built-in housing unit and is 45% larger than a standard built in oven. The product comes complete with two unique flexi-cooking zones, which means that by simply inserting a shelf, it can be split into two cavities with separate fans and independent temperature controls. Optional features also include a Pyrolytic cleaning programme and Pro-cooking system which is based on the same hi-tech air circulation as a professional oven. 0151 334 2781 www.hoover.co.uk

Proto is the latest door concept to be launched from the BA Components stable. Placed alongside its made to measure ranges, Proto is available in four styles, 55 standard sizes and eight colours. Available on a 48-hour turnaround time, the Proto now makes BA something of a ‘one stop shop’ for independent kitchen showrooms and installers. 028 8676 4600 www.bacomponents.co.uk

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Designed to be used alone or as feature pieces, doors from über’s new Couture portfolio offer quality and design novelty. The Couture Collection now comprises silk, gloss and metallic finishes in an array of complementary colours and textures for a whole host of today’s modern design schemes. The range gives the designer and homeowner the tools to create a unique, personalised room for much less than the cost of a bespoke kitchen. über offers a huge range of handles, such as the new Katana, along with push-to-open and handleless options. Above shows Platinum and Ruby. 01384 638700 www.uberfurniture.co.uk


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Positioned at the top-end of Franke’s extensive sink offer, the brand new Sinos sink range marks a departure from linear styling and responds strongly to the design trend for softer, flowing lines. Curves are a key design feature in kitchen furniture, from traditional to contemporary, but Sinos has the versatility to work in any kitchen style with its organic, easy living design, whilst offering impeccable quality. The range was launched at the beginning of April, together with several new sink, tap and cooker hood products as a major range update for 2013. 0161 436 6280 www.franke.co.uk

choice Staying true to Classic styling, the Rangemaster Deluxe range delivers a host of innovative, up-to-the-minute features. Imbued with ultra-chic styling that makes this collection a firm favourite among those with more classical tastes, the Classic Deluxe 110 can cater for three different size preferences, being at home in any kitchen. 0870 789 6110 www.rangemaster.co.uk

Solid wood specialist WEX Trade has expanded its range of solid oak cabinets, door and drawer frontals to match its popular collection of carcasses and drawers with Blum fixings. There are even solid oak inserts for the drawers to create a seamless finish - the finishing touch on a range that celebrates sustainable A grade solid wood. Keen to offer a sustainable product, wood is carefully sourced before being cut to size and hand finished by the team of craftsman in Gloucester. Offering a hand-finished service not only offers customers a unique finish but also increases the overall attention to detail. 0845 22 22 611 www.wextrade.co.uk

PWS has extended its Strata Quartz range to thirteen finishes with four new neutral worktops. The new finishes encompass creams, almonds and taupes. Two of them closely replicate the look of marble, with a marbled white and a marbled almond. They have also been selected for their versatility for complementing and contrasting with so many other materials and colours, in particular timber. Strata can be specified in several different thicknesses of 20, 30 and 40mm as well as thicker options with a wide selection of edge profiles to choose from. 01325 505555 www.pws.co.uk

Kitchen appliance specialist Britannia Living Ltd has launched Montana, its all-new American-style fridge-freezer. With a twist of American grandeur, this new model, which has a capacity of 23 cubic feet, is set to meet the modern needs of any kitchen as well as looking impressive. Available in four main colours - stainless steel, gloss black, gloss red and gloss cream - the Montana matches with the Delphi and Q Line range cookers, launched earlier this year. Additional features include an integrated ice maker, electronic ice and water dispenser with child lock for added safety, a built-in water filter and door alarm. 01253 471001 www.britannialiving.co.uk

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t’s one of those designs that never seems to go out of style. A popular favourite for many, the classic kitchen has had a few minor tweaks over the years but its core style-roots stay true to its name. In recent months, we have seen the return of nature-inspired shades and textures. Cross cuts and sawmark finishes are more life-like than ever, thanks to heavily embossed vinyl and 3D natural woodgrain effects – a distinct look making itself heard at last September’s MoOD exhibition in Brussels. Organic colours are also becoming a sought-after style-statement for 2013, with the introduction of earthy, natural tones sitting comfortably alongside contemporary matt finishes. For the styleconscious customer, the introduction of nostalgic power blues, greens and yellows is also starting to emerge thanks to the current painted door craze. Whilst many may not want to commit to the vintage look fully, quirky door-only ranges, eccentric furniture statements and retro appliances are also a retailer’s secret weapon when faced with completing the look for less.

The Heritage Kitchen Collection from Crosby offers a traditional style but with a choice of up to date accent colour options. The foundation of the range is a sophisticated Oyster coloured door and cabinet, with selected doors in a choice of Olive and Cornflower - allowing a huge choice of accent colour design themes. All doors are manufactured in MDF with a raised and fielded square panel and finished in a matt paint effect foil. A selection of glass wall units, dresser, open and curved units are also available. 01709 872637 www.crosby-kitchens.co.uk

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The Cambourne Cream kitchen from Ellis Furniture can harmonise with a wide range of interior decor trends. Possible to achieve a painted timber look for less, the Cambourne Cream is a 22mm five-piece shaker door with a foil wrapped paint effect, which produces a textured effect. It also features an 18mm carcase, which can match or contrast. Worktops are solid composite in Galaxy, whilst the statement island, with its soft curves, boasts a solid composite worktop in Galaxy and a practical block in solid walnut. It also features a new Denver Steel D handle and plenty of internal storage solutions. 01484 514212 • www.elliskitchens.co.uk

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Responding to the surge in popularity for painted furniture, the hallmarks of 1909, PWS’ new painted collection, are its classic styling and sympathetic detailing, neatly linking to the heritage of the fifth-generation family business. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the Shaker-style painted designs, which are available in three designs and 24 colours, offer a quintessentially British feel. With easy online ordering through PWS’s TradeZone system or through their Customer Services Department, lead times are only 11 days for a Shaker in-frame painted kitchen and just 15 days for painted with notching or beading. 01325 505555 www.pws.co.uk

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Spring has seen the arrival of four new colours to BA Components Bella by BA range and a stunning new Champagne metallic door in the Zurfiz by BA range. These doors, which have been complemented by new accessories and promotional materials, have been launched in line with a totally new and totally free range of Bella and Zurfiz brochures. All of the doors, accessories, promotional items and brochures are available now from BA Components where helpful knowledgeable staff are standing by to deal with any request. 028 8676 4600 www.bacomponents.co.uk

Never one to miss a trend, Ney’s range of made-to-measure painted, vinyl and acrylic classic doors are available in ten working days. With a vast selection of must-have styles, including the classic shaker available in a range of nostalgic colours, the Ney Door Collection’s classic kitchens are on trend. It’s also easier than ever to order from Ney with its new Easy Quote online system, which offers a speedy turnaround on all bespoke orders. 024 7630 8100 www.ney.co.uk

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Classic kitchen styles are flexible and bring quality and longevity in design together with trend led colours. With this in mind, Mereway is seeing a bias towards colours from nature, with inspiration taken from greens, greys and browns; colours which create a comforting and relaxing ambiance. Earthy tones Pumice, Mussel and Pebble sit neatly in this category, lending themselves perfectly to both flat slab, woodgrain and shaker door styles within Mereway’s Complete Kitchen Collection; a range of classic and contemporary kitchens that suit many tastes, budgets and lifestyles. 0800 028 4466 www.merewaykitchens.co.uk

Marpatt’s Bespoke range best showcases the classic elements of the range. Every kitchen is unique and tailored to the exact requirement of you and your customer. Available in a choice of woods and life-like finishes, the range is also complemented by a variety of accessories, suitable for any taste. The key feature of the bespoke in-frame range is the beautifully constructed door attached to a frame by butt hinges. To secure the door once it is shut a brass ball catch system is used. 0116 274 3943 www.marpatt.co.uk

TKC has launched Cartmel, a timeless kitchen featuring a beautiful soft matt finish. Manufactured from MDF wrapped in textured foil to provide the appearance of a high-end timber kitchen, Cartmel is available with a range of accessories and curved doors, allowing flexibility to create either a simple classic or more traditional look. Cartmel Ivory, available from stock, combines a clean look with classical characteristics, and has been designed to speak to customers seeking a fresh and timeless feel for the kitchen. 0161 336 3636 www.tkcomponents.co.uk

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Cornwall in-frame shown in Chalk Down.

With a new range of painted doors launched this spring, East Coast Fittings’ latest collection is bang on trend with this year's must-have look.

Devon in-frame shown in Butter Churn.

ith over 2,000 possible door style and finish combinations to choose from, East Coast Fittings is not one to be left in the dark when it comes to up and coming trends. With an influx in demand from interior designers and consumers alike, the Devon and Cornwall collection is the latest range of classic doors to be included in the company’s extensive product portfolio. Presented in a classic in-frame style, the new painted timber door collection is constructed from solid birch, which, in keeping with its nostalgic features, provides a timeless design that works well with the demands of a modern day kitchen. Launched in March, the collection boasts flexibility with an offer of 13 charming matt paint colours and a ‘pre-primed’ option, which leaves you free to paint the doors whatever colour you choose on delivery. Marketing Manager David Burley adds, “We believe that offering choice is the key for our success. In-frame doors have grown rapidly in popularity recently, so it was only logical for us to add them to our product offering and we are confident that they will exceed expectations.” Aesthetically, the doors may look rustic but the engineering behind their installation is anything but. Designed so not to compromise the quintessential character of the kitchen, they can be installed using either traditional butt hinges, to give that stylish in-frame look, or ‘faux’ butt hinges that can be simply screwed into the pre-notched door, so modern soft closing concealed hinges can be used. But the range doesn’t begin and end with doors. Known for it’s continual product development, East Coast Fittings has also created a range of high quality cabinetry, exclusively designed for the Devon and Cornwall in-frame range. This includes solid oak dovetailed drawer boxes that incorporate the very latest Blum Movento concealed runner system and concealed soft close hinges for added luxury. A selection of elegant accessories is also available, offering you variety when creating the perfect kitchen. To find out more about East Coast Fittings range of kitchen doors please call 01664 424288 or visit www.ecf.co

In Frame. On Trend. FINE DETAILS

Where concealed hinges are used, a faux butt hinge is supplied. This provides the opportunity for introducing soft close to the door hinges with a ‘clip on’ soft close mechanism or those with fully integrated soft close can be used.

Solid Oak dovetailed drawer boxes feature the very latest Blum Movento concealed runner system.

Where traditional butt hinges are used, a ball catch mechanism is supplied in order to ensure that the door is secured when in the closed position.

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The stunning and classic Breda kitchen from the schüller.C collection.

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With over 60 years experience in kitchen design, German manufacturer Schüller has mastered the balance of classic and contemporary design to create a sought-after classic kitchen collection.

An update to shaker style kitchens, Castell from the schüller.C collection.

The perfect country kitchen, Cambia from the schüller.C collection.

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style icon to many, the classic kitchen’s humble beginnings have evolved and matured over time to become a firm favourite with consumers in all budget sectors. The simple, relaxed style and timeless features appeal to a wide spectrum of buyers and find favour in both period and contemporary homes. Continually evolving its designs for over 60 years, German-based kitchen manufacturer Schüller has created a collection of classic kitchens that, whilst staying true to its recognisable design features, incorporates the requirements of modern life. From ergonomic design to environmentally aware manufacturing, every aspect of the classic kitchens in the schüller.C collection has been designed to create a kitchen that reflects individuality, lifestyle, habits and aspirations. Incorporating popular neutral colours and natural materials, Schüller’s collection includes traditional whites, earthy tones and light to dark grain woods. Optional accent colours, chosen with due regard to historical relevance, can be added to bring the best of classic design right up to date. “In its simplest form, the best classic kitchen designs are the ones that look at home in the contemporary setting as much as in the period home,” says Wayne Dance, Managing Director of InHouse, Schüller’s exclusive UK distributor. “Classic kitchens create a heart to the home.” To create this important balance, Schüller designs its kitchens around the individual, offering flat and framed wall cabinets, glass doors with beautifully designed handles and moulded and detailed lacquered veneer and laminate framed fronts in an array of finishes and colours. Its true mid-market grid system maximises space and facilitates perfect alignment. The result: a stylish and innovative functional space that is tailored to the individual. Find out more about Schüller’s range of classic kitchens in the UK, call 01661 842304, email InhouseHeadqtrs@aol.com, or visit www.inhouseuk.net or www.inhousecaribbean.com


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Concrete and Green

Made-to-measure, Ney’s new Magic range offers great flexibility for the retailer.

Bronze and Gold

Contrasting colours and finishes make an interesting focal point for any room.

magic metallics Available to order from June, Ney’s new range of metallic door finishes bring a touch of magic to proceedings. Warm and inviting, the Magic range offers an eclectic mix of colours to create the perfect look.

Gold and Bronze

Blue and Concrete

Ney’s inspiring concrete door has taken inspiration from modern day living.

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here really is no stopping Ney and its range of made-to-measure doors. After recently launching a range of over 30 3D embossed vinyl finishes that effortlessly combine nature with modern day living, the Coventry-based door manufacturer has launched its exciting new metallic range, Magic. The six-colour collection, that includes: metallic Blue, Grey and Bronze; matt finish Green and Gold and a Concrete effect, has been added to its newly rebranded Infinity Collection to enhance its contemporary offering. Available on a ten-day turnaround, the unique feature colours have been designed to complement popular neutral tones in the Ney Door Collection. Ideal for adding a splash of colour to any décor, Magic offers a simple solution when refreshing a kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. Gerd Ney, Managing Director of Ney Ltd, says customer demand is behind the new range. “In recent months we have seen a rise in the demand for colour. Whilst block colour is often something people shy away from, feature colours are a great way to update your home and bring it bang up to date.” For more information on the Ney Door Collection or to order a sample please call 024 7630 8100 or visit www.ney.co.uk


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BREEZE Ashen Light A light but distinct veining with shades of delicate and elegant hues.

stone evolution Launched in the UK this year, QUARTZFORMS is pushing the boundaries of design and production with its engineered stone QUARTZFORMS Collection.

VEINED Africa A reinterpretation of natural stone with a finely grained finish.

Manufactured with precision engineering, producing a high impact and highly polished surface finish.

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UARTZFORMS claim to have unrivalled versatility, resistance and aesthetic performance – three product qualities which will give you an edge over the competition. But what else makes QUARTZFORMS stand out from the crowd? The surface company’s background offers the greatest insight into its pioneering design concepts and technological advancements. Owned by an Italian family but located in Magdeburg, Germany, QUARTZFORMS offers Italian flair combined with German precision engineering. The result: a range of innovative designs that are refreshingly different to other surface finishes available in the UK market today. Produced on the latest Bretonstone® production line, with slabs manufactured by mixing 93% pure quartz with 7% of polyester resin and pigments, the exclusive Bretonstone® vacuum vibro-compression system gives QUARTZFORMS’ quartz product a high impact resistance and dense, compacted surface finish. To create a higher gloss level and consistent finish, 36 polishing heads on the polishing line take small steps in the finishing process to create the best possible look. Two designs proving popular with UK kitchen and bathroom designers are QUARTZFORMS’ VEINED and BREEZE finishes. The VEINED finish is a reinterpretation of natural stone which recreates its subtle appearance and emphasises its beauty. The finely-grained surface of BREEZE is characterised by a light vein, with shades of delicate and elegant hues. Richard Barrett, Sales Director, adds, “We are not looking to reinvent the wheel, just make it better. It is not an easy task but thanks to QUARTZFORMS’ constant strive for perfection, we can offer high quality quartz material for kitchen and bathroom surfaces, wall coverings and flooring.” Exclusively available in the UK through QF Distribution Ltd, stocks of over 40 designs/colours and up to 1,500 slabs are readily available in a range of thicknesses. It also has access to over 15,000 slabs on a short lead time from the QUARTZFORMS production facility in Germany. For more information on QUARTZFORMS or to request a sample, visit www.qfdistribution.co.uk or call 01245 243929.


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The latest collection of Fagor built-in and freestanding kitchen appliances incorporates stylish contemporary designs and includes a wide range of easy to use intelligent and intuitive technologies. This 75cm stainless steel hob features four gas burners surrounding a single powerful 3.8kW triple-crown wok burner in the centre, which is perfectly suited to people who enjoy the healthy advantages of wok cooking, together with their daily cooking needs. The front-positioned rotary controls feature automatic integrated ignition, and heavyweight cast iron pan supports add to the stylish and professional aesthetic. 01256 308067 www.fagor.co.uk

Slovenian manufacturer Gorenje has expanded its range with two fiveburner gas hobs that are both practical and robust. The G 760 AX1 is ideal for those with a compact kitchen. Due to the clever spacing of the gas burners on this hob, it is possible to have a five-burner hob top with a width of only 680mm. The central wok triple-burner is ideal for stirfries while the other four burners still provide the variety of power necessary for many other cooking techniques. 020 8247 3980 www.gorenje.co.uk

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The recently launched KFV92 and KFV62 stainless steel and glass chimney hoods from Smeg are simply beautiful. Both models feature powerful 250W motors and 3 fan speeds and, at only 45dB(A) on the lowest setting, are quiet in operation too. The hoods feature two bright halogen lights, which illuminate the hob beneath for excellent visibility whilst cooking. The single aluminium grease filter is easy to keep clean and charcoal filters are also available as optional extras for internal re-circulation in circumstances where external venting is not feasible. 0844 557 0070 www.smeguk.com

HOODS The new AEG Neue Kollektion’s wall-mounted Street Hood is a visual highlight that does its job in the background. Designed to align with the other appliances within the kitchen, the Street Hood’s precise, geometric composition of glass and stainless steel expresses a minimalist combination of performance and simplicity. While the design attracts attention, Street Hood’s MaxiFlow technology uses three-phase motors for extreme quiet, higher efficiency of the extraction process and lower energy consumption. 08445 610561 www.aeg.co.uk

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The latest addition from Italian cooker hood designer Elica, the Pearl, has been created to retain both light and air in the kitchen. Supplied in a white glass finish, this bowl-shaped hanging unit, which recycles air through integrated aluminium grease and charcoal filters, has the style to enhance any interior decor. High performing, with the potential to extract air at rates of up to 650m3 per hour, its neon light and remote control panel deliver convenience whilst also creating a stunning visual impression. With a width of 80cm, it can be provided with an optional 2.5m cable extension to hang from the highest ceilings. 01252 351111 www.elica.co.uk

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Whirlpool’s innovative 6th Sense® technology, available on the AKR 891 IX, not only senses and detects cooking vapours and odours, it also senses other room air odours and pollutants and extracts them automatically, even when the cooker hood is not in use. It self-sets to the right level automatically, and works out how much power to use depending on the air quality, optimising energy consumption at the same time. This technology adapts the power according to what it detects, ensuring effective extraction. 020 8649 5000 www.whirlpool.co.uk

Reginox has launched PITT by Reginox, an innovative new cooking sensation that is destined to appeal to high-end customers seeking the very latest kitchen trend. PITT enables customers to design the cooking area to suit their own requirements. It features professional-standard powerful burners that can be positioned on the worksurface wherever desired, ensuring that there is always enough space to use each individual burner at the same time, even when cooking with large pans. PITT burners can be used for all types of cooking and can be seamlessly fitted onto a wide range of worksurfaces. 01260 280033 www.reginox.co.uk

With the continuing rise of induction technology in the UK, Neff has introduced the next generation: FlexInduction, for any size pan, anywhere cooking. The FlexInduction zone houses four induction coils which work independently or together, depending on the size of the pan detected - min size 10cm base diameter. The separate Point & Twist control dial is used to ‘point’ at the required area and ‘twist’ to rotate through the power settings. At the end of cooking, the dial is simply removed, leaving a smooth surface 01908 328300 www.neff.co.uk The DHD1101X Downdraft Extractor from De Dietrich fits perfectly between two modular hobs, rising above pan level when in use and retracting into the work surface when off. Suitable for extraction and recirculation, there are four speeds for extraction including booster (up to 840m3/h) and a minimum noise level of just 30dB(A). Like all De Dietrich extraction products it is fitted with Delayed Stop, continuing to operate for up to 15 minutes after being turned off. 01256 308067 www.dedietrich.co.uk

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Zanussi’s re-designed Quadro® range combines Italian style with practical features. The new glass and stainless steel ZHC66540XA chimney-style hood has been designed not only as a functional air cleaner but as a centrepiece to the kitchen. Its design is enhanced by two halogen spotlights and amber LEDs and its simplified, push-button controls make it easy to operate and maintain. The hood offers a choice of three speed settings, plus an intensive setting to whisk away cooking smells from a 20-square-metre kitchen - at up to 520 cubic metres per hour. 08445 612612 www.zanussi.co.uk

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Answering the call for innovative design and technology, Hoover has launched its HESD4 induction hob. The flexi-induction hob, that allows users the flexibility of one large cooking area, can heat any combination of pans up to a maximum of 12 small pans. This new technology allows for absolute ease-of-use and enables users to cook anywhere within the two large heat zones. The touch controls and sleek and stylish finish also adds a futuristic touch and makes a stunning focal-point for any kitchen. 0151 334 2781 www.hoover.co.uk

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The recycling waste compactor from Krushr quickly reduces the volume of rubbish, at the push of a button. There are separate compartments with compaction mechanisms for cans/tins and packaging materials like cardboard and plastic. On the K600 (right) there are also 2 storage drawers for glass, or even paper or compost. The Krushr holds up to 12 bottles and 60 cans before it needs to be emptied, making recycling quicker, easier and more convenient. Designed to be fully integrated with kitchen doors or an alternative stainless steel door, there are three sizes (300, 400 and 600mm) to fit standard cabinets. 020 7871 0488 www.krushr.com

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t’s a chilling fact that household rubbish has increased by 20% in the last five years. It’s a figure that is slowly creeping up and whilst many are keen to start recycling food waste, plastic and paper, there is still the issue of storage. Nobody wants to see several bins lined up in their kitchen. For one, it’s not hygienic but from a style perspective, it simply doesn’t look very nice. In the last few years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of households recycling their waste. Gone are the days when you had to drive around to find a bottle bank, households now have between two and four distinctive bins that are collected weekly. Manufacturers have taken note and have created practical storage solutions that, whilst offering quick and easy ways to recycle, stay in keeping with a modern day kitchen. Hide away compartments, space-saving designs and colour-coded lids are just a few of the ways waste management manufacturers are making our lives easier. But what about food waste? A recent report created by food waste disposal firm Insinkerator has shown that as many as six in ten families regularly fail to finish their meals. Instead, food is often thrown directly into an outside bin. A spokesman for Insinkerator said: “Throwing away the odd bit of food from each meal might not seem like a lot, but when you add that up over a week or year, it’s a staggering amount.” An easy solution, that rids us of this much-hated task, is a food waste disposer. Now an affordable solution for any kitchen, it offers a fuss-free, hygienic way to deal with left-overs. It’s also style-conscious, with discreet and space-saving designs, making it quick and easy to lessen your carbon footprint.

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Available exclusively from LDL Components, the 84-litre capacity Pullboy Z waste system is the latest addition to the popular Wesco range. Designed to fit a 600mm cabinet, it is divided into 2 x 42 litre bins and is intended for use with a Blum Tandembox drawer. It is also available with the Blum ServoDrive touch control door system, the perfect solution when hands are full as a simple tap with the knee will open the door. 0845 123 2288 www.ldlonline.co.uk

Launched at Interzum 2013, Ninka’s new Eins2slide waste and recyclable pull out system has been designed to utilise the space under your sink. Available in the UK through Häfele, the system offers a pro-arc carousel tray which has been created to offer a practical, compact space for multipurpose recycling. Special adapters, waste bin sizes and combinations can be added to suit any customer. 01788 542020 www.hafele.co.uk

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BIN19 from East Coast Fittings Ltd is perfectly suited to the modern kitchen and would be ideal for family use. It is designed with three containers to offer maximum waste storage, with a minimum cabinet width of 600mm. It is incredibly quick and easy to install by either mounting the door to the bin or alternatively installing it behind a standard hinged door. To offer maximum flexibility, it can also be used in a drawer line cabinet if required. Smooth, soft closing heavy-duty runners are supplied as standard. 01664 424288 www.ecf.co

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Designed and engineered for hinged door cabinets, Elletipi´s City bin is made from 100% recycled plastic and comes fully assembled. Supplied in the UK by Häfele, its bins and front panel, which can be used to store recyclable newspapers and magazines, are withdrawn from the cabinet to allow for easy access. The system also offers clear and distinctive labelling for simple organisation and is fitted with odour filters as standard. 01788 542020 www.hafele.co.uk

Space is at an absolute premium in many kitchens and with the Hailo Rondo, the carefully designed storage unit separates waste and washing-up utensils in a rotating system, which is designed specifically for diagonal fitted cabinets. With two to four waste containers available, offering up to 52 litres, it simplifies the separation of recycling organic and residual waste, whilst offering additional lids to create a hygienic and odour-tight area. 01788 542020 www.hafele.co.uk

Insinkerator is constantly evolving to offer affordable, convenient, and super-efficient food waste disposers. Providing a hygienic and instant solution for kitchen waste, its latest model, the Evo 200 is fashioned in a space-saving compact design. It is 60% quieter than standard models and the most powerful model yet. It comes with a three-stage grinding process and power booster circuit with micro-processor to tackle even the most difficult foods. It has auto-reverse action for extended product life and trouble free operation and includes a five-year parts and labour guarantee. 0800 389 3715 www.insinkerator.co.uk

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A new name at the show, Kitchen Door Workshop, displayed a selection of its kitchen replacement doors, in addition to launching its replacement bedroom door range at KBB. The stand demonstrated the wide range of finishes and door styles on offer. The display included a selection of its contemporary and traditional door styles which are available in over 24 satin finishes, 7 gloss and 5 textured with 71 handle options. Visitors could also find out about the free online TradeZone which offers seven-day express dispatch, free colour swatches and trade-only offers. 0845 643 1928 www.kitchendoorworkshop.co.uk

kbb london 2013 highlights Launched at KBB, Abode’s new thermostatic valve product Tempeau® is a unique product for deckmounted baths, designed around recent legislation changes. Significantly faster and easier to install as it is connected to the underside of the bath, Tempeau® allows the user to obtain the best possible flow performance whilst ensuring thermostatic safety in both bathing and showering. Easy to order on Abode’s website, complete kits are available to make life simpler and safer. 01226 283434 www.abode.eu

Newly launched in the UK, Envirotec’s range of showers offer completely leak-free showering solutions in the home. Made from an isophthalic, anti-bacterial gel, the surface not only offers outstanding corrosion resistance and strength but is easy to clean and high heat resistant. Behind the surface, Glass Reinforced Polymer, which is only used in ocean-going yachts, is used to offer trouble-free water-resistant showering. It also gives rigidity and strength and allows for the shower doors, valves and additional accessories to be attached directly to the unit without having to go through to the wall behind. 01226 719790 www.envirotecbathing.com

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Known for its revolutionary range of pop-up products for the kitchen and home, S-Box launched S-Box™ for Bose® at this year’s KBB. Out goes the i-Dock Box and in comes the S-Box™ for Bose®, allowing you to have music in the kitchen of a high-quality, crystal clear definition whilst cleverly concealing the product in the surface of a worktop or cabinet. Bluetooth connectivity, self-charging lithium batteries and the option to detach the speaker from the docking system greatly adds to the products appeal. 0845 486 8000 www.the-sbox.com

Glitter by GALAXY® offers new inspirations to the British architectural and design community and brings both prestige and distinction to their projects. This new, sparkling quartz range, which is available in the UK by Blyth Marble, consists of five new colours with a precious background and is completed by two exclusive items specifically studied and produced for the UK. Gold, Silver, Pewter, Bronze, Iron, and the special Nero Gold and Nero Pewter, are suitable for many applications and they are a perfect complement for both residential and commercial vanity tops, kitchen tops, backsplashes and shop & hotel fittings. 01909 730807 www.blythmarble.com

Offering a kaleidoscope of colour for the kitchen, the new Baumatic Oven series is a retro style cooking range with a difference, providing a striking and contemporary twist to retrospective design. Bold and progressive, the new ovens are available in red, white, black, ivory, pearl grey and pink, offering a fresh and eye-catching alternative to minimalist design. With their bevelled edges, chrome turn dials and rounded handles, each of the ovens is visually interesting, the soft contours adding warmth and personality to its design. 0118 933 6900 www.baumatic.co.uk

As a solid wood specialist, WEX Trade was keen to show of its full stave worktops at KBB. This luxurious worktop option allows true appreciation of each timber’s delicate grain pattern. Full stave wood worktops are constructed from wider 90mm planks of timber that run the full length of the worktop, highlighting the natural charms of each species as only a fuller stave can. The result is a uniquely versatile worktop that functions as both an eye-catching feature and a faithful, 100% solid wood work surface. 0845 22 22 611 www.wextrade.co.uk

Designed for compact living, Artweger’s multi-award winning TWINLINE 2 is a fullyfledged bath combined with a complete shower. The tub panel is open on one side almost to the floor - making it possible to enter it like a shower. The full glass shower door also swings inwards to save space when not in use. If you are taking a bath, a mechanical closure system guarantees that the shower door is watertight whilst filling it up and cannot be opened - resulting in a safe and comfortable solution for the smaller bathroom. 01253 885980 www.artweger.at/en

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Spanish furniture brand, DOCA, launched an exclusive collection of laminates and veneers to further extend its Nordik Series at this year’s KBB. With 7 original finishes that include natural woodgrain and sawn, laminates have been hand-crafted in Catalonia, Spain. Designed to meet demand for light and dark woods throughout the kitchen, new finishes are available in grey, stone, while, dark chocolate oak, coffee oak, biscuit oak and light natural oak. 020 3603 8835 www.docauk.com

Available through BA from July, the innovative ClicBox tongue and groove system allows furniture panels to be clicked together and fixed at an angle of 90 degrees without the need for screws or tools – significantly reducing the time and skill needed to build a cabinet. The groundbreaking system provides up to 25% more strength and three times more stability in push tests when compared with a standard cabinet. Available in thirty cabinet sizes and formats and several colour options, this product is likely to change the way flat pack kitchens are constructed from this point on. 028 8676 4600 www.bacomponents.co.uk

kbb london 2013 highlights Karonia, providers of the MISTRAL range of solid surfacing, presented the endless possibilities of its 25mm enhanced acrylic collection at this year’s KBB. Whilst there were no new additions to the range, its unlimited creative potential was unlocked – with imaginative solutions to everyday scenarios. Combining the popular look of natural quartz and practicality, the material is completely non-porous making it perfect for any kitchen or bathroom. And because there is no substrate, there are no internal joints to compromise structural integrity or hinder imaginative design. 0845 658 0333 www.karonia.com

Aquadi by Symphony has expanded its bathroom portfolio. A recent move in the marketplace has seen more matt finishes being requested and as such Aquadi have introduced two brand new ranges with Aviano and Borello. Aviano is a stone coloured finish whereas Borello (above) is a black textured finish that adds a touch of luxury to the bathroom. With customers preferring to source sanitaryware alongside their bathroom furniture, Aquadi has added to its current offering of basins and WCs in a variety of styles to suit, which will enable retailers to provide different solutions. What’s more, new handle designs have been developed to add the perfect finishing touch to the overall bathroom design. 01226 446644 www.symphony-group.co.uk

New for 2013 and on display at KBB London was Leicht’s Xtend design. It is an exciting new wall unit with open shelves, which are illuminated with LED lights on every shelf and special shutters that close away the shelves when not in use. This new unit can either be fixed to the wall or placed directly onto a floor cabinet. The beauty of Xtend is that it has shutter doors in the same material as the cabinet allowing the contents to be neatly hidden when required so it provides even more clever storage. 0844 561 0969 www.leicht.com

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Antaro offers a sleek, rectangular design. Available with colour co-ordinated components, it sits comfortably in a minimalistic setting.

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lum is a name that many in the trade associate with innovative products and unique concepts. So you can imagine, having a new target audience is an exciting time for the team. Heading Blum’s UK Retail Service Division, Matthew Walmsley was keen to talk to interior designers, specifiers and architects who admitted to not having first-hand experience of the products. Never ones to miss an opportunity, Blum offered demonstrations of its wide range of drawerboxs and pull-out systems that had been carefully selected for the London show. Taking centre stage was the new Tandembox Antaro. Matthew adds, “Our Tandembox Antaro drawerbox and pull-out systems in all their permutations attracted great interest.” For those that were looking to purchase the new drawerbox, Blum’s latest investment in service and market support could well have been the icing on the cake. The entire program of Tandembox Antaro drawer systems in Grey, are now held in stock at Milton Keynes for 48-hour free delivery. In addition, Blum UK will also stock a more controlled program of designs in Silk White to give increased potential for differentiation. The latest system of drawer side and interior designs from Blum, it offers minimalist design with a rectangular cross section and simple lines. It also comes with a complete range of colour co-ordinated nylon accessories which include dividers, connectors and cover caps. Customers will also be able to upgrade to the new Tandembox Antaro at no extra cost. Winner of the FIRA Innovation Award, the Clip Top Blumotion concealed hinge range also drew crowds with its unique, micro-engineered Blumotion soft close mechanism. Meanwhile, the Aventos lift system variation with automatic Servo-Drive opening and closing and Orga-Lina internal dividers were shown fully propped to enhance its function. Matthew concludes, “It was a new experience for us and many of the visitors on our stand. It certainly resulted in being to the benefit of our customers.” 01908 285700 www.blum.com

A well-known name within the kitchen and bathroom industry, Blum UK found a new and unexpected audience to introduce its products to at this year’s KBB Show.

Movento is now combined with Tip-On for handle-less furniture. It’s also available with Servo-Drive plus soft-close Blumotion for added flexibility.

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The Libell design range from Peka offers seamless design with discreet storage solutions. From pull-out shelves and clip-on shelves to corner units and slide-out systems, the unit, which is shaped from a single piece of sheet steel and forms an integrated whole with the system mechanism, is rounded to ensure that every last inch of storage space is put to good use. 0845 123 2288 • www.ldlonline.co.uk

Keen to emphasis its ‘Slide it - Love it’ slogan at Interzum, Hettich has introduced its TopLine sliding door system with soft-closing units - perfectly matched to the various technical and practical demands on different sliding door units. At gateway level, Hettich now offers the new soft-closing system for TopLine M that's capable of closing doors weighing up to 35kg both gently and quietly. 0161 872 9552 www.hettich.com

With Vionaro, movement system specialist Grass has created a sleek design solution for all applications in the kitchen and living room. The slender 13-millimetre drawer side in this complete system is based on the award-winning concealed drawer slide, Dynapro – offering both minimalistic design and lightweight design. 0043 5578 7010 www.grass.at

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Thanks to its closed front panels, the single-line kitchen from Häfele always appears tidy. The folding doors can be opened and closed in a flash - ideal for entertaining last-minute guests. Once open, the doors dissolve into thin air, so to speak, to show the full extent of the added value furniture features: the single-line kitchen is equipped with a sink, worktop, glass shelves, a plinth drawer for optimum use of storage space, a dishwasher drawer for comfortable loading and unloading, a step stool and a cleaning agent pull-out. In short, a valuable piece that's sure to please, whether open or closed. 01788 542020 www.hafele.co.uk

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t claims to be the world’s leading trade fair for furniture production and interior finishing and after a four-day show that recorded over 53,000 visitors from 148 countries, the title can certainly be justified. If the sheer size of the halls didn’t impress, the innovative designs and unique concepts certainly would have got your design buds tingling. Size really was everything this year. The compact living concept was in full swing, with a clear focus on today’s growing urban lifestyle culture. Fluency was key. A smooth integration from kitchen to living room to bedroom was essential. Hidden kitchen appliances, camouflaged work surfaces and sliding units were a popular choice on the Hettich, Häfele and Salice stands. Once something you saw only in a space-age thriller, hide-away units and pop-up appliances that have the ability to conceal whole rooms have been adapted to maximise and accentuate space in the home, whilst remaining as stylish as ever. But the trend didn’t stop there. Storage and waste management manufacturers were keen to display just how versatile space had become inside the unit. From integrated shelving units and corner pull-outs to 80litre bins and organised storage compartments, the


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Very much in keeping with its company philosophy, Vauth-Sagel’s ‘Made in Germany’ hunting lodge was a showstopper. Working closely with the FSC to guarantee its wood and paper products are sourced from responsibly managed forests, the design was a clear environmental message to all visitors.

With organisation at the forefront of its designs, Vauth-Sagel presented its new VSA tall cabinet drawer at Interzum. Equipped with the Premea Artline basket variant with chromeplated rail and front section made of glass, the new larder cabinet has a load-bearing capacity of 75kg – making it a true design highlight behind the kitchen cabinet door. 01788 542020 www.hafele.co.uk

German laminate specialist, Dekodur has created the world’s first CO2 neutral high-pressure laminate, free of formaldehyde and phenols. Setting the standard for environmentally friendly manufacturing, its range of organic designs use real gold leaf, fig tree bark and glass to create visually stunning panels ideal for walls, ceilings, counters, doors and frames. 0049 6272 68937 www.dekodur.com

interzum compact trend is a serious contender in a world where bigger often means best. Step away from the limelight of new concepts and the post-recession shackles were still evident, with many stands choosing to revamp their range of inoffensive chrome and stainless steel components rather than stray into unknown territory. This in itself created a trend shift. Bold statement colours were few and far between. Once a must for many European countries, this year’s colour pallet had been significantly toned down. The bright reds, lime greens and electric blues of previous Interzums had been replaced with subtle accent colours and an influx of neutral tones that are already making an appearance in kitchen and bathroom showrooms in the UK. Earthy tones such as mussel, chalk, oyster and olive took to the stage, with many stands focusing on going back to nature and promoting a safe message about the environment.

The link with nature continued. Between the smooth and sleek finishes displayed on many stands, the introduction of texture was clearly visible. A revival concept of sorts, today’s 3D embossed vinyls not only look real but feel real too. The woodgrains are more playful than previous years and whilst still offering defining features, the design itself is softer offering more flexibility and ease when mixing texture to create a unique style. Looking ahead, the demand for bespoke options is rising. It’s clear to see that choice is needed in the marketplace. Your customers want a room that is not only customised to meet their exact needs but also something that is unique to them. Giant leaps are being taken in this field so exclusive products can increase retailers offerings and offers consumers exactly what they want. If you missed Interzum 2013, make a note in your diary for Interzum 2015. The dates are 5-8 May 2015.

Ariane is a new, ground-breaking system of twin-walled drawers and storage systems from Indaux. Available in white, stainless steel, metallic grey and anthracite, the drawers can be supplied with glass sides for added design flair and interior dividers in the same colours for optimum aesthetics. The drawers are available in three heights and utilise new high precision, full-extension synchronised runners that are unique to Ariane. 01628 780250 www.indaux.com

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Attending Interzum for the 15th time, Furnipart has launched its new 2013 catalogue that includes 29 new handle designs. The focus of the designs is on long and slim handles elegantly integrated into the full length of the front of a cabinet door or drawer and on single design handles and knobs for furniture. The expression is unique and simple. It is made with Furnipart’s vision in mind: the star on your furniture that adds more value to our customer’s products. 0045 8764 3500 www.furnipart.com

Westag & Getalit AG presented its new glass back walls from the “GetaStyle product range” at this years Interzum. It offers glass back wall systems built to customer specifications. With almost 50 digital print patterns available, its vibrant colours and razor-sharp motives offer beautiful designs for modern day kitchens. In addition to the standard range of surface textures and motives, customised solutions are available. Glass back walls are available in 4, 6 and 8mm thick toughened safety glass (ESG) and are delivered ready to install. 01923 294375 www.westag-getalit.de

innovation @ interzum The Clic system from Egger makes it possible to assemble furniture without tools. Instead of glue, screws or dowels, the individual components are joined using a tongue & groove joint system milled into the material, reminiscent of the click principle used in laminate flooring. As a result, end customers need nothing more than their hands to assemble the Clic system. Available in several bright unicolours and modern woodgrain décors, visitors could be seen throughout the exhibition with a sample Clic box in their hand.

The newly launched Virtual Design Studio offers lifesize projection and absolute flexibility to change décors at the touch of a button. This walk-in projection booth presents a visual of a kitchen which is so realistic that it beats any on-screen design program hands down for consumer buying experience. Try any Egger décor on the fascias, combine it with any worktop, experiment with woodgrains and uni colours, place accent colours on the drawers and woodgrains on the doors wherever your client wants to see them - everything is possible from the easy-to-use control console.

Making their debut at Interzum 2013 were new décors in Egger’s “Timeless” trend and surface textures to delight any textureholic. For the first time, Egger’s synchronised pore surfaces were shown in Oak, Chestnut and Elm woodgrains. Gladstone Oak (pictured) underscores the distinctive character of the new oak décor series especially well. There were also deeply brushed surface effects (Brushed Wood), ceramic effects and Soft Matt and Painted Wood effects in unicolours. New worktops include Concrete and Ceramic, Jackson Pine, Seiser Pine and Trojan Oak. Roma Plastik provides edgings for all new décors.

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ake a look at Alfatherm’s new, on-trend décors. Making their debuts at Interzum 2013 were Opaco (four new exciting additions to the current extensive colour range have been introduced in Saffron, Petrol, Moss and Lime in a silky matt surface); Olmo Odeon (an elegant design in five colourways which has been made more realistic with synchronised embossing technology); and Velluto (in neutral Porcelain, Kaschmir and Basalt colours which mix harmoneously with Olmo Odeon). Alfatherm’s new Painted Wood offers a fashionable and affordable alternative to painted solid wooden doors, with a deep emboss and a satin matt suface in three colour options while straight-from-the-catwalk Metallic brings an individual and exclusive look to contemporary design. All these foils are available in the UK from the Stock Express collection exclusively from Alfa Foils Ltd. For samples and further information contact Alfa Foils Ltd on 01948 668000 or info@alfafoils.co.uk

Straight-from-thecatwalk Metallic.

A great alternative to painted solid wood doors is Alfatherm’s Painted Wood with deep emboss and satin matt surface.

Velluto in Porcelain, Kashmir and Basalt combine perfectly with the new synchro-pore décors in Olmo Odeon.

Olmo Odeon: Three of the five colours, all with synchronised pore emboss.

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ever a company to rest on its laurels, Ney is keen to continually develop its product range and, in the process, cement its name in the industry as a leading UK component supplier. This year's Interzum saw several of Ney's principals launch new and innovative products that will be available to order from Ney later this year - welcome additions to the portfolio according to Managing Director, Gerd Ney. “We want to be able to offer a small business everything it needs under one roof. Evolving our product range not only gives us the most advanced products on the market, it also brings us one step closer to being a complete solution for our customers.”

Exclusively available to order through Ney after June, the Impro Hinge from Samet has a 5-stage damping system that allows furniture doors of different sizes and weights to be adjusted so they can soft close uniformly. The cushioning mechanism, which is integrated into the hinge arm, can be adjusted from 1-5 on the hinge arm under the cap, allowing for slow or fast movement and soft or silent closing.

German manufacturer Heitz has introduced a new range of 3D textured, real-wood veneers. Available in four distinctive designs including Sandblast, Wormhole, Rough Cut and Wave, the range has been created to meet the growing demand for natural and palpable surfaces in the UK.

For more information on Ney and its product range please call 024 7630 8100 or visit www.ney.co.uk

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A unique concept designed for shopfitters and designers, Bausch Linnemann's new Teco Smart self-adhesive foil is a quick and easy way to update and customise furniture. Ideal for repair projects, the scratch-resistant foil leaves no residue if removed and doesn't lose its stick, allowing it to be reused at a later date.

Exclusively available in the UK through Ney Ltd, Laguna has launched a new range of LED lighting frames and two new sliding door rail systems - one that takes the weight entirely on the top rails, allowing for a rail-free floor area. A reliable favourite for all sliding operations, Laguna offers easy to assemble systems, neatly boxed in kit form for the retailer.


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trong 3D effects, natural colours, rustic elements and saw marks have been on trend for a while. The new generation of décors will continue the theme with high quality and realism in prints but for the coming year, rustic effects will be softer and less exaggerated. Softer colours will replace acid colours and design will lose its starkness. Delicate, fine cracks and fine knots will replace rugged effects in woodgrains. In the past we’ve seen a lot of beige and brown in combination with woodgrains. The consumers of the future will want to play more with design to create indivduality in their homes and they are more willing to mix textures and colours - yellows and blues are coming more strongly. Unusual designs and combinations will provide them with even more individuality. Woodgrains will continue to appear in combination with accent colours but the accent colours of the coming year will be less extreme: soft, inviting tabasco, subtle browns, softer reds and petrol blues. Bright colours stand for optimism - necessary in a crisis - and we will continue to see these in fashion but with a more subtle interpretation. We will see more soft pinks and cosy, feminine, Nordic colours. Knitted structures and graphic designs will play an increasing role and we’ll see more interpretations of concrete and stone with warm oaks and heattreated wood effects.” Examples from Schattdecor’s Interzum stand. Call 0049 8031 275 2750 or visit www.schattdecor.com

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tructure is the really big thing at the moment, especially when combined with woodgrain and stone. Solid colours are being given more structure. However, the trend is to create a canvas to set off the colours by using concrete, stone and weathered elements. In terms of woodgrains, oak is still hugely popular but the trend is to bring timbers that have already had a life - reclaimed and used oaks, even fossilised timbers - into the modern environment. We will see more combinations of unicolours and timbers, super matte finishes with woodgrains, softer rustic effects. The heavy rustic look has gone too far and we’re seeing a move away from this. Retro elements are trendy with younger people and there will be an increasingly strong influence from the 1950s - but always with a modern interpretation. The influence of ancient civilisations and their scripts and writing may also start to grow. People want secure and cosy but there is a clear division between the business world and the sensitive world of the home.” Examples from Chiyoda’s Interzum stand. Call 0032 896 10711 or visit www.chiyoda.be

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ow the economic crisis has passed, people feel more free to experiment with interior design and combinations. Colour is still about grey tones and naturals because these allow for brighter accent colours such as yellows, oranges, deep reds, rust, some shades of green and blues from dark to petrol blue. The trend is to replace the really bright colours we’ve seen in the last year with texture and this will be the main focus for the coming year. The tendancy will be to reduce colour, to shrink away from acidics and replace strong tones. The bright yellows of 2012 will become more subtle: curry tones, warm yellows. We will see more deep texture effects, though perhaps not so rough and rustic as in the past. The trend towards roughness of texture reached its height and we are now seeing a more refined approach to texturing. New metallics are coming in - not like the original golds and silvers; metallics mixed with colours, so there is a hint of luxury, maybe a hint of exotic. Luxury is especially important in living rooms. The bathroom, in contrast, will be seen as a wellness temple and this is where we will see more metallics. We will also see the influence of Eastern culture: sometimes cool colours, sometimes warm reds and oranges.”

Examples from Renolit’s Interzum stand. Call 01670 718222 or visit www.renolit.com

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here’s an evolution taking place in design. We’ve seen the extremes, the revolutionary elements. Now we’re taking everything we’ve seen in the past year or two and applying subtlety to it. Heavy, saw-cut woodgrains with deep cracks and large knots will take on a softer appearance - it’s a little bit like we’re applying elegance to the rustic trend. Maybe in flooring it will be different but I don’t see the heavy rustic elements in the furniture of the future. Rustic as a trend is softening. Woodgrains will still play a significant part in design but we are seeing other natural products influencing design: concrete, stone, slate and bark, for example. “We’ve seen strong colours and strong contrasts in the last year. For the coming 2013-2014 year we will see changes. Strong acids are no longer with us. They are too aggressive now. Colours will move in a warmer, softer direction with reduced contrast in smooth designs that underline calm and tranquillity. What’s coming up are the pastel tones: pastel light green, pastel yellow, pastel blue. The brilliant yellow that’s been around for a while is warming with curry tones and hints of evening sunlight. I think we’ll see more of the Scandinavian painted colours in this year’s décor schemes, especially blues, greens and soft pinks. There will also be niche elements in the designs, such as interpretations of writing and scripts from ancient civilisations - always with subtle, perhaps abstract interpretations which may not make their origins obvious.” Examples from the Interzum stand of Impress. Call 0049 6021 4060 or visit www.impress.biz

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Blum’s Aventos lift system comprises of bi-folding lift (HF), up and over (HS), lift up (HL), stay lift (HK), and small stay lift (HK-S and HK-XS).

new for blum Blum’s new range of smart products wowed visitors at this year’s Interzum. Movento offers a synchronised featherlight glide, 4-dimensional front adjustment, with dynamic carrying capacities of 40 to 60kg.

Antaro stands for a clear-cut, rectangular design combined with a gallery or with design elements to create a closed container.

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lways a stand filled with innovation, Blum’s range of new products and advances certainly didn’t disappoint at this year’s Interzum. Showcasing some of its most popular designs from previous years, it also dedicated an area to its newly launched product range. The first was Blum’s lift system, Aventos HK-XS and HK-S. Based on a new kind of construction, it is ideal for installation above refrigerators and larder units. Its new Tip-On mechanical opening has also been designed for handle-free wall cabinets in compact areas - making the two a perfect combination. Continuing to create practical and stylish designs, Blum’s newly launched Tandembox Antaro offers a rectangular or enclosed drawer gallery, which has been created to work alongside a range of interior décors with glass, metal and wood elements available. Blum’s new Legrabox, which holds between 40-70kg, is available in two modern lines that emphasis its streamline look and sleek design. The Movento runner system has also been upgraded. Runners can now be flexibly positioned and mounted directly onto the cabinet base. This makes it easier to implement new design ideas such as open cabinets and pull-out surrounds for hifi equipment, without having to use a visible screw-on leg. Keen to conceal all elements, Blum’s micro-engineered Clip Top Blumotion can now offer a new opening angle of 107 degrees. It has a smaller drilling depth of just 11.5mm and can be used for door thickness of 15mm or more. Always keen to show you its ideas for the future, Blum also presented two concept studies, designed to bring even more convenience to modern furniture, which drew much attention. The first was the ability to apply Servo-Drive electric motion to wall cabinets, allowing them to move to counter level for easy retrieval of items from the top shelves. The other was a solution to overcoming counter-acting forces and finally combining the Tip-On mechanical opening system with Blumotion soft close. With no launch date for either product set, Interzum was the ideal platform to gain valuable feedback and opinions and with the rumours of new products currently being worked on, Interzum 2015 could be a very interesting show indeed. 01908 258700 www.blum.com


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he trend for rustic romanticism is stamping its mark on the decorative landscape: as ever, oak designs take centre stage, while highly structured surfaces evocative of split wood and matt surfaces give a natural feel. Launching 29 new stock range additions and a variety of innovative make-to-order designs, Renolit has based its pioneering 3D and 2D products on these inspiring trends.

Roca New to Renolit, Roca is available in two versions that both unite an intensive array of colours. The reddish brown Roca Rust, with brown tones inter-mingled with burgundy red as an accent harmonises particularly well with white and light beige. The lighter variation Roca Cream (pictured) works best with neutral tones such as off-whites, beige or a light grey.

Magellan Magellan Vintage P has a warm grey shade with light touches of beige to make it look like it has been bleached by the sun and a discreet shimmer of silver lends a hint of exclusivity.

rustic romantic Thermo Thermo A (pictured) is a discreet blackened oak with finely grained areas. It’s richly dark colour with red undertones provides a charismatic and sophisticated design, whilst its elegant surface structure gives a discreet touch. Additionally, Thermo B offers a slightly browner effect tinged with a golden hue.

Elmo Available in two elegant nuances of grey, the new Elmo décor is a linear interpretation of the highly characterful elm, which emphaises the deep and dynamic wood structure of Renolit’s Veralinga emboss. With its slender stripes, Elmo produces fine lines that offer subtle texture and style.

Brabant Timeless and elegant, Brabant oak décor is available in two colour ways, each combined with different matching surface structures to give both a unique appearance. (Brabant B pictured). A warm mid toned adaptation is

For more information or to order a sample please call RENOLIT Cramlington Ltd on 01670 718222 or visit www.renolit.com/design

styled with a velvety sanded surface, while the fresh design of the sun bleached lighter coloured version (Brabant A) lends itself to the deeply structured Linea emboss.

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British luxury bath specialists Waters Baths of Ashbourne have created the ultimate in bathing ‘thinspiration’ with the launch of the UK’s thinnest freestanding bath collection. With edges measuring up to 100mm thinner than market competitors, and providing extra bathing length of up to 200mm, the new i-Line collection combines innovative craftsmanship with the very latest techniques and materials to create the narrow edged bath. Available in five designs, all with 20mm profile edges and made using Lucite™ acrylic material, customers have complete peace of mind that their new bath will remain the centrepiece of their bathroom for years to come. 01332 824166 watersbaths.co.uk

Adorn is a symphony of circles, cylinders and curves that has a wide diameter spout with a pencil slim lever control. Available in polished chrome, the range includes a mono basin tap with clock waste, a mono bath tap, a wall mounted mono tap with a click waste and kitchen tap. 0844 243 4400 brochures@pegleryorkshire.co.uk www.pegleryorkshire.co.uk

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Hudson Reed’s innovative wetroom screen, which is made from 8mm toughened safety glass, is available in a variety of sizes from 700mm for more compact bathrooms to 1400mm for a luxury shower experience. With a stainless steel fixing bracket with rotating joint for ease of installation supplied as standard, screens also come with Hudson Reed’s “Shower Shield” easy clean coating, which repels water and limescale to keep your wetroom crystal clear. 01282 436934 www.hudsonreed.co.uk

RAK has extended its RAKextra accessories range with the introduction of thirteen new LED mirror and mirror-cabinet designs. All new products will be available from Spring 2013 and provide a stylish, multi-functional addition to the bathroom at an affordable price level. The range includes four new silver-framed and five new high gloss whiteframed mirrors, each offering a range of different features from integral shelves and MP3 docking to swipe on/off sensors, reflection lighting and demister pads. 01730 237850 www.rakceramics.co.uk

Eco-friendly credentials and comfort-focused design combine in baths from ClearGreen™. The range, which uses partly recycled materials, includes contemporary freestanding designs, shower baths and single and double ended baths. Made from acrylic and 30% recycled material, the acrylic bath is thermally efficient. It will keep bathwater warm for 30 minutes longer than a standard bath and, in the process, reduce the need for top ups. Over a week of family bathing, this can add up to worthwhile energy savings. 0845 539055 www.cleargreenbathrooms.com

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Specifically designed for use within wetrooms, HiB’s new Cyclone inline fan boasts an impressive extraction rate of 210m3/hour. That’s over 25% more extraction of steam, moisture and odours than a typical inline ceiling fan. Emitting a very respectable 32 decibels, HiB’s Cyclone does its job quietly and with none of the clattering all too often associated with bathroom fans. Helpfully, it also comes as a complete kit. The showerlight’s fascia, using a built-in, low-energy 3W LED, a high powered fan, 3 metres of flexible ducting and fixings are all included – making for a fuss-free installation. 020 8441 0352 www.hib.co.uk


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In the last few years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of bathroom solutions available for the less-able. With an ageing population and disabilities more commonly diagnosed, the market is thriving. But how do current products on the market sum up? Are the products as diverse as the disabilities? And what can retailer do to increase their sale chances? The Neaco Bathroom Range now offers a wide range of contemporary grab rails, support rails, shower seats and accessories available in a new Chrome-effect finish. Manufactured from powder-coated aluminium, the Chrome-effect products complement the other contemporary aesthetics in the Neaco Bathroom Range, including the Metallique satin aluminium finish available with its half-height shower enclosures and true level access shower grilles. Support fittings are also available in a choice of solid colours. 01653 695721 www.neaco.co.uk

independent living On The Level, UK manufacturer of patented underfloor wetroom shower trays, offers tailor-made level access wetroom solutions to provide safe and attractive showering options. For example, instead of a tiled floor a non-slip sheet vinyl can be installed to reduce the risk of slipping and safety can be further enhanced with accessories such as grab rails and a seat. Easy to install, these highly durable Birch ply trays are guaranteed for 25 years and are available in stock sizes or bespoke. The trays are supplied ready to lay on any substrate including timber, screed and floating floors. 01525 373202 www.onthelevel.co.uk The innovative Raindance Select collection from Hansgrohe offers the choice of spray modes with a simple push button 'select' operation. The new Raindance Select E300 3jet overhead shower features a new third style of spray called RainStream. Rows of cascading shower nozzles project the water in a uniform curtain, which keeps its shape all the way down to the ground. This is switched on and off by a button on the thermostat. Aesthetic design, user-friendliness and cross-generational product features to accommodate everyone's needs, including those with disabilities, are key advantages of the ShowerSelect system in terms of convenience and functionality, for every bathroom user. 01372 465655 www.hansgrohe.co.uk

Saniflo has launched Sanilife, a range of contemporary toilets and bathrooms that can be installed without major construction work and used by everyone. The Sanilife range includes a Sanimatic Wash Basin – an electrically controlled rise and fall wash hand basin that enables you to move the basin by use of a corded remote control. From a minimum height of 65cm to a maximum of 95cm the Sanimatic will accommodate users of all heights and, of course, those in wheelchairs. The range also features a rise and fall Sanimatic WC. Sanimatic products are minimalist in design and can be easily fitted in a couple of hours where water and electricity is readily available. 020 8842 0033 • www.sanilife.co.uk

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We visited a local Multiple Sclerosis (MS) group to find out what they really look for when buying a bathroom.

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German designer Rainer Moll has produced an innovative and clever collection for Villeroy & Boch, designed specifically for the mature generation. The Lifetime collection demonstrates clever solutions with well thought out ergonomics. By incorporating grips that are not immediately apparent, experimenting with mobility and lowering heights, the bathroom has been given a new lease of life for those who may have mobility difficulties. Functions include rims on the washbasin and recessed grips which offer support whilst standing and a concealed overflow with anti-splash rim on the basin. 0800 953 0234 www.villeroy-boch.co.uk

The Appollo range from Reva Industries is a collection of baths specifically designed to assist bathers who have difficulty in using a standard bath. A range of 15 different bath options are available, with different assistance tools for those living in their own homes with or without help to those in sheltered accommodation, nursing and residential care homes. The Libra bath covers a standard size footprint of 1700x750mm or 1800x800mm. Both sizes come complete with a white seat with armrests taking up to 24 stones in weight, and with a hydraulic lifting mechanism with 90 degree rotation. 01482 327 704 www.appollobathing.co.uk

Ideal Bathrooms have recognised the fact that the UK has an ageing population who require products suited to specific applications. In response, it now stocks a range of bathroom products to meet this emerging market. There is also a special feature on this in the latest issue of ‘Create Your Ideal Bathroom’ (CYIB) showroom sales guide, which clearly identifies suitable products. To further promote Inclusive Design ranges, special room settings have also been included in its ‘Big Book of Displays’ which helps retailers to select the best displays when updating their showrooms. 0800 634 2600 www.idealbathrooms.com

hen I first asked about the equipment needed in a less-able bathroom, a list was soon compiled of the usual culprits. Grip handrails, height-adjustable toilets and sinks and easyaccess showering facilities - all classed as necessities. But it’s all well and good having these things in place but are they user friendly? John Hesp, a regular member at the MS group, summed it up perfectly: “My bathroom was designed by a non-disabled person and sometimes, what may seem practical to others, may not be a practical solution for me.” Many say that a detailed consultation with retailers and fitters would be beneficial to all parties involved. This would then offer a great opportunity for retailers to really understand what their customers need. John adds, “Although everyone here today has MS, we are all unique and have individual requirements that need to be considered when purchasing a bathroom.” But what about style? Is it still an important factor when choosing your bathroom? Well, the general consensus was yes - your bathroom should reflect your style, not your disability. Michael Ridealgh, who went to the extreme of designing his own bathroom, believes that style still prevails. “There was a serious lack of stylish products for wheelchair users when I designed my bathroom a few years ago. To get the look I wanted, which was not dissimilar to the mainstream designs available at the time, I ended up creating safety rails out of stainless steel cinema doors, just so I could have a modern look.” He adds, “Today, it seems that less-abled bathrooms are becoming more stylish but it needs to be affordable.” Several members of the MS group, thanks to recent product developments, have created a bathroom they are pleased with but everyone agreed that planning and research was key. Lynn Nicholls, a fellow MS group member, regrets being so hasty when replacing her bathroom. “When my symptoms became worse, I quickly removed my bath and replaced it with a walkin shower. Although the shower has a ramp, grip rails and a height-adjustable seat, which is ideal for me, I really do miss my bath. If my bathroom supplier had told me about baths that lower you into the water, I would have snapped up the idea, even if it was a more costly design.” And Lynn is not alone. Over 80% of the group replaced their bath with a walk-in shower or wetroom, with many not being made aware of other, safetyconscious products when purchasing their new bathroom. Lynn adds, “My advice to anyone looking to install a bathroom suitable for someone with a disability is, don’t be too hasty and consider all the options. If retailers can help you with these decisions, you’re sure to find the perfect solution for you.”

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independent living With some of the latest generation anti-scald shower valves from Inta developed in conjunction with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), Inta’s range of shower products ensure ease of operation and discreet support for those who have problems with vision. Each Inta shower valve has proven anti-scald technology, is TMV2 and TMV3 rated and compliant with G3 legislation, protecting against serious injury. 01889 272180 www.intatec.co.uk

The Exklusiv Corner Entry is a stylish option for the less able market and wheelchair access, offering maximum showering area whilst still retaining the minimalist look. The door pivots inwards and outwards and also folds in on itself using a rising butt hinge. The glass is 6mm toughened safety glass, which also includes HSK Shield and a lifetime guarantee. The profiles are aluminium with a shiny chrome finish. There is 20mm of adjustment within the profiles. This enclosure comes in a variety of sizes with made to measure options available too. 01889 565877 www.hskuk.co.uk

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A contemporary design DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) compliant shower pack from Barwood features a luxury hinged shower seat, stylish rails and smooth action friction hinge arms. With either concealed or exposed thermostatic shower fittings, the Ullswater is a tasteful option for those that need extra assistance when showering. Suitable for the domestic home or care facilities where a higher specification is sought, the Ullswater fits the bill. 01782 561814 www.barwoodproducts.com


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In Pressalit Care’s new PLUS track system, strong colours such as Lime Green, Orange and Purple, sit alongside others in the range like white, anthracite, red and dark blue – enabling an individual touch to be brought to the bathroom’s décor. Strong colours provide an important and invaluable help with daily routines, especially for many older or visually impaired users.

the style stakes With over 35 years experience in designing and manufacturing bathroom solutions for the less-able, Pressalit Care’s new PLUS track system combines style with functionality where it’s needed most. Height adjustable bathroom products from Pressalit Care include this hand basin which features integral hand rails. Its shape means that both seated and standing users are able to get close enough to operate the tap.

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irm believers that a bathroom should reflect your personality, and not your disability, leading bathroom manufacturer Pressalit Care is focused on designing attractive bathroom solutions for the lessable that don’t cost the earth. Its new PLUS track system ticks all the boxes. Designed to ensure greater independence for the user, the new system - which benefits from soft, rounded edges - features a wall-mounted track that allows the easy movement of bathroom elements. The horizontal track makes it possible to move products along the wall, while the vertical track enables easy height adjustment. Designed to adapt to the shape and size of your bathroom, several elements can be fitted safely onto the track including basins, shower seats, toilets and arm supports. Elements within the system also benefit from a new lever lock that secures them firmly in place and allows easy movement. For added safety and easy manoeuverability, the shallow ergonomic design of the wash basin gives seated users the leg-room they need, and the shaped support arms (that can be folded against the wall when not in use) provide a sense of security for seated users, while also facilitating the task of transferring to and from wheelchairs. The flexibility of the PLUS system is also reflected in the wide choice of colours available. Elements including grab rails, toilet seats and back rests are available in a range of subtle and intense colours which not only creates a stylish bathroom but also assists visually impaired users around the room. For more information on Pressalit Care and its range of products for the less-able please visit www.pressalit.com or call 0844 880 6950.

Pressalit Care’s horizontal track means that elements such as the shower seat and shower head can be adjusted according to individual needs.

The new PLUS track system from Pressalit Care brings an added touch of flair alongside high levels of functionality where it’s needed most in accessible bathrooms.

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Jubilee Ultra boasts the lowest threshold walk-in bath currently available in the UK.

accessible P bathing from eurocare With freedom and independence in the forefront of its designs, Eurocare’s range of bathroom stylish solutions offer bespoke and innovative products to aid simple bathing.

Adagio Ancora offers a raised seat making it ideal for people with reduced mobility.

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eople are not made the same, so why should all bathrooms be made the same? This becomes even more important in the case of accessible bathing, where end users may require a bespoke solution to enable them to get the most out of bathing and showering. When accessibility becomes an issue, mainstream products can pose barriers that prevent people from enjoying the full benefits of bathing and showering. Forward-thinking organisations in the accessible bathing market are continually striving to develop new and innovative solutions, with products coming a long way from the ‘clinical’ looking solutions of the past. They now boast features including stunning glass screens, flexible and comprehensive shower door systems and stylish walk-in baths that are every bit as appealing from a design perspective as they are practical. What’s more, they can all be tailored to suit a varied range of requirements and personal preferences. Joanna Talbot, Sales and Marketing Manager for Eurocare, has seen the demand for accessible bathing systems rocket. “From our experience in the industry, we know what the market is looking for. More often than not, people are looking for a stylish, flexible and practical long-term solution that enables them to enjoy bathing or showering in an environment which has been designed and built around their current and future needs.” With many people simply not aware of the extent to which an accessible bathroom can be tailored, flexible design and forward-thinking product innovation are critical. Wetrooms remain popular, although cost can be a barrier. Thanks to innovative and flexible wet floor formers and stunning glass, in a range of fixed screens, sliding and stable configurations, even the smallest of bathrooms can be transformed into an attractive space that is also highly user friendly. Showers are gaining popularity, and advances in the design and manufacture of shower trays, mean that


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SLIDING DOORS TO STABLE DOORS

With height doors and fixed panels, the Eurocare low-level shower tray can be surface mounted or level access.

Available to order soon, the rimless hinged glass panel is available in a choice of finishes.

Suitable for shower trays and wet floor scenarios, full height sliding doors are stylish and barrier-free.

accessible showering can still be an option even when floors cannot be breached or when space is at a premium. And with a vast array of doors and enclosure options, including half- and full-height panels, bifold and bi-part doors, the choices for creating a bathroom design that delivers on both aesthetics and practicality are almost limitless. For many people, a bath represents the ultimate in relaxation and indulgence but when mainstream solutions present obstacles that can take away the pleasures of bathing, good design that is led by an indepth understanding of the issues people are facing becomes vital to creating walk-in baths that appeal to the end user, both visually and on a practical level. Joanna adds, “As well as offering the lowest threshold baths currently available in the UK, our range includes walk-in baths with wide opening doors, slip-resistant bases, no hazardous operating devices and a range of full-length and compact options that would not look out of place in a mainstream bathroom.”

But a customised bathroom doesn’t stop there. From thermostatically controlled taps to hydrotherapy systems, toughened or tinted glass, grab rails to screens, bath rails, seats, screens and infill boxes - the opportunities for creating a bespoke accessible bathroom are endless. Joanna adds, “We work hard to maintain our position at the forefront of the design and innovation in the sector, constantly developing our product range to deliver systems that will meet the needs of an ageing population and help our customers impress their customers with the most comprehensive and inspiring range of products on the market today.”

Stable doors are popular in multi-user households. The doors work as one or independently of each other.

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Perfect for the home or higher specified installation, the Buttermere is available with seat only or seat and cover options. Complete with luxury rails and a friction hinge arm, the Buttermere is a more stylish option.

Doc M and independent living specialist, Barwood, has re-launched its exclusive range of less-able sanitaryware to include stylish and functional designs for the home.

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hen creating bathroom solutions for commercial and residential environments, meeting strict government regulations often takes priority over style. With over 15 years experience in this field, Barwood prides itself on offering realistic solutions that, whilst meeting the practical needs of the user, also create a tasteful room setting. To meet with the growing demand for stylish, less-able bathrooms, Barwood has re-launched its Buttermere sanitaryware range. Exclusively designed for Barwood’s UK market, the collection includes close-coupled and back-to-wall Ambulant WC Packs, a selection of polished or satin stainless steel rails and hinged arms and colourful seat covers that offer sleek design and a luxury finish. Sharon McKenna, Sales & Marketing Director of Barwood, says the concept behind the relaunch is simple: “The new designs update the current Doc M Packs and open up the wider domestic assisted living market, where style should not be compromised for function.” Whilst emphasis is still on giving the user dignity, independence and confidence when using the bathroom, its sleek new design has benefited from an extended colour palette. Now available as standard on Doc M Packs and Ambulant Packs, Grey (RAL 7005) has been designed to be easily distinguishable for partially sighted uses and to offer a contemporary setting. Matching seat covers, LUX rails and friction hinged arms complete the revamped Buttermere Collection. For more information on Barwood’s extensive range please call 01782 561814 or visit www.barwoodproducts.com

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The Barwood Close Coupled BDM700K Doc M Pack is supplied with WRAS approved fittings for full LABC certifications. It is available with White, Blue (5011) or Grey (7005) rails and toilet seat. The toilet seat has lateral movement buffers and sturdy stainless steel hinges to provide safe transition from a wheelchair to the WC.

The new Comfort Height WC pan from Barwood is 480mm to the top of the seat and is featured in all Close Coupled and Low Level Doc M packs and separates.

Available in either polished or satin stainless steel, the Lux Rails from Barwood are manufactured to 35mm diameter – the optimum for grip when needed and are complete with stylish concealed cover to hide wall fixings.


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raditional neutral tiles will always be a popular and robust choice for many and with the introduction of heavily textured and micro-patterned styles, they have never been more appealing. But what about adding a splash of colour to proceedings? Once a dramatic statement that only interior designers dared to experiment with, sales for coloured tiles are on the rise and a must in any retailer’s display. Darren Clanford, Creative Director of Johnson Tiles, says that many consumers, although still apprehensive about the use of colour, are learning to incorporate it into their homes to reflect their individual style. “Instead of a feature wall, bright tiles can be used in conjunction with neutral colours and classic white for a more toned-down, tranquil feel.” The colour trend doesn’t stop there. Sarah Downs, Marketing Co-ordinator of Tilers UK, believes that new and colourful bathroom themes are the reason behind the trend. Sarah adds, “With so many quality tiling products on the market today, we’re seeing a growing number of people renovating their bathrooms. Whilst many don’t want to buy an entire bathroom suite, colourful tiles and bathroom accessories are becoming an economical way of revamping an old bathroom and bring it back to life.”

Don’t be afraid of a little colour. Johnson Tiles’ Middle-Eastern inspired Arabesque range offers subtle geometric colours and elegant style. Available in three different distinctive themes of Filigree, Geometrics and Ornamental, the range combines rich jeweled tones with hints of liquid gold and metallic finishes for the ultimate, opulent bathing space. Use them alone and make a feature of them, or combine just a few of the tiles with specially-selected plain colour tiles from the Prismatic range, and you can achieve a truly stunning personal sanctuary. 01782 575575 www.johnson-tiles.com

British Ceramic Tiles is set to launch a new Essentials range to customers as it continues on its journey to become a one-stop shop for all tiling needs. From designer wall and floor tiles to trend-led glass splashbacks, British Ceramic Tiles’s newly extended product portfolio covers it all and now customers can get their fixing and aftercare products direct from the company with the launch of the new Tile Fixing Essential range. Offering adhesives, grouts, silicone, primers and aftercare products to suit a wide range of tiling materials, the Essentials range provides a complete tiling solution. 0845 618 7148 www.britishceramictile.com

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Saint-Gobain Weber, a UK formulator and manufacturer of innovative construction materials, has introduced a brand new App, ‘Redeem on the Go’. This new, free App is designed to complement the Love Weber Rewards loyalty scheme by helping tile fixers to register their Reward codes on the move via their Apple devices. Selected best-selling products in the Saint-Gobain Weber tile fixing and flooring ranges, including those with innovative Low Dust Technology™, carry Rewards codes that can be registered at www.loveweber.co.uk. The App can also help tilers find local stockists, trade days and offer ‘how to’ advice. 0870 333 0070 www.netweber.co.uk


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The new Opus glazed porcelain tile collection from Craven Dunnill caters for those seeking a unique, patterned floor design with minimal hassle. With an appealing blend of textured, mellow stone effect and irregular edges, the design works with both modern and traditional décor. Brick styled mosaics are also available in 100x50mm on a 300x300mm sheet and are offered in co-ordinating colours to the floor tiles: beige, black, white and gold, plus a multi-toned option, featuring all four colours. 01746 761611 www.cravendunnill.co.uk

Exclusively available to Tile Choice, the Spanish Fiore Range is a matt, red-bodied ceramic wall or floor tile with a stone effect surface. Available in four colours including cream, light grey, dark grey, and dark brown, it is the ideal design to create a two-tone display by using the light wall tiles on the top and the dark wall tiles on the bottom or by being mixed with a mosaic wall tile. 0800 156 0560 www.tilechoice.co.uk

Fila has launched a solvent-free version of its bestselling sealant, MP90. Part of Fila’s Green Line, new FILA MP90 ECO is a penetrating stain proofer for polished porcelain, ceramics, polished natural stone, terrazzo and crackle-glaze tiles. As well as being LEED-compliant and suitable for use on food contact surfaces, it can also be applied both internally and externally. The ready-to-use, water based treatment is applied undiluted with a flat brush or lambs’ wool applicator onto a clean, dry surface. Excess product should be removed from porous materials after ten minutes, using a floor-polishing machine with a white pad. On less porous surfaces, product should be left to penetrate for approximately four hours. 01584 877286 www.filachim.com

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tyle and practicality rarely go hand in hand but shower enclosure manufacturers are striving to create the perfect balance. Designed to emphasise space, shower enclosures take pride and place in many of today’s modern bathrooms. But why are they so popular? Well, with the average bathroom size getting smaller, offering space saving designs is key for any seller. Thanks to flexible pivot doors and hinged panels, shower enclosures can easily be installed into the most challenging of room types and help to make the most out of awkward corners that may well have previously been the home of an indoor plant or laundry basket. With several unique designs on the market, frameless enclosures in particular offer a super-stylish and minimalist feel and create an illusion of more space. Designed with safety glass as standard, the customer will have piece of mind when buying a shower enclosure.

elegant enclosures RAK Ceramics’ popular accessories range – RAKextra – includes two extensive Shower Collections. Offering numerous versatile options to suit all budgets, the range includes the Premium 6 shower enclosures, screens, trays and doors, along with the Deluxe 8 range of luxury enclosures and wetrooms. All shower products feature easy clean safety glass, easy glide rollers and chrome plated handles and rollers. 01730 237850 www.rakceramics.co.uk

Coram Showers introduce the recently upgraded Premier Pentagon shower enclosure from its Premier range. A 900mm wide enclosure, Pentagon offers you the luxury of extra manoeuvrability without intruding into the space of your bathroom. Designed to be used with a 760mm Pivot, Bi-Fold or Frameless Swing Door, the Premier Pentagon is a highly versatile showering solution. Premier’s new product features include nine door designs, twelve size options, new 1900mm height, treated glass that creates an anti-bond barrier that offers resistance to dirt and grime and a Modular Installation that allows Premier to be fitted by a single installer. 01746 766466 www.coramshowers.co.uk

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Shower manufacturer and designer Roman Showers has revamped its Embrace range of shower enclosures and bathrooms screens. New to the range is the option of an Embrace Pivot Door, with a Neo-Angle Panel Kit. This has been driven by requests from the manufacturer's customers, who are increasingly looking for this shape as a design solution. A Neo-Angle Pivot Door offers space saving benefits as it sits discreetly in the corner of the room and the door doesn't fully open out, due to the offset pivot pin. They have become a popular installation choice where homeowners have a limited and unusual space to work with. 01325 311318 www.roman-showers.com

Designed to complement the rising demand for wetrooms and low shower trays, the Beam range of semiframeless shower enclosures from Mira Showers, combines both prestige styling and value for money. With an increased height of 1.9m from the top of the tray, the stylish enclosures are also tall enough to obviate the obstruction possible when a traditional height enclosure is ‘dropped’ to the floor or set on a low tray. For clean and easy installation, each wall profile is adjustable to up to 29mm, while the doors are supplied ‘un-handed’, meaning they are easily reversible for left and right hand opening. 0844 571 5000 www.mirashowers.co.uk

The UK shower enclosure market has undergone some tremendous changes over the last decade but space still matters. Shower manufacturers have responded with the development of higher doors, lower trays and wider doors. Merlyn Showering has designed its most spacious enclosure yet; the Hinge Door with two inline and two side panels from the Glass by Merlyn range. With a tray size up to 1900mm and a height of 2013mm it really does offer a large and comfortable showering experience. 00353 56 779 1555 www.merlynshowering.com

The Horizon Corner with sliding doors.

Shower cubicles for modern life A Saniflo shower cubicle offers swift and hassle-free showering solutions for any shape or size of bathroom and en suite. With integrated panels, shower, controls and doors in one handy unit it is possible to have a watertight enclosure fitted and ready to enjoy in less than two hours. There’s no need for messy silicone and Saniflo prides itself that installation is as easy as ABC: Assemble, Bolt together, Connect to waste and water and add the doors. The popular Horizon range, which is available in three styles, offers an elegant corner unit which comes in both 800 and 900mm sizes, with a choice of sliding or pivot doors. Each cubicle is 2200mm high and features high quality 6mm toughened safety glass as standard for the panels and either 8mm or 6mm glass doors for an elegant yet functional all glass design. This sleek and modern range also features built-in shower controls and integrated, adjustable shelves on all models.

The Horizon Quad with pivot doors.

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The EauZone Plus Hinged Door For Recess (left) can create a statement bathroom, particularly when replacing a recessed bath. Suitable for fitting onto a shower tray, shower floor or directly onto a waterproof tiled floor, this recess enclosure features minimal framing and 10mm solid safety glass as well as non-slip hinges that support the high quality door to ensure a flawless closure every time. The luxurious EauZone Plus enclosures from Matki are available in a large number of standard sizes as well as bespoke to suit individual requirements. 01454 322 888 www.matki.co.uk

elegant enclosures Winner of the prestigious European iF Design Award, the Kermi Walk-In Shower system is at the leading edge of minimalist design. With panel sizes up to 1800mm wide and up to 2000mm high, the freestanding model as pictured provides a variety of different possibilities. Manufactured in 8mm safety glass to DIN EN 12150, the Walk-In programme extends Kermi’s existing range of shower enclosures for every budget. 01536 400004 www.kermi.co.uk

With a rapidly increasing demand for a lower profile trays, Simpsons has introduced a 25mm high shower tray range called Slab. Made from 100% natural stone resin and finished with a gel coat surface, the Slab tray is super strong and elegant, creating the perfect and much desired minimalist look. Simple to install onto a hard or wooden floor, the tray can sufficiently contain the water thanks to a high capacity 90mm easy clean turbo waste that has the capacity to deal with 33 litres a minute. 0845 873 8840 www.simpsons-enclosures.co.uk

The showering collection by Glass has expanded to include the Lula, Dado and Life, whilst expanding two of its bestsellers, Fluida and Slinta 2.0. The Showering collection is dedicated to space, creating transparency and modularity throughout the bathroom. The meticulous selection of materials, regular technical and functional product tests and ongoing co-operation with important certification authorities, guarantees the highest levels of safety and quality. Lula, shown here, is extremely versatile and allows architectural and design solutions for different bathroom types, guaranteeing maximum flexibility, even in the installation phase. 0039 0422 7146 www.glassidromassaggio.com

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Iflo are committed to creating bathroom products that bring solutions to common problems. Feedback allows Inflo to redevelop and improve the traditional shower enclosure and bath screen designs. The Iflo Ravana Shower Enclosure range includes 6mm toughened safety glass, engineered to last with no compromise on quality of components. It now also includes a 20mm adjustment for uneven walls, meaning the enclosure is flush to the wall decreasing the chance of leaks. Plus BubbleLock™ Technology on bathscreens offer homeowners the frameless style screen without the worry of leaks. www.iflo.co.uk


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RAKextra Premium 6 quadrant enclosure.

With its extensive range of chic shower enclosures, RAK Ceramics shows us that you can create style on a budget.

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RAKextra Premium 6 chrome handles.

RAKextra Deluxe 8 sliding door enclosure.

or many, the idea of a designer bathroom is desirable but unattainable. But why should your budget determine your style? RAK Ceramics has the answer. From its on-trend accessories range, RAKextra, it offers two stylish shower enclosure collections that are designed to work around you and your budget. As well as boasting a distinct contemporary design throughout the collection, which has been styled to complement RAK’s modern range of sanitaryware and smart storage solutions, each product also includes easy to clean safety glass, easy glide rollers, robust chrome plated handles and quick release chrome or metal rollers. Plus, square, rectangle, quadrant and offset quadrant shower tray designs to personalise your bathroom. The budget-conscious Premium 6 range, which features 6mm easy clean safety glass and a 30mm adjustment capacity guaranteed up to 10 years, includes quadrant, offset quadrant, pivot door and side panel and sliding door designs, as well as a bath screen with versatile 180° rise and fall hinge for easy use. RAK’s Deluxe 8 range also features a walk-in wetroom style enclosure. Available in three sizes, it offers added flexibility to suit any lifestyle, and with 8mm easy clean safety glass, reinforced frame and concealed fittings included in its lifetime guarantee, RAK’s sound build quality can be assured.

RAKextra Deluxe 8 wetroom.

01730 237850 www.rakceramics.co.uk RAKextra enclosures feature quick release rollers.

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the Rise is Aqualisa’s new range of digital showers, bath fills and accessories that boasts digital diverter technology. Clever and convenient, Rise digital showers and bath fills allow the user to switch instantly between their shower head and hand shower or alternatively, between a shower head and a bath fill - all at the touch of a button, without any slippery stand-alone controls and no complicated plumbing required behind the scenes. 01959 560010 www.aqualisa.co.uk

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T The Great British shower company Triton Showers is making its range of electric showers a touch smarter with the introduction of Touch by Triton - a stylish electric shower featuring the latest touch control technology. The launch provides the perfect combination of premium touch screen technology with ultimate style. The end result provides retailers with the ideal electric shower for customers who would like to bring a clever, yet affordable, touch to their bathroom space. 024 7634 4441 www.tritonshowers.co.uk

echnology moulds the world we live in. Some rely on it, others choose when and where to use it but one thing is for certain, it’s here to stay. The bathroom industry has taken on a hands-on approach to technology with its innovative and futuristic digital shower designs. Once a manual process that was more a practical solution than an enjoyable one, today’s digital showers offer customised luxury at the touch of a button. From tailor-made temperature and water flow settings to remote access from your bedroom, the digital shower has evolved to not only aid users but also to increase the overall shower experience. Quick and easy to install, many digital showers can be soft, wall or even loft mounted, offering flexibility for fitters and the styleconscious consumer. Its design is also ideal for elderly users and those with disabilities. From flashing lights to show when the water is at a safe temperature, to one-touch control systems for easy use, the digital shower is suitable for the user today and in years to come.

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The Digimix from Redring makes wireless digital showering affordable. It offers minimalist styling and advanced technology, whilst offering a wireless remote control that can be used up to 10m away from the base unit. Incorporating an LCD display, three programs can be set to ensure the perfect shower temperature and flow rate every time. Plus, as the digital mixer can be sited remotely, there is no need for extensive excavation work to fit wires and pipes and therefore no need for expensive retiling. This greatly simplifies and reduces installation time. 01733 456944 www.redring.co.uk

Controlling water delivery in the bath and shower has reached new technological heights with the launch of Crosswater Digital. Engineered and manufactured in Switzerland, this innovative range of water-control solutions is both supremely simple to use and to install. The Crosswater Digital range, which can be remotely controlled via your iPhone using your home WiFi, is twenty-first century bathing at its best. It also offers up three personal choices for temperature and water flow that can be stored and a flashing visual indicator on the controller that shows you when the water has reached the desired temperature. 0845 873 8840 www.crosswaterdigital.co.uk

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CeraLine provides a fashionable shower accessory but being truly level-access, is equally suitable for the less able or elderly user.

CeraLine shower channels can be installed beside a wall or at any position in the showering area. The cover plate is height-adjustable to the finish chosen and CeraLine can be supplied with a variety of traps and outlets. Even where height may be restricted, there is a CeraLine version which can be fitted!

From drainage systems to electronic urinal controls, Dallmer is a name you can rely on.

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FastTrap, Dallmer's one piece floor drain is made in a range of versions. Normally it has a height of only 100mm but more shallow versions can be used for property where a lack of build-in height has to be overcome.

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here's a lot to be said for working with well-established companies companies with a good reputation and a long history of producing to consistently high standards. If you need a complete drainage system for level access showers, there are few companies to rival Dallmer's expertise and range. Best known for its CeraLine shower channels, Dallmer, was founded in Germany in 1913 and even today, three generations of the Dallmer family own, lead and work in the company. A master engraver, Johannes Dallmer grew his fledgling business, and his son, Helmut, expanded into tools for plastic moulding, then into plastic mouldings themselves. The 1960s saw the development of an innovative range of sink traps and floor gulleys which were an instant success. The company grew rapidly into one of the leading suppliers of drainage products, using materials as diverse as polyethylene, polypropylene, ABS and polyamid, with gratings in stainless steel. By the 1990s, now under the directorship of Johannes Dallmer (Jnr), grandson of the founder, Dallmer turned its attention towards distribution in Britain. John Purser, a longtime friend of the Dallmer family with an in-depth knowledge of supplying drainage products around the world created Dallmer Ltd and, coupled with Dallmer's quality and willingness to adapt its products to suit the needs of the British market, it proved a winning combination - and it's a combination which continues to grow year on year, even in today's tough market conditions. In its 100th year, despite atrocious weather conditions in Frankfurt, Dallmer's latest ranges found success at ISH 2013. Says John Purser, "We had a really good reception for our new ranges at Frankfurt. Those products will be engineered for British installation conditions and trickled into our range here in the second half of 2013." The Dallmer range includes everything from drain systems for under-tile waterproofing and shower channel systems to pipework accessories, traps and connectors, anti-flood valves, backflow prevention systems - and fire protection systems. There's even a range of electronic controls for urinals. A new catalogue is in preparation. To reserve your copy and find out more about what Dallmer can do for you call 01787 248244 or visit www.dallmer.de


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Ideal Bathrooms has recently completed a thorough review of its sales territories to centralise area managers to best meet the needs of their customers. Both north and south will now each have a Sales Director: Rob St Barbe running the northern team and Richard Taylor taking the south. The new structure recognises the increased levels of activity being undertaken to stimulate the market, with initiatives and own brand ranges designed to help retailers compete against the DIY sheds.

Dave Button has joined the Board of Crosswater Holdings as Sales Director. Dave, who was with Ideal Standard for 25 years until 2011, will take responsibility for the company's retail team and also spearhead the overall market development of Crosswater’s value brand, Adora.

After 25 years of loyal service, John Swain, Product Manager at Franke UK, has announced his retirement. John developed the marketing plan for the Franke brand, focusing on supplier relationships and new product development. Liked for his humour and highly respected for his wealth of market and product knowledge, John can be rightly regarded as a doyen of the kitchen industry.

Franke has updated its popular ‘Franke Experience’ App for iPad users as part of its major 2013 product update. The App, which is available now, enables retailers and consumers to browse the full Franke portfolio of products including sinks, taps, hoods and waste management products. Users can navigate the entire portfolio while on the go, with options to search by product type, material, and retail price. The app mirrors everything that is on the Franke website including video clips. www.franke.co.uk

Zehnder, a leading manufacturer and supplier of decorative radiators, pledges its support to the introduction of mandatory CE markings for radiators. Currently a discretionary guideline, testing to EN442 requirements will become mandatory from the 1st July 2013, when all radiators for use on central heating systems will be required to be independently tested and their certified heat outputs published, before receiving the required CE marking. Ahead of the changes Zehnder are pleased to confirm that all their radiators are already tested to EN442 requirements and their published heat output figures are fully in line with the testing criteria. www.zehnder.co.uk

PWS has launched a duo of web-based tools to champion its independent Second Nature retailers. The first is an animated video that demonstrates the many benefits to consumers of buying a kitchen from their local independent specialist. The second new marketing tool is the facility to create a mood-board of kitchen ideas and interior schemes on the Second Nature website or via an iPhone app. Images can be uploaded from the Second Nature website, other websites or via a phone/camera, for sharing with friends and Second Nature retailers. www.pws.co.uk

Leading Midlands independent tile retail chain, Tile Choice, has won the ‘Excellent in Multiple Retailing Award’ from The Tile Association (TTA) Awards - the first time anyone has won this award for two consecutive years. The company has celebrated an exciting 12 months of business with continued growth due to its successful business model - offering great value for money, high quality on trend products, coupled with excellent customer service to both domestic and trade customers. www.tilechoice.co.uk

Bathroom furniture manufacturer Utopia is making it easier for retailers to service their customers by launching a new online tool. Visualise is an interior design function, which visually demonstrates thousands of combinations available to choose from Utopia’s range. With an extensive variety of furniture, worktops, tiles, door styles and accessories, all available in a range of colourways, the tool makes it easier than ever before to see exactly what a customer’s new bathroom will look like, before they make that financial investment. www.utopiagroup.com

The Made In Italy tour, which is promoting the excellence of Italian kitchen manufacturing, will be in London this June. FederlegnoArredo, the Italian Federation of wood, cork, furniture and furnishing industries, comes to London with Kitchen, Soul, Design - L’Italia che Vive, to showcase the excellence of the Italian Kitchen and to affirm its position as a key element of the Made in Italy brand. The twelve month-long trip, which began in Milan last April on the occasion of the 52nd edition of the International Furniture Exhibition, involves crossing Europe, United States, Russia and China, finally reaching Milan’s Eurocucina in 2014. www.italiachevive.com

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business news reading Timed with the recent launch of several new products, Franke has unveiled a brand new design and format for its brochures for the Specialist and Pro-Value ranges aimed at guiding and inspiring consumers on their decision-making journey. The brochures are currently being circulated via Franke’s distributors to retailers who will find them an effective selling tool with consumers. The new style provides consumers with a definitive guide packed with design inspiration and useful information to help them choose the right sink, tap and accessory products for their kitchen. 0161 436 6280 www.franke.co.uk

For its 2013 product update, Carron Phoenix has re-vamped its brochure format. In place of one single brochure, now there are two, which segment the company’s product offer into the Essential and Elite ranges. The Essential range centres on the value-led products aimed at the mid-lower end of the market, while the Elite range focuses on Carron’s design proposition for the mainstream mid-market consumer. The brochures are available to retailers now. 01324 638321 www.carron.com

The new sink brochure from Abode is the second in a series of three coffee table style brochures illustrating the full portfolio of products available for 2013. The B5 soft cover, matte finish brochure is designed to provide product information in an aesthetically appealing and succinct way. The 162-page brochure was launched in readiness of this year’s KBB show. 01226 283434 www.abode.eu

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