Building an Accessible and Inclusive Future at Naidex 2018

Want to know why professionals from the built environment are traveling from all across the UK to attend Naidex this year?

It is the disability event dedicated to architects, contractors, interior designers and many other professions aiming to build an accessible and inclusive environment.

Returning to Birmingham’s NEC on the 25th & 26th April for a phenomenal 44th edition, Naidex will feature 300 innovative suppliers, 200 CPD accredited speakers, brand new interactive features and more – it’s unmissable!

Anti-fingerprint worktop heralds new era in kitchen surface design

– First-look at Formica Group’s new absolute matte worktop at KBB Birmingham –

 Formica Group will reveal its new premium matte kitchen range, Formica Infiniti® Worktops, at this year’s KBB (4-7 March 2018), stand L100, NEC Birmingham.

Traditionally, matte finishes in the kitchen have been avoided due to the ease at which they blemish. After all, who wants to see unsightly marks in an area where cleanliness is key?

Formica Infiniti® Worktops’ absolute matte surface heralds a new generation of texture in the home. Its anti-fingerprint and anti-abrasion surfacing technology, developed by Formica Group, provides stronger resistance compared with standard laminate. In addition, anti-microbial protection prevents the harbouring and growth of bacteria, so the surface doesn’t just look clean, it is clean.

Why specify a living wall for your home or garden?

Scotscape install living walls for both interior and exterior projects, for domestic customers or for commercial businesses.  Why is the living wall trend so prevalent and why should you consider specifying one?

The benefits of living walls for domestic or commercial clients are the same – they are stunning to look at, plants improve air quality by trapping PM10s, living walls absorb noise therefore have an acoustic benefit, exterior living walls support biodiversity – providing nesting habitats for birds and food for pollinators, living walls reduce the immediate temperature – causing a cooling effect in the summer and thereby reducing the urban heat island effect in cities, finally living walls also insulate buildings when retrospectively fitted, bringing substantial energy efficiency’s in both summer and winter.  Commercial clients can use living walls as part of communicating their sustainability targets and to deliver healthier working environments for staff and customers. 

Now you see it, now you don’t: The beauty of bespoke storage solutions from Mark Taylor Design

The beautiful, bespoke bookcase cleverly conceals the television from
view when it is not in use. A similar unit would cost from around £10,000

A luxury ground floor apartment in a converted tannery in London’s Bermondsey provided the perfect setting for prestigious British manufacturer Mark Taylor Design, who used their expertise to create an exquisite space that exceeded their client’s expectations.

Working with renowned Interior Designer, Caroline Senley, the owners were looking for a bespoke bookcase with a twist and briefed Mark Taylor Design with creating a unique design that would fulfill both of their requirements. Managing Director Mark Taylor explains: “Our male client was keen to have a TV in the living area but his wife didn’t want it to be permanently visible. We decided that the aesthetic would be best retained by housing the television in a secret swivel false front, hinged so that it can be pivoted, turning from book shelves to television”

GROHE Bau: An affordable solution for coordinating bathroom design

The Bau range of bathroom ceramics launched in 2017 and allows GROHE to offer a full bathroom solution for projects. The GROHE bathroom category now encompasses sanitary ware, fixtures and fittings. Bau was developed with streamlined aesthetics and functionality in mind. Offering a contemporary, yet versatile design with soft, round forms that can work within any bathroom interior. Positioned at an affordable price point, the range offers on-trend features such as wall hung toilets and high-quality ceramics. Bau ceramic toilets come complete with rimless technology as standard, making them effortless to clean. Such an understated yet versatile design is the perfect solution for consumers working on DIY projects due to its ease of installation, accessible price point and all-round suitability to complement existing interior décor.

Surface Design Show 2018 – The Best Yet Over 5,000 visitors saw the best and most tactile in new surfaces

Last week saw the return of Surface Design Show to London’s Business Design Centre, where more than 170 exhibitors from 15 countries showcased the very best in exterior and interior surface materials and treatments.

Here is a round-up of the key facts and figures from the biggest Surface Design Show to-date.


Health conscious consumers are preparing more food at home, from scratch, resulting in an increased amount of unavoidable food waste.

Research into the healthy living megatrend highlights that consumers’ habits are changing as concerns over obesity, food sensitivity, and the number of people affected by different types of diseases continue to rise. Further research has found that 82 per cent of consumers are now cooking their meals from scratch, at least two days a week, and that a significant amount of unavoidable food waste is therefore being generated.

Despite our best efforts, a 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. An InSinkErator® food waste disposer is the ideal solution for this growing problem.

Roper Rhodes extends Aruba fitted furniture range with a trio of new on-trend finishes

Roper Rhodes’ Aruba fitted furniture in Alpine Elm, left,
Charcoal Elm, top right, and Gloss Dark Clay, bottom right

Leading bathroom specialist Roper Rhodes has introduced a trio of new on-trend finishes to its popular Aruba range of ultra-modern, slab door style fitted bathroom furniture. Alpine Elm, Charcoal Elm and Gloss Dark Clay join the eight other finishes, which include Mercury, Mocha and White, already available in this versatile collection.

Taking inspiration from Scandinavian design, the new textured Alpine Elm finish will
bring a light and bright look to your bathroom while the darker textured Charcoal Elm finish injects a touch of drama and excitement to every space. Perfect for creating depth and making a statement, the new glossy dark clay finish will add a luxurious look and feel to any modern bathroom.



Rinnai, the UK leader in hot water heating units and systems for all commercial and residential sites, has announced that it is holding its price for the second year in succession – in the face of reports that some other manufacturers are increasing prices by almost 5%.

Two other manufacturers are reportedly ghosting through price rises of between 3 – 4.5%.

“We see no justification whatsoever to submit price increases and seek to stabilise market prices for our customers. We offer what we believe is a first-class product proposition of energy efficiency, economic cost in use, limitless hot water on demand where you only pay for the fuel you use to heat the water, completely compliant with all existing or pending UK and EU legislation”, says Rinnai Managing Director Tony Gittings.

Bring magic to your home with new Disney blinds

From Anna and Elsa’s enchanted world to Winnie the Pooh and his friends, the new Disney & VELUX Goodnight Collection will add the perfect touch of magic and creativity to your children’s room.

Add some night-time magic to your children’s room with VELUX’s new series of Disney blinds. Whether it is Anna and Elsa, or Olaf the snowman from Disney’s Frozen; Lightning McQueen from Disney/Pixar Cars or Winnie the Pooh and his friends, give your children the chance to fall asleep with a “good night” to their favourite Disney characters.

“We are so delighted to give children the chance to decorate their room with their favorite Disney characters on a roof window blind. The 2018 blinds collection features blockbuster hits Disney/Pixar Cars and Disney’s Frozen, adored all over the world, as centerpieces of the range,” says Grant Sneddon, product manager for VELUX.