VitrA has expanded both its Designer Collection and the recently launched Signature Collection with a new range of Origin brassware, showers and accessories

The subtle, elegant design is the key theme of the outstanding new Origin brassware and accessories range from VitrA. Origin presents retailers, designers and consumers with a complete and versatile collection that is the perfect partner for contemporary sanitaryware.

There are 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.

VitrA Origin Showerhead

“This is a beautiful, comprehensive collection,” comments 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.

VitrA Origin also includes colour-matched bottle traps and waste covers. The exposed and concealed shower systems can be installed using VitrA’s innovative Minibox and V-Box systems.”  Origin taps require an operating pressure of 0.3 bar.


Pictured: Origin shower in matt black from VitrA

Lakes, best known as a manufacturer of innovative showering spaces, has enhanced its premium Island Collection with the addition of Antigua and Aruba. The exciting new ‘showroom exclusive’ products are designed with Lakes Definitions for an exclusive finishing touch.

The Antigua is an elegant 2-metre high slider with high specification design. It includes an easy-glide, softly closing door; concealed wheels for a cooler look; a low threshold for easy and safe access; and a solid cast handle in chrome complete with smooth, rounded edges for supreme elegance. An ultra-slim gap between the fixed panel and sliding door, and a discreet Quick Release mechanism adds to the practical and aesthetic appeal of this impressive showering space.

The Aruba has all the performance and design benefits of the Antigua and with the addition of a side panel, making this showering space ideal for corner areas. Both products benefit from Lakes Glass – PureVueHD low-iron glass for superior clarity and AllClear® advanced glass coating for long-life looks. Glass thickness is 8mm.

Lakes Premium Island Collection
Lakes Aruba showering space shown with a gold handle and profile caps from Lakes Definitions

Define the showering space with Lakes Definitions

Lakes Definitions is a new contemporary suite of shower door handles and accessories, designed exclusively for the Antigua and Aruba. The high-quality cast handles and stylish profile caps are available in four on-trend colour options: gold, rose gold, nickel and matt black. This latest innovation meets the growing demand from homeowners to personalise their complete showering space to suit their bathroom style. The handles and caps can be fitted retrospectively too, making Lakes Definitions a flexible choice for bathroom renovations.

All of Lakes products are backed by a unique ‘no quibble’ lifetime guarantee.

For more information visit www.lakesshoweringspaces.com.

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Pictured Top: Lakes Antigua showering space with a chrome handle and profile caps as standard

Lakes, a carbon neutral company and leading manufacturer of showering spaces, has launched Lakes Definitions – a new colour range of shower door handles and profile caps. The contemporary suite meets a growing demand from homeowners to personalise their bathroom or showering space with complementary accessories.

Lakes Definitions was developed for Lakes’ new showroom exclusive Antigua and Aruba showering spaces, from its premium Island Collection. The high quality cast handles and stylish caps are available in four on-trend colour options – gold, rose gold, nickel and matt black. They can also be fitted retrospectively, making it easy to change colours at any point to match new bathroom furniture.

Lakes Sales & Marketing Director Mike Tattam, comments: “This latest development is part of our ongoing strategy to help drive new high margin opportunities for our merchant and stockist customers. Colour is increasingly important for home improvements and Lakes Definitions allows homeowners to personalise their complete showering space to suit their bathroom style. Making the new handle and caps easy to change at any point was important too, providing a flexible choice for bathroom renovations.

“Small touches can often make a big difference,” adds Mike. “We’re very excited about this latest development and early indications show that our customers love it too, with many adding our Aruba showering space to their showroom displays straight away. Rose gold and matt black appear to be particular favourites!”

For more information on Lakes Definitions visit www.lakesshoweringspaces.com or call our sales team on 01684 853 870.

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The latest Outlet Unit from Unidrain promises an efficient and cost-effective building solution. The new Outlet Unit is easy to install and reduces not only the number of materials needed but the time it takes to complete the building process, and according to Unidrain is destined to be in high demand thanks to Unidrain’s award-winning reputation for excellence.

Unidrain has expanded their range; to include a newly developed outlet unit with an extra-low installation height – just 69 mm. The solution includes a brand new water trap with a height of 50 mm. This new outlet unit is almost 20 mm lower than the manufacturer’s existing outlet units.

“We’ve developed a solution where the building height is lowered by almost 20 mm, which actually means a lot in construction. The extra-low outlet unit and water trap provide several benefits on site which combine to make installation both easier and faster. It is particularly beneficial for renovation and conversion projects as they benefit from a lower drainage installation that’s easier to build into an existing floor,” says Lasse Lyck, Technical Manager at Unidrain.

A lower solution with lots of capacity
The water trap effectively guides the water out of the shower and eliminates odour; the water capacity in the new water trap is 32 litres per minute; making the solution well above the minimum requirement of 24 litres per minute. The water trap can easily be dismantled for cleaning and if a rear facing outlet is required the trap can be rotated as needed.

“We kept the height as low as possible, so the installation also ends up being very low but without compromising on either function or effectiveness. We’ve optimised the solution in terms of size whilst at the same time retained all its benefits and lots of capacity,” says Lasse Lyck.

In addition to being VA-approved, the product meets all common Danish standards, such as BR18 (including SBi Guideline 252) and DS 432. In addition, the solution meets the important European standard EN1253 and is approved in most European countries.

Unidrain: Established in 2003 this design company has gone from inventing the linear floor drain to creating a
leading international brand, spreading Danish design ethics and Nordic minimalism to the rest of the globe.
From five star hotels in the Maldives, to the Award winning Herman K in Copenhagen Unidrain products and
accessories play a key role in the look and feel of the most stylish bathrooms on the planet.

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.

Ideal Standard has upgraded its entire range of thermostatic exposed shower valves with a slimmer, more compact body than ever before. Providing the perfect balance between style and functionality, the Ceratherm T range has been designed to complement any modern bathroom, while guaranteeing the perfect shower experience, day after day.

Developed by Ideal Standard’s in-house engineers, the Ceratherm T range features the hidden brilliance of a new, smaller thermostatic cartridge, the FirmaFlow® Therm, allowing for a streamlined appearance with no compromise on performance. The result is a slim, elegant and modern shower mixer that performs beautifully, while offering unrivalled levels of durability, safety and sustainability.

With buttons and controls that blend seamlessly into the Ceratherm T’s body, the water flow and temperature can be adjusted easily. Users can also pre-set their desired levels for optimum comfort and if pressure is lost, the cartridge rapidly shuts down the flow of hot or cold water, preventing burns and unwanted shocks. 

To ensure the highest level of safety for all users, all models also feature Cool Body technology as standard. Cool Body works like a protective shield: inside the thermostat, the hot water flow is surrounded by cold running water to ensure the controls and body remain cool to the touch at all times, providing extra peace of mind.

Ceratherm T’s integrated controls also reduce water and energy wastage, with the FirmaFlow® Therm ensuring target temperatures are reached far quicker, while an eco-setting limits flow by half, without affecting performance. Thanks to the temperature being pre-set and the thermostatic mechanism keeping flow constant throughout, not even one drop of water is wasted.

Having first invented the ceramic disc cartridge more than 50 years ago, revolutionising the bathroom experience, Ideal Standard has now built on this expertise and its R&D capabilities with the introduction of the thermostatic cartridge, FirmaFlow® Therm. The integral cartridge provides unrivalled efficiency, even in high-traffic areas.

The range includes a variety of models, all offering a choice of mixer options and accessories – including Ideal Standard’s Idealrain, Evo and Evo Jet handsprays, which come with three spray modes for an invigorating, comforting or relaxing shower experience.  Evo has an aerated spray mode, ensuring a softer shower experience without compromising on power, while Evo Jet features Ideal Standard’s unique Drop Jet function, creating larger, softer droplets for added luxury. And with the Navigo push button located on the handspray, switching between modes couldn’t be easier.

Ceratherm T can also form part of increasingly popular diverter mixer showers, featuring a head shower and hand shower with a moveable wall bracket for added versatility. The adjustable bracket means existing holes can be covered during installation, while the sleek form conceals fixtures for a seamless finish, making the collection perfect for renovation projects.

Ashley Smith, Brassware Product Manager at Ideal Standard, said: “With the new Ceratherm T range, we’ve been able to completely redesign the external look and feel of our showers in keeping with current bathroom trends, while applying our longstanding fittings expertise to the interior in the form of our clever FirmaFlow® Therm cartridge. Having refined our technology over decades, we’re now offering the most advanced collection yet, which not only delivers in terms of aesthetics and user experience, but is guaranteed to stand the test of time, too.”

For more information, visit www.idealspec.co.uk

It’s hard to believe that the great and the good of the KBB world was attending the KBB Show at the NEC just a couple of short months ago. Now, of course, the world is a different place and we’re looking forward to the time when we can meet our sector colleagues again. 

The show, despite what was around the corner, proved to be a great showcase for the kitchens and bathroom sectors including Kinedo, the shower brand of Saniflo. One new product that was displayed – which is now in stock and available for delivery – was the Kinemoon shower tray. The stone effect, textured tray taps into the trend for natural stone style shower trays and doubles up as an effective anti-slip surface rated to PN24. Available in 5 colours – white, anthracite, grey, black and sable it also has 3 different patterned waste covers which are self-coloured to blend in perfectly with the tray. 

The super flat tray – just 26mm in height – is designed for easy access, but can be supplied with an optional riser kit if extra height is required and can also be used in a wetroom style application. Manufactured from durable Biolex material, that is resistant to damage, the tray can be cut on site for awkward installation situations. 

This flexible and versatile tray can be bought as part of a number showroom offers that are available until the end of June. So, for showrooms that are busy updating their spaces in anticipation of a rush of home improvements, this is a tray that will hit the spot for all designs of shower area. 

For more information, including details of the comprehensive range of sizes, please visit www.kinedo.co.uk/shower-trays/kinemoon  for more details of our current showroom offers. 

Kaldewei shower solutions – the perfect choice for sustainable steel enamel shower surfaces

Kaldewei shower solutions deliver added sizes, ultra-flat waste fittings and even more solutions for easy installation, there are now over 100,000 options to choose from when designing a floor-level shower area. From coloured enamelled shower surfaces in XXL sizes to the pre-assembled Kaldewei Nexsys 4-in-1 system that consists of a waste channel, sloping support, sealing and an enamelled shower surface for simple and fast installation (pictured top).

Kaldewei caronaplan
Kaldewei Cayonoplan in Lava Black matt with Kaldewei Secure Plus anti-slip finish and Puro inset countertop washbasins

Flexible shower solutions

The Kaldewei Cayonoplan shower surface (pictured above) adapts to many different structural requirements. For instance, if adequate height is available it can be installed at floor level or can be easily installed directly on top of the floor tiles. Thanks to 22 different dimensions, its laterally-positioned waste outlet and ultra-flat tray support for the easiest possible assembly, the Cayonoplan is the ideal solution available in a generous range of sizes, 100% recyclable and comes with a 30-year guarantee. Also available in the exclusive matt shades of the Coordinated Colours Collection, shown here in Lava Black matt with Kaldewei Secure Plus, a virtually invisible anti-slip finish, for safe footing in the shower.

Sustainable bathroom design

All Kaldewei steel enamel bathroom solutions are supplied with a 30-year guarantee, which is an important aspect of sustainability as well as being 100% recyclable, made from natural raw materials: steel and glass. Kaldewei steel enamel is extremely strong and durable, as well as being scratch, impact, heat and chemical resistant.

Steel enamel is a highly sustainable material, which makes a noticeable contribution to conserving resources and is ideal for sustainably designed buildings, which is why Kaldewei has been awarded an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), which complies with IS0 14025 and EN15804.

Kaldewei Conoflat in Alpine White matt from the Coordinated Colours Collection

For more information please call Kaldewei on 01480 498053 or visit www.kaldewei.co.uk

The rooms of a hotel should be as individual as the guests. HEWI offers the possibility of flexibly adapting the bathrooms to the needs of the guests. If a guest requires support, the mobile shower seats and support folding handles can be integrated quickly and easily into the respective room (see top image). The proven fastening technology is easy to use and does not require any tools.

Cleaning staff can quickly and easily add and remove the mobile folding support handles and shower seats.

If they are no longer required, a discreet cover cap conceals the permanently installed mounting plate. This allows hoteliers to increase their occupancy rate by allocating barrier-free rooms to all guests without them even noticing. The mobile solutions offer the same functionality as permanently installed support folding handles and shower seats (see bottom image).

Of course, the mobile solutions also offer maximum flexibility in the field of professional care and in the home. Mobile shower seats and folding support handles are available in various designs and versions and thus enable optimal solutions for all requirements.

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Kocoon is a new self-contained shower cubicle from the Kinedo range by Saniflo. 

It combines luxury shower walls with a chrome frame, low level shower tray and overhead rain shower, handset and valve in one package to provide a stunning centrepiece in the bathroom. Whether for domestic customers, accommodation providers or manufacturers of modular buildings the Kocoon is a contemporary, designer shower solution that stands out from the rest.

This new cubicle offers a choice of three coloured shower wall options, including a tile pattern that makes for a stunning feature wall using on-trend natural colours in grey, grey with tile pattern and beige with tile pattern. The low level shower trays are textured for safe showering and available in two modern colours; white and taupe to complement the walls. 

An exceptional quality, ultra-thin rainshower head is supplied part of the whole package. A modern square shape it is manufactured from stainless steel and combines with an exposed thermostatic valve with mixer handles and an integrated handset and hose. An anti-twist hose features on the handset for ease of use, whilst the valve doubles up as a handy shelf for easy storage of – and access to – bottles of bathroom products. 

The versatile Kocoon is available in multiple sizes and configurations from 1000mm to 1700mm for corner and recess installations and either right or left hand fitting. Sizes include bath replacement models which can be fitted in the exact place of a standard UK sized bath. As with all Kinedo cubicles installation is simple and straightforward and requires no silicone. Thanks to clever and intuitive assembly it is completely watertight.  All glass panels and doors are 8mm thick and feature Cristal Plus to minimise water marks and for ease of maintenance. Options include a central frosted panel on the glass and feet for raised settings, supplied with a cut-able plinth. There is a choice of sliding or saloon doors to suit all bathroom settings. 

For a product that is durable, low maintenance and stands out from the crowd then the Kocoon is worth a look. 

To see more please see the Kinedo website on www.kinedo.co.uk