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UNILIN TICKS THE BOX FOR D&G KITCHENS Landau re-launches two iconic door collections

Sleep Easy With Ney’s Bedroom Storage

TILE DESIGNERS PLAY WITH PERCEPTION Plus: compact kitchens, tiles, bathrooms for the less able, lighting, bedrooms and much more


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CONTENTS 2. EDITOR’S KITCHEN CHOICE

36. LEADING LIGHTS The latest lighting solutions for the bathroom.

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4. SENSORY COOKING / FUTURISTIC FEATURES

38. DESIGNER LIGHT

Must-have hobs and hoods for the serious cook.

Let Schneider show you the light with its new Paliline LED cabinet.

6. SMALL AND MIGHTY UNILIN TICKS THE BOX FOR D&G KITCHENS Landau re-launches two iconic door collections

Sleep Easy With Ney’s Bedroom Storage

Elfin Kitchens talks compact.

39. ITALIAN DESIGN FLAIR

7. SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL

Bathroom manufacturer Ponte Giulio opens its UK HQ.

Compact appliances that don’t compromise on style or function.

40. ADAPTABLE STYLE

8. NO SHRINKING VIOLETS HERE

The latest product innovations from the accessible bathroom market.

Clever designs that prove good things really do come in small packages.

41. WALK-IN WITH EUROCARE

10. CORNER THE MARKET

Eurocare adds a new seatless walk-in bath to its portfolio.

TILE DESIGNERS PLAY WITH PERCEPTION Plus: compact kitchens, tiles, bathrooms for the less able, lighting, bedrooms and much more

Cover: Doors, drawers and panels in Alpine White Parapan® supplied by Landau Holdings Ltd. Design and installation by Andrew John Lloyd, designer and maker of furniture. 01482 440680 www.landauparapan.co.uk

Space-saving solutions for a practical kitchen.

42. FLEXIBLE DRAINAGE SOLUTIONS 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 Tel: 01502 517115 Fax: 01502 517117 Twitter: @KB_Journal www.KitchenandBathroomJournal.co.uk Please note: points of view expressed in articles by contributing writers and in advertisements included in Kitchen & Bathroom Journal do not necessarily represent those of the publishers. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information contained in Kitchen & Bathroom Journal, no legal responsibility will be accepted by the publishers for incidents arising from use of information published. All rights, including moral and intellectual property rights, reserved. COPYRIGHT: No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written consent of the publishers. Copyright CPC Ltd, 2014.

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

12. TICKING THE BOX Unilin’s ClicBox is a success for D&G Kitchens.

Adaptable drainage that complements today's modern bathroom.

16. INSPIRING DESIGN

44. CLEAR CUT DESIGN

Decorative Panels opens its new marketing suite.

Shower enclosures that offer contemporary style and flexibility.

20. CHARACTER YOU CAN TOUCH Egger introduces new additions to its ZOOM collection.

46. SHOWERLUX BACK TO SUCCESS

22. TAILOR-MADE DESIGN

47. SPACE-SAVING SOLUTIONS

Landau Holdings re-launches two iconic door collections.

Clever shower enclosures that can be fitted in the most awkward of spaces.

24. SIMPLY CLASSIC

48. SLEEPING BEAUTIES...

Classic kitchen design in sync with modern day décor.

Stylish bedroom design that accentuates the feeling of space.

26. BA PART OF IT

49. STYLE & FUNCTION COMBINED

BA Components has released essential new marketing material for its partners.

ECF introduces its space-saving sliding door system.

27. TILE STYLE

50. SMART & STYLISH STORAGE

The latest tile trends from Europe.

Sleep soundly with Ney’s range of bedroom wirework and sliding door systems.

Showerlux invests in the future.

34. WIRELESS WONDER Sycamore Lighting makes smart homes a reality.

51. BUSINESS NEWS

35. EDITOR’S BATHROOM CHOICE

52. CLASSIFIED DIRECTORY

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As handleless kitchens continue to be one of the most popular choices for contemporary designs, PWS has extended the colour palette for its Remo range. Now available in a 15-strong colour palette, from lighter tones of porcelain and almond through to stronger tones of aubergine and graphite, there are opportunities to mix and match to create a highly personal look. There is also an option to mix finishes as the colour selection is available in both gloss or matt. 01325 505555 www.pws.co.uk

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Reginox has extended its Regi-Ceramic range of sinks. The new RL501CW 1.5 bowl (pictured above) and the RL504CW single bowl are manufactured from fine fireclay and come in high gloss white. Featuring a modern square design and a gently sloping flat drainer they offer a sophisticated alternative to stainless steel. Both measure 500 x 1000mm, have a bowl depth of 208mm and are reversible. They are suitable for installation in 600mm units and are supplied complete with chrome waste, overflow and fitting kit. 01260 280033 www.reginox.co.uk

Bushboard has re-launched its Encore solid surface worksurface range. It now offers seven brand new designs, a new thinner 27mm thickness and a new larger component size of 1200 x 2400mm ideal for island units. A revamped 48-page brochure, upgraded POS graphics and sampling for display stands for retail partners are also available. The new effects reflect a strong design progression for this ‘installer-ready’ brand that now benefits from an exclusive partnership with power tool manufacturer Festool. 01933 232272 www.bushboard.co.uk

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Gorenje’s HomeCHEF features cutting-edge electronic controls that allow users to select the appropriate dish from the programmed settings. This enables preset changes of temperature, cooking mode and time for the selected dish, resulting in perfect dishes every time. The model, which has won the International Red Dot Award for Product Design 2014, has a 60-litre capacity, contains pre-programmed information in 30 different languages and it is extremely energy efficient with an A energy rating. 020 8247 3980 www.gorenje.co.uk

K Kitchen’s new Arizona range is a contemporary slab-style door in a textured walnut finish. Its horizontal wood grain works well with its smooth slab door design and the linear look is accentuated with the addition of the chrome L Handle. Arizona’s effortlessly stylish good looks are complemented with a hard-wearing 18mm carcase as standard - available in six colours, and fitted with precision German-engineered Hettich drawer fittings, such as integrated soft-close hinges and pre-assembled drawer systems. 0800 877 8899 www.k-kitchens.co.uk


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Designed with a 15-setting capacity and 3 drawers, the Candy Maxi Plate CDIM 3653 fits into a standard built-in housing unit and can accommodate up to 8 large plates of 34.5cm. The extra-spacious A+ rated dishwasher can be used to wash larger items, while the top shelf also gives an extra 10% space and is perfect for cooking utensils and small cups, for example. 01685 721222 www.candy-domestic.co.uk

The Blanco STEELART from Blanco introduces a new material, Durinox, for the exclusive custom-made worktop range. The unique worktop material boasts a velvety-matt look and is more than twice as resilient as conventional stainless steel choices given that the product's finishing method has been proven in the aerospace industry. It’s superhygienic and is resistant to scratches, finger and watermarks. Available in three finishes - Durinox, satin polish and silk matt - a range of Blanco sinks have been designed to complement the design. 01923 635 200 www.blanco.co.uk

Sculptured from 80% mineral quartz, Carysil Granite Kitchen Sinks claim to be scratchproof, dustproof, stainproof and easy to clean. Available in a variety of colours and different textural pattern options, a range of subtle, modern metallic shades and a wide selection of granite patterns they offer a suitable solution for every style of kitchen. All the shades retain their colour intensity even after years of use and confidently withstand the enthusiastic kitchen activity of diligent home keepers. Pictured left: Vivaldi. www.carysil.com

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“Consumers are particularly keen to invest in cooking appliances tried and tested in the professional kitchen. Much inspiration is taken from popular cooking shows, cook books and celebrity chefs, which are greatly increasing the visibility of the professional kitchen.” Juan Pillay - Trade Marketing Manager, Whirlpool UK.

Inspired by the professional kitchen, the Whirlpool ACM 847/ BA induction hob incorporates 6TH SENSE® technology, equipping the hob with sensors that monitor and adjust the power level accordingly. Featuring three zones, the 60cm hob also offers flexi dual zones to accommodate large pans. Touch control operation and a timer have also been included. 020 8649 5000 www.whirlpool.co.uk

De Dietrich has launched the DTi1358DG CHEF 65cm dual zoneless induction hob with interactive colour display as part of its Premium collection. Available in a dark grey colourway, this stylish hob features a full colour display with touch controls to navigate the user through the four separate zoned and zoneless configurations: SOLO, DUO, TRIO and ZONED. Each configuration is displayed on its integrated interface and additional information, such as a minute minder, programmable timer and booster function, are easy to set and can be viewed at a glance. 01256 308067 www.dedietrich.co.uk

sensory cooking The induction hob delivers professional results at home, thanks to intuitive programs and flexible cooking zones. The Candy CI 640 C Induction Hob combines the benefits of a smooth ceramic hob with the speed and rapid response times associated with professional gas models. With four induction cooking zones ranging from 155-220mm and digital touch controls, it has been designed to maximise efficiency and minimise heat loss. A cooking timer and child safety lock have also been integrated for piece of mind. 01685 721222 • www.candy-domestic.co.uk

The stainless steel Luce T-Box with glass hood has three speeds and a booster, operated by touch sensitive controls on black glass, making a real style statement. It also has LED lighting, a maximum 767m3/hr boosted extraction rate and a noise level of 69dBA at the maximum power level. 08000 921922 www.lucebyhotpoint.co.uk

The new Sinos wall-mounted extractor hood from Franke combines stainless steel and curved black glass. Operated by a ‘touchscreen’ type control system, with a remote control unit as an optional extra, the 90cm wide design offers a 270W brushless motor that operates at 42 decibels (dBA). It also offers eight operating speeds and a continuous 24-hour ventilation function. 0161 436 6280 www.franke.co.uk

Finished in stainless steel, the stylish Collier island hood from BEST offers Advanced Sensor Control technology enabling the unit to switch on automatically when it detects smoke, steam and vapour. Boasting an air extraction rate of 770m3/hr, it operates in three speeds and comes with electronic soft touch controls. 0800 073 1003 www.besthoods.co.uk

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Today’s cooker hoods offer much more than extraction. These ultramodern style statements offer innovative features and design.

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“Features like energy-efficient LEDs are fast becoming a statement gadget for cooker hoods and are proving popular with consumers. LEDs cast a cleaner shade of light than halogen and the bulbs don’t need changing as often, reducing maintenance and cost.” Jacqui Hoctor - Commerical Manager, BEST.


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Exclusive to the PJH Group, the 60cm IPF 641 Induction Hob from Teka features a 4-zone cooking area. Its Synchro function allows 2 zones to be used simultaneously providing a larger cooking surface when required. A touch control slider and a pan optimisation system, which maintains heat levels, have also been included to simplify your cooking experience. 01235 861916 www.teka.co.uk

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“Induction hobs are becoming the fastest growing sector in the hob market, claiming about 20% of all electric hob and 10% of total hob sales.“ Maurizio Severgnini - Managing Director Built in Division, Hoover Candy UK.

The 80cm 4-zone AEG MaxiSense® induction hob is designed to automatically control the hood according to your hob settings, keeping the kitchen fresh while you are concentrating on the food. When your hob starts heating up, the temperature sensors send a signal to your hood for the fan to start in up to two steps, first before boiling temperature and then before frying temperature has been reached. It is always the hottest zone that will decide the signal that is sent to the hood. There is a dedicated touch pad on the hob for the user to change or cancel the fan speed manually. 08445 611611 www.aeg.co.uk

The Karim Rashid DQGA87KR hood from Gorenje has been designed to create a statement look. The dynamic aluminiumlined hood incorporates an LED strip which responds to touch and can be changed into any of six colours including hot pink, baby pink, deep purple, sky blue, lime green and juicy orange. 020 8247 3980 www.gorenje.co.uk

eatures The motorised Miele DA3690 Cooker Hood has been combined with Con@ctivity 2.0 which communicates via radio-frequency. The hood will emerge when the hob is turned on and disappear once you’ve finished cooking, without having to press a single button. At 90cm wide it offers a generous canopy and an extraction rating of up to 640m3/hr. LED lighting and a DC motor make this cooker hood an energy efficient addition to any kitchen. 0845 365 6614 www.miele.co.uk

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1200 and 1500mm wide kitchens can be turned into a modular Studioline kitchen that integrates wall cupboards and protective wall-panels.

The installation of Elfin’s mini kitchens is easy. Simply plug in the fridge, hotplates and oven, then fix the tap tails and waste.

Bob Andrew, Managing Director at Elfin Kitchens, talks compact.

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n many British homes space comes at a premium, so it comes as little surprise that smart design has quickly become make or break for small dwellings. Bob Andrew, Managing Director at Elfin Kitchens, explains how an Elfin kitchen can give a property an edge without compromising space. “We have seen the market for compact and mini kitchens grow in the last few years,” explains Bob. “Spatial efficiency is important but when space is limited it can be challenging to meet the requirements of the homeowner.” To achieve a highly functional yet visually appealing kitchen design, the Colchester-based design team have worked to incorporate storage, cooking and cooling facilities into a nifty space-saving unit that remains affordable. “You can choose a mini compact kitchen from our Standard, Contract, Economy or Stainless steel range. Tailored to your exact requirements and delivered

within three days, each design comes in 900, 1000, 1200 or 1500mm widths to fit even the tightest floor space, corners and alcoves,” says Bob. Each power-coated steel carcase is fitted with branded appliances, including an A+ rated 110l fridge with freezer compartment, a sink, monobloc tap and drainer as standard. And for designs over 1000mm wide, the option of a microwave, combination or convection oven is also available. The illusion of space has also been considered in the design. Bob explains, “Our compact kitchens are usually white because the bright colour reflects light better. When installed against a light wall-colour, it can also create a seamless space that can feel roomier.” There is also an option to integrate wall cupboards above the 1200 and 1500mm Elfin units that creates a contemporary modular Studioline design. Installation isn’t a problem either. You merely plug the appliances in then fix the tap tails and waste. It really is that simple.

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Bob adds, “With such a variety of applications and the trend pointing towards space design over space profusion, the market for compact kitchen design is really hotting up.” For more information on Elfin’s compact kitchens call 01206 545700 or visit www.elfinkitchens.co.uk

Elfin regularly supplies compact kitchens for student accommodation, HMOs, holiday homes and commercial environments that have limited space.


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small is beautiful With the average kitchen size shrinking by a third since the 1960s to only 6 square metres, manufacturers are creating compact appliances that don’t compromise on style or function.

The new compact range from Electrolux will enhance any kitchen design, no matter how small. Consumers can mix and match compact appliances, including CombiSteam ovens and microwaves, to create the perfect bank of products specifically suited to individual needs. Providing complete versatility, consumers can choose to bank their appliances in different formats including in a row, a column or a square. 08445 611 611 www.aeg.co.uk A lot of people think they don’t have the space for a dishwasher but try Hotpoint’s simple tea towel test - if you have room to spread out a tea towel in your kitchen, you have enough space. Hotpoint’s slimline 45cm, 10-place setting, A rated SDD910 dishwasher is powered by a specialist Flexipower motor for shorter wash times and has an ‘extra silent’ 47dB decibel rating. 08000 921 922 www.hotpoint.co.uk

Packing everything you need into one standard-sized unit, the Candy Trio is a market first, offering a multi-function electric oven and grill, a six IEC place setting dishwasher - great for dinner parties - as well as a ceramic hob cooking surface. It’s the perfect allround solution for the type of dinky modern kitchen so many of us have today. Measuring just 600mm by 850-920mm and 600mm, it is a good-looking, high-performance appliance that fits into the most compact kitchens. 0151 334 2781 • www.hoover.co.uk

“Consumers are looking towards flexibility in the way they cook, this can be achieved by banking different compact ovens and other appliances such as a microwave or a coffee machine side by side or on top of each other.” Robbie Prestedge - Product Manager Built-in Appliances, Electrolux. Compact microwave ovens offer the speed of microwave cooking with traditional programmes for both speed and versatility. The HBC86P753B Logixx Compact oven with integrated microwave has 70 pre-set automatic programmes, an automatic weight option for perfect cooking and a pyrolytic self-cleaning function. 0844 892 8979 www.bosch-home.co.uk

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The 150mm-wide multi-level drawer from Vauth-Sagel is a versatile multi-level drawer designed to fit the smallest of spaces. Available in three designs - two solid shelves, towel rail and a version with a baking tray holder - all come with 90degree front panel assembly. Surface finishes are either in chrome or in various powder-coated colours and come in silver, white and champagne. www.vauth-sagel.com

The Compact Facts: • The average home in the UK used to be 85m2 and had 5.2 rooms, with an average area of 16.3m2 per room. The average new home in the UK is now 76m2 and has 4.8 rooms, with an average area of 15.8m2 per room. • The average 1-bedroom new-build home is 46m2 exactly the same size as a Jubilee Line train carriage on the London Underground. • London is the only place in the country to have introduced legal minimum space standards for both public and private housing. Outside of London, minimum space standards only apply to social (i.e. publicly funded) housing.

Reginox has launched the Admiral 60, a new stainless steel sink that is ideal for installation where space is tight. Featuring modern styling combined with a number of accessories, the one and a half bowl sink measures 615 x 490mm in total and has a depth of 180mm. Manufactured in 18/10 stainless steel, it is equally suitable for use in utility rooms. 01260 280033 www.reginox.co.uk

The Contessa 90 stainless steel sink is ideal for making the most of the sink area when space is at a premium. The single bowl model fits into a 500mm cabinet and has an overall cut-out size of just 494 x 844mm, taking up less worktop area. Yet it offers a well-sized single bowl measuring 430 x 340 x 170mm and draining area too. A full range of accessories including stainless steel basket, strainer bowl and bamboo chopping board is also available. 0161 436 6280 • www.carron.com

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no shrinking violets Designed to provide all the functionality expected from a standard kitchen, Kitchoo’s compact models incorporate an integrated fridge-freezer, induction hob with 2 rings and a telescopic mixer tap, whilst optional extras include an integrated dishwasher, microwave oven, washing machine, recycling bin and cutlery rack. The five designs, including the award-winning K1 kitchen (pictured left), can be hidden away behind closed doors when not in use. www.kitchoo.com

With an integral 1.5kW hot water boiler, the TDx/BP has been labelled as the ‘ultimate tea point.’ Set on a stainless steel backpanel with shelves, there’s no need for a kettle. This model also includes a Liebherr refrigerator and Bosch studio dishwasher. Also available in stainless steel and powder coat colour finishes. 01254 888198 www.tinykitchens.co.uk

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The 1810 Company has launched a stylish, stainless steel mobile drainer to complement its Zen sink range. The drainer sits over the kitchen sink and in doing so creates more worktop space. Available in two sizes - medium and large - the drainer can be positioned over the sink or directly onto the worksurface next to the sink and allows the water to drain away into the bowl efficiently and hygienically. 01978 660770 www.the1810company.co.uk


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The Midas MTX 610-55 inset stainless steel sink from Franke helps make the most of the sink area. The single bowl offers the benefit of an extra-spacious bowl measuring 550 x 400 x 190mm. The cleverly designed Franke Rollamat accessory then transforms the bowl into a draining area too, keeping worktop space free at either side of the sink if need be. Other optional accessories include a stainless steel strainer bowl and wooden chopping board which sits on the ledge surround and can be slid from side to side for optimum user-friendliness. 0161 436 6280 www.franke.co.uk

UK homes are now the smallest in Western Europe but to compensate, these clever designs prove that good things really do come in small packages.

ts here “Because the cost per sq ft is increasing at such a fast rate, apartment sizes are reducing to maximise the number of apartments per development. Although the kitchen is a major part of the sale, the size of a kitchen is under pressure. Clients require contemporary design and usable space.” Gareth Williams - Managing Director, The 1810 Company.

Bushboard’s 51-strong Omega laminate worktop range offers a choice of shaped readymade components that are ideal for creating space-saving casual seating and dining. The new Natural Blocked Walnut (pictured above) mirrors the look of a solid timber, while offering the durable, easy maintenance advantages of laminate. It is contrasted with the new Andorra Brown granite design in the Q3 edge profile. 01933 232272 www.bushboard.co.uk

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69% of people moving into new-build homes say there isn’t enough space for their possessions. These clever space-saving solutions make practical kitchen design a doddle.

The Le Mans corner unit from Nolte Kitchens offers a 750mm carcase height with full height door and two swivel trays that pivot out completely. Trays are height adjustable and can be loaded with 20kg maximum weight. 01707 290444 www.nolte-kitchens.com

“When space is at a premium you can’t afford to waste it. Clever wirework solutions not only banish wasted space, they create sleek and stylish designs that can modernise any kitchen.” Dario Frazza - Business Development Manager, Vibo.

The Easy Corner range from Italian manufacturer Vibo offers sleek and stylish storage wirework for any challenging space. This pull out mechanism is suitable for a 45cm door and 90cm corner base unit. Three fully extendable wire baskets and three corner-door baskets make this a practical solution to maximise space. 024 7630 8100 www.ney.co.uk

corner the market The Quaturis product range from Grass comprises fittings for 90° corner solutions and special fittings for semi-circular and circular shelves. Using a special swivel mechanism, the ergonomicallyshaped shelves extend virtually completely out of the corner cabinet and upon opening the door, the lower-level shelf automatically extends, revealing the entire contents of the cabinet. 0178 854 2020 www.hafele.com/uk

The Revo corner unit from Peka has been designed as a stylish carousel. The height of the openshelves can be adjusted to cater for a range of kitchen appliances. To create more storage capacity, a third shelf can also be easily added even once the unit is fully assembled. Assembly is also quick, safe and tool-free thanks to ClicFixx. The clip-on front significantly reduces assembly time while ensuring optimal functioning. 0845 123 2288 www.ldlonline.co.uk

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“Corners offer huge potential when planning a small kitchens. Only by sensibly integrating corners into a kitchen design can existing layouts be fully exploited.” Harald Klüh - Global Brand Manager, Grass.

The Kessebohmer Corner storage 270’ carousel is a 360-degree rotating circular unit designed for use with 720mm wall units. It features 450mm anti-slip shelves and designer chrome galleries, with shelves that can be positioned at different heights along the axle for added flexibility. Max weight capacity 8kg per shelf. 01325 505500 www.pws.co.uk


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ticking Proud to offer design without limits, Steve Borrett needed a carcase that reflected the limitless possibilities his customers expected. He found more than one in Unilin’s ClicBox.

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the box Time is money when you work alone. Steve Borrett has found Unilin’s ClicBox has given him more time and enabled him to open a new market.

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t takes me longer to get it out of the box than it does for me to put it together,” explains Steve Borrett, owner of Great Yarmouth-based D&G Kitchens, when asked how easy Unilin’s ClicBox is to use. “I’ve never come across a product like it. It's so quick and easy to assemble, anyone could do it.” It’s not every day you hear a skilled kitchen fitter with more than 25 years experience in the trade tell you how simple part of his job is but then again, it’s not every day you are confronted with the ease and simplicity of a Unilin ClicBox.

As you walk around D&G Kitchens’ 55m2 showroom, it’s clear to see that the independent kitchen retailer and fitter knows a thing or two about kitchen manufacturing. He’s in demand. So much so, his diary is full for the next five months and, relying solely on word of mouth, he has won orders for more than 20 kitchens and 10 bedrooms in the last 12 months. But, for someone who works predominantly single-handedly on all his projects, where does he find the time? “In this line of work, time is a valuable commodity. I have no time for gimmicks,” admits Steve. “I like to do a job well. I KITCHEN AND BATHROOM JOURNAL JUNE 2014 • 13


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It takes longer to get it out of the box than it does to assemble a ClicBox. Steve’s even found a neat way to incorporate discreet downlighting (bottom).

ticking the box openly tell people that I don’t make cheap kitchens, I make good-quality kitchens, so I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise when I say I always err on the side of caution when it comes to working with new products.” With the housing market on the move again, Steve didn’t want to turn work away but he desperately needed to find a way of saving time so he could capitalise on the upturn in enquiries. “I’d been manufacturing my own kitchen carcases for over 15 years,” he explains. “It was labour intensive but with nothing on the market that could rival the quality and effectiveness of my own carcases, I had no choice but to continue making them myself.” After seeing a demonstration of Unilin’s ClicBox at the end of last year during the May Design Series, Steve couldn’t resist giving it a go himself and in under a minute, he had created his very first ClicBox. “I was seriously impressed,” he recalls. “Not only was it quick to assemble, it was just as sturdy as my made-to-order carcases and offered my customers choice and flexibility in their designs.” ClicBox also ticked the box when it came to quality. “I was surprised how much thought had gone into the design of this product,” he adds. “Even the wall units had been made 30mm wider than a standard base unit allowing for a full-size 14 • KITCHEN AND BATHROOM JOURNAL JUNE 2014

dinner plate to be stored easily. It’s this type of thing that gives me an edge over the competition.” Steve’s also impressed with the flexibility ClicBox gives him. Proud to offer design without limits, he needed a carcase that reflected the limitless possibilities his customers expected. The smart drilling pattern, which has been designed to match a range of fitting suppliers, means he can still offer four or five drawers and drawer liners can be added without the need to drill extra holes, providing customers with complete control over their kitchen. And, with help from Unilin’s UK distributor HPP, Steve can order from a range of forty-two cabinet sizes and formats in any colour for next day deliver. Now Steve has time on his side, he’s busy creating a new showroom that includes a ClicBox kitchen display. Without the need to manufacture carcases himself, he’s also had the time to explore new opportunities and opened a new market with a local housing developer. He readily confirms what Unilin, the makers of ClicBox, have been saying for a while: “Thanks to ClicBox, I’m able to spend more time fitting kitchens and less time creating carcases.” And that’s what it’s all about isn’t it? For more details contact HPP on 0161 628 6100 or www.hpponline.co.uk


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Design your own bedroom, kitchen or bathroom furniture and providing you order enough to fill one truck, Decorative Panels Group will make your exclusive design.

inspiring With their new Marketing Suite, the Decorative Panels team has brought together all the current thinking in décor in a unique, stylish and relaxing environment and it’s all at your disposal.

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esign is not making beauty,” wrote Louis Kahn, one of the most influential architects of the mid 20th century. “Beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.” The newly opened Marketing Suite at Decorative Panels Group has undoubtedly been a labour of love. Stunning, beautiful, inspired and inspiring, it is a work of art in its own right; an 8,500ft2 temple of design to which customers old and new have an open invitation. But it is not a sterile environment. Neither is it a museum. It is a place in which to explore and experiment, make different selections, create affinities and integrate them into successful furniture designs of the future. “The Marketing Suite is a showcase of everything we can offer, but not a stale concept,” says Group MD, Guy Metcalfe. “Here, visitors can develop designs into reality in an inspirational environment. Everything is made from our materials. It’s a showcase to the versatility of our products; a working tool to help customers find the right product and partner for their own projects.”


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design The moment you step through the entrance door the first impression takes your breath away: surrounded by original design classics, Floss lamps and Le Corbusier armchairs, the Chill Zone is a space befitting the foyer of the most upmarket of luxury hotels. Relax after your journey. Gather your thoughts. And amid icons of great design, prepare to be inspired. On your way to the dp-library and the dp-virtual zone, take a moment to reflect on the words of Thomas J Watson, the man once dubbed The World’s Greatest Salesman, as you pass through the Heritage Zone: “Design,” he wrote, “Must reflect the practical and aesthetic in business but above all...good design must primarily serve people.” The Decorative Panels Group has been serving people with good design in one form or other since 1907. The historical timeline of the company

blends seamlessly into an informative About Us zone which concludes with a real time monitor showing production KPIs from all three DP Group companies. The dp-library, the dp-virtual zone and the mix & match zone are the creative work centres in the Marketing Suite. Select hard samples from the dplibrary - the entirety of the dp-décor and dp-specialist ranges are represented and the latest dp-development foils are presented on the walls as you enter the dp-virtual zone - and take them through. On an enormous glass screen, using a state-of-the-art projection system, it’s here that you’ll be able to pull all the elements from the dp-library together, drawing from all the designs available and displaying them at actual size in fully-dressed bedroom, kitchen and living room settings. Using interactive touch screen technology, choose any design from the on screen

Upstairs, components and products from all three DP Group companies are shown side by side in imaginative displays.

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Group Marketing Manager Charlotte Metcalfe demonstrates dp-virtual. Shown below are the Innovation zone, the presentation of finished furniture and carcases and the mix & match zone.

pallet and drop it into any panel on the furniture set. High gloss finishes, woodgrains, unicolours - the possibilities to design and modify are endless. Finally, view from any of four camera angles, save your design and the system will print it out along with the pallet of décors you used. In the mix & match zone, A1 and A3 samples of any design available in the dpdécor and dp-specialist ranges may be chosen and displayed under daylight lighting conditions on a wall-mounted track system, enabling you to refine your final choice. An imaginatively decorated stairwell which pays homage to the inspiration behind DP’s products leads to the first floor of the Marketing Suite. Dedicated to displays of product from all three companies in the Group, information on each may be collected and emailed to you via an iPad. Here you’ll find displays of everything from 18 • KITCHEN AND BATHROOM JOURNAL JUNE 2014

finished furniture, exploded carcases, panel components and edging to a Senoplast TopX tunnel. The Be Creative zone encourages you to explore further with different finishes, edgebands and hardware but it’s at the conclusion you’ll find the very latest developments: on raised plinths, futuristic products are presented in an Innovation zone. The latest generation of décors sits alongside presentations of new materials not yet released. It was Giorgio Armani who once said, “I design for real people. I think of our customers all the time.” That same philosophy holds true for Decorative Panels Group and nowhere is it more evident than in the new Marketing Suite. It’s designed for you. It’s designed for your customers. And DP Group openly invites you to use it. Be one of the first to revel in design: visit www.decorativepanels.co.uk or call 01484 658341.


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The Decorative Panels marketing suite has been designed to inspire creativity and innovation in a virtual and physical environment that showcases all the group companies products. With diverse zones including virtual, heritage, mix and match and be-creative the opportunity to develop your own ideas are endless. If after all that you need to sit down and relax, we have some amazing design classics to enjoy in our chill zone. Our Unique experience is available to view by appointment only but once inside the marketing suite, forget time and enjoy each zone at your own pace. . . after all you cannot rush great ideas.

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Left, from top to bottom: H3326 Feelwood Nature ST28 brings you closer to nature, with knots, planking and a sandblasted character H1793 Feelwood Elegance ST27 is a modern, sophisticated texture and perfect for creating a high value, elegant look. H3766 Feelwood Ambiance ST29 has a striking, yet elegant, appearance with a large grain pattern lending it an air of grandeur

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Egger launch synchronised pore textures in its Zoom 2014 update - all with a different tonality and feel that can rival real wood and veneers.

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his month’s unveiling of Egger’s eagerly anticipated ZOOM 2014 update sees the introduction of 23 new décors and six completely new textures in its melamine faced chipboard, laminate and edging range. The latest décors include a range of synchronised pore surfaces, where grain and texture are aligned and soft matt and industrial ceramic styles have been designed to create authentic and striking wood reproduction. “The new additions to ZOOM do far more than complement the existing collection, they are truly revolutionary,” explains Nick McClughin, Egger UK’s Head of Marketing. “When we presented our new wood developments to experienced design professionals as part of our NPD process they had difficulty telling them apart,” he adds. Benefiting from less waste in the manufacturing process, better matching of materials and guaranteed availability, Egger’s customers are seeing its products as a cost-effective replacement for veneer and solid wood. Through the introduction of deeper and more realistic textures in designs, and by taking a little more care and attention with the finish, bookmatching and edging detail, products are being introduced into new market areas with the possibility for margin growth. The synchronised pore surfaces - on both sides of the board - tie the décor and the surface texture together perfectly to create a look and feel that’s incredibly close to solid wood and veneer. They have the added advantages of colour consistency over the lifetime of the furniture, as well


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F310 ST87 Ceramic Rust explores a new direction combining concrete and ceramic. To create an industrial feel it combines a rusty, aged appearance with a ceramic texture.

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touch as being hardwearing and low maintenance. Three new synchronised pore textures in the ZOOM 2014 update have a unique character and range from subtle and elegant to more rustic. The Feelwood Elegance ST27 texture exudes a modern and sophisticated feel whilst demonstrating the beauty and subtleness of nature. The fine, linear, yet natural texture is synchronised with the grain of a chestnut reproduction called Tortona to create an incredibly realistic finish. It is perfect for creating a high value, elegant look in any kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. Feelwood Nature ST28 texture, on the other hand, brings you closer to nature. Knots and planking create a natural feel while the matt texture is paired with the grain of ‘Gladstone Oak’, emphasising the sandblasted character of this décor. With its large grain pattern Feelwood Ambiance ST29 texture is ideal for large applications, the mattgloss finish providing an air of grandeur. Nick adds, “By challenging convention and seeing the product a little differently, our new designs will allow kitchen and bathroom manufacturers to create really exciting, trend-driven designs that offer a premium look for a fraction of the cost and we can’t wait to see the results…” For more information on all the latest décors and surfaces call 01434 602191 or visit www.egger.com

Four further surfaces have been developed which open up four quite different design routes: • Painted Wood ST26 is a subtle texture based on pine with an opaque coating and is ideally suited to neutral uni colours such as a mid grey or white. • The six new décors in Brushed Wood ST36 provide an irregular and very deep texture, combined with a matt appearance very similar to the deeply brushed solid wood furniture. • The Ceramic ST87 texture (shown above) explores a new direction combining concrete and ceramic. The texture can create a contemporary, used look with a striking and industrial feel created by combining the rusty, aged appearance with a ceramic texture. • And the fourth surface, Perfect Matt ST9 texture is well-suited to warm, trendy uni colours.

Nick McClughin - Head of Marketing, Egger UK.

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Laura Gompertz Interior Design has matched the clean and bright high gloss alpine White Parapan® with rich tones of Natural Walnut from the V-Line range of Exotic Veneers.

Cream and Purple Violet Natures Choice doors have been used to create a highend kitchen solution in this modern space. Created by Stevian Kitchens, it features a curved end unit and breakfast bar.

tailor-made design Re-launching its Brooklands and Natures Choice range of curved and painted door styles, Landau Holdings Ltd is on-trend and in demand.

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The Greenwich door from the Brooklands range is painted in Pavilion Grey and has been used to create an elegant feel with a soft finish, which is echoed in the classic marble worktop and chrome accessories.

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demand for painted and curved doors. To emulate this trend, it has re-launched its Brooklands in-frame and Natures Choice lay-on door ranges for 2014. “Choice is key and bespoke offerings are a must when working with respectable retailers, designers and architects,” explains Gareth Atkin, Sales and Marketing Director. Both on-trend door ranges offer 13 different styles that can be sized to order, a choice of 24 standard colours and a paint to order service that is completed in Landau’s new, state-of-the-art drying facility. To offer a complete bespoke solution, custom sizes and 66 standard curves in convex and concave designs and varied dimensions are also available. The diversity of Landau’s door ranges are, in part, due to the company’s strong relationship with Parapan®. The high gloss, solid acrylic, which offers flexibility and endless design capabilities, has long been associated with Landau’s sleek, flowing kitchen designs but more recently, it is being specified for commercial and retail projects thanks to its mirror-like qualities, curve-ability and UV resistance. Available in 18mm thickness for doors, drawers and panels and 4mm for cladding and screens, Parapan® can be cut to bespoke sizes and thermoformed into curves and fitted with a choice of edge treatments and finger pulls, or any style of handle for doors and drawers. Confident in its abilities, Landau is even offering RIBA CPD seminars to prove how successful the product is at creating show-stopping doors and interior designs. Gareth adds, “The business is constantly evolving and we’re investing in the future. This, combined with our strong marketing and social media activities, has future proofed our products and, thanks to strong relationships with our customers, we’ll continue to stay up to date with the latest design trends and manufacturing demands.” For more information call 01482 440680 or visit www.landauparapan.co.uk


SALICE. TITANIUM. WARMTH AND TECHNOLOGY: TITANIUM FINISH. The new titanium finish perfectly integrates the hinge into the design of the cabinet conveying a sensation of warmth and at the same time incorporating modern functionality. The colour, new and different compared with the traditional blued or nickel-plated finishes, is less invasive and has a muted sheen. The titanium reflections make this hinge ideal in combination with darker interiors and with the numerous shades of wood available. The good reflection properties and the technological aspect of the hinge allow a perfect integration with the place where it is to be inserted, also suitable in the lightest interiors. The corrosion strength is considerably increased compared to the classic nickel-plated finish. SALICE UK LTD. - KINGFISHER WAY - HINCHINGBROOKE BUSINESS PARK - HUNTINGDON CAMBS PE29 6FN - U.K. Tel. 01480 413831 - Fax 01480 451489 - www.saliceuk.co.uk - info.salice@saliceuk.co.uk


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Contrasting tones clearly define specific areas in this classic Melwood Dusk and Cotton refined Caple kitchen. Dusk on the shaker-style wall cabinets and breakfast bar complements the Cotton colour of the base cabinets on the island unit for modern appeal in a traditional setting. 0117 938 1900 www.caple.co.uk

A modern take on a timeless trend, classic kitchen design has never been more in sync with modern day décors.

simply classic TKC’s Cartmel range offers a timeless Shaker-style kitchen featuring a soft matt finish. Manufactured from MDF wrapped in textured foil, it’s available with a range of accessories and curved doors, allowing the flexibility to create either a wholly traditional or simply classic look. Hand painted doors, available on a two to three week lead-time, are available in eight neutral and earthy colours. Bespoke colour options are also available. 0161 336 3636 www.tkcomponents.co.uk

Landau’s Cookhouse kitchen showcases the latest trend for painted kitchens. The Hastings, from the Brooklands door range, has been used with a cock bead frame and butt hinge in a mix of Graphite, Pavilion Grey and Edwardian White to create a beautiful stylish kitchen. The range of inset door ranges has a choice of 25 standard colours and a paint to order service are also available for customers looking for individual style. 01482 440680 www.landauparapan.co.uk

Reginox has launched the Belfast Contemporary, a classic Belfast sink offering modern styling. Measuring 595 x 455mm, it is manufactured from fireclay ceramic and features thin walls to each side, providing a fresh twist on its traditional counterpart. Available in white, it is suitable for installation in 600mm units. 01260 280033 www.reginox.co.uk

Brass and Traditional Sinks has launched a new tap finish to complement its traditional sink range. The weathered brass finish has been developed specifically with copper in mind, so it has a characterful rustic appearance without excessive shine. It is available on all of the company’s own brand taps within the British-made Rudge 1901 series. Pictured above: Eclectica copper Elle sink with Rudge Bilbrook weathered brass tap. 01384 220030 www.sinks.co.uk

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timeless trappings “It seems rustic kitchen design is having a style renaissance. Thanks to recent TV adverts and photoshoots, we’re seeing a sharp rise in demand for classic sinks and taps made from traditional materials.” Stephen Thompson - Managing Director, Brass and Traditional Sinks.


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From flat panel Mowbray (pictured left) to raised panel Stamford, a crisp, elegant look can be achieved with Marpatt’s modern take on classic styling. Bespoke sizes catering for space-saving storage solutions and alterations to panels and other custom items can be created in its in-house joinery, whilst bespoke colour matching allows you to create a kitchen individually designed around you. 0116 274 3943 www.marpatt.co.uk

“Muted shades are one of the latest classic kitchen trends. As the demand for kitchens continue to work around open-plan living schemes, these subtle shades work well with living and dining areas, as they blend seamlessly with dining sets or living room cabinets.” Doug Haswell - Furniture Manager, Caple.

The Britania Viejo Via Kitchen Series from DOCA epitomises traditional country living with its concealed shelving, rack systems, display units and drawers. Constructed from natural veneer in a Blanco Viejo silk matt lacquered finish, doors are 22mm thick and are completed with a 19mm full box cabinet and 9mm back panel, which is available in eight colours. 020 3603 8835 www.docauk.com

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Add a touch of glamour to your kitchen with the Phoenician Filter Tap with lever handles from Perrin & Rowe. Featuring unique styling with its bold corinthian spout and porcelain lever handles, it offers a practical element with its optional co-ordinating hand-rinse, which reaches a maximum height of 370mm. Available in four finishes; chrome, nickel, gold and pewter. 01708 526361 www.perrinandrowe.co.uk

The Borrowdale range from Benchmarx features shaker-style units with solid timber frames and veneered centre panels. The attractive in-frame design is available in 4 finishes - Warm Oak, Bone White (pictured) and Olive Green. The traditional appeal of oak and natural finish displays the rustic charm of the wood grain. 01733 268123 www.benchmarxkitchens.co.uk

Available in 13 different ranges with bespoke sizes and a choice of 21 standard colours or custom colours available, the Natures Choice ‘lay-on’ door range from Landau is complemented with range oak drawer boxes and cutlery drawers constructed using traditional dovetail joints. Sixty-six standard curves in various heights and radii in both convex and concave offer a complete bespoke solution for any classic kitchen. 01482 440680 www.landauparapan.co.uk

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Despatched within 48 hours, the Pronto Wilton Oakgrain kitchen in Cream offers elegant style, fast.

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The Zurfiz Ultragloss kitchen in Mussel offers clean linear design off-set by the use of inset handles.

Classically inspired, the Bella Surrey kitchen in classic Alabaster uses traditional accessories from the Bella range to further enhance the timelessness of this design.

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he old saying ‘spoilt for choice’ is generally overplayed today,” explains David Caulfield, Sales and Marketing Director of BA. “But here at BA, we strongly believe that our Kitchen Collection offers endless possibilities and choice for our customers.” To promote this message, a brand new 120-page brochure has been compiled, showcasing the best in contemporary and traditional design. Combining all three BA brands - Zurfiz, Bella and Pronto - it includes seventeen new doors that have been designed at BA’s state-of-the-art factories in Cookstown and Doncaster. New additions to the ultra contemporary Zurfiz by BA range include Cashmere, Light Grey and Mussel, reflecting the current trend towards subtle greys and creams in today’s market. New rustic-inspired finishes have also been added to the Bella range. Burnt Oak, Matt Cashmere, Matt Dove Grey and San Remo Rustic have been designed to work as stand-alone finishes or in combination with more earthy tones in the collection. Seven new J pulls are also available in the Pronto range and a re-modelled Wilton range makes BA’s offering hard to beat. “It’s the best brochure to date,” adds David. “We’re supporting the new brochure with full POS and the launch of a new 100-page Product Information Guide which is available to new and existing dealers.” Always looking to recruit and develop partnerships with good quality dealers, BA offers the very best in field support, customer service and marketing assistance. To BA part of it, visit www.byba.co.uk or call 028 8676 4600 / 01302 890555.


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The Vanguard series from Aparici have been inspired by the early 20th century. Created from rectified porcelain floor tile, the design, which measures 29.75 x 29.75cm, uses 50% recycled material to create a slight variation and natural finish that creates a captivating floor illusion. 01635 253060 www.aparici.com

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Following the launch of Juan Vidal’s autumn-winter 2014 collection at Russian Fashion Week, the award-winning fashion designer has collaborated with tile manufacturer Peronda Cerámicas to create Victoria. The collection of white body ceramic wall tiles come in a 32 x 59cm format and are available in the three colours used in Juan’s collection of the same name - black, white and red. Margot (pictured) features bold floral patterns with a geometrical relief that adds a sense of volume and movement. www.peronda.com

Hexagonal tiling was popular in the Victorian era for its pleasing symmetry. The style has since enjoyed a renaissance in the 60s, as black and white hexagonal bathroom tiles. Now the hex is back. Trend has launched its glass mosaic Hexagonal Collection, with an initial range of ten semitransparent fused glass colours, enriched with sparkling enamels and aventurine stone. The 35 x 30mm hexagon tiles, which are made using up to 59% post-consumer recycled materials are 5mm thick and supplied in 326 x 350mm sheet sizes. 0800 044 5395 www.trend-group.com

British Ceramic Tile and British design duo Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway MBE have created an iconic collection of decorative ceramic tiles. Featuring five ranges, as well as three glass splashbacks designs, the new Hemingway collection includes the geometric floor design, 3D Squares. Available in 331 x 331mm format in two colourways the matt glazed tile with contrasting print creates an eye catching 3D effect. 01626 831391 www.britishceramictile.com

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Make a style statement in any space with this Palacio weathered brick design from Saloni. Available with matching floor tiles and pre-cut glass mosaics in a range of natural colours, the Palacio wall tile measures 20 x 60cm. 020 7288 6337 www.saloni.com

This matt-distressed porcelain wood-effect Bunker tile from Vives Ceramica creates rustic glamour inside or out. Offering R9 slip resistance, less than 0.5% porosity and a UV-resistant glaze, the 14.4 x 89.3cm porcelain tiles offer design flexibility. 0844 854 3050 www.porcelainwood.com

New methods are allowing manufacturers to achieve an appealing worn and weathered appearance in tile designs that are not only durable but that will maintain a level of faded glamour for many years. Whether you’re looking to achieve the look of aged wooden floors but in a nonporous, easy-care format, mirror the attraction of exposed brick but without any crumbling dust or create an ethereal effect of fading patterns from time gone by, the distressed look offers a charming yet robust design solution.

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precious palaeolithic Honouring the rare and noble stones featured in the world’s grand palaces and museums, this tile theme takes its cue from the past while proposing a modern solution in a high-tech format. From remarkable replications of glossy marble to soft patterns and veining, a diverse range of new designs make it easier than ever to choose and install a luxurious mineral aesthetic.

The Granda porcelain tile collection from Grespania has been inspired by the semiprecious stone, Marquetry, which has been made famous by its use in European palaces. To complement the soft-coloured onyx and intense veining, decorative pieces such as the Motril, Darro, Bailen and Genil have been designed in the same format. Available in 60 x 60cm or 80 x 80cm. 0121 457 6900 www.grespania.com

A new abstract marble collection has joined RAK Ceramics’ range. RAK Saran is available in three stunning natural shades, in a honed porcelain tile and complementary mosaic design. The durable lappatofinished surfaces are suitable for internal wall and floor installation and can also be used on external walls. Available in marble-effect beige, grey and brown the design measures 59.5 x 59.5cm. Matching mosaic tiles measure 30 x 30cm. 01730 237850 www.rakceramics.co.uk

For those with a strong decorative personality, the Sublime collection from Unicer has been influenced by the look and feel of natural stone. Available in 23.5 x 58cm, designs can be mixed and matched to create your perfect look whilst offering you the unpredictable design and colour-variation of real stone. commercial@unicer.com www.unicer.com

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BCT’s extended V&A Collection pays homage to ornate designs that fuse intricate patterns with rich colours and glazes. Galicia’s arabesque blue and green floral design is based on an original glazed earthenware tile created in Damascus (Syria) during the 16th century, while Temara boasts a striking, cobalt blue and white flower pattern. Measuring 20 x 20cm, both designs are drawn out by a high gloss vetrosa coating, which creates a slightly raised finish. 01626 831391 www.britishceramictile.com

pioneering patterns Fired Earth's handmade and hand-decorated Paris tiles have undergone a special antiquing process to give them a beautiful, aged appearance. Suitable for use on walls and floors - and available in 19 designs and muted colours - the tiles measure 11.8 x 11.8cm. Pictured left: Isabelle. 01206 543525 www.firedearth.com

Pamesa Cerámica has unveiled its new Maison collection that takes its inspiration from traditional wallpaper designs and homely charm. Comprising of five designs - Soft, Grace (pictured), Touch, Charm and Feel, each tile comes in a 31.6 x 60cm format. Designed to offer an elegant alternative to bold modernday tiles, it combines diverse textures and feminine aesthetics. 020 8683 6000 www.pamesa.com

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Inspired by Nottingham Lace patterns, this Pastel Lace design from Emma Britton’s Maple Collection takes inspiration from a classic lace pattern. Celebrating the rich history of lace making in the UK, the British designer adds a contemporary twist with her use of toughened glass. Each design is hand drawn and illustrated and digitally recaptured. Available up to 3m x 1200mm, joints can be introduced for longer areas. Pattern repeat is 56 x 56cm. 07989 269347 www.emmabritton.net


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Trade Price Stone has introduced a new 3D tile to its range of Split Face Panels. The new White Quartzite is a 3D rectangular tile made from compact metamorphic rock. It can be used both internally and externally in commercial and domestic applications and is available in two formats. The deep variant ‘maxi’ ranges from 8-20mm, whilst a more subtle ‘mini’ option has a face depth ranging from 8-15mm. Both measure 600 x 150mm. 01283 734990 www.tradepricestone.co.uk

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The Sagittarius Slim Wave from Johnson Tile gives the illusion of depth and surface vibration by cleverly combining colours and linear design detail. Designed by Patrick Norguet, the tile range is available in six neutral colours. Suitable for internal and external use, the tile measures 3000 x 1000mm and is 3mm thick. 01782 524043 www.johnson-tiles.com

Manufactured from rectified porcelain, the Evolution Evolve from Minoli accentuates space with its large 75 x 75cm format. The colour pallet of soft and strong tones are used across the three surface finishes - matt, lappatto and structured - the latter being highly sustainable for commercial installation with its striking cement brushed effect. Pictured: Moka. 01865 778225 www.minoli.co.uk

As technology advances, a wave of new textures are now available. Drawing from the fine traditions of bas-relief, designs are being re-invented for contemporary tastes, whilst undulating reed effects, extruded textures and embossed motifs are key players for 2014.

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“We work with designers or retailers to make a seamless tile effect like a rug.” Martin Mallon, Armatile.

tiling made easy Tiling doesn’t get a lot easier than with Armatile. Based in Armagh, the company designs and manufactures personalised flooring and walling and manufactures from marble, porcelain - even incorporating glass and metal, such as brass or steel for special effects. Each element of the design is cut using waterjet technology and, after assembly and test fitting in the factory, the finished tile design is supplied on a mesh, numbered and labelled in packs for easy on-site fitting. Realise your customer’s dreams. Visit www.armatile.com or call 028 3752 7007

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Pictures from the Armatile stand at the London Surface Design Show 2014 in February.


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Mood lighting offers the user the ability to recall a scene or mood at the touch of a button.

wireless wonder Design and control your lighting from the Sycamore iPhone, iPad and Android apps.

Making smart homes a reality, Sycamore’s wireless lighting system gives you control at your fingertips. Sycamore has invested heavily in its testing laboratory, which currently includes new machines that provide technical data relating to any of Sycamore’s products.

As part of Sycamore’s testing facility they have a strict quality control and age testing area to continually monitor products to ensure the highest standards are met.

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e are currently seeing a shift towards open-plan living. The kitchen, dining room and living room are seamlessly merging into one and with this trend showing no sign of slowing down, the need for intelligent light systems that can not only offer adequate lighting as a whole, but that can adapt quickly and easily when walking between room zones, is becoming a growing commodity. Recently investing heavily in its Leeds-based testing laboratory, Sycamore’s wireless lighting control system ticks all the boxes. The flexible design, which has been rigorously tested in its state-of-theart facility, provides all the benefits of a sophisticated and complex system without the need to fully re-wire. This allows it to be used in new installations as well as being a simple retro-fit system for existing installations. Making smart homes a reality, Sycamore’s qualified electronic experts have designed mood lighting configurations that offer the user the ability to recall a scene or mood of lighting at the touch of a button, whilst controlling multiple circuits and lamp types within a domestic environment. The actual control of the circuits can be from wall plate switches that communicate wirelessly with specific receiver modules. There is even the option to create a bridge unit that can be connected to a home router. This allows you to control your lighting from the Sycamore iPhone, iPad and Android apps that have been designed specifically for this product. Digital communication means system integration is easily achievable by linking the lighting to AV, security and home controllers. Garden lighting can also be integrated into the system and for the optimum light setting, LED, fluorescent and halogen lighting can be dimmed using the appropriate wireless module. A full design service and technical back-up is also on hand for piece of mind. For more information call 0113 286 6686 or visit www.sycamorelightingltd.co.uk


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Ideal Standard has extended its Strada collection. Now, a collection of new ceramic and furniture pieces have been added to the range, along with two new colour options of Bamboo and Gloss Taupe. The new pieces include more angular vanity basins and vessel basins in round and oval shapes, as well as the option of a smaller hand-rinse counter top basin, allowing users to personalise their bathroom, whilst using one consistent range. Completing the ceramics is a range of WCs, with wall hung close coupled and back-to-wall options. 01482 346461 www.ideal-standard.co.uk

editor’s bathroom choice Balmorals® is the new brand from Mondomio Trading (UK) which includes the new i.care high rise back to wall pan. With a height of 470mm (excl seat) it is suitable for both domestic and commercial applications. It is also WRAS Approved to 6/4 and 4/2.6L flush when used in conjunction with the Thomas Dudley Vantage cistern. 020 3697 1787 info@balmoralslondon.co.uk

Smiths Briten has launched its new Pure Bathroom Collection. The new Fusion L is a unique furniture system available in a Gloss White, Walnut or Grey Oak finish. The look is seamless with a stylish one-piece top with concealed cistern. There is also excellent storage available in the 1070mm cabinet/vanity unit. The matching mirrored cabinet and optional matching bath panel complete the cohesive look of this space-saving furniture range. 0845 634 4321 www.purebathroomcollection.co.uk

Lecico has launched a new ceramic collection, Geo. It offers a total of six basin sizes (60cm, 55cm, 45cm, 35cm standard, 35cm cloak and 55cm semi recessed) that have full or semi-pedestal options. Complemented by a choice of close-coupled, back to wall or wall-hung WC pans which come with pre-installed cistern fittings, added water saving features allow 4 & 2.6-litre flushing. 01234 244030 info@lecico.com

Stuart Turner has added to its Wasteflo range of macerators with the new WC1, ideal for converting any area into a simple toilet. All macerators within the Wasteflo range are now ‘superslim’ in design and feature a new outlet connector compatible with 22, 28 or 32mm wastepipes. This new feature eliminates the need to install new outlet pipework when replacing other macerator brands, making them even easier to install straight from the box. 01491 572655 www.stuart-turner.co.uk

Alternative Bathrooms offers a virtually limitless range of off-the-peg solutions for showers, with on-trend frameless glass and minimalist styling. Created with floor to ceiling glass panels and a black shower tray from the versatile Fiora collection, it is available in 20 different colours and 3 non slip finishes. Standard size trays can be custom-cut to size, allowing even awkward spaces to be converted into shower rooms. 020 3375 9002 www.alternativebathrooms.com

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The Quartet LED Bathroom Fitting from HiB has been designed with four adjustable LED spotlights. Measuring 85cm wide x 9cm high x 12cm deep and suitable for zone 2 installations, the multiangled brushed chrome design emits a total of 944 lumens and is IP44 rated for safe use in the bathroom. 020 8441 0352 www.hib.co.uk

Pebble Grey has launched the Elana LED illuminated cabinet. Measuring 700 x 600 x 130mm, it features two double-sided mirrored doors with soft close hinges and adjustable glass shelves for ample storage. LED lighting has also been integrated into the mirror, which is activated by the built-in infra red sensor. A shaver socket, as well as a demister pad, is also included. 0845 591 8974 www.pebblegrey.co.uk

“Recessed down-lights are ideal for the bathroom and a typical 2 x 2m space will only need three or four. Place them near the edges of the room to create an attractive scalloped wash of light down the wall.” John Fearon - Managing Director, Astro Lighting.

leading For complete flexibility in application, LED flexible tape from Greenstock is ideal for use in kitchens or bathrooms. Embedded on 8mm or 10mm wide flexible tape with a self-adhesive backing, it has cut and re-soldering points at marked intervals throughout the tape and can be fitted around corners or in right angle configurations for tailor-made lighting solutions. Tape is available in a wide range of standard colours, various whites and in RGB colour-changing variants. Standard IP20 and outdoor rated IP65 versions are also available. 0845 2570 444 www.greenstock.co.uk

LIGHTING AROUND THE HOME

Flexible strip lighting under cabinets adds a warm glow without the need for large lamps that can take up valuable space. The key to illuminating kitchens, according to Kerry Baulch, Head of Product Management, at Häfele UK, is in layering different types of lighting, from specific task lighting to ambient lighting for entertaining and relaxing. All and more available from Häfele’s wide product range. www.ideasforliving.co.uk

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Ideal for use inside wardrobes and bedroom cabinets, Mimas and Solus LED bedroom lighting solutions from Sensio contain a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. On average, the lights will run for 8 months in between charges (based on 2.5 minutes of usage per day). With an integrated PIR sensor, the light automatically switches on when the wardrobe or cabinet opens. If no movement is detected after a 30-second period, it switches off. 0845 591 9691 www.sensio.co.uk


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The clever deluxe Symmetry mirror from Utopia not only offers a contemporary focal point for the bathroom, but it features energysaving sensor-activated illumination and a demister facility for easy task lighting after showering or bathing. Designed from toughened glass and available in a range of sizes, the curved mirror can also be used as a subdued night light for the whole family. 01902 406446 www.utopiagroup.com

Sensio’s new DuoFlex Flexible Strip Light provides both warm white and cool white lighting within the same fitting, making colour temperature dilemmas a problem of the past. The end-user can change the lighting colour via a remote control or switch according to how the room is being used. To add to this, various receivers can be controlled, meaning that large areas can be covered. DuoFlex is dimmable from 100% to 10% to provide the end-user with the brightness they need for practical tasks and the atmosphere needed for evenings in. 0845 591 9691 www.sensio.co.uk

“It is vital to consider lighting right at the outset of bathroom design to ensure accurate and adequate provision of both task and ambient lighting.” Sam Ball - Marketing Manager, Utopia.

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The Orpheus LED marker light from Astro offers a contemporary look for the bathroom. IP62 rated, the design is suitable for bathroom zones 1, 2 and 3. The recessed LED wall-light measures 70 x 70mm and is available in white and polished chrome to work in keeping with modern bathroom design. 01279 427001 www.astrolighting.co.uk

The latest lighting solutions for the bathroom.

MARKET INSIGHT We asked HiB’s Marketing Manager, Steve Kaye, what the average consumer understands about bathroom lighting. Is it up to the retailer to make suggestions? “Consumers are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about the aesthetics of bathroom lighting. However, they are not always aware of the safety aspects of bathroom lighting and although things are changing rapidly, many consumers are still discovering the advantages of LED bathroom lighting. Accordingly, retailers still have an important part to play in the specification of bathroom lighting. Consumers can, of course, go online and buy fittings and lamps on the internet but whilst that might be quick and easy, it can’t replace the expertise that an informed, creative retailer can provide. And of course, a retailer can deliver a highly personalised, tailored service. Their lighting suggestions will be based on how the bathroom is to be used, who is going to use it, budget and they will also be able to take into account any installation issues as well.” Should retailers concentrate on particular products or achieving particular effects?

“Retailers need to take on board what sort of lighting scheme the customer wants to achieve and then specify the best fittings for the job. Trying to make it work the other way around is not going to be especially successful. I think it is sensible for retailers and showroom staff to ensure they keep abreast of the latest in bathroom lighting innovation - and to try and use the most up-to-the-minute lamps and fittings wherever they can. It is a fast-moving field and the acceleration of LED technology - and importantly, the increasing affordability of LED lighting - means there’s always something new to see or understand. Ease of installation, energy efficiency and the lighting effects themselves just keep getting better and better – so using the latest products is often a win-win situation for everyone.” What are the most popular lighting looks for the bathroom and what products are required to achieve them? “One area of bathroom lighting that everyone wants to get right is task lighting - so a very popular look is to have some design-led, quality lights around the mirror and vanity area. Typically, these are complemented by the bathroom’s main lighting and perhaps some ambient lighting that allows the user to tailor the lighting as mood dictates. Another popular look is to opt for some sort of ‘statement’ lighting fitting to highlight a particular feature of the bathroom like a classic, copper bath tub, or a stunning, walk-in showering area.”

Is this the same across the market from entrylevel bathroom to higher end bathrooms? “There is actually a great deal of consistency across the different market levels. Ultimately, people want their bathroom lighting to be pleasant and relaxing - with key areas enhanced with task lighting where necessary. However, as you might expect, entry-level bathrooms will keep things simple - ticking off key fittings such as good lighting around the mirror and vanity area and good quality general lighting. Within mid to higher end bathrooms, both the fittings and the lighting effects become more sophisticated. For example, you’re more likely to see subtle details such as special finishes on fittings, touch-sensitive controls and diffused shades.” How is bathroom lighting technology developing and what opportunities will that open up in terms of lamps / lighting effects / controls? “As far as technology is concerned, LEDs are very much the future of bathroom lighting. They’re energyefficient, affordable and easily outshine halogen or fluorescent alternatives. LED lighting is also very democratic - it is relatively easy to install and with the right fittings, LEDs can elevate a standard bathroom scheme to something really special. In fact, that is probably one of its biggest advantages for retailers they represent excellent added value and customers can’t fail to be impressed.”

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Available in 11 different options with a range of doors and sizes from a single 50cm-wide cabinet to a 150cm three-door model, the PALILINE LED ‘PAL 100/2/LED’ (pictured) measures H70-76 x W100 x D12cm.

The cabinets feature adjustable glass shelves, a power socket, an accessory box and a magnifying mirror.

designer light Let Schneider show you the light with its new PALILINE LED mirror cabinet.

Providing a solution for every bathroom, PALILINE LED is available in a surface and flush mounted version, which certifies that either mounting option is available within the one product.

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he mirror cabinet is an essential part of any bathroom. Not only does it provide valuable storage in what is often one of the smallest rooms in the house, its reflective surface aids with daily bathroom rituals. To do this, good light is essential. Schneider has tackled this with its latest bathroom mirror cabinet, PALILINE LED. To create maximum performance, Schneider ensures its lights do not create shadow or glare thanks to its LEDs being mounted above and below the cabinet. This also creates an even light distribution that is powerful enough to illuminate the face - a must for make up application and shaving. Its aesthetics are impressive too, with an innovative design that allows the lower LED strip to be integrated into the profile of the cabinet - ideal for creating ambient mood lighting if the unit is flush or surface mounted. The cabinet LED strips can also be switched on or off separately or together to ensure the unit provides basic lighting to light the room or directly to the face as required. For further information about Schneider and the new PALILINE LED call 01932 872137 or visit www.wschneider.com


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ital ian des ign flair Italian specialist bathing manufacturer Ponte Giulio opens UK HQ.

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t’s been over 30 years since Ponte Giulio first established a name for itself in the specialist bathing market. As a worldwide manufacturer of elegant bathing solutions for the elderly and lessabled, as well as children’s bathroom furnishings for schools, nurseries and other educational facilities, it has recently opened the doors of its first UK warehouse and office, based in Hove, East Sussex. Keen to cement its name in the UK market, it has successfully launched a unique and stylish accessible bathroom range that provides everyone with a safer bathroom through inclusive design, rather than a dedicated bathroom for people with disabilities. Enrico Carloni, Ponte Giulio’s General Manager, explains, “Our in-house design team have waved goodbye to clinical bathroom design and in the process have introduced contemporary designs that not only offers function and safety but Italian design flair too.” Founded in 1973, the evolution of the company’s product range over time has led to a specialism in products that are designed for hospitals, nursing homes, hotels and other

commercial and residential uses. But, unlike many, they remain a stylish option. Enrico says, “Our UK range will appeal to those who are proud of their bathrooms. People who need assistance but wish for an attractive and stylish bathroom no longer need to settle for clinical and functional designs. “We offer coloured products that are soft and warm to the touch, environmentally friendly, provide a superior non-slip surface and are antimicrobial. It also offers the architectural and design community solutions and options, with soft, warm lines compatible with today’s style of bathroom fixtures.” Enrico adds, “Our single focus is to make bathing safe and enjoyable but why shouldn’t it look good too? With our new range, there is an equal balance between style and functionality which is crucial in any modern bathroom.” For more information on Ponte Giulio and its product ranges call 01273 735005 or visit www.pontegiulio.co.uk KITCHEN AND BATHROOM JOURNAL JUNE 2014 • 39


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“Today’s accessible bathing products should focus on inclusive design that can be used easily by all members of the family. This can offer more style opportunities and put an end to clinical design.” Enrico Carloni - General Manager, Ponte Giulio.

adaptable style The latest product innovations for the accessible bathroom market. The All™ Family bath from Twyford has been designed for multi-generational households. At its widest point, the bath is 900mm incorporating a wider bath ledge which gives easier access for bathers. The ledge also provides seating for carers to attend and assist bathing. Built-in arm rests and handgrips aid access in and out. The bath is equipped with a moveable and reversible waterproof shelf that can be used as an additional seat. There is also an ergonomically designed reclined back and neck support for added comfort. 01270 879777 www.twyfordbathrooms.com

Triton has launched the new Safeguard+ thermostatic electric shower to provide bathroom specifiers with the ultimate solution to meet the growing demand for inclusive showering. After working with a team of Occupational Therapists, it offers enhanced features including tactile temperature control dial, remote start/stop and an optional load bearing riser rail. Able to be fitted exactly where the shower unit is situated, it also provides specifiers with a safe and cost effective solution to meet individual needs. 024 7634 4441 www.tritonshowers.co.uk

The Prestigio range from Ponte Giulio offers stylish grab rails that are in keeping with a modern bathroom designs. Produced to withstand an adult’s weight and designed in line with safety requirements, they come in a choice of four colours and are made from stainless steel and finished with chromed ABS end flanges. 01273 735005 www.pontegiulio.co.uk

It’s widely accepted that a bathroom that offers greater independence for those with limited mobility can significantly enhance self-esteem. So the combination of Pressalit Care’s Matrix Wash Basin, with the height adjustable features of its Select Basin Bracket, creates an ideal solution. The basin features two rounded integrated handrails cast into the shallow, marble bowl, providing a safe and secure grip for users wanting to lift themselves to a standing position, or to manoeuvre themselves while seated. When installed with the Select Basin Bracket, the basin can be adjusted vertically, either by an electronic lever or wired hand control.

“It’s important to research your target audience before you design a new product. We’ve worked closely with the OT Practice to gain a real insight into those who find showering independently difficult. Their guidance has helped us to incorporate features that really assist people when showering.” Lorna Fellowes - Managing Director, Triton.

0844 880 6950 www.pressalit.com Pressalit Care’s nursing benches include both height adjustable and fixed height options designed to provide a stable platform for changing adults or children. Offering an adjustable head and neck support, which can be moved to either end of the nursing bench and a slightly curved contour, makes it comfortable and safe. It also features a water collection tray with integrated water outlet and a safety rail that can be folded up or down. It can also be folded up against the wall when not in use.

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The BetteFloor range of enamelled steel, flush-to-floor shower area is ideal for those lacking confidence whilst showering. Available in 48 sizes, from 80 x 80cm up to 180 x 100cm, each tray features BetteAnti-Slip coating - a mixture of quartz and sand that is permanently baked onto the enamel surface to maximise grip. Guaranteed for 30 years, it comes in white for white surfaces and translucent for coloured surfaces. 0844 800 0547 www.bette.co.uk


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Walk-in with Eurocare

The Calando’s contemporary design suits any bathroom and can be easily used by the whole family.

The Calando’s low entry has a threshold of 70mm when fitted onto the floor joists.

The Calando is ideal for people who may find it difficult to step into a standard height bath but still want to recline rather than bathe upright.

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s the only dedicated walk-in bath and accessible shower manufacturer remaining in the UK, Eurocare is committed to designing innovative baths and showers that make bathing a safe and enjoyable experience for all. The new Calando combines aesthetics with comfort and usability and has been designed to meet demand from retailers and multi-user households for a seatless walk-in bath in which people can relax and recline. Ideal for future-proofing bathrooms, particularly in multi-generation households where some people may find it difficult to step into a standard height bath, the user can walk-in and recline whilst bathing. Eurocare Showers’ Marketing Director, Joanna Talbot, adds, “We’ve reduced the overall height of the bath for safety, which gives the added benefit of making it easier for anyone still wishing to step over the side of the bath. We have also incorporated a low entry with a threshold of 70mm when fitted onto the floor joists. This makes the Calando very easy to use.” A number of design features have also

been included to provide maximum comfort while bathing, such as contoured back and armrests with a grip handle option. It has also been designed to complement any bathroom thanks to a sleek, contemporary design. Reflecting the attention to detail for which Eurocare is renowned, the new bath features a slip-resistant tread at the entrance to make it easier for end users getting in and out of the bath, and there are no hazardous catches or operating devices. For ease of installation and maintenance, the bath features clip-on panels, as well as fully adjustable door hinges and feet that enable installers to level it easily on site. Joanna adds, “We pride ourselves on designing and manufacturing bathing and showering products that are suitable for as many end users’ needs as possible. The Calando is a perfect example, offering accessibility, safety, comfort and style at the highest standards, and giving customers even greater flexibility and choice.” For more information or to request a brochure call 0844 801 0660 or visit www.eurocare-showers.com

Accessible bathing specialist Eurocare Showers has added a brand new seatless walk-in bath to its comprehensive portfolio.

Design features have been included to provide maximum comfort while bathing, including a contoured back and armrests with a grip handle.

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The CeraWall S drainage unit from Dallmer offers a minimalist drainage channel for level access shower trays. Available in lengths of 800-1200 mm and boasting a flow rate of 0.4 or 0.8 litres per second, the CeraWall S allows for simple and permanent bonding of under-tile waterproofing and adhesive material. It also features sound-absorbing and adjustable pedestal feet, along with a section of Tisto membrane for bonding onto the tanking. Ideal for use with large format tiles, it provides ease of cleaning and is offered with either polished or satin finished cover plates. 01787 248244 www.dallmer.com

“While a wetroom in theory is achievable in any bathroom, regardless of size or whereabouts in the home it is situated, it is vital that the space is properly drained to ensure it is leak free. The floor may need to be adjusted to include a gradient so that the water slopes towards the drain and the entire space needs to be tanked and tiled to ensure it is completely waterproof.” Sara Johnston Marketing and Communications Manager, Geberit.

flexible drainage solutions

Adaptable drainage that complements today’s modern bathroom.

Geberit floor drains offer safe and rapid water drainage and simple cleaning for wetrooms. Available in a range of design options to help them blend into the room’s design, each grate is easily removable and comes with an integrated hair trap to prevent clogging. 0800 077 8365 www.geberit.co.uk

The Linear Drainage System from On the Level has been designed to complement large format tiles. Its oblong shape results in minimal cutting of tiles making an easier installation. Available in bespoke sizes or a choice of five standard sizes from 300mm to 1000mm, gratings are stainless steel with a polished surface in a choice of designs. Alternatively, the Linear Insert for marble floors allows a slice of floor tile to be used instead of a stainless steel grating for continuity of colour across the floor. 01525 373202 www.onthelevel.co.uk

Impey’s Aqua Dec EasyFit has been fitted with a unique, patent-protected drainage feature that has a 360º rotating centre section, allowing joists and pipes to be easily avoided. The drain also features three locating rings to provide superior hold between the Dec and the rotating drain plate. Manufactured from high glass content SMC, it is able to withstand up to 300kg (47 stone) without the need for under boarding, reducing both installation time and cost. 01460 256080 • www.impeyshowers.com

Wirquin understands that installers need universal solutions to make fitting as easy as possible. Designed with a unique flapper system that replaces the traditional diaphragm washer, the Macdee Motion all-in-one universal dual flush siphon offers a simple solution that fits all lever-operated cisterns. With adjustable heights from 1.5” to 10.5” and adjustable flush volumes, end users can save water and money. 01302 312211 www.wirquin.co.uk

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Macdee Motion Dual Flush Universal Siphon Bathroom Winner of KBB Innovation Award 2014 “The modern-day bathroom has become a statement room for many. Today’s consumers want sleek, open-plan design and installers want simple fitting solutions. To maintain a competitive edge, manufacturers are concentrating on creating universal products that offer fitters flexibility and consumers modern, slim-line aesthetics.” Alex Balfour - Channel Director Professional Trade Sales/DIY, Wirquin Ltd.


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clear cut Designed to create a sense of space, toughened glass shower enclosures offer contemporary style and flexible solutions. Add a touch of colour to your bathroom with Coram’s new colourful showerpods. Available across its entire portfolio in a range of sizes and new colour options, you can create either a standard or bespoke colour to suit any bathroom. Each pod comes complete with a Coram shower door, a choice of high performance thermostatic mixer showers and unique patent protected ‘Waterguard’ shower trays. 0115 940 0644 www.coramshowerpods.co.uk

The new range of Idyllic Shower doors from Phoenix offers a sleek minimalist design with 8mm Easy Clean Toughened Safety Glass. All Idyllic doors feature rise and fall single sided hinges and discreet chrome wall stabilising bars. Available in Quadrant, Neo Angle, and hinged doors all with an overall door height of 1950mm. 0113 201 2260 www.phoenixwhirlpools.co.uk

Aqata has launched a new bespoke frameless shower screen. Suitable for wetroom applications or with an Aqata low-level shower tray, the shower screen, which is secured to the wall or ceiling, removes the need for wall profiles entirely, and is manufactured in pristine 8mm clear glass toughened to EN12150-1 standards. The new 8mm model weighs just 60kg (for a 2400 x 1250mm screen) which is 20% lighter than equivalent 10mm products, allowing for fitter friendly installation. 01455 896500 www.aqata.co.uk

How low can you go? Low-profile shower trays that offer maximum style and minimal fitting.

Bette is introducing four extra-large sizes to its enamelled steel BetteFloor Side flush-to-floor shower area range and, for the first time, providing the option of ordering the product with BetteUpstand, which does away with the need for silicone where the shower floor meets the wall tiles. The new sizes - 140 x 120cm, 150 x 90cm, 150 x 120cm and 160 x 120cm - will bring the total number of sizes to sixteen. 0844 800 0547 www.bette.co.uk

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“The single biggest trend in our market is the continued demand for larger footprint walk-in showering. Driven in part by new build projects and homerefurbishments, sales of low-profile trays and taller enclosures are growing, with 1200-2000mm sizes being regularly selected for trays and heights of 2000mm on glass.” Clive Organ - Sales and Marketing Director, Lakes Bathrooms.

With a footprint from just 700mm square to a two-metre tray and two-metre high enclosure, the Coastline Collection from Lakes Bathroom offers 8mm shower solutions for all. Now including the new Semi-Frameless Shower Enclosures and Doors range, seven new styles, which have been manufactured to industry standard EN14428, have been designed to create a stylish wetroom look. 01684 853870 www.lakesbathrooms.co.uk

Aqua-Screen Pure is the latest addition to Impey’s wetroom product portfolio. Made from toughened safety glass and available in five panel sizes ranging from 700-1200mm, panels can be installed in six different configurations including single panel, two panels and walkthrough. Offering the end-user further flexibility, each panel can also be supported by shorter, slimline tubing accompanied by angled brackets for a more discreet appearance if preferred. All products in the range benefit from Impey’s Aqua-Shield Easy Clean finish. 0845 468 1607 www.impeyshowers.com

The Kaldewei Superplan with low profile support combines the aesthetics of an ultra flat shower surface with effectively effortless fitting facilitated by an enamelled shower surface that is quick and easy to install. With this complete system, enamelled shower surfaces can therefore be installed with minimal access height even in bathrooms where structural conditions do not allow for fully floor-flush installation. Available in seven sizes - 80 x 80cm to 90 x 120cm - the surface can be finished with slipresistant coatings and an easy-clean finish. 01480 498053 www.kaldewei.co.uk

“We are seeing a trend for ever larger flush-tofloor shower areas that provide freedom of movement. Accounting for around 90% of shower tray sales, they offer a spacious and contemporary aesthetic whilst being safe enough for the whole family.” Sven Rensinghoff - Head of Marketing, Bette.

TMuk has launched the TM25, a 25mm stone resin shower tray in 27 sizes up to 1700 x 900mm. Available through National distribution, it offers a unique fitting pack that contains a Wirquin developed high flow waste system, stainless steel cover and comprehensive instructions. It drains at over 30 litres per minute and is guaranteed for 50 years. All trays are produced in the UK from pure stone resin and are 100% recyclable. 01708 869490 www.tmuk.net

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Legacy (pictured right) offers external fixing for installation convenience, click-out lower wheels for ease of cleaning (on single door slider and quadrant options), stainless steel roller bearings and 6mm toughened safety glass.

The Showerlux Linea Touch enclosure (pictured left) offers ultra slim platinum silver frames and tempered safety glass panels.

showerlux I - back to success

With 8mm tempered safety glass, the Showerlux Glide Pivot enclosure is available in three widths - 760, 800 and 900mm - and a 1900mm height.

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n the 18 months since Ideal Bathrooms became the sole UK national distributor for Showerlux enclosures, the company has invested heavily in the brand to re-establish it as the high quality range on which its reputation was built and make it the preferred choice for professional shower installers. Prices have been realigned to make all Showerlux enclosures very competitive, and terms have been introduced which offer customers excellent margins, to accompany high levels of service support and next-day delivery across the complete range. The lifetime guarantee has also been reinstated and aftersales and spares services are fully operational. Product literature and point of sale to support showroom displays have also been produced with a new updated Showerlux brochure due during the summer and a dedicated web presence with full information at www.showerlux.uk.com. From the entry level range of Legacy to the luxurious Linea Touch, there are enclosures to suit all situations including round and off-set corner units with single or twin doors, pivot, bi-fold and single or twin slider doors, wetroom panels and over bath screens. Nearly 350 displays have been ordered by showrooms since October 2012, representing over 150 new displaying outlets since Ideal Bathrooms took over the UK distribution. To find out more call 0800 634 2600 or visit www.showerlux.uk.com


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The Kubo 800mm Quadrant enclosure from Ideal Standard has been designed to save space and make bathroom corners a useful commodity. Offering a 550mm radius, the enclosure boasts 6mm safety glass with an IdealClean finish for easy cleaning. Its slim-line, silver finish profile also offers a modern aesthetic suitable for any bathroom. 01482 346461 www.ideal-standard.co.uk

“The majority of bathroom brochures show spaces the size of a ballroom. In reality, the average bathroom in the UK is around the size of a king-size bed, so it’s essential to make the most of every inch.” Robin Levien - Ideal Standard.

The Lumin8 range of shower enclosures from Roman presents a perfect solution for the smaller bathroom with the cleverly shaped One Door Quadrant and Two Door Quadrant. Designed to make the most out of corner spaces, the 8mm thick glass, the Quadrant shape takes up minimal wall space. The Two Door Quadrant is ideal when central access into the showering area is more practical. 0845 050 7611 www.roman-showers.com

space-saving solutions Clever shower enclosures that can be fitted in the most awkward of spaces. “Shower manufacturers are increasingly having to design robust shower enclosures that solve a variety of space restrictions that appear in many bathrooms today, whilst also remaining stylish.” David Osborne - Managing Director, Roman.

Designed for challenging bathroom layouts, the Exklusiv collapsible enclosure from HSK is a three-sided enclosure that can be folded flat against a wall when not in use. Available in one standard size or made to measure, it offers you a stylish, space-saving solution for the most awkward shapes. 01889 565877 www.hskuk.co.uk

With hinged doors and folding mechanisms, the Diga shower enclosure from Kermi offers a practical solution for the smaller bathrooms. Thanks to panels that fold flat against the wall when not in use and hinges that can swing outwards to a maximum of 180 degrees, the design offers a simple, geometric design that not only creates a feeling of space in the bathroom but is also spacious to use. 01536 400004 www.kermi.co.uk

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“Compared to 10 years ago, the core UK market is trying to cram more into their home than ever before, without necessarily having a bigger overall space. Storage has to be smarter and more functional than ever before.” Ed Exelby - Head of Design, Betta Living. The new InLine XL is the new sliding door system from Hettich. Providing flush closing for full height wood or aluminium-frame doors up to 2600mm high, 750 to 2000mm wide and 16 to 25mm thick, it allows users to open sliding doors from the outer edge - ideal for sleek, contemporary wardrobe designs. When open, sliding doors rest one in front of the other with no overlap. The integrated height-adjustment facility is also easy to reach and its infinitely adjustable door reveal and door tilt adjustment also make it simple to achieve a perfect look. 0161 872 9552 www.hettich.com/uk

Betta Living’s Cassia White Space Saver has been designed to offer a spaceefficient and clutter-free bedroom. Ideally suited for attics and lofts, it offers bespoke wall-fitted units, under bed storage and a dressing table that doubles as a desk. Available in white and ivory with light and dark finishes, the collection also offers TV and Xbox fittings that fit flush into the wardrobe unit. 0808 159 3416 www.bettaliving.co.uk

The Trenta collection of bedroom furniture from Nolte Delbrück offers timeless design in a classic Bauhaus style. Front designs are in high gloss black or white, set in high quality chromed steel. There’s a wide range of wardrobe options with hinged doors. Sliding door wardrobes come in widths of 165cm up to the spacious panorama wardrobes at 320cm. Chests of drawers provide ample storage and the bedside tables all feature self-closing and soft close Quadro roller system drawers. Both are available in a wide choice of heights and widths for optimal planning options. 01661 842304 www.inhouseuk.net

Utopia has launched the Utopia Bedroom Collection. Designed to be freestanding, so there are no fitting issues, the range offers four door styles including the contemporary Maya (pictured right), Nadia, Shaker-inspired Clara (pictured below) and Amelia. There are 17 finishes plus mirrored and glazed panel options, 88 wardrobe configurations including hinged, sliding and bi-fold doors, 12 internal layouts and four framing styles adding up to 70,000 possible combinations.

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Part of BA Component’s Bella by BA range, the Avola Cream Knebworth bedroom offers subtle clean lines and a handleless J pull design. Made to measure in any size and colour from 60mm high x 100mm wide, it is manufactured from 18mm thick MDF using sustainable wood. 028 8676 4600 www.byba.co.uk

There’s also a wide choice of interior storage options including double rails, shoe racks, tie hangers and more. Other key features include a robust 16mm carcase with a solid back and top quality soft close hinges and drawer slides. The furniture also offers excellent opportunities for en suite co-ordination with Utopia’s bathroom range. All products are manufactured at Utopia’s purposebuilt headquarters in the Midlands and come with a 10-year guarantee. 01902 406400 www.utopiagroup.com

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TKC’s range of made to order vinyl doors for the bedroom comes in 24 colour-ways and 23 different door styles, offering an extensive array of combinations. Modern, clean-looking and practical, the doors are available in any size from 100 x 100mm to 2400 x 900mm, ensuring that all space within the bedroom is easily accessible. Shown above in White Avola Shaker style, a flowing design is created through the addition of both internal and external curves. 0161 336 3636 www.tkcomponents.co.uk


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An effective and practical solution for your storage needs, the Volante storage system allows you to optimise your space.

Main picture: Opting for stylish neutrals such as this Coco Bolo and Stone Grey configuration can provide the perfect background for accents of strong colour within the bedroom.

Style and Function Combined Space is a valuable commodity in the bedroom and with the UK building the smallest homes in Europe, ECF has created a sliding door storage system that combines clever space-saving storage and stylish design.

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he bedroom is a room that needs to be both practical and attractive, whatever its size,” explains Phill Hoggar, ECF’s Product Manager for Doors. The sliding door system, which is fast becoming a favourite in Europe thanks to its space-saving characteristics, has been designed to create a stylish alternative to a conventional hinge system that utilises the space available. Influenced by the UK’s growing trend for concealing clutter and everyday belongings, ECF has created the Volante sliding door system. Manufactured at ECF’s head office in Leicestershire, the British-made system offers contemporary styling, a wide choice of panel options and the flexibility of a made-to-measure service. With over seven standard panel configurations to choose from and 40 panel finish options available in horizontal or vertical designs, the Volante can be tailored to your individual taste and offer a unique focal point for any bedroom size. A smooth opening and closing action and the option of built-in soft close hinges adds to the sophisticated design. A variety of internal storage systems are available, including Volantestor which has been designed to make the most of available space. A floor and wallfixed modular system can also be purchased with shelving in three finish options to co-ordinate design throughout the bedroom. Phill Hoggar adds, “We’re proud to say we’re committed to Great British manufacturing and, with the Volante range manufactured here in the UK, we can guarantee the highest production standards and quality with our entire range.” For more information call 01664 424288 or visit ECF’s website at www.ecf.co

ECF offers a bespoke horizontal or vertical panel configuration option for added flexibility. Shown above is a vertical bespoke configuration of Cashmere, Stone Grey and Driftwood finishes.

A simple yet striking Pure White glass finish provides a contemporary aesthetic.

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Available in two-, three- and four-metre track lengths, the Rama Plus sliding door system from Laguna comes in four colours Natural, Champagne, Light Gold and Brushed Nickel - and three handle profiles for square, curved and double sided designs.

The undermount pull out clothes hanger and pull out tie and belt rack are from Vibo’s Elite range. The hanger measures 163mm high making it ideal for shirts and tops. The rack can be mounted to the side of a cabinet. With universal left and right fitting, it can fit into the smallest of bedrooms.

Ney’s exclusive range of bedroom wirework and sliding door systems will guarantee you’ll sleep soundly in style.

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A complete range of adjustable basket pullout frames have been designed by Vibo to conceal everyday items. Designed to be fully extendable for ample storage, the frames feature soft-close drawer slides, chrome wirework and white frames.

smart & stylish storage

enjamin Franklin was famously quoted as once saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” This saying still holds great value today, with furniture designers eager to create new and innovative ways to conceal household items. But what has caused this hide-away trend and is it here to stay? David Canning, Ney’s Product Manager, explains: “The compact living concept is in full swing, with a clear focus on today’s growing urban lifestyle culture. Houses in the UK are getting smaller and smooth integration from kitchen to living room to bedroom provides the much soughtafter look and feel of space.” It is this fluidity of design, along with the need for ample storage in our ever-shrinking homes that has seen the space-saving storage and wirework market grow in recent years, with Ney, as ever, at the forefront of innovation. With the ability to conceal clutter and optimise space, Ney’s range of hidden household units, camouflaged furniture and sliding units is fast becoming an essential feature in British kitchen and bedroom design. “At Ney, we have seen the demand for storage products grow in recent years. To accommodate this popular trend, we have joined forces with several kitchen and bedroom component experts from across Europe to offer

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our customers exclusive, space-saving solutions for the home,” explains David. As well as manufacturing a range of cleverly designed wirework for the kitchen, the Coventry-based supplier also offers a modern collection of wardrobe pullouts and baskets. Designed to store and conceal popular bedroom items, including ties, belts, shirts and shoes, the comprehensive collection of internal wardrobe solutions offers a vast range of configurations that can be tailored to suit almost any requirement and taste. For those seeking a stylish solution for compact or awkwardly shaped bedrooms with sloping ceilings, Ney’s slim-line sliding door systems could be the answer. Unlike many conventional hinge systems, Ney’s designs offer a high degree of flexibility for furniture manufacturers and designers alike. And, with few restrictions, contemporary designs can be created for the most challenging of room dimensions. David adds, “Hide-away units and pull-out mechanisms now have the ability to conceal whole rooms and thanks to Ney’s unique solutions for the kitchen and bedroom, it has never been easier to create imaginative bespoke designs that accentuate the feeling of space.” For more information on Ney visit www.ney.co.uk or call 024 7630 8100.


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Wirquin has appointed four new staff members to help build brand awareness and stronger relations amongst OEMs, local and national merchants, retailers and distributors. National Sales Manager Kris Robinson is working with a team of seven Regional Business Development Managers across the UK and Ireland. Kris has 25 years experience in commercial and direct sales roles within a manufacturing environment. The two new Category Marketing Managers, Eleanor Johnson and Steve Benton, are representing the Macdee and the Wirquin Pro ranges respectively, whilst Rebecca Leam joins the Communications team to help raise Wirquin’s profile.

PWS has appointed Jonathan Whisker as its new Finance Director. With over 20 years of experience across a range of industries, including brewing, healthcare financial services and manufacturing, Jonathan has most recently acted as Group Finance director at Emtelle Group. Jonathan adds, “I am looking forward to partnering the business and working with my colleagues to continuously improve operational performance.”

John Seaman has been appointed as National Accounts Manager for BLANCO UK. John joined BLANCO in 2000 as Sales Manager in the Catering Division after spending ten years at Electrolux FSE. In 2005, he moved to the Kitchen Technology Division as Regional Manager. He is responsible for handling key accounts, preparing and presenting proposals for the contract market and delivering product training.

David Hall has been announced as Gorenje UK’s south west regional sales manager. David has more than 15 years experience in the appliance manufacturing industry, previously working at companies including Smeg and Bosch. David adds, “With lots of exciting new products being launched later this year and other future plans in the pipeline for the brands; it is a good time to be joining the company.”

Carron Phoenix has launched a new six-month promotion to retailers supporting them with “unmissable deals” on some of the most popular product lines in sinks, taps and hoods and giving them a competitive edge to generate sales and margins. The promotion runs from April 1st to September 30th. The promotion offers a 25% discount off the trade purchase price ex VAT of the Debut and Samoa granite ranges and the Deca stainless steel sink ranges. The discount applies only when purchased with a Carron Phoenix tap. www.carron.com

Part of the Vaessen Industries group, The Heating Company has decided to market its entire product range (radiators, floor heating and ventilation systems) under the flag of its most popular brand, Vasco. Until now, The Heating Company umbrella grouped the radiator brands Vasco, Brugman, Thermic and Superia, as well as an assortment of floor heating and ventilation systems under the Vasco name. According to CEO Patrick Nijs (above), as the company is increasingly presenting itself as a total solution provider with regard to interior climate, rather than merely offering heating systems, the Vasco name will now cover the entire range of designer and panel radiators, towel radiators, floor heating and ventilation systems.

business news

Franke has unveiled a 25% off product promotion for independent showroom retailers as part of its More in Store campaign. The promotion started on March 1st and runs until September 30th. Retailers can get 25% off the trade purchase price ex VAT of five different sink ranges when purchased with any of the five taps that are specifically part of the promotion. To give showrooms a new talking point with consumers, the promotion includes three brand new sink ranges and three taps. The promotion is not available for retailers who trade only via the internet. www.franke.co.uk

The Corrugated Case Company Ltd is proud to announce that it has passed the BPIF’s audit for the prestigious ‘Health and Safety Seal of Excellence’ with flying colours. Following two years of concerted effort from the company, the audit resulted in a 98 per cent compliance. Managing Director Mark Wilcockson (shown on the right with Rob Roe, Quality, Health and Safety Manager) explains, “We chose the BPIF’s ‘Seal of Excellence’ rather than ISO18001 due to its more rigorous nature and the fact that it better represented the company and our industry sector. We are very pleased to achieve this certification.”

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De Dietrich Future Secured in UK Following the takeover of FagorBrandt (France) by the Algerian conglomerate, Cevital Group, a new French organisation has been established. Named Brandt France, it now maintains global responsibility for De Dietrich and other European brands. As part of the takeover and recovery of the overall business, Cevital is to support an investment plan of over 200 million Euros. Having acquired key factories, innovation patents, technologies and brands - most importantly, the worldwide rights to De Dietrich - Cevital aims to become a significant force across Europe. www.brandt.com

The TTA Awards, recently held in London, have recognised the brightest and best individuals from the industry, the most innovative new products and the sector’s best and most interesting projects. Many of the leading companies in the industry attended - manufacturers, contractors, and distributors. Hosted by Emma Jesson from ITV, the day also raised over £3,000 for the Association’s nominated charity of the year - The Children Today Charitable Trust.

business news Ideal Bathrooms has raised more than £15,000 for the children’s charity Barnardo’s through the exceptional efforts of employees who have given their time and money to support this wonderfully worthwhile cause. Barnardo’s Partnership Manager, Trina Gable, says, “Everyone has made such an effort and given their time freely to support Barnardo’s. The money raised will help the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK.” Macmillan Cancer Support will be the charity partner for 2014-15 and already events have included a charity week at the Head Office in Milton Keynes. Another climbing trip is also being planned by the Ideal Bathrooms’ sales director and sales team.

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