Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Things that make you go mmmm…

Editorial Assistant Britta O'Boyle takes her pick from the high fashion interior show, that is, 100% Design

Contemporary interiors exhibition 100% Design always manages to showcase something a little daring, edgy, and potentially price prohibitive. Even during these tough economic times, there was no exception to this rule. In fact the talking point of the Capital’s cutting-edge interior show was ‘the world’s most expensive kitchen’ (allegedly). This claimed many national news and blog headlines, so it's such a shame that kitchens had very little representation - with only two suppliers to view. In fact, the show could easily have benefitted from more bathroom suppliers too, with just a handful taking the chance to exhibit. But those who did take space, at 100% Design, displayed some very desirable designs. After all, what else would you expect from a show that 'interviews' its exhibitors and rejects those that don't quite make the mark? 

We’ve hand-picked 'six of the best' kitchen and bathroom exhibitors, at the show, which we think could tempt designers’ taste buds and their clients wallets!

PRICE IS RIGHT: Marazzi teamed up with Sub Zero and Wolf appliances to display the world’s most expensive kitchen, costing around £300,000. The limited edition Coloesseo Oron kitchen is one in a series of ten ‘no expense spared’ kitchens. Designers can choose from 24 carat gold leaf, crocodile embossed leather, metallic gloss chameleon lacquers, Swarovski crystal lights and Venetian inked stained gold glass finishes.

STEEL APPEAL: Componendo showcased selected console units from its collection of stainless steel bathroom furniture. All the products are bespoke, with the surface of the steel protected with a treatment against finger prints and water residue. Venti (shown) is available with a choice of six basins from flush-welded steel to inset Corian or freestanding glass and a choice of glass top and optional lacquered finishes.

MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU: The Touch Multi-Media Shower (MMS) from VADO took centre-stage of its stand. The Touch MMS takes certainly showering one step further with features including MP3 player input, speakers, and illuminated multi-function showerhead. It was joined by a range of mid-market taps and shower valves.

SO SOLID CREW: Adding to its Brionne solid surfacing range, Hanex introduced two new patented effects, featuring clear acrylic chips in the solid surface. Helsinki and Olso bring the total number of solid surfacing to 12, in a palette of 100 designs. The Hanex palette offers finishes including plain colours, sparkling and natural stones, as well as translucent finishes which can be back lit.

BREAKING THE BORDER: Twyford Bathrooms showed its Moda Rimfree WC, which it claimed to be the first rimless WC for the domestic market. It is designed to be ultra-hygienic and easy to clean, as there is no rim for germs to hide. It features self-draining jets at the back of the bowl to release water which flows around the entire inside of the pan and operates with a 4/2.6 litre flush.

FRENCH CONNECTION: Swedish supplier Stalson introduced the Paris range of taps made from stainless steel and designed by Simon Gourde. The taps comes in large or small versions and in a choice of mirror polished or matt brushed finishes. Paris brassware also comes with water-saving aerator nozzles.

For more product trends, news and industry views, see the next issue of Kitchens & Bathrooms News

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