Home Designer & Architect - December 2018

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MAGAZINE November 2018

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Traditional & Modern, Car Barns to Penthouses, Remodelled & New, Trusses & Components

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This feature of SureCav25, in maintaining a perfectly consistent, clean and moisture-free clear cavity, opens the way for a brick outer leaf to be specified. Ordinarily, it would not be possible to keep the cavity clean with just a 25mm gap. However, with SureCav25 the wall can be built with full confidence as SureCav25 is the only building product permitted by LABC and NHBC that allows a 25mm residual cavity - the perfect solution with a brick outer leaf! A reduction in wall thickness of 25mm will increase the ● Lowers U-Values by making room for more internal dimensions of the property by 50mm in each insulation in the cavity direction and result in an average of 1.25% increased floor space over two storeys. Already an additional 5% ● Protects against windfloor space will have been gained by removing the driven rain in any need for 100mm concrete backing blocks. This can rise exposure zone to upwards of 6% or more additional floor-space in ● Ensures clean cavities cases where random stone is that are permanently used in very severe weather zones. free from mortar contamination Now drive down U-Values! ● Maintains a moistureSureCav25 allows more room in the cavity for insulation, thus free environment, enhancing the thermal protecting the envelope SureCav25 performance of the wall! of the building SureCav50 ● Suitable for all masonry Consider this: finishes With just a 1.25% gain, this is equivalent to the ● 100% recycled material floor-space of 1 extra house on an 80 house site!


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Francois Gilles After having been an interior designer for over 30 years, Francois is now a designer in textiles, rugs and many more products related to Morocco, where he has travelled for the last 35 years, owning two properties. He also designs other products related to Morocco, where he has travelled for the last 35 years, and owning two properties there.

pieces perfectly complement and give character and personality to the modern interiors now predominant both in Europe and around the world.

Francois started importing rugs from Morocco over 30 years ago to furnish both his and his clients’ homes. The demand for these works of art has increased over the last few years, as these beautiful vintage

He now has a showroom in Chelsea, West London, with a vast collection of up to 300 rugs, ranging from the small and affordable, to large vintage pieces – collectors’ items dating back as far as the 1930s.


Vintage & made to order textiles & rugs

www.francoisgilles.co.uk Studio 5, Fairbank Studios 75-81 Burnaby Street London, SW10 0NS

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Not sure what colour splashback to have in your kitchen? Then a bespoke LiteTile splashback is the answer.


iteTiles are an ideal way of combining excellent task lighting with a unique decorative feature - as well as providing the “wow” factor in a kitchen. LiteTile splashbacks are made up of different layers of materials – one of which is a special acrylic that reflects and refracts light across the splashback to give maximum, bright, even illumination. The top layer is toughened glass which is easy to clean and is fully illuminated by high output LEDs and at just 20mm deep LiteTile splashbacks do not take up any room on a worktop or upstand. The splashback is delivered as a sealed unit complete with brushed stainless steel frames which can be painted to match the colour of your worktop or cupboards if preferred.


One client said “With lighting and atmosphere an integral part of my design brief I needed to find something that was both impressive and unique. We installed a LiteTile colour-changing splashback and the effect was nothing short of stunning. The LiteTile’s ability to completely change the mood of the kitchen exceeded our expectations”. Whether you want a full-size illuminated splashback or just upstands, send the dimensions to us and we will be happy to provide a free quotation. LiteTile Ltd is a LED lighting company that provides lighting solutions for both residential and commercial environments. Whether you are renovating your house, fitting a new kitchen, an architect working on a commercial project, or an interior designer wanting to offer something different to a client, we are here to help with our LED lighting solutions.

• Energy efficient lighting • Easy to keep clean • Change the mood in your kitchen • Slim splashback that fits neatly at the back of a worktop or on top of an upstand • A choice of control units – wi-fi app, or linked into a home lighting system, or a wall-mounted touch panel • Brushed stainless steel frames (which can be painted to match a specific colour scheme)

• Your favourite image can be printed on to the splashback • Easy to install yourself but we can install if necessary or take your kitchen company through the installation process • Suitable for both contemporary and traditional kitchens • LiteTiles don’t just look good at the back of a worktop, they look great behind a hob or underneath a breakfast bar as well.

Illuminated Splashbacks

Be Bold, Be Bright, Get the Light! Put the wow factor in your kitchen and create an eye-catching but functional feature in your house with an LED illuminated splashback. Our LED splashbacks are suitable for use in kitchens, bathrooms, wetrooms etc and combine excellent task lighting with the ability to set the mood in your property.

your kitchen single colour or Easy to clean and your kitchen • See • Colour-changing, • Give in a new light colour temperature controllable LEDs • energy-efficient the wow factor

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If the project requires a larger output, all our boilers are designed to work in conjunction with each other on a low loss header setup. If you are unsure of the boiler you require, we can provide a bespoke service to ensure the solution we provide is the most appropriate. We also offer various bespoke boiler pack options.

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New Design Revealed for Major Wing at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Monday that it is overhauling the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing at the southern end of its massive building along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. he wing contains 40,000 square feet of galleries devoted to the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (AAOA). The institution also revealed the new design, which maintains the same footprint but introduces a completely new look and layout. Los Angeles– and New York–based firm wHY was chosen for the $70 million project following two rounds of interviews with six leading international firms. The decision was made long before the Met’s new director, Max Hollein, took office this August. The announcement however, was postponed until now as the museum sorted out its troubled finances and considered the future of several architectural interventions, including the postponed $600-million David Chipperfield project for the Modern wing, also on the southern end of the building.


According to the Met, the selection of wHY was made on the basis of completed projects and how its past focus might benefit “this very demanding, sculpture-centric initiative.” wHY, of course, has become a darling of the art scene, completing a series of gallery and museum projects—both new build and renovation—throughout the US. Led by Kulapat Yantrasast, the now 32-person interdisciplinary practice first made a name for itself over a decade ago with the redesign of several galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago and a new building for the Grand Rapids Art Museum. In 2016,


wHY completed the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Since then, the firm has been on a roll. Last spring, wHY converted a long-vacant masonic temple into the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles. Last September—the same month that the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco unveiled wHY’s design for a renovation and expansion—the firm was tapped to renovate the Northwest Coast Hall at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. But Yantrasast believes it was their work at the Harvard Art Museums (2014), handling elements like casework, organization, and sightlines within the galleries, that landed the firm this job. “The most important thing is to connect these galleries to the rest of the museum,” says Yantrasast. For the Africa and Oceania galleries, wHY has designed curved wood ceilings inspired by the vaulted ceilings of the museum’s Great Hall and its Greek and Roman galleries. The Americas gallery features stone platforms that match the pink and grey granite of the existing floor.

The nearly 40-year-old glass curtain wall of that space—which mirrors another glass curtain wall on the north end, all part of Roche Dinkeloo’s decades-long overhaul of the Met beginning in 1967—will be entirely replaced with a new system. The new curtain wall will look similar to what’s there now, according to Yantrasast, but is expected to perform better in terms of waterproofing and reducing light transmission. Even though a majority of the AAOA collection is sculpture, the pieces are light sensitive due to the wood and organic materials they comprise. In the meantime, the Met continues to work on the plans for the Modern wing, which will be preceded by this work on the Rockefeller wing, set to begin in 2020. Says Met president and CEO Daniel H. Weiss, “While these projects are independent of one another and will be led by separate architecture firms, the design and curatorial teams are working closely together as the wings are adjacent to one another, and, more importantly, the art of these areas share multiple narratives.”


Architects Gain Powerful New Resiliency Ally More and more major cities now employ chief resiliency officers—and they’re taking conversations beyond design. As the nation absorbs the shock of yet another natural disaster, this one in the form of Hurricane Michael, resiliency has once again come to the fore.


Of course, Michael was just the latest in a growing string of climate-changefueled disasters that are increasingly pummeling the world’s cities. In fact, the financial losses from 2017’s earthquakes, hurricanes, and wildfires amounted to $306 billion, nearly double the $188 billion lost in 2016, according to insurance firm Swiss Re. At the same time, the world’s population is becoming more concentrated in cities. By 2050, 75 percent of the global population is expected to live in metro areas. Whether it’s a cyber attack, natural disaster, or economic or social upheaval, cities are under more external stress than ever. Internally, cities face acute stresses as well—such as poverty, endemic crime and violence, or failing infrastructure—that weaken them over time. While many architects have long been working toward resilient design, they now have a powerful and growing ally in the fight that can help architects obtain new work, build their practice and diversify. These allies are chief resilience officers, and CROs, as they are commonly known, have become a fixture in 86 cities across the globe, including 25 of the largest metropolises in the U.S., thanks in large part to the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) initiative. Since 2013, the 100RC has awarded more than $160 million to build resiliency around the world while its partners— which includes the AIA—have pledged $230 million in additional support along with $655 million from national, philanthropic, and private sources. But while CROs champion resiliency, their role is more expansive than simply the

design of buildings. Indeed, the 100RC defines resiliency, in part, as “the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and grow, not matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.” Those shocks and stresses encompass natural disasters, but they also include “overtaxed transportation systems, endemic violence or high unemployment.” CROs are meant to cross silos and bring together multiple government agencies and sectors of society to take on challenges and opportunities in a collaborative manner—an effort often unseen in municipal government, the 100RC says. As such, CROs can take the resiliency conversation to the proactive level some architects have long sought. So what does that look like in practice? Tulsa is a good example. Since hiring its CRO, Tulsa, Okla., has created 918 Day, an annual event

celebrating the city’s diversity, growth, and multiculturalism while strengthening social cohesion across all communities. Tulsa also started Equity Dinners to encourage constructive, meaningful conversations and bring understanding and unity amongst Tulsans of differing backgrounds. “I see folks who previously kept themselves isolated from their neighbors, now jumping into neighborhood resilience feet first. And we are only in the dawn of Resilient Tulsa,” says DeVon Douglas, the city’s CRO, on 100RC’s website. As the 100RC site sums it up, “While cities can’t predict which disruptions will come next, they can plan for them, learn from them, and generate additional benefits through the same investments, such as opportunities for economic growth or improved parks for city residents. In other words, they can achieve ‘resilience dividends’ that can make cities better places to live not just in times of emergency, but every single day.”



INTERNATIONAL PANACHE AT JFS The British have an enduring love affair with the glamour of European furniture and the pizazz of International flair. In 2019 over 40 International companies will show their latest designs at the January Furniture Show (JFS), which runs from 20th -23rd January at the NEC in Birmingham.




uyers will have the perfect opportunity to select furniture and accessories from around the globe as the mix of countries represented at JFS covers several continents and 1000s of miles. First time JFS exhibitors include Germany’s Hartmann whose solid wood living and dining collections are cutting edge and technically advanced. Violino is one of China’s leading upholstery manufacturers and will show a selection of their contemporary sofas, chairs and recliners. From Italy’s Adriatic coast Albea Mobili bring the ultimate in modern cabinet furniture, with sleek finishes and futuristic lighting. Fellow Italians Battistella, who manufacture from 4 different locations join them showing their huge variety of fashionable cabinet and upholstered products for every room of the home. Matera is home to Calia Trade, bringing their

Italian creativity to JFS for the first time, their vibrant and funky sofas, beds, modular and swivel chairs are a must-see. The Italian march in Hall 2 continues with regular high-end upholstery companies Ego Italiano, Italia Living and Tomasella all showing their sumptuous leather and fabric upholstery ranges in both natural tones and vibrant hues. Streamlined Italian living and dining furniture in high gloss and high style will be on show from luxury Italian cabinet experts ALF and Camel Group, both of whom have modernistic designs, which are striking head-turners. Portugal’s Aleal have been creating refined cabinet and upholstery collections for over 40 years and are new at JFS in 2019. Joining them is fellow Portuguese exhibitor Furniwood, who cut a dash in Hall 1 with their precision joinery and distinctive style. German bedroom cabinet expertise is always a show favourite and Weimann,

Rauch and Nolte will again show their infinitely flexible and ever developing dreamy bedroom storage solutions. Denmark’s Skovby are experts in Scandi cool and their effortlessly stylish living and dining collections will again be a hit in Hall 2. Nearer to home, representing the Republic of Ireland is Alfrank with their ultra modern approach to living and dining furniture, and multi supplier VIDA Living will introduce both new cabinet and new upholstery collections. Highend upholstery manufacturer ROM, who returns with new sofas and chairs in relaxed styles and a multitude of ontrend colours, represents Belgium. JFS is 2019 is a truly global event and the mix of UK and International exhibitors will give buyers the ultimate opportunity to select from around the world without the need for a passport. To register for your free attendance to the show please go to: www.januaryfurnitureshow.com


NEW HERRINGBONE FLOOR WITH A TWIST Junckers Twin Herringbone has an authentic pattern with a twist and an exclusive look that meets any budget. Solid hardwood flooring in uncompromising quality. Delivered with a hardwearing surface already from factory . Significant shorter installation time compared to traditional Single Stave Parquet. Call Floorstock at 01455 234400 to know more about Junckers Flooring.


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Bancci, who has been a substantive manufacturer for hospitality and residential furniture for almost 25 years, is thrilled to unveil its inspired collaborative approach, Bancci Stories.

Bancci Stories is a uniquely creative set of collaborations of industry leading designers and artisans to produce furniture that is both timeless and adapted for the modern world. The event will be attended by award winning interior designers and unique material artisans. The first collaboration that Bancci is proud to announce, is with Christopher Lees, 2012 and 2014 winner at the London Restaurant and Bar Awards, who is launching his first cross market collection, The Cadogan Collection. The collection is inspired by Christopher’s renovation of a luxury property in Cadogan Gardens in London. In the late 19th century, the area was considered a bohemian quarter, attracting a myriad of radicals, artists and poets. The mid-century modern designers and architects Vladimir Kagan, Joaquim Tenreiro and George Nelson have been a major source of inspiration for Christopher’s designs, which are functional in design and timeless in finish. The DKT Artworks collaboration includes a range of five Eglomise coffee table top finishes, to provide an artisan twist to Christopher Lees’ Cadogan Collection. DKT Artworks is a unique multidisciplinary team of imaginative and highly skilled artists, specialised in the design, production and installation of handcrafted, high-end bespoke decorative finishes and site-specific artworks. Since its foundation in 1979,DKT Artworks has been working with the most internationally renowned interior designers and with the broadest range of styles and materials, providing original and innovative solutions to its clients on the widest range of projects in the Yacht, Residential and Hospitality market places. The Eglomise finishes range, in association with Bancci Stories, also makes DKT Artworks’ unique finishes available as standard products in the hospitality sector. Completing the Christopher Lees’ collection is the Gray Marquina marble top to the Hepburn Console, provided by Diespeker & Co, London’s long-established and most prestigious stone company since its inception in 1881. The unique granite was chosen to compliment the American walnut of the Hepburn Console. In addition to Christopher Lees’ ground-breaking collection, Bancci is launching a unique range of Terrazzo Restaurant tables with Diespeker & Co.

Kerry Franses of Franses Design Ltd has her own unique collaboration with Bancci being launched at Sleep & Eat. Kerry has recently featured on the cover of November’s House & Garden after she flawlessly renovated a run down 1930s London town house. The client prided herself on a large art collection, and wanted to transport these artworks from her large country estate to her smaller London pad. The modern and clean-cut interior chosen by Kerry created an environment that showcased all the periods of artwork selected. In collaboration with Bancci Stories, Kerry has designed an inspirational range of tables for Residential and Hospitality Interiors. From bedside tables to lounge tray tables, all the pieces are delightfully individual and are an elegant addition to any interior space. The collaborations bring together a very selective group of top-end designers and artists who design and create uniquely memorable pieces of furniture. Designers and manufacturers unified by their passion and expertise in Artisanal hand-crafted art. The launch promises to be exciting, innovative and inspiring, and will showcase the very best of Bancci, one of the creative brands in the premium hospitality world. Bancci Stories is distributed through Hospitality Projects. www.hospitality-projects.com



Create Transform Innovate

Vicaima EX71 model in Dark Taupe.

esigning doors is an art form which comes naturally at Vicaima. Blending on-trend colour tones and surface materials such as veneer, laminate and foil with lacquers and stains to elevate the simply to surprising. Capturing truly fresh ideas that have the ability to harmonize with an existing theme or completely transform their surroundings.


Among the many recent creations to make the leap from drawing board to reality are two new additions to Vicaima’s Exclusive range. The Ex20 collection blends the purity of white, acting like a canvas to off-set striking and modern grain patterns, forming a door which is almost abstract art. This collection presents no less than five models and offers a choice of grained tones, including Dark Ebony, Bleached Oak and Zebrano in both Golden and Rouge. For designers and specifiers looking for a more geometric style, the Ex70 collection displays multiple grain directions intersected by a commanding jet black and curved groove. These real Ash veneered doors come in four


Vicaima EX22 model in Zebrano Rouge.

models and are stained in a choice of contemporary tones, which include Warm Umber, Dark Taupe and Charcoal Brown; making them perfect for modern environments Of course innovation is not only confined to the appearance of a Vicaima door. The beauty of these products go far more than skin deep. With manufacturing expertise that has been honed for almost 60 years, Vicaima performance solutions in acoustics, security and of course fire

doors, are widely recognised in the industry as a benchmark to which many aspire. This and Vicaima’s suitability for multiple locations makes them an ideal choice for luxury living, hotels and commercial applications. If you would also like to know more about Vicaima’s latest collections or indeed any of the design and performance solutions provided, visit the website www.vicaima.com. Alternatively call 01793 532333 today.



New lighting brand celebrates exclusive retail launch at The Conran Shop ‘We fiercely want to challenge what existed (and still exists) in our industry and the perceptions of what’s possible in terms of design and performance.’ – Chris Stimson, co-founder, BEEM

Historically lightbulb design has not been a fast-moving field. The same shapes have dominated the market for decades – largely of necessity, as filament technology has restricted the possibilities for formal variation. Today, however, advances in flexible-filament LED bulbs are enabling designers to pursue radical new directions and develop previously impossible forms – and BEEM is the world’s first brand to indulge this tech-enabled creativity. Co-created by award-winning product and industrial designer Samuel Wilkinson, BEEM’s first collection is a new family of LED lamps unlike anything else on the market – graphic, playful and strikingly contemporary.

The first lamps in the collection – SMILE and CURLI – feature the latest soft-filament LED technology, enabling them to emit bright, warm light for up to 25,000 hours, while minimising energy use. Equally suited to domestic and commercial environments such as bars or cafés, both are designed to be hung either singly or configured in groups – thanks to an innovative rotating mechanism hidden inside, the lamps can be easily adjusted to line up with surrounding bulbs. • SMILE is a distinct, graphic and modern glass bar of light fitted with a flexible filament attached to a ceramic base. Three shapes are available: a U shape (01), a smile-like upward curve (02) and a straight line (03).

SMILE 03 installed at the home. Photography by Sylvain Deleu.

‘We consciously set out to make contemporary forms. The bulb market is saturated with retro styling – it’s good to create something different. We realised that nearly all bulbs went downwards and appeared to flow out from the from the bulb holder. Our initial reaction was to make forms that do the opposite – why not go upward and visually separate the parts? A light becomes a sculpture in the air – why do want to look at the lump of the bulb holder above it? Why not either hide it with the bulb, as in CURLI, or make it a key part of the design’s visual balance, as with the SMILE range?’ – Samuel Wilkinson, designer, BEEM All made by hand from the highest-quality components available today, BEEM lamps are manufactured to maximise sustainability and engineered for longevity. Once installed, expect them to continue lighting up the room for decades to come.

After the brand’s debut at Milan Design Week in April and the new range’s appearance in an installation at designjunction during last month’s London Design Festival, the BEEM bulb collection will be exclusively available to the public from The Conran Shop’s London outlets from 24 October. BEEM is a collaboration between Samuel Wilkinson – designer of the now-iconic Plumen 001 low-energy bulb – and LEDlighting specialists Chris Stimson and Bujar Shkodra, founders of well-lit, which they set up in order to break the stranglehold of big companies that were flooding the market with poor-quality, overpriced LED bulbs. With a shared desire to revolutionise lightbulb design, the trio first came together in 2016. Now, two years later, their revolution is well underway.

In a market dominated by retro vintage industrial styles, BEEM products represent a design aesthetic that looks to the future rather than the past, and which offers a characterful alternative to the nostalgic look of many lighting products. There are also plans for a table lamp version to be released by the end of the year.

Clockwise from top left: SMILE 03, 02, 01. Photography by Sylvain Deleu

• CURLI is a swirl of light that takes its formal inspiration from the calligraphic flourish off the curlicue to create a continuous asymmetric coil that twists up and around the bulb holder. The two bulbs are soon to be joined by a table lamp design, which BEEM plan to release in the coming weeks.

CURLI. Photography by Sylvain Deleu.

SMILE and CURLI will be available to the public exclusively from The Conran Shop from 24 October, starting at £58, and will feature prominently at the Chelsea shop’s lighting event, Dark is the Night on 25 October. BEEM products are also available for sale by contract. Web: beemlamps.com Instagram: @beemlamps

SMILE 01 installed at home. Photography by Sylvain Deleu.



opular in developments throughout the capital and beyond, from the modest to the luxurious. We are particularly proud to have recently supplied a luxury refit in the heart of Mayfair with 12 bathrooms all featuring an Ashdown towel rail. The diversity of projects we see this rail feature in further proves that quality workmanship, ethical traceability and great customer service at a fair and reasonable price are the cornerstones of all good product. Standing at 1250mm and 520mm wide it is available in both a polished and satin finish and in 3 formats across the range: central heating, duel fuel and electric only. We have further added to the range and it is now available in 3 further widths: 300mm wide, 400mm wide, and 620mm wide as well as the original 520mm. The variety of widths means we can offer a practical heating solution whatever your spacing requirements may be. This highly popular rail works aesthetically in most bathrooms making it both versatile and practical. The bar configuration works well within the family bathroom and compared to a number of comparable rails within the market place our rail has 20 horizontal rails as opposed to the standard 16. This leads to a greater heat output and a more substantial visual impact. We specialize in stainless steel rails and all of our rails are manufactured from 100% stainless steel with the added practical advantage that they will not rust, flake or corrode meaning they can be utilized in all systems including open. Manufacturing from stainless steel provides a long lasting, hard wearing product; small scratches can be polished out and it is easily maintained with water and a micro-fibre cloth. It is the ethical, durable, sustainable choice. It is manufactured from over 90% recyclable material and is 100% recyclable in itself. It is furthermore not subject to ecologically harmful plating processes. This all adds to the ecological impact of your development be it large or small. The recommended retail pricing structure for the Ashdown towel rail in central heating format is as follows: Ashdown 300 £269.95, Ashdown 400 £279.95, Ashdown 520 £299.98, Ashdown 620 £349.95 (all prices are ex VAT). For electric only format: Ashdown 300 £349.90, Ashdown 400 £359.90, Ashdown 520 £394.95, Ashdown 620 £455.90 (all prices are ex VAT). All rails carry a full 25 year guarantee and are available from stock. Should you wish any further information please visit our website, www.sussexrange.co.uk with its extensive range of gallery shots or call our friendly staff on 01825 722988.

The Ashdown 520 wide is the the stalwart of the collection. It was the first rail we designed and to this day remains our most popular rail.

bathrooms Modern Bathroom

You’ll be spoilt for choice when trying to decide which bathroom suite will fit well in your new room. A contemporary Freestanding Bath tub will instantly give any bathroom the wow factor and if you’ve got enough space to place it under the window then give it a try. This will become the first thing friends will notice when they walk into your bathroom and the light coming in from the garden will be a natural back light.

Freestanding Taps

To complement your gorgeous bath tub why not combine it with it’s very own statement piece such as a freestanding bath and shower mixer tap. Not only do they look elegant, but they also give you the freedom to decide whether you have the tap at one end of the bath tub or perhaps in the middle. Having the two separate shower and bath heads are also great for practical reasons such as washing hair and cleaning the bath tub too.

Modern Bathroom Design Ideas from Bathroom Takeaway.co.uk The key style tip to creating a modern bathroom is to keep your look simple and clean by choosing a matching white unit with perhaps a rectangular finish. You can always add a touch of colour through ceramic jugs, towels and even artwork. Adding a touch of greenery is a great trend and an easy addition to any bathroom. You could include a hanging plant or just a simple potted cactus which is easy to look after and also has relaxing qualities too. Adding a recess for holding candles and trinkets is also a modern trend that is easy to create just by adding a stud wall behind your bathroom suite.

LED Mirror

No modern bathroom would be complete without light, mirrors and storage. Your bathroom should be a place where you can retreat to after a long day in the office and the last thing you should be looking at is half used bottles of shampoo. If space is an issue then perhaps choosing a mirror that has light and storage would be the best idea such as the 800 x 600mm illuminated led mirror with demister shaver socket.

Toilet and Basin

When choosing a toilet and basin try to keep the same shape as the rest of your bathroom items. If you’ve chosen a gorgeous modern rectangular freestanding bath then a rectangular toilet and basin will finish the look perfectly.

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Bathrooms INDUSTRY Essentials

INDUSTRY Essentials Black: industrial, stylish, metropolitan. The impact of a bathroom in which strong shades of black are used is unequalled; this latest interior trend is inspired by the robust industrial look of yesteryear. Black is a


powerful, elegant and luxurious colour. It enhances shapes and emphasises contrasts. Black also radiates energy and vitality.


OPERA: ART AND WATER Clean lines and a robust structure. An eye for detail in the finish and flowing

In the picture: Opera

movements when opening and closing. Beauty and technology meet in Opera, a shower door characterised by a nice finish and a clean design. Opera is ideal for styling a modern space thanks to the smart use of the contrast between glass, the black finish and the surroundings. The industrial style of the matte black Opera results in a chic and elegant look.

DISTINCTIVE CHARACTER If the interior is all about contrast, then this is highlighted by Zephyros. A clearly present frame of the shower door with a distinctive character: a gusty design. The matching matte black handgrips and details give it a tough look that fits in perfect with the latest interior trends.

In the picture: Zephyros

MINIMALISM AND CLEAN LINES Young 2.0 is versatile and adapts to endless situations. The shower walls make maximum use of the space thanks to the slender frame and the large proportion of glass. A tight division of the shower area with nice details for an immaculate and elegant feel. In the black version Young 2.0 can be easily combined with the natural beauty of Novosolid, a shower floor that fits in with the new interior philosophy of natural materials because of the stone texture.


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Anodetothesteelframesofyesteryearthatarebackintoday’slatestinteriortrend. The Kuadra H walk-in shower with the new black line pattern, which is a wonderful look-a-like of the industrial, steel frame, makes each shower area a true work of art; a striking bathroom that reflects the personality of its resident.

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MINIMALISM AND CLEAN LINES With a whole host of exciting product features, such as showering height of 2000mm, through to the minimal matt black, matt white of polished chrome profiling giving the enclosure a sleek and luxurious look. Coupled with the rise and fall door mechanism and the versatility to be installed on a shower tray or tiled floor, the Young collection gives you a multitude of showering options and fantastic value for money. Combine this with our Novosolid stone shower tray with its anti-slip stone texture, stain and UV resistant, hidden 90mm fast flow waste and can be cut down to size on site to fit difficult spaces.

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Now there’s a Toilet Waste Pumping Unit which can do things the others can’t! The new FlushMaster from Aldermaston based Pump Technology Ltd. can do a number of things which other units can’t. It can pump further and higher, making it possible to handle longer pipe runs. The pipework can be run horizontally first, include a double lift (horizontal, then vertical, horizontal again and then vertical again), or even be run along an uphill gradient.

The new unit is suitable for connection to a single toilet, bidet, washbasin or shower (Not a bath or washing machine). Due to the power of the vortex pump the discharge pipe requirement is DN32, dia 28 ID or DN40, dia 36 ID An integral, acoustic alarm and volt free connections for coupling to a remote alarm or BMS are built into the unit.


Multiple fitting positions are possible and each pump is supplied with a full set of installation connections for direct mounting behind the toilet or behind a partition wall. All parts can be simply removed and replaced without removing the tank from the toilet. Pump Technology Ltd products are available from stock & local merchants.

These features vastly extend the places where an extra toilet can be installed! All of this is possible because the FlushMaster uses a submersible, open, free flow, vortex impeller pump and not a domestic cutter pump, making it ideal for both domestic and light commercial applications. The open vortex pump impeller with large clearances between pump opening and tank floor also makes the FlushMaster more tolerant of user abuse

For more stubborn blockages simply remove two screws and twist and lift the complete motor / pump assembly away from the collecting tank. This will allow the foreign object to be easily identified and cleared.

For more information call 01189 821 555 or visit www.pumptechnology.co.uk Another benefit of the FlushMaster is the facility to un-clog the open vortex impeller without removing the cover. Simply insert a screwdriver down in the aperture provided onto the head of the motor / pump shaft, reverse the impeller and the clogged item will probably drop free


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As the original inventor of the macerator concept, Saniflo’s parent company, SFA, celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018. Saniflo was introduced into the UK market in 1979 and has become one of the most widely recognised brands in the UK plumbing market thanks to its range of over 50 macerator pumps, lifting stations, condensing units and showering products that allow domestic and commercial customers to install WC and washing facilities almost anywhere – lofts, basements, attics – even if not located in proximity to a soil stack and drainage facilities. Saniflo Domestic Range The Saniflo domestic range consists of a variety of models that can take waste from a single WC or multiple appliances. These include: • Saniflo Up – waste from a single WC • Sanitop Up – WC and washbasin • Sanislim – slim unit for WC, basin, shower, bidet • Saniplus Up - WC, basin, shower, bidet • Sanipro Up – WC, basin, shower, bidet • Sanicompact - WC with integrated macerator for small spaces • Sanipack Pro Up (for use with built-in furniture)


The Saniflo Commercial Range For waste discharge waste from larger, commercial buildings the range includes: • Sanispeed + - grey waste pump for lighter commercial applications such as cafes, offices, small shops • Sanibest Pro – WC, basin, shower, bidet - heavy usage in public or commercial situations. • Sanicubics – high volume pumps for multiple appliances • Sanicubic 2XL - multiple WC’s, showers and basins and other appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers

• Saniwall Pro-up (for use with wall hung sanitaryware)

• Sanicom - lifting stations for grey water used in busy commercial environments

• Sanishower + - for electric or gravity mixer showers

• Sanifos – external, underground pumps

• Sanishower Flat – for use with low level shower trays • Sanifloor + - for wetroom shower spaces • Sanivite + - to drain waste water from kitchen and utility rooms through small bore pipework.

• Sanicondens - disposal of acidic condensate This extensive range of pumping solutions has been developed because Saniflo recognises that one solution doesn’t suit all applications and customers can therefore carefully select a product that is best suited to the job in hand.


From attic en-suites to tight-fit utility rooms, you’ll always find a way with Saniflo. We’re constantly enhancing our extensive product range with clever innovations, like easy-access panels and vibration-reducing suspension, so you know you can ‘get it done’ whatever ‘it’ may be. Anything’s possible. Visit saniflo.co.uk to see how.


W30 steel windows play key role in restoring ‘Shakespeare house’

hall and a room above. This structure includes a round window, designed by myself and my husband, and created by Cotswold Casements. They also undertook all of the alterations and repairs to the window openings or reveals.”

The painstaking restoration of a large residential property in Stratfordupon-Avon, that has links to the town’s Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, has involved a long-established member of the Steel Window Not only did the couple discover that their Association, Cotswold Casements, playing a lead role in replacing all of home had been built in 1929 by a member the badly deteriorated original fenestration. of the Flowers brewing family who had he new owners, Mr and Mrs Carr-Smith, faced a challenge when they purchased the seven bedroom house a decade ago and were forced to undertake the restoration in phases. During the course of the work they gained access to the original plans of the building, as well as insights into its history.


Now, fully refurbished and with a two storey extension added at the front, the house is not only enjoyed by the occupants, but also admired by its neighbours who had watched it slide into disrepair over a 20 year period. As well as offering an elegant appearance in keeping with the 1920’s styling, the W30 frames manufactured and installed by, Moreton-in-Marsh based, Cotswold


Casements offer dramatically improved energy performance. Factory finished in a RAL 7021 powder coat, the frames contain 4-10-4 Krypton filled units featuring soft coat Low-E glass for the inner leaf, and low iron glass for the outer. Louise Carr-Smith commented, “When we first bought the house it had stood empty for most of the previous 20 years and was in very poor condition, while all of the old steel windows – some with square leaded lights, and some diagonal – had either bowed convex or concave through rusting. It was not a very warm house.” “Carried out in phases, we worked very well with Cotswold Casements, through several changes in personnel at the company and a lot of alterations to window openings; plus the construction of an extension which created a new entrance

helped fund construction of the RSC, when they gained access to the original drawings from a local archive, they realised their restoration was actually taking the property back to what is described as the ‘Twenties Hollywood’ style. While offering similarly slim sightlines to the classic Universal Suite of sections, the W30 profiles used to produce the 22 window frames for the Stratford house are fully compliant with the latest version of Part L to the Building Regulations. The circular window features the use of curved Heritage bars, while Cotswold Casements’ package also included two sets of double doors and a single door with side screens produced using W20 profiles. For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk or call 020 8543 2841.

Commtel Ltd was incorporated in 1992 and manufacture the industry leading Telguard range of telephone entry systems. We were the first to the market and also to obtain full BABT approval for landline based door entry systems. Since then we have continued to invest heavily in research and development, regularly introducing sector leading innovation. The Telguard range of products are still manufactured in the UK and are synonymous with quality, longevity and reliability.

What is Telguard? Telguard is a landline or GSM telephone based entry system, suitable for any electronic door, gate or barrier which requires control over access. It can be used in any environment, internally or externally, including domestic, commercial or the public sector. Telguard units can be used across any number of entry or exit points from single dwellings through to a high density blocks of flats or offices.

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UK design & manufacture 2 year warranty as standard Extendable warranty 316 premium grade stainless steel for quality & durability Pre-programming available On and off site programming as standard Continuous programming support Telephone technical support for lifetime of product Hy-Can range: • Fully customisable including size, colour, components and engraving • Hub & Satellite configuration available to give greater security & flexibility • DDA & Help assistance products available • ML range: • Slimline • Easy to use installer programming App • Command App available for end users • Both ranges have: Time clocks, configurable time zones for most major features • Access periods, Trade, Diverts, Authorisation • Free optional SIM card included on all GSM products No two buildings are the same, which is why all of our products are hand finished to order. Contact our experienced sales consultants who will work with you to fully understand your requirements and recommend the best solution for each of your projects.

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RINNAI DELIVERS HO WINNING LAKELAND H Rinnai’s continuous flow gas fired water heating units have been installed at the award winning Hillcroft Park which is set in the beautiful Ullswater Valley and offers year-round holiday accommodation to suit every taste and pocket. Hillcroft Park sits at the head of Ullswater above the pretty lakeside village of Pooley Bridge and offers traditional camping, camping pods, luxury lodges and holiday homes.


ecently the site, owned operated by the Heath family, added a new visitor pavilion and shower block to add to the existing facilities. Five Rinnai 1200i continuous flow units were installed as a cascade design so that any peak demand can be easily met - the 1200i delivers up to 35 litres of useable hot water per minute. The whole system is powered by LPG. All Rinnai units used in sites which are ‘off grid’ of the mains gas supply are supplied to site LPG ready enabled. The hot water delivery system at Hillcroft Park incorporates a secondary return utilising Rinnai pure controls and common flue headers on the units to streamline the flue configuration. The site is based on sustainability and energy savings so electronic sequencing is employed on the system. These smart sequencing controls will optimise system performance by only firing additional units when more outlets are opened meaning the site only uses energy when it is needed. Hillcroft Park has won many awards – notably the David Bellamy Conservation Award - several years running. This honour is awarded to those sites which met and exceed a variety of criteria – Managing their land as a haven for wildlife; Reduce their use of energy, water and other resources; Reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce and support their local communities.

Johnny opened the brand-new facilities building including a shower block that must be one of the most impressive in the UK when it comes to camping bathing facilities. Many of the fixtures and fittings would not be amiss in a luxury bathroom. Not content with high quality showers, basins, taps and tiles – campers also enjoy panoramic Lakeland scenes thoughtfully installed within the facilities themselves as well as a custom-made Lakeland soundscape of dawn chorus, sheep and, of course, water.

The site is also no strange to celebrities - earlier this year the much-loved comedian, Johnny Vegas returned to Hillcroft Park to open the impressive, new facilities block. Hillcroft Park became Johnny’s Lakeland ‘Home from Home’ for six weeks in 2017 during filming for the BBC series ‘Home from Home’ which appeared on BBC1.

At Hillcroft Park, life takes on a slower pace – a throwback to those carefree, childhood holidays. While you can connect to the world wide web while you’re with us, we’d encourage you to ditch the digital, disconnect and discover simpler pleasures like a walk up the fell, a dip in the lake followed by a family feast or a quiet pint and a breath-taking sunset to the sound of birdsong.



The Rinnai HDC 1200i water heater unit uses heat exchanger technology to allow high capacity from mains pressure, thereby guaranteeing all the hot water needed, when it is needed on demand. As well as high capacities, the Rinnai unit has lower greenhouse emissions because of the new reduced NOx burner technology. Available in both internal and external versions, HDC1200i gives end users 7% net efficiency* because the condensing process delivers up to 97% thermal efficiency, translating to significant energy savings when compared to standard tankless water heaters. All of which makes the HDC1200i continuous flow hot water system by far the best option for all types of sites. “The only time you are using energy is when there is a demand, in other words it is only burning gas when a tap or shower is being run and, design improvements by Rinnai have increased heat efficiency of its hot-water appliances from 80% to 95%, while decreasing gas consumption by around 14%,” says Gerard Gulliver for Rinnai. The HDC1200i is also renewables-ready (suitable for use as a temperature booster for solar thermal and heat-pump) and

can be easily configured in a manifold arrangement, ensuring they will never run out of hot water whatever the demand. As long as electricity, water, and gas supplies are connected, hot water is available when the hot water taps are open. A DIP switch enables pin-point temperature setting and for safety, the over-temperature protection will switch off the heater should the water temperature exceed by 3°C above its set-point. In real terms, swapping from a hot water storage system to a continuous flow hot water system can save a site several kW a day which equates to a lot of money a year at current prices. * Tested and certificated by Technigas to EN 26. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit



Leading Safety Upwards Over a third of all injuries reported annually are caused as a result of a slip or trip at the workplace Skyhook GB Limited, established in 2004, has come up with a revolutionary product specifically designed to prevent these unfortunate mishaps.


he Skyhook concept has been widely accepted in the construction industry due to its incredible effectiveness and convenience. The Skyhook support system has been sold to over 150 companies throughout the UK, and overseas, including some of the biggest names in the construction sector. The company provide skyhooks and Multi hooks in seven different colours, also the Extendable Tower Stand in yellow only. Skyhook GB is proud to announce the latest addition to their range: the Wall Hook which will come in yellow only. Customer service is at the heart of the company which is why they sell their support system to 150 companies throughout the UK and overseas. This incredibly innovative range consists of versatile and flexible products which make work environments significantly safer. Skyhook GB is consistently striving towards raising standard and trust that their new addition will continue to assist companies in the construction industry. For further information or general enquiries, please visit the Skyhook GB website. Alternatively, you can contact the company via telephone or email. T: +44 (0)1342 844 442 www.skyhook-gb.com



Insulation is key to ‘outstanding’ in BREEAM Duncan Voice of CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS ONLINE (CMO) explains:

This year’s BREEAM New Construction 2018 manual update has seen changes to the ways in which insulation in buildings is assessed. Insulation now plays a significant role and could be the deciding factor in achieving an ‘outstanding’ or ‘excellent’ grading for your building.


redit ‘HEA 05 Acoustic performance’ is worth three credits in a BREEAM assessment and is becoming more important for house building. With the aim of creating acoustically comfortable spaces for people, there are three strands that need to be addressed to achieve the three credits available within this category: • Sound insulation; • Indoor ambient noise level; and • Room acoustics. The importance of acoustic insulation Acoustic insulation is important to ensure the acoustic performance of walls, floors and ceilings. High-performance acoustic insulation allows designers to create lightweight and thinner build-ups while still achieving the required performance. To achieve the first credit, different standards must be adhered to depending on the building type – office, residential, educational, healthcare, etc. Though these values may differ, the principle is always the same: reduce airborne and impact sound transmission. Airborne is more important for walls, impact for floors. How to reduce sound transfer 1. Add acoustically absorbent materials that absorb the energy of soundwaves so those that make it to our ears are considerably less intense. 2. Increase material density. The greater the mass of the wall, the harder it is for sound to pass through.

3. Introduce clear cavities so there is no structural path for sound to transfer directly through the wall from one side to the other. Air gaps aside, acoustic insulation is a key player in reducing sound transfer between spaces. Mineral rock wool, a highly absorbent material, is an ideal choice for this purpose. As sound tries to pass through the air trapped within the fibrous structure, it gets absorbed by friction. In addition, the random orientation of these fibres makes it very difficult for sound to find a path from one side to the other. Mineral rock wool is also relatively dense as far as insulation goes, increasing the mass of the build-up.

of insulation materials is crucial in achieving a desired BREEAM rating. For more information about choosing insulation for your project, contact INSULATION SUPERSTORE on 01752 692 206 or visit www.insulationsuperstore.co.uk.

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Invalifts help the Cheeky Monkeys Lift Off

Invalifts were recently approached by a local children’s nursery owner. She already had a local thriving nursery in Nuneaton and was expanding the business with the purchase of an industrial unit. The unit was based on one of the local leading trading estates and needed to be completely fitted out in order to make it into a play centre and nursery.


nfortunately, the owner had been let down by another lift company, who had promised installation in time for the centre opening, and now couldn’t make the deadline. Invalifts were then contacted, and following the site survey, they managed to have the lift unit manufactured and installed in time for the grand opening. The on site installation was completed in just two days. The MC2000 platform lift unit was a perfect fit for the new nursery, as it is entirely self supporting, and comes complete with it’s own shaft structure. This meant that the client just needed an opening in the first floor mezzanine for the lift to be installed through. As the property had a full structural concrete floor the client elected to have a ramp at the lower level so that they did not need to excavate the normal 60mm pit. This lift was for disabled access and so our standard unit with a 1120mm x 1480mm platform was used, requiring a space of 1280mm x 1590mm to be installed. The unit was provided in a white finish with glazed doors with an intercom on the unit and the receiver unit positioned at the manned reception area in the case of emergencies. If you would like to know more about the MC2000 Platform Lift or other access solutions, please contact the Invalifts team on 0845 468 2543 or alternatively, email sales@invalifts.com


Platform Lifts Our range of platform lifts includes the MC2000 lift (right) - a high quality enclosed platform lift with a unique chain drive, and the option of glazing on all 4 shaft sides. With a fantastic guarantee, and small footprints available, this is a premier platform lift. We also offer stair platform lifts and a range of platform lifts for both internal and external use.

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INSTANT SUCCESS FOR DESIGNER CONTRACTS NEW RANGES Designer Contracts – the UK’s largest flooring contractor – has marked its two new curtain and blinds fabric collections as an instant success. he latest Elegance and Indulgence ranges incorporate up-to-theminute colours, textures and patterns to reflect the growing demand for interior design-led fabrics within the home.

collections reflect what the house buyer is looking for and they have both been an instant success. Customer service is at the forefront of our business, and alongside the extensive range of fabrics that are already available, our new Inspiration Guide offers a professional’s insight into interior design.”

Elegance features a choice of well-priced fabrics in a variety of popular muted shades such as duck egg, sage and mauve, with patterns including floral ‘Geo Viola’ and ‘Ripple Grape’. Luxurious Indulgence has been introduced with the most discerning house buyer in mind and includes a well-appointed selection of soft heather colours, including modern ‘Saffron Heather’ and ‘Tetris Lilac’. The collection also has a choice of charcoals and naturals as well as a fun selection of children’s prints, ideal for bedrooms and playrooms.

Designer Contracts operates across 15 UK regional facilities. As well as curtain and blind packs, the company provides furniture and lighting packs and operates a showhome design division. The company is also the UK’s largest provider of floorcoverings to the new build sector.


The fabrics are part of the company’s ‘Inspiration Guide’, a brochure style look-book, which has been curated alongside Designer Contracts’ interior design team. The designers have developed mood boards around the Elegance and Indulgence collections, demonstrating how the fabrics and accessories, such as curtain poles and venetian blinds can be mixed and matched to achieve a refined, professional finish. Said Designer Contracts md, Peter Kelsey: “The new


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Invalifts were recently contacted by a leading clothing retailer, who was shortly opening a brand new unit, in an out-of-town shopping centre in the East Midlands. They were looking for an easy, space efficient way to provide access between the floors of their outlet. fter a consultation with leading access provider, Invalifts, the MC2000 platform lift unit was chosen as an ideal way to provide a part M compliant lift with a platform of 1120 x 1480mm, with a capacity of 500kgs. What’s more, the lift is entirely self supporting, fitting perfectly with the mezzanine structure and easily managing the 4 metre distance between floors.


Enclosed platform lift for leading retailer

The platform lift shaft was clad with quartz grey infill panels, which had been specified in a special RAL colour to match the interior design of the shop, whilst a ramp was utilised at the base of the lift, removing the need to dig a 60mm pit. The installation of the lift was completed in just two days with minimal builders work, maximising convenience for the client. The lift doors were fully glazed with self closers, and the lift was also fitted with an intercom in case of emergency. The client was very pleased with the final product, and with a 5 year guarantee on the motor and gearbox, they can look forward to the lift running smoothly for many years to come. If you would like to know more about the MC2000 Platform Lift or other access solutions, please contact the Invalifts team on 0845 468 2543 or alternatively, email sales@invalifts.com


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The ‘Ultimet’ Energy Saving Blind 3 Window Blinds in 1 Insulation improved – reducing heating costs Heat gain from the sun reduced – lowering cooling costs Lighting costs down – controlled levels of natural light

All in One Blind The Ultimetal fabric with the high levels of solar reflectance and low levels of emissivity afforded by its metallised coating provide industry leading levels of shading performance. The 50+ years’ experience of weaving glass-fibre based shading fabrics producing the highest levels of performance from the thinnest of materials. The Ultimetal fabric is less than one quarter of a millimetre thick, permitting a blind of over 3.0 metres in height to be stored in a cassette of less than 55mm square. Powder coated to match the window frames, the blinds become almost invisible.

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De Dietrich Introduces Twist, Click, Cook Premium French Kitchen Appliance Brand Introduces Simple Cooking Concept to Inspire Culinary Excellence at Home French kitchen appliance brand De Dietrich has introduced a new cooking concept; Twist, Click, Cook to showcase the simplicity of using De Dietrich ovens to create an array of impressive dishes and meals.

With a delicate balance of expertise and precision, a harmonious combination of premium materials and unique technological performance, De Dietrich ovens represent the skilful art of cooking to perfection, whether a chef or amateur.

Simply TWIST the dial in the oven Chef mode to select your food type then CLICK on that selected food, the oven informs you of the shelf position and once the food is placed in the oven and door closes the oven COOKS by determining the temperature and cook time. In Chef Mode, the oven has the precision and control of a real chef, and features exclusive, patented technology that adjusts all settings automatically; the cooking function, the ideal temperature and even the cooking time – to give anyone the ability to perfect every dish like a true professional.

Tom Whelan, marketing manager for De Dietrich in UK & Ireland, said: “De Dietrich, a leader in French design and cooking appliances since 1684, continue to bring exciting new technologies to consumers”.

1. Twist – To select your recipe, simply twist the dial on the De Dietrich oven and choose a recipe from the ‘Chef ’ ‘Recipe’ ‘Culinary’ or ‘Pastry’ modes. 2. Click – Once your recipe is selected, click to begin the cooking process. There’s no need to preheat your oven or guess cooking times; the De Dietrich oven will calculate the cooking time itself (in Chef Mode). 3. Cook – Simply let your oven do the hard work and enjoy a dish that’s cooked to perfection.


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Insinkerator® provides a practical and convenient solution to food waste A report from Houzz1 states more than a third of homeowners reported that following a kitchen renovation they are preparing more meals at home and eating more fruit and vegetables. Despite our best efforts, however, a small proportion of food waste is inevitable in the kitchen and many consumers are faced with the difficulty of sustainably disposing of items such as vegetable peelings and banana skins.

InSinkErator® food waste disposers hygienically eliminate food waste in seconds


eing one of the most sociable areas of the home, the kitchen is increasingly incorporated into the design of a property’s living area, and regardless of the kitchen style or design, hidden appliances, such as a food waste disposer, have convenient benefits and can rid the home of bins filled with unhygienic food waste and unpleasant odours. According to WRAP2, seven million tonnes of food and drink are wasted every year in the UK. This subsequently amounts to approximately 20 per cent of all household waste and resulting in a huge strain on landfill sites. Where the option of composting food waste is not possible, however, a food waste disposer is the ideal alternative for diverting food waste from ending up in landfill. InSinkErator® food waste disposers allow food waste to be dealt with instantly, hygienically and in a responsible manner. In addition, the set of rubber guards protect the user when inserting the food waste into the disposer. With an InSinkErator® food waste disposer there is not a blade or knife in sight. 1 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study - UK

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Food waste is ground into minute sized particles, thanks to the innovative system of stainless steel grinding rings. The food waste is then dispatched and simply rinsed away safely down the drain, through the standard plumbing, to wastewater treatment. Where there is an anaerobic digester within the sewage system, the nutrients from the food waste can be recovered and turned into biogas and fertiliser for agriculture. Not only does this offer an alternative to traditional disposal methods, but by reducing food waste to landfill sites, it also helps to reduce greenhouse gases and the household’s carbon footprint. InSinkErator® is committed to providing lifestyle enhancing solutions that are safe to use and reduce the impact of food waste on landfill sites. As the global leader and inventor of food waste disposers, InSinkErator® has a range of models to suit every household and lifestyle. Retailer contact details: T: 01923 375 349 W: https://insinkerator.emerson.com/en-gb


2019 Interior Trend

Wall Art for the Retro Nomad As 2018 is fading, we have our gaze firmly fixed on 2019 and the interior trends it is likely to yield, which will still focus around combining modern living with a feel of retro and nostalgia, employing both methods of upcycling the old, staining the new and, most of all, a combination of both. This, in turn, demands flexibility and the possibility of being able to turn a décor around in a heartbeat while losing none of what makes it original. Affordable wall art by Posterlounge offers an ideal means to style your walls in a new theme and look with high-quality materials that give every picture a unique finish – a quick, easy and an ideal solution for the modern retro nomad. Vintage Wall Art – Choosing the Perfect Design There are many ways that lead to creating a retro feeling in your home wall art. One is, of course, the choice of picture itself. Images of old commercial or travel ads seem to carry the light-heartedness of a, to our imagination, easier time and living into the modern day and have a humorous quality in their apparent naïveté. Prints of beloved classic movies, in turn, have an undying popularity and relevance as one moves through various stages of life – from the Rocky Balboa poster in the teenage bedroom to the Twin Peaks print as a nostalgic eye-catcher in the minimalist new loft.

Styled to perfection as a ready-to-hang poster in a wood frame, a picture of such nature strikes the perfect balance between being unique and yet understated enough to adapt to any décor concept.

A little rawness or a little satin – which finish is mine? The choice of material to print on can make all the difference, and the trend to choose sturdy, ‘honest’ materials such as wood and metal is still going strong. Both materials are available to print on at Posterlounge and come with their individual benefits in terms of look and feel. Wood is, without saying, the choice to achieve a rough, natural and stained look, as colours pale through the special printing prosess and whites show only the natural wood grain beneath. Both botanic images as well as typographies with stark contrasts are thus turned into vintage focal points with a romantic quality. Aluminium prints, on the other hand, have a classier look and feel. As the panels are only 3mm thick but sturdy on account of its core made from black ethylene, aluminium prints nestle themselves closely and elegantly to the wall. Their surface has a velvety gleam, softening the light rather than reflecting it and the colours are rich and soft like heavy satin, making any picture, from the classics by the Old Masters to modern photography, look like a priceless collector’s edition of timeless chic. To find your 2019 retro look take a look at the vintage prints and pictures in the Posterlounge online shop.


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Kitchenaid launches new ventilated induction hob KitchenAid, the luxury kitchen appliance manufacturer, has launched a new ventilated induction hob, which discreetly incorporates a downdraft extraction system. The sleek and stylish KitchenAid 900 mm ventilated induction hob (KHIVF 90000) features four induction zones and an integrated, downdraft, extraction system that is both powerful and discreet. KitchenAid appliances are designed to enhance the user’s cooking experience and the ventilated induction hob guarantees outstanding results by combining precision, speed and energy efficiency.


With a dynamic surface that features two flexible cooking zones, the stylish black glass 900 mm ventilated induction hob (KHIVF 90000) accommodates large cookware and also makes it effortless to manage multiple pots and pans, which is particularly useful when entertaining guests or experimenting in the kitchen. The downdraft extraction system, located in the middle of the hob, benefits from perimetral extraction and a 600 m3/h maximum air flow, which ensures grease, steam and odours are all effectively cleared, protecting furniture and improving the air quality of the home. Perimetral extraction technology extracts vapours from around the edges of the extractor, rather than the centre, creating a faster airflow and increasing grease extraction by 10 per cent1. The discreetly integrated system adds a touch of prestige to the kitchen and is ideal for a kitchen that is sleek and minimal. Four speed settings and a boost option to maximise extraction performance, while operating at a quiet 63 dB(A) noise level. Lee Collett, Channel Controller, Kitchen Studio & KitchenAid Brand, says: “KitchenAid believes that appliances are more than just tools and it is the brand’s mission to inspire passion for fine food. The KitchenAid 900 mm ventilated induction hob (KHIVF 90000) features

professional performance, artisan quality and iconic design, which are the perfect characteristics for those who are serious about food. The centrally located extractor also offers the user flexibility in the location of the appliance’s installation in the kitchen.”

The KitchenAid 900 mm ventilated induction hob (KHIVF 90000) features an integrated extraction system and innovative technologies that allow the user to express their culinary creativity

Key features and benefits of the KitchenAid ventilated induction hob (KHIVF 90000) General: • Sleek black glass finish suitable for either flush or standard installation – depending on the user’s preference • Intuitive touch controls for a premium user experience • Energy rating: ‘A’ • Dimensions: H x W x D: 205 x 900 x 580 mm Hob: • Four induction zones with two bridge zones, which allow the user to link two adjoining zones – making it easier to manage larger pots and pans • Dynamic sensor hastens the boiling process; it can detect when a pan reaches boiling point, notifying the user with a discreet acoustic signal whilst automatically adjusting the power level to maintain the temperature and avoid any spillages • Booster function accelerates the boiling of water by increasing power to 3.7 kW until the pan reaches boiling point, ensuring maximum efficiency • The multifunction button provides the user with dedicated melting and simmering settings that are required for delicate ingredients such as butter and chocolate • Keep warm function maintains food at a constant low heat • Residual heat indicator to identify when the surface is too hot to touch

• Timer to assist with precise cooking • Key lock feature for maximum safety Downdraft extractor: • Perimetral extraction with a 600 m3/h maximum air flow • Plasma or charcoal filters available • Four speed settings complete with boost function • Noise level on maximum speed 63 dB(A); with power boost 68 dB(A) For more information on the KitchenAid ventilated induction hob (KHIVF 90000), and any other KitchenAid major domestic appliances, please contact your account manager or visit the website at www.kitchenaid.co.uk.



Pocket doors are a great way to free up spaces within rooms by removing the footprint created by traditional hinged doors. This allows you to realise the maximum potential of the available space. With a typical space saving of 2.6m² per door compared to hinged doors, pocket doors are fast becoming the ideal solution where space is at a premium.

THE CASSETTE SYSTEM The Scrigno cassette system comes pre-assembled and is ready to install straight into the wall. It is the quickest to install of the two systems and each kit is built to accommodate a specific door size (there are imperial and metric sizes) weighing up to 100kg. An FD30 fire rated version and a double door system are also available. Several accessories are available for the kit •46•

including a conversion kit to allow the fitting of a glass door, a slow damper, a glass slow damper, a dynamic auto closer and simultaneous opening and closing system for double doors. Cassette/Pocket - The preassembled cassette is made from 0.5mm galvanised steel on the sides and 0.8mm on the top and bottom profile sections. The cassette sides are formed

using a single piece of pressed steel and the corrugations spaced from 10mm apart give the cassette excellent rigidity. Horizontal Profile Sections Further reinforce the structure and allow plasterboard to be fixed directly to the cassette. Save Time - The cassette system is quick and easy to install saving time compared to conventional pocket doors.

THE KIT SYSTEM The kit system is the simple self-assembly version of the cassette. The kit is much lighter and easier to handle and install, but still provides the same sturdy result as the cassette. A single kit can be adjusted to accommodate multiple door sizes weighing up to 100kg. A double door system is easily achievable by joining two kits together using parts that are included.

Self-Assemble Kit - The kit system allows for extra versatility as a single kit covers multiple door widths. The kits come in metric and imperial sizes and cover 626 - 1026mm and 2ft 3ft door widths. Simple Assembly - Each kit is easy and intuitive to assemble. The kit features a ‘snap-together’ positioning system and comes pre-marked for various door thicknesses.

Compact Packaging - As the kits are self-assembly, the amount of packaging has been vastly reduced. This also means each kit takes up less space in a warehouse or construction site.

Dale Hardware is one of the UK’s leading distributors of high quality architectural hardware. You can see our range of Scrigno pocket doors at www.dalehardware.com/ranges/scrigno-pocket-door-systems/ Email us sales@dalehardware.com or call us on 01924 262621 •47•