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The row washbasin from HEWI was awarded the “German Innovation Award – Winner 2022” in the category “Excellence in Business to Business – Building & Elements”. 

The HEWI row washbasins encourage children to wash hands thanks to the cheerful colours. The built-in height and depth gradation adapts optimally to a smaller anatomy. Rounded corners and edges protect children from impacts and support the accessibility of the fittings. An integrated baffle disc invites playful exploration of water.

The washbasins are also easy to clean and hygienic. Even acrylic and finger paints can be removed from the non-porous surface without leaving any residue.  

About the award

The German Innovation Award is awarded by the German Design Council. It distinguishes products, solutions, and services across all sectors. Award-winning solutions are characterised by their added value compared with previous products and their orientation towards the users.  

The jury of the German Innovation Awards is made up of experts from industry, science, and finance. The submissions are evaluated based on three criteria: level of innovation, user benefits, and economic efficiency.  

Straight from Salone, Spanish bathroom manufacturer Acquabella, www.acquabella.com/en is delighted to present their Infinity 1 and 2 countertops with new integrated rounded basins.

The Infinity is an extremely popular countertop for specifiers and designers with a format ideal for bespoke projects. The Infinity is the perfect match for the new rounded edges. The Infinity Countertop Round was very well received when showcased at Salone del Mobile in Milan last week.

Infinity worktop in Cement colour with standard panel 180×60 in Beton texture and cement colour show furniture 80 X 41 X 30 in RAL colour

Following the successful introduction of “White Tulip”, Tulum represents Philippe Starck’s second tap series for Duravit. The mid-price range taps are extremely adaptable, and slot perfectly into a variety of bathroom interiors, harmonizing with numerous ceramic series.

Iconic and timeless design

Available in two finishes Chrome and Matt Black – Tulum synchronises with the Starck T accessories series, also designed by Philippe Starck. The taps are available in round or angular elements and include a feature to set water volume and temperature

Broad program for individual solutions

The washbasin mixers are available in a range of heights: S, M, and XL. The range can be installed in other areas of the bathroom – bidet, shower, and bathtub: from exposed to concealed installation through to the free-standing bathtub mixer. The showerhead portfolio includes matching hand showers and showerheads in a range of sizes and design variants, from round to rectangular or as a stick shower.

Impressive quality and functionality
Tulum features long-lasting ceramic cartridges and perfectly finished surfaces that are easy to clean. The harmoniously integrated aerator enriches the water jet with air and generates a gentle spray pattern.
The flow rate is just 5 l/min.

The washbasin mixers include the energy-saving FreshStart function and are available in sizes S and M. Initially, only cold-water flows in the central position, hot water is only added when the user deliberately moves the handle to the left.

The Duravit BlueBox®, is a universal installation system for a range of tap designs (lever mixers or thermostats), and is used for concealed installation. This allows the design decision to be taken even after the basic set has been installed.

The tap series is guaranteed by Duravit for five years.

WRAS (Water Regulations Approval Scheme) has extended its scope of recognition for SKZ, the global laboratory testing provider, adding taps and most types of valves to SKZ’s existing WRAS recognition for pipes and fittings testing.

This extended scope reflects WRAS’s commitment to providing manufacturers with the most comprehensive list of testing options, offering more choice and speeding up processes.

SKZ provides laboratory testing and certification to many of the world’s most innovative companies.

As a WRAS recognised test laboratory with an extended scope, SKZ can now offer its customers testing services from a single source, saving time and reducing testing costs.

Ian Hughes, Approvals Manager for WRAS said:

“Sixty-two per cent of trade buyers say they would pay a premium for a plumbing product that had a WRAS approval, which brings clear commercial opportunities for manufacturers and retailers.

“With that in mind, WRAS is committed to making testing as accessible and speedy as possible for manufacturers. Extending the scope of SKZ is another step on that ongoing journey.”

Tobias Bauer, Group Manager Project Management PPC at SKZ added:

“It is important to have products tested and certified by independent bodies to ensure a consistently high level of quality, which is particularly important for drinking water.

“WRAS is a well-known and established certification body for plumbing products and materials in various countries and SKZ is pleased to be recognised by WRAS as a test laboratory to enable our customers to obtain WRAS approvals.”

The SBID International Design Awards finalists for 2022 have been revealed, boasting an impressive shortlist of award-worthy entries across Interior Design, Product Design and Fit-Out.

From the design scheme and products specified through to the final installation, the SBID Awards champion design standards across the supply chain in the design, procurement and execution of outstanding interiors.

The Public Vote is now open! Worth an influential 30% of the final scores, the public has the opportunity to decide which finalists deserve a prestigious SBID Award! Visitors can only vote once per category.

Voting closes at 5pm (BST) on 24 August

To find out more visit Explore the Finalists



Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with NTT Urban Development Corporation for Hyatt Centric Sapporo.

Slated to open in 2024, the 216-room hotel will mark the third Hyatt Centric property in Japan, following Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo and Hyatt Centric Kanazawa. The hotel will be the first Hyatt Centric hotel in Hokkaido, northern Japan, and signifies Hyatt’s focus on growing its lifestyle brand portfolio in the Asia Pacific region.  

The hotel will be adjacent to one of Hokkaido’s most famous landmarks, the historic Akarenga-chosha, formerly Hokkaido’s government office, and situated near Odori Park, the city’s famous green oasis that is popular with local residents and host to major events such as Sapporo Snow Festival. The hotel will be a few minutes’ walk from the Odori subway station through an underground walkway and a 10-minute walk from the centrally located JR Sapporo station.

Known for its many attractions, Sapporo is a popular destination for adventurous Japanese and international travelers alike. Each winter, the city hosts the famous Sapporo Snow Festival, attracting visitors from around the world with its fascinating transformation of snow sculptures and ice installations, skating rinks, snow hills, Hokkaido-specialty gourmet options, and much more. Sapporo is also the urban gateway to the island’s fantastic ski resorts, relaxing onsens (hot springs), as well as beautiful national parks and mountains.

The hotel will be part of a new 26-story building complex that is currently under construction. Hyatt Centric Sapporo will occupy the complex’s upper floors, offering modern accommodations with panoramic views, two dining outlets, and multi-functional spaces for banquets and events.

“We are honored to collaborate with NTT Urban Development Corporation on the first Hyatt Centric hotel in Hokkaido, one of Japan’s most fascinating destinations,” said Sam Sakamura, Hyatt’s vice president – Japan and Micronesia.

“As the third Hyatt Centric hotel in Japan, we continue to expand Hyatt’s lifestyle brand presence to better meet the diverse needs of the market and travelers, and we look forward to welcoming guests to discover Sapporo’s vibrant culture, thriving food scene and Hokkaido’s spectacular landscapes.”  

Hiroshi Tsujigami, president and chief executive officer of NTT Urban Development Corporation said, “We are pleased to bring a Hyatt Centric hotel to Sapporo, especially in such a prime central location near the historical heart and key attractions of the city. Hokkaido is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan and Sapporo is the heart of Hokkaido, so we are delighted to work with Hyatt to bring Hyatt Centric Sapporo to life, and expect it to bring new energy to the city, while being the preferred choice for today’s modern travelers.

Following the success and rapid expansion of Ideal Standard’s retail network, Ideal Standard and Faucets have entered into a distribution and service agreement. 

From 1st July 2022, the partnership sees Faucets become the first distributor of Ideal Standard’s premier Atelier Collections in Great Britain. First launched in 2021, the award-winning luxury collections were designed in combination with renowned Italian design company Palomba Serafini Associati. Faucets will also be a key distributor for Ideal Standard’s Bathroom Collections range.

Both Atelier and Bathroom Collections offer a comprehensive range of innovative products, with high-performance technologies. Importantly, the service agreement means retailers can take advantage of a large range of stocked products available on a next day basis for a faster, more consistent service.

Speaking on the agreement, Adam Evans, Retail Channel Director at Ideal Standard UK, said: “Maintaining the strength of our relationship with retailers is vital to us at Ideal Standard. Our partnership with Faucets supports our existing retail network, while providing an enhanced service and ensuring we can provide a wide range of stock, quickly.”

Darren Taylor, Managing Director at Faucets, added: “We’re delighted to announce this partnership, which helps further cement our position as a leading stockist and distributor of quality bathroom products. Working with Ideal Standard’s existing retail network helps bolster our offering and means we can provide an excellent service to all customers, every time.”

For more information on Faucets visit: https://www.faucets.co.uk/index.html To find out more about Ideal Standard visit: https://www.idealstandard.co.uk/

LIXIL, maker of water and housing products, today opened its new distribution centre for GROHE brand products in Porta Westfalica, Germany. The new facility is equipped with state-of-the-art warehousing technology to further improve the efficiency and throughput capacity for the distribution of GROHE sanitary systems.

“We are delighted about the addition of the new distribution centre to our Porta Westfalica site. Complementing production with top-notch logistics operations we are now optimally equipped for the future,” said Jonas Brennwald, Leader LIXIL EMENA.

Shorter distances, modern warehousing facilities

The new building is located next to the existing logistics centre that was built in 1994 but is almost four times larger with around 29,500 square meters of floor space. The former distribution centre will be used as additional production space in the future.

“One of the main advantages of the new distribution centre is its proximity to the production plant. Our extremely high throughput volume meant that we had to use several external warehouses in the region. Now the new building is finished the transfer between sites is no longer necessary. At the same time, we can convert the old building into an additional production area,” explained Jörg Vogeley, Plant Manager at the LIXIL Competence Centre for GROHE sanitary technology in Porta Westfalica.

The modern distribution centre has three hall sections and was specifically designed to handle GROHE products. Further expansion phases are planned. The new racking systems and conveyor technology, including a fully automated pallet transportation system and state-of-the-art software, ensure better efficiency.

“Thanks to the new warehouse technology we can respond to customer needs even more flexibly, for example by making smaller batch sizes and short-notice shipments possible,” said Sebastian Weber, Leader Supply Chain, LIXIL EMENA.

“The new distribution centre also provides our employees with a modern work environment. Our team of logistics specialists benefits from optimised workflows that allow them to apply their know-how to the full.”

GROHE logistics operations are all managed in-house. The new facility will create around 40 new full-time jobs.

Pinnacle8 from British manufacturer, Kudos, is now available with a Matt Black profile and is a perfect pairing to complement their new slate grey tray collection.

The semi-frameless Pinnacle8 collection is characterised by a minimalist cut-out finger pull and easy-fit slimline wall profiles with concealed fixings. The matt black profiled range incorporates hinged and sliding door options to suit a wide range of recess and corner installations. All options feature toughened glass treated with Lifeshield.

The Kudos portfolio includes shower enclosures, shower trays, over-bath screens and wet-room solutions. To learn more, visit kudosshowers.co.uk, or contact them directly on 01539 564040 or info@kudosshowers.co.uk.

Saneux has launched a new product catalogue, Edition 26, for summer 2022.

Featuring useful information to help specifiers select the right products to create that perfect bathroom, it includes a section detailing what products, sizes, and types of furniture and accessories are available in their furniture ranges.

It also features brand-new products including the Hyde Lite basin, unit & handle, Cos knurled brassware, and Sienna semi-recessed basins.

To see the online version of the catalogue, you can download it from https://saneux.com/brochures/ or if you want to order a physical copy then please email orders@saneux.com with your name and delivery address and one will be posted to you.