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The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to take a new look at the way we live and will have a direct impact on how we design our homes in the future. For the bathroom, this will mean a greater emphasis on adaptable bathroom spaces that can cater for periods of increased use in busy or multi-generational households.

The shower room has always been an ideal way to create a spacious, luxurious yet durable bathroom space. Whether you are working to transform a small bathroom or refresh an existing shower space, we have some ideas to help you on your way.

Flush to floor shower areas

Flush to floor shower areas help to create a level shower area, making them perfect for all generations and abilities, they are also easier to clean.

Bette’s Head of Marketing, Sven Rensinghoff tells us “Flush-to-floor shower trays are growing in popularity because they look so stylish and contemporary, while also increasing accessibility in the bathroom. There is a trend towards larger shower areas, with the largest 1800 x 1000mm being selected more often, as they are great to use and help to create an extremely luxurious look. We are also seeing more shower trays chosen in colours to coordinate with various forms of flooring. In particular, with matt finishes in colours inspired by nature. There is also more interest in anti-slip, now that almost invisible options are available, and in other finishing touches that provide a benefit for the customer, such as upturns, so silicone is not required where the shower tray meets the wall.”

The BetteFloor shower area, pictured here, can be fitted flush with the floor and is strong, easy to clean, sustainable and 100% recyclable. Like all Bette shower trays, it comes with a 30-year warranty. Bette easy-to-fit shower trays are available in 400 colours. Keep Reading…

The BetteFloor glazed titanium steel shower floor

Shower enclosures & slip-resistant shower floors

UK manufacturer Kudos tell us they have benefited from increased sales in showering enclosure products and from a reinvigorated interest in British Made products.

Nick Graville, Sales & Marketing Director Kudos Shower Products explains “In terms of style trends there are two key themes we are seeing. The first is possibly the result of an ageing population and they are certainly the ones with the disposable income at present, that’s slip-resistant features on designer products.

“The second trend is in coloured fixtures. Those old enough to remember the coloured bathroom suites of the past will understand that the market has been white and chrome fittings for many years since. However, as different metallic and matt finishes grow in popularity in brassware, this is now making its way into shower panel profiles to coordinate, whether that be matt black, brushed gold or brushed nickel stainless steel effect.”

The most recent launch from Kudos is a new 300mm glass Deflector to suit all Kudos Ultimate Showering Panel, this new fold-away glass ‘Deflector Panel’ is a stylish and practical solution designed to suit the Ultimate collection of showering panels from Kudos. Keep Reading…

Multi-generational spaces

The rise in multi-generational living has not only created a need to re-configure our living space to cater for all ages, we also need a space to relax and unwind. If you are not a fan of the bathtub, it makes sense to install a shower room, without compromising on aesthetics.

Lakes Sales & Marketing Director Mike Tattam agrees “Showering is an essential part of everyday life – it can set us up for the day or help us to wind down at night. A rise in multi-generational living, busier households and shrinking bathrooms means showers suit modern living. However, the importance of a daily shower as a slice of ‘me time’ means homeowners are looking for a spa-like experience where relaxation is almost as important as getting clean.

“Bathrooms need to be beautiful to look at, but also suit the space and lifestyles of the people using them – with of course the reassurance of durability and low maintenance too.”

Lakes premium Island Collection now includes Antigua and Aruba. The new ‘showroom exclusive’ products are designed with Lakes Definitions for an exclusive finishing touch.

Lakes Showwering spaces: fresh design ideas
          Lakes Antigua showering space with a chrome handle and profile caps as standard

Finishing touches

For a coordinated design, shower components and bathroom accessories are key to creating the right aesthetic, at the same same time, they must deliver functionality and durability. Planning in accessories early helps designers establish a bathroom theme at the outset, many manufacturers offer complete collections to help simplify the process.

Margaret Talbot, Marketing Manager at VitrA tells us “A shower that looks fantastic and feels fantastic is both a luxury and for many an absolute necessity.  Safe thermostatic water temperature control is critical for all bathrooms, and water efficiency is increasingly important for consumers who are keen to save resources and money on utility bills.   Colour and texture allow for a stylish statement in modern bathrooms – blacks and copper look impressive against whites and muted tones.  But it is the high-quality, brass components, behind the scenes that  will provide the user with the ultimate showering experience for many years to come.”

VtrA’s Origin and brassware accessories range has over 150 pieces in the collection, including monobloc taps in four heights, wall and deck mounted mixers and both concealed and exposed thermostatic and manual showers with a choice of handheld or fixed overhead showers. A comprehensive range of accessories complements taps and showers. All pieces are available in chrome, brushed nickel, copper and matt black finishes.

“This is a beautiful, comprehensive collection,” continues Marketing Manager Margaret Talbot. “The design-for-all ethos can be seen throughout with the choice of finishes, sizes and product types.  Top-quality materials have been used with cartridges that allow light fingertip control and deliver an efficient flow rate.  There are products to satisfy the most demanding specification with basin mixers, baths, showers, wet rooms, WCs and complementary accessories.”

The Covid-19 pandemic has refocussed the public’s approach to hygiene and cleanliness. This key criteria for bathroom and washroom design has become the single most important consideration when designing for commercial spaces. Furthermore, Covid-19 or a series of new infectious diseases may well be here to stay, as outlined in a  paper published on 15 August, with the prominent US immunologist Anthony Fauci and his colleague David Morens arguing that “we have entered a pandemic era”. With this in mind, we can expect to see an ever-increasing focus on hygiene enabling washroom materials and surfaces, touchless taps and sanitisers in the years to come.

As VitrA explains “The consumer is embracing the need for safeguards while travelling, staying in hotels, and eating in restaurants.  On the list of things that will make them feel pandemic-safe, are contactless check-ins and check-outs, smart-phone ordering at tables, masks, and visors and critically, robust hygiene protocols.  After the kitchens or food delivery areas, it is in bathrooms, washrooms and WC’s that consumers will judge whether an establishment has taken hygienic safety seriously.  Businesses that can highlight both stringent procedures and the best in hygienic bathroom design will be in the best position to get back to pre-pandemic trading.”

Hygienic and Covid-safe washrooms

In the washroom

To aid the cleaning process, and to ensure hoteliers and restauranteurs can adhere to cleaning protocols, VitrA has built-in VitrA Cleancoating on several ceramic basins, vanity basin tops and WC products. The coating increases the surface tension, ensuring the water flows smoothly from the surface. All that is required to keep the basin clean is a wipe with a damp cloth and mild detergent.

The rim around a conventional toilet pan is the place where water enters and is usually open, creating the perfect place for bacteria and limescale to accumulate.  VitrA’s Rim-Ex technology offers the latest in WC bowl design.  With a rimless, smooth internal pan, there is no hiding place for bacteria to multiply and limescale to build-up. Rim-Ex ensures the best in hygiene and offers the added benefit of speeding up cleaning time.  Tests undertaken by Akdeniz University, in Turkey, prove that Rim-Ex is 95% more hygienic than a standard WC pan.   Read more…

In community spaces

RAK-Sanit is the ideal solution for domestic dwellings, modern and safer schools, public and private offices, restaurants, hotels, laboratories and, indeed, all those premises in which hygiene is of primary importance. All those places generally described as “community spaces”, in which numerous people of different ages, genders and cultures make random encounters. Inside, toilet facilities destined for use by all and sundry are increasingly in need of strong, antibacterial elements with a long product life.   

The RAK-Sanit bactericide action is permanent, guaranteeing built-in protection throughout the entire expected product lifetime, thanks to its constant action against microbial colonisation; this technology, which has proved its capacity to reduce or eliminate the quantity of bacteria up to 99.99%, including MRSA, E. Coli, Salmonella and Legionella, actively prevents the growth of microorganisms 24 hours a day.   Read more…

RAK-Sanit Ceramic

In the bathroom

Bette tell us “The material chosen plays a huge part in determining how quickly and effectively debris from tooth-brushing and washing in basins, and from washing in baths and showers, can be removed. Materials that can become scratched can harbour dirt and bacteria, as can tiled shower areas, so there is likely to be more demand for scratch-proof, non-porous and easy to clean materials, such as glazed titanium-steel.

Bette BetteCraft Covid-safe bathrooms
BetteCraft Basin

“Bette uses glazed titanium-steel for all its baths, shower trays and basins. It is harder than marble, acrylic, stone resin or steel alone and its unique smoothness means that dirt and bacteria are unable to adhere to the glass-hard, non-porous surface. Dirt is easy to rinse off, and the material’s superior durability also means it can withstand heightened cleaning regimes, such as the use of bleach, as it is unaffected by chemicals.” Read More…

Touchless taps

Inta has advised people responsible for washrooms across the UK to strongly consider touchless taps as businesses prepare for an attempt at returning to normality.

Stuart Gizzi, Managing Director at Inta, based in Hixon, Staffordshire, believes that any investment in touchless tap technology will pay off long term as it gives users peace of mind in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst allowing greater control over water flow and limiting waste.

Stuart said: “This year we have all become more aware than ever of germ hotspots that we may have interacted with without a second thought previously. Read more…

Reduce water flow to save water

As the government promotes the importance of regularly washing hands thoroughly for 20 seconds to slow the spread of Covid-19, fitting a flow regulator to household taps could make huge savings to water usage.

Kevin Gates, UK Managing Director at the world’s largest flow regulator manufacturer Neoperl (based in Malvern) said “As an industry we have the technology to easily reduce the flow of water in taps without compromising the experience. We all have taps in the home, whether in the bathroom or cloakroom, where water is largely used for just washing hands or cleaning teeth. Most of the time these taps have a higher flow rate than required and we are simply throwing clean water down the drain.

It’s a really affordable solution to retrofit a flow regulator, most consumers could do it themselves with a little advice. They simply need to be aware that flow regulators exist, obtain the right advice as to which regulator to fit to retain adequate performance and finally they need to purchase a simple tool to fit it.” Read more…

Pictured top – RAK Sanit – public bathroom

We’ve rarely so longed to be outdoors, on holiday or enjoying the unrestricted freedom of travel as now. As the manufacturer of premium bathrooms, Kaldewei shows how you can satisfy your craving for a holiday or a relaxing break – at home in your own bathroom. Kaldewei has put together a few design ideas for the bathroom, so you can create a carefree sense of holiday, sun and rest into your home.

The lush green of the rainforest, the turquoise Mediterranean or the dazzling blue sky with white fluffy clouds on a Tyrolean mountain are all sensual impressions of holidays which stay with us all our lives, providing the indescribable feeling of untrammelled freedom, relaxation and contentment. There is no better place than the bathroom to think upon these moments, snatch back that elation and free ourselves temporarily from the many constraints we face in daily life. With the right design, you can switch off from everyday life here and enjoy a real holiday feel in your own home.

Almost like the rainforest: natural materials meet natural decor

Immerse yourself in a virtual rainforest with maximum comfort for showering, bathing and freshening up at the washbasin. Natural materials for the flooring, bathroom furniture and accessories such as wood, velvet or silk go perfectly with the sustainable bathroom solutions from the Kaldewei Emerso line and the Nexsys channel showers, creating a harmonious effect in green, white and brown. Aside from tingling rain showers, natural decorations on the walls and plants in the bathroom all combine to create the impression of a natural paradise. This impression is reinforced through the use of steel and glass – fused together into unique Kaldewei steel enamel – whose elements also come from nature. Creating a wellbeing space that feels like the rainforest when combined with accessories such as comfortable chairs and cushions,
can be made into the perfect space for quiet and rest at home.

Mediterranean lightness in the bathroom: focus on curves and delicate design

Turquoise water surrounded by cliffs and that sense of lightness that is integral to the Mediterranean – both are reflected perfectly in the combination of turquoise and grey as wall and floor colours, together with the alpine white of an exclusive Kaldewei trio:

Kaldewei Meisterstück Incava Miena Washbasin Bowls & Nexsys_Shower

All multi-award winning classics, the Kaldewei Nexsys shower surface, the freestanding Meisterstück Centro Duo Oval bathtub and the Miena washbasin bowls are stand-out features in your holiday bathroom thanks to their curves and delicate design. The advantages are the bathtub’s curved corners, the delicate fine edges of the washbasin bowls and the shower’s integrated waste channel. The design of the shower area with the floor-level transition further opens up the room and accentuates the sense of unrestricted freedom in the bathroom.

Kaldewei Meisterstücke: Blue mountain sky meets ocean-like waves

Whether it’s a reminder of the dazzling blue of the sky on a Tyrolean mountain with a scattering of fluffy clouds, or of the roaring Atlantic’s crested waves: sky blue combined with white is trumps in your holiday bathroom at home. The bathtub and washbasins of the freestanding Meisterstück Emerso line and the Kaldewei Nexsys shower surface in alpine white offer a vivid contrast to the wall colour and bring back beautiful memories of long-past holidays. As you enjoy the pleasant feel of Kaldewei steel enamel on your skin as you bathe, you will be reminded of sea cliffs washed smooth by the water. And when you gaze over the slightly raised edge of Arik Levi’s beautifully designed Meisterstück, you get a sense of waves ebbing and flowing.

Kaldewei Emerso Meisterstück Bathtub & Washbasins Nexsys sm

These are sensual impressions that you can only experience in a Kaldewei bathroom thanks to the balance of natural materials and exceptional design. Because the surface of Kaldewei steel enamel is ultra easy to clean, your holiday buzz won’t be destroyed by laborious scrubbing– it will stay with you long after your bath or shower. Holidaying at home also means far less pressure on the environment. Longhaul flights will be difficult and no-one wants to spend soul-destroying hours in traffic jams. Kaldewei steel enamel with its natural raw materials which can be 100 % recycled further boosts this awareness of the environment.

Almond Satin Matt has been created specifically for Duravit by Danish designer Cecilie Manz, her minimalist design language invokes the Scandinavian concept of living with a sense of wellbeing. Carefully conceived materials appeal to the sense of touch emphasise the gentle forms and strict geometry of the Luv range. Perfectly harmonized colour combinations help complete the overall picture.  

This is reflected in the new furniture colour Almond Satin Matt; its warm yet restrained effect opens up a wide range of design options.  The washing area can be tuned to individual tastes with one of the four different console surfaces, made from quartz or solid wood. 

The oval DuraCeram® wash bowls are now available in a five sizes (420, 500, 600, 700 and 800 mm) with four different outer surfaces for greater individualization.   Extra furniture widths have been added: a fourth new width of 938 mm, with an optional pull-out compartment or an additional drawer for storage, now joins the three existing vanity units. 

Luv’s authentic design continues with the matching mirrors, these are now larger and have new additional features. In addition to the three existing widths (500, 1200, 1600 mm), a further width of 800 mm has been added to accommodate the new vanity unit size. In future all Luv mirrors will be available in heights of 800 or 1200 mm. The heated mirror and new switching function for coloured light can be controlled via a contactless operating panel, enabling the continuous adjustment of the light colour for the upper illuminated area and ambient light.  

Bathtubs in the Luv series are an eyecatching choice for any bathroom, whether as a freestanding model for positioning anywhere in the room or a back-towall or corner version with an optional discreetly integrated air whirl system. Mirroring the shape of the wash bowls, their sophisticated aesthetic is a perfect accompaniment to the overall look of the series.

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As Novellini re-open their factory in Mantova, the Italian bathroom experts launch their very own ‘rainbow of hope’ in the form of this innovative bath design by Simone Micheli. With the impact of the coronavirus outbreak causing feelings of stress, anxiety and fear among us all, this exclusive, elegant and colourful design stands as a cheerful symbol of hope as well as an innovate and vibrant wellbeing product to incorporate into bathrooms in the near future.

The hallmark of this bath is it’s soft, curved lines and the sense of personality it brings to the bathroom with its range of customisable colours such as orange, yellow, lime and blue.  Ambient LED white lights surround the bath and provide a soothing glow,  delivering a regenerating experience and creating the perfect place to step away from the days stress.

In addition, Infinitive adopts Novellini’s signature NaturalAir technology which will transform your bathtime into a silent sanctuary where your body and mind are immersed in a state of total relaxation. 

Novotech material is the new-generation solid surface used to produce Infinitive. It boasts even thickness all over, is pleasant to the touch and capable of creating an entirely new visual impact in perfect harmony with Novellini’s understated design.

Infinitive is available to order now from Novellini.

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The circular BettePond was designed by Dominik Tesseraux (Tesseraux + Partner, Potsdam) as a reminder of the original shape of the tub. With a generous 150cm diameter, the circle is the perfect place for quiet contemplation and slowing down in everyday life – and a genuine oasis of tranquillity in the bathroom.

 “The circle is an original symbol of mankind, and represents harmony, infinity and oneness,” explains Sven Rensinghoff, Marketing Director at Bette. “Which is an extremely apt description of enjoying a bath, because time almost seems to stand still when we relax in the warm water, enabling us to find our way back to ourselves.”

Counterpoint or sparkling pool

Depending on the room architecture and place, BettePond can be chosen either as a free-standing or built-in version. The free-standing version has the word “Silhouette” after the name and can be used as a specific style tool in the bathroom.”

BettePond Silhouette attracts admiring glances simply by its sheer presence, the result of the volume of the cylindrical body, the elegant material and the flawless, brilliant surface.

For those who prefer a more subtle look, but still want to enjoy the comfort of a circular bath, BettePond can also be inset into a surface. With its slender rim of only 8 mm, the bath then looks like a sparkling pool that is perfect for a peaceful, contemplative bath – with plenty of storage all round for shampoo, towels and soaps. Adding a whirl system to BettePond will increase the well-being even further.

Spectacular in form and format

Realising this inviting circle in glazed titanium steel called for every ounce of Bette’s mastery. Although the reduced circle appears basic in form, producing a bath from this strong material demanded a profound knowledge of the material and manufacturing process.

“Creating a round form with a diameter of 150 cm and the smooth connection of the interior and exterior called for an extremely high level of skill in the processing of glazed titanium skill,” explained Sven Rensinghoff. The completely hygienic material, glazed titanium steel is not only extremely durable, but is also notable for its skin-friendly properties, permanent colour stability and impermeability to cosmetics and bath additives.

BettePond baths have a thirty year warranty.

If creating a modern or contemporary design is key to your bathroom project, selecting the perfect bath or basin will help you hit the right note

Geometric styling delivers a clean, sculptured aesthetic and couples perfectly with slim-profile baths or basins. Pairing this style with a countertop basin will create an understated, elegant look. For example, see Bette’s washbasins (pictured here), made of durable, easy to clean stainless steel, they are also scratch-proof and resistant to cosmetics, so even nail polish will not leave a mark.  

Hewi’s new washbasin concept features a concealed handle edge and a slimmer profile. Making life easy for all users, Hewi has added an innovative modular storage system situated beside the washbasin. For additional hygiene, Hewi now includes an easy-to-reach hand sanitiser.

Hewi’s washbasin concept with sanitiser

Adding a striking or bold colour palette to your design creates vibrancy and personality. Novellini’s new Infinitive bath is available in customisable colours such as orange, yellow, lime and blue. At the base of the bath, ambient LED white lights create a gentle, soothing glow. In addition, Infinitive adopts Novellini’s signature NaturalAir technology which will transform your bathtime into a silent sanctuary where your body and mind are immersed in a state of total relaxation. 

Novellini Infinitive bath

With a portfolio of over 600 award-winning sustainable steel enamel bathroom solutions, Kaldewei is the perfect choice for modern bathroom design. Kaldewei provide many different installation options, sizes, colours and styles of washbasin washbasins to suit every bathroom design. From the delicate filigree Miena washbasin bowls, which can sit freely on a console or vanity unit, to the luxurious freestanding Meisterstueck Emerso washstand, which creates the ‘Perfect Match’ when paired with the Meisterstueck Emerso bath.

The BetteForm bath has been completely re-designed to feature contemporary styling, a wider, more comfortable back rest and more standing room, when used as a shower-bath. The strength of the Bette glazed titanium-steel also means that the bath is able to feature a very slim, stylish rim, while still being extremely strong, and the metal construction enables almost right-angled corners, so the bath fits into a tiling pattern. It is available in 12 sizes from 1400 × 700 mm to 1900 × 800 mm, with a depth of 420 mm, providing a wide range of options for bathrooms of all sizes.

Comments Bette UK Country Manager, Samantha Lewis: “The re-designed BetteForm is a high quality, contemporary fitted bath for a price comparable to many non-steel baths.  It provides retailers with the opportunity to trade up and offer their customers the lasting good looks, 30 year warranty and eco credentials of a Bette bath. 

“While there are many retailers who choose glazed titanium-steel for the majority of the baths they sell, because they are aware of the benefits, we hope that the new BetteForm will provide an affordable alternative for those who have not yet experienced the advantages of Bette’s material. These benefits include scratch resistance, strength, long-lasting shine, 30 year warranty, easy-clean, no plastic, 100% recyclable, generous shower end standing room and hundreds of colours available.”

The redesigned BetteForm is available now. Extras and accessories for the bath remain available in the range.

For more information see www.my-bette.com/en or telephone 0844 800 0547. 

Bette’s new Red Dot award-winning basin and luxurious circular bath made their UK debut at Sleep & Eat. The company also demonstrated the durability of its glazed titanium-steel material with ‘Endurance Tests’ featuring fire and nail varnish, as well as artists creating a ‘Skyline of London’ design in the new Bette bath, using permanent markers that could actually be removed easily.

The circular BetteCraft basin gained a Red Dot Award 2019 for product design and was shown in some of the hundreds of colours available. Also making an impact on the stand was the new BettePond Silhouette freestanding bath. The spacious 150cm diameter bath is the first circular bath to be created in glazed titanium-steel and takes the form to new levels of luxury and elegance. 

Bette is also known for its innovative glazed titanium-steel shower trays, and the display included a BetteFloor, which can be installed flush to the floor and is available with Bette’s almost invisible Anti-slip Pro option.

Bette’s baths, basins and shower trays/floors are made of glazed titanium-steel, are highly durable, easy to clean and come with a thirty year warranty. They are available in an extensive range of colours, including matt and gloss options. Bespoke colours can be created, along with bespoke sized products to fit a space perfectly. 

Bette gave live ‘Endurance Test’ demonstrations to show the durability of its products, encouraging visitors to draw on the glazed titanium-steel with a permanent marker and nail varnish,  hit it with a shower head and then watch, as nail varnish remover was set alight on the surface. 

In addition, two artists created a ‘Skyline of London’ design inside the bath using permanent markers, which can be easily removed from the glazed, easy-clean surface.

Bette baths, shower trays and washbasins are made from entirely natural materials and are 100% recyclable. 

For more information see www.bette.co.uk or telephone 0844 800 0547. 

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Kaldewei has reported it was delighted to exhibit again at Sleep + Eat 2019 – Europe’s leading design and innovation event for the hospitality sector. 

Kaldewei displayed a variety of its 100% recyclable Iconic Bathroom Solutions including; multi-award winning floor-level shower surface Nexsys with all five design cover colour options, coloured Miena washbasin bowls and a selection of undercounter washbasins from the Centro, Classic, Cono and Silenio Collections in a range of matt shades from Kaldewei’s Coordinated Colours Collection.

Sleep + Eat visitors got to see Kaldewei’s Nexsys shower surface, the innovative 4-in-1 complete installation ready system, consisting of a waste channel, sloping support, sealing and an enamelled shower surface enabling ultra-simple and fast installation, showcased with all 5 stylish design cover options.

Kaldewei Nexys lava black

The elegant design of the narrow waste channel, with stylish design cover, complements the floor-level shower surface’s minimalistic look. Kaldewei Nexsys is available in 20 sizes for maximum flexibility and in 17 colours, including exclusive matt shades from the Coordinated Colours Collection. Kaldewei Nexsys has been honoured with three new awards this year; Good Design Award 2019, the iF DESIGN AWARD 2019 and the German Design Award 2019. 

Visitors also had a unique opportunity to put Kaldewei steel enamel to the test in the ‘Material Experience’ zone; using nail varnish, a wire brush and a Bunsen burner – showing first-hand the durability and superiority of Kaldewei’s steel enamel material, which is scratch, impact, heat and chemical resistant.

The sustainable material choice for bathroom design

Kaldewei’s superior steel enamel bathroom solutions are the perfect choice for luxury hotel bathrooms. Not only do they offer iconic design but exceptional material benefits too, which are 100% recyclable and environmentally friendly. 

Kaldewei underlines the quality and longevity of its material with a 30-year warranty, ensuring its bathroom solutions continue to look as beautiful as they did on installation. 

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