Open-plan kitchens, by Simon Richmond

By Simon Richmond, managing director, Poggenpohl UK: The way we use the kitchen has changed dramatically. Once a purely practical room designed just for cooking, we now aspire to open-plan living with the kitchen, dining room and living space all... View Article

Door hardware – Getting the basics right

Mike Kelly, director of architectural ironmongery at Häfele UK, explains how to get the basics right when specifying door hardware: When specifying door ironmongery there are five essential elements to consider: hanging, operating, closing, locking and protecting the door. For... View Article

Seeing light – differently

There are clear benefits to using LED lighting in exterior applications but it’s important to understand how LEDs differ from traditional light sources. Terry Dean, managing director of DW Windsor, explains In the last few years, LED light sources have... View Article

Standing the test of time

Richard Brown, category marketing manager at Wienerberger, explains how the versatility of clay, combined with its inherent properties, makes it an extremely viable and attractive choice for specifiers and architects Most know of the inherent solidity and security associated with the... View Article

Football and Q-Railing, a great match

The countdown has ended! On 12th June 2014, the FIFA World Cup in Brazil started, with a stunning 25,000 metres of Q-railing balustrade systems at the following stadiums: ESTÁDIO DO MARACANÃ Rio de Janeiro 16,000 m Easy Glass® Slim, Easy... View Article

Airtightness moves outside

Wraptite-SA has been supplied to the recent new development at Drums of Park, Cornhill, Aberdeenshire. The self-adhering Wraptite-SA enabled Sylvan Stuart of Insch, Aberdeenshire to easily install the membrane onto the walls compared to traditional methods. The self-adhesive qualities meant... View Article

New slim fit from Astra

The 3000 series of fully-controlled concealed door closers from Astra Door Controls now features a new slimline face plate to make it easier and quicker to fit, and even more discrete and attractive in situ. The 3000 Series concealed closers... View Article

HOPPE locksets end CE marking confusion

From July 2013, it became mandatory to CE Mark all hardware for fire and escape doors – where that hardware falls within the scope of a harmonised standard. And while the CE Marking message seems to be permeating into the... View Article

Hygienic laminates good enough to eat off

Abet Laminati has launched Lamishield, an innovative new antibacterial high pressure laminate designed for use in laboratories, hygienic environments and food preparation areas. Lamishield is based on BioCote® silver-ion technology integrated within the decorative top layer to provide a healthy... View Article

Exploring the creativity of Illusion

Solus Ceramics introduce Illusion, a range of exciting diamond shaped tiles that are set to capture the attention of the design world. This innovative series of tiles are a versatile instrument that designers can use to freely create innovative geometric... View Article

Contemporary painted doors

JB Kind’s ECO COLOURS door range has six new design additions for 2014. This contemporary range of fully finished painted doors offers an incredible price advantage. FSC® certified, with a selection of superb timber effect colours created by state of... View Article