Product News 4.2

Product News 4.2


Architect Norman Foster pursues a consistent approach. His bathroom ceramics are characterised by elegant clarity and functionality — as impressive in total as they are in the details. Two circles side by side form the typical basic geometric shape that runs through Foster’s entire range.

Now two new washbasins permit even more flexible bathroom design: the 42.8cm under-counter basin and the 50cm console basin are the perfect complements to a wide variety of consoles and vanity units from Duravit’s program. Combined with stone, glass or other materials, whether exclusive or simple, there’s no end to the creative possibilities with the new washbasins in the Bathroom_Foster range — always designed to suit the different requirements and lifestyles of the users. Matching toilets and bidets complete the Bathroom_Foster range and come as either wall-mounted or floor-standing models. Distributed by Meco Australia Pty Ltd.

Tel: 02 9618 6999

Previewed for the first time at DesignEx 2007, the new Dorf Ingressi™ Mixer range features designer looks with a sophisticated edge. Sleek, square lines and a polished chrome finish combine seamlessly with superb water-saving functionality to take your bathroom or kitchen a step beyond the everyday.

The edgy Ingressi™ range features Dorf Water Efficient Tapware (W.E.T.®) technology for the perfect balance between water savings and optimum product performance, while the in-built ceramic disc cartridge provides precise control over the water mix and a watertight seal to eliminate drips.

With all the clever water-efficient design features you’ve come to expect from Dorf, the Ingressi™ basin mixer carries an efficient WELS 5 star rating, while the Ingressi™ sink mixer and shower are both WELS 3 star rated. The Ingressi™ range also includes a bath/shower mixer both with and without diverter, shower outlet and bath outlet.

Quality engineered to meet all applicable WaterMark and Australian Standards Certification, Ingressi™ mixers feature durable solid-brass construction with handy swivel outlets on the basin and sink mixers. With Ingressi™, design and function work in perfect harmony, allowing you to save water in style.

Leading the way for outdoor entertainers is the new Sunbeam Innovo Gas BBQ GB6100, constructed with sturdy stainless-steel hood, facia, side shelves and doors plus high-performance burners that deliver unrivalled heat distribution. Each barbecue in the Innovo range features an innovative three-tier system that prevents hot and cold spots on the cooking plate for perfect cooking results every time. The GB6100 also includes a side burner and inbuilt ice bucket to keep drinks and ingredients cool and within easy reach of the chef. RRP: $1199.

Sunbeam enquiries: 1300 881 861

As one of the world’s only truly renewable resources, timber decking is the ideal choice for revamping outdoor areas. All Stormwood decking timbers are sourced from sustainably managed forests in Australia, where harvesting practices adhere to strict government guidelines including careful selection of the trees, avoiding environmentally sensitive areas and rehabilitation of harvested sites.

Perfect for decks, barbecue and poolside areas, Boral Timber’s Stormwood decking can be coated for a smooth finish, stained to match a colour scheme or left untreated for a natural, weathered aesthetic. Timber varieties in the range include river red, spotted gum, blackbutt, stringybark, Australian beech and ironbark, with boards available in two sizes — 64mm x 19mm or 86mm x 19mm. Blackbutt and spotted gum are also naturally fire-resistant species, making them ideal for outdoor constructions in bushfire-prone areas.

Stormwood decking is available from timber yards, hardware stores and independent timber flooring specialists nationally. RRP: From $5 per lineal metre.

For further information: 1800 818 317 or


Increasingly, today’s environmentally aware consumer is choosing household appliances for their low carbon emissions, according to Italian cooking appliance supplier Emilia Glem. With its recently upgraded MVI stainless-steel range, Emilia is one of a handful of European brands which manufacture cookers with gas ovens. The Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) states that the average Australian home produces about half a tonne of carbon emissions each year from energy used for cooking. The AGO also points out that a gas cooktop produces about 50 per cent less carbon emissions compared to a standard electric unit. RRP: $2299.

Emilia Glem 1300 307 917

The Dremel Company was founded by Albert J. Dremel in 1932 and is the world’s leading manufacturer of rotary tools. This year marks the company’s 75th anniversary. The story of the Dremel began with Albert J. Dremel inventing an electric razor blade sharpener — a tool that enjoyed immediate but short-lived success. He then came up with perhaps his greatest invention ever: a high-speed rotary tool that became known as the “Dremel Moto-Tool”. This lightweight and versatile tool was a great success with hobbyists and crafts people. Since the introduction of the “Dremel Moto-Tool” there have been more than 17 million rotary tools in use worldwide.

In honour of Dremel’s 75th anniversary, a limited-edition kit in a commemorative tin will be available to purchase. This limited-edition product features a Dremel 395 rotary tool with variable speeds of 5000 to 35,000 rpm, 75 genuine Dremel accessories in the categories cutting, polishing, sanding and grinding, and includes a bonus 12-in-1 Multi-Tool. Dremel Limited Edition 75th Anniversary Rotary Tool Kit, RRP: $129.

Stockists: Robert Bosch Power Tools
1300 307 044

Villeroy & Boch has launched its unique wellness concept called Whisper™ Whirlpool, bringing the day spa treatment into the comfort of home. The ultra-quiet Whisper™ Whirlpool system has been developed to create the ultimate environment in which to indulge and relax at home. Designed to provide all the wellness benefits of whirlpool bathing, air is infused into the water, creating a champagne effect for ultimate relaxation and pampering after a long, hectic day. Water jets can also be integrated to provide a soothing water massage and a remote control is provided for extra luxury.

The positive effects of water massage on our sense of wellbeing have been known for centuries. Villeroy & Boch’s range of wellness products is designed to provide a sense of balance to otherwise busy lifestyles. Bringing the day spa concept into the home, the wellness range is all about looking after oneself and enhancing our quality of life by taking control of mind and body. The Whisper™ Whirlpool system can be incorporated into most Villeroy & Boch baths including Squaro, Cetus and Oberon.

Stockists: 1300 364 748 or visit

No longer is it merely the living room receiving the feature wall treatment but the bedroom and bathroom too, as more and more DIY decorators update home design schemes with an infusion of fresh colour down one wall for striking results. The perfect quantity for painting a feature wall, Taubmans LivingProof Silk comes in a handy 2L size and incorporates DuPont™ Teflon®, ensuring superior performance and durability for walls, doors, window frames and trims.

LivingProof Silk is available in four finishes: matt, low sheen, semi gloss and gloss and the inclusion of Teflon® provides an easy-flowing application and high-quality, silky smooth finish. As a result, this ultra-premium paint is extremely durable and stain resistant, totally washable, more resistant to knocks and chipping, and ideal for high traffic areas.

Taubmans paints are available from Bunnings, Mitre 10 and Paint Place stores.

For further information contact Taubmans Customer Care: 131 686 or visit

A truly useful device — the DLE 50 Laser Distance Measuring device with a precision max +/- 1.5mm. It’s the size of a mobile and is very simple to use, measuring not only distance, but also depth. No need for someone at the end of the tape now — just stand at one end of the room, press the button and the job is done. RRP: $299.

Stockists Robert Bosch Power Tools, 1300 307 044

With a reputation as the strongest bond in DIY (do-it-yourself) adhesives, Selleys Araldite has stood the test of time and now celebrates its 50-year anniversary in Australia. The newest addition to the range, Selleys Araldite Singles proves the repair and fix saviour is as relevant today as ever. Araldite is stronger than other glues due to the chemical reaction of the two-part epoxy that forms the adhesive. As the ‘godfather’ of adhesives, Araldite is suitable for bonding a variety of materials, including glass, metal, wood, fabric, crystal, leather and most plastics and is the perfect tool for general household repairs, including re-joining or repairing precious objects. They are available in Five-Minute Everyday or Quick Set for the fastest Araldite solution. Selleys Araldite Singles are available from grocery and hardware retailers. RRP: From $3.99.

Selleys enquiries: 1300 555 205 or

Aerobed, maker of space-saving, temporary inflatable beds, has created the Aerobed Comfort Zone — a temporary bed so supportive and such a pleasure to sleep on that many of its fans wish it was permanent. Special firmness zones conform to body shape and offer added support to minimise pressure points like the head, shoulders, buttocks and heels.
All Aerobeds are made from a heavy-duty, puncture-resistant, non-allergenic PVC, have a reinforced inner construction for extra durability, and patented pump and valve technology. They come with a fleecy, machine-washable mattress cover and can be fitted with standard sized sheets. It comes with a three-year limited warranty on the pump and one year on the mattress, and is available from leading bedding outlets. RRP: Premier Classic Comfort Zone starts at $189 (single) and Premier Raised Comfort Zone RRP starts from $369 (single).

For stockists go to or ring
1800 111 996.