Formica Unilin ... for a range of applications.

Formica Unilin ... for a range of applications.

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August 2014

Formica launches new surfacing collection

FORMICA Group, a global leader in innovative surfacing solutions, and Unilin, a manufacturer of medium-density fibreboard (MDF), chipboard, roofing elements, shelving and laminate floors, have introduced new colours, woodgrains and patterns with the new Formica Unilin Collection.

Extending the range to 103 designs available in high pressure laminate (HPL) and complementary melamine-faced chipboard (MFC), the new collection offers a selection of exclusive designs inspired by the latest trends, created to provide aesthetic surfacing solutions of high quality.

The new Formica Unilin Collection combines the inherent strength of postforming grade HPL for demanding horizontal and vertical applications with the pre-bonded MFC for vertical and furniture applications, ensuring the best-value solutions for all interior surfacing projects, says the Formica Group.

“The introduction of the new Formica Unilin Collection is a very exciting development in the long-standing design partnership we have in place with Formica Group,” says Katrien De Vlieger, designer at Unilin.

Said to be ideal for use in retail, hospitality and office environments, the Formica Unilin Collection provides the best-value solutions for numerous applications, from retail displays, changing rooms, wall panelling and counter-tops to cupboards, drawers or interior doors.

The Colours range meets the demand for muted tones, neutrals and pastels, highlighted by a range of bright accents thus meeting the trend for colour blocking.


The F-VXK90M ... features a Mega Catcher.

The F-VXK90M ... features a Mega Catcher.

Largest air purifier comes to region

PANASONIC has launched what is claimed to be the Middle East’s largest air-volume humidifying air purifier to help combat the rapid increase and prevalence of respiratory diseases.

The F-VXK90M is a Nanoe-powered, high-end premium model that is especially tailor-made to suit the requirements of the Middle Eastern consumers, says Hiroo Ikeda, general manager, Eco Solutions division, Panasonic Marketing Middle East and Africa.

With a sleek and stylish outer body, the new air purifier is designed with an inbuilt pre-filter which is washable and fitted to protect against sandstorms. Every new model of this air purifier comes with an additional filter that can be changed later in order to serve the end-user for a longer time and more efficiently. The model is also equipped with five sensors: human motion, light, humidity, odour and dirt sensors.

The Panasonic patented Nanoe technology embedded in the air purifier emits long-life micro-particles wrapped in water molecules which can penetrate fabrics to decompose viruses and allergens. The Hepa (high-efficiency particulate air) filters, which are composed of high quality and randomly arranged fibres, are equipped with Super Alleru Buster, Green Tea Catechin and an anti-bacterial enzyme to enhance purification function and inhibit up to 99 per cent of 17 kinds of virus, bacteria and allergen.


From the Artifacts line.

From the Artifacts line.

Kohler gives personal touch to bathroom

KOHLER, a global leader in kitchen and bath design and technology, has launched its Artifacts bathroom faucet collection in the Middle East, bringing a new level of personalisation to the bath.

Artifacts invites the homeowner to confidently select details that reflect a taste and style that is his alone by choosing from three spouts and three handles — all available in five finishes.

“There’s this undeniable thrill that comes with discovering a piece that resonates with your design aesthetic, whether it’s an antique uncovered at a salvage shop or a vintage treasure snatched up from your travels,” comments Jerome Michel, managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA), Kohler Brand.

“Curating your own Artifacts faucet evokes that same feeling and we believe that in a region so rich in culture, design and arts, our customers will definitely relate to it and fall in love with the new Artifacts collection,” he says.

Just as classic design sees a resurgence in kitchen and bath trends, the introduction of the Artifacts collection is timely. The new collection is inspired by turn-of-the-century charm and backed by the Kohler’s 140 years of quality craftsmanship. Its Edwardian roots play well in traditional and transitional baths — even in modern spaces. Fifteen accessories, including a tumbler, soap dispenser and a toilet paper carriage make it easy to create a complete, cohesive look.

“Artifacts’ design may embody all that is old world, but its digital experience is anything but that. On, homeowners and members of the trade can explore the collection’s design possibilities with a configurator tool that allows users to get a realistic visualisation of how the different spouts, handles and finishes interplay from the comfort of their own home, whether it is on a laptop, tablet or mobile device,” says Pascale Delplace, marketing manager, EMEA, Kohler Brand.

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