Your Invitation to Become the Sottini Showroom “Designer of The Year” and win £2000 of John Lewis Vouchers

In a true meeting of industry minds Sottini, the timeless bathroom brand, and Virtual Worlds, the UK’s leader in CAD technology for the KBB sector, have joined forces to reveal a brand new competition to find the nation’s pride of showroom design. The winner of the competition will scoop a £2000.00 prize, in John Lewis gift vouchers.

The inaugural ‘Sottini Showroom Designer of the Year’ in partnership with Virtual Worlds competition aims to reward and acknowledge the talents of the UK’s finest KBB designers who continue to go the extra mile when it comes to creating truly stunning showrooms which excite, entice and inspire customers.

Steve Breen, Sottini Sales Director, comments: “The showroom design world has shifted dramatically in recent years; today’s discerning customer increasingly seeks a bold approach, infinite inspiration and more creative design freedom.”

Nathan Maclean, Managing Director at Virtual Worlds adds:  “We really do have some of the most hardworking, talented KBB designers here in the UK. Plus now, with 4D CAD systems, such as Virtual Worlds, they are able to really push the boundaries in terms of creating truly outstanding designs which show the remarkable design detailing of collections such as Sottini in all their glory. It is therefore great to have an opportunity to give them the credit they deserve.”

The competition is open to all Sottini retailers – and to be in with a chance of taking the crowning title, retailers must submit their design proposals by 13th March 2017 to marketing@sottini.com, in a 3D CAD format, using a software package such as Virtual Worlds, to include all key elements of the bathroom using products solely from the iconic Sottini bathroom collection. The ethos is on creating a showroom which is inspiring, innovative but also realistic.

From those entries, a judging panel made up of industry experts from Barratt Homes, Potton Homes, Millwood Designer Homes, Colemore Tang and Conran Design, as well as Virtual Worlds, Ideal Standard and EKBB magazine, will decide upon the overall winner. Winners will be announced late March 2017.

Full details and terms and conditions of the completion can be found here

Virtual Worlds Creates New Role to Champion 4D Installations.

Virtual Worlds at Logicom, the innovation-led CAD company, has appointed Jamie Gibbs as its first Customer Experience Manager. The new role reflects the company’s expansion into software which delivers both advanced CAD design and consumer-interfacing experiences, including its new Showroom 4D. Gibbs will be an external-facing customer champion.

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Jamie Gibbs – New Customer Experience Manager

Nathan Maclean, Acting Managing Director at Logicom explains the thinking behind the new position: “Our recently launched Virtual Worlds One package provides customers with a formidable array of powerful design and selling tools, including the exciting new 4D technology. Take-up has been exceptional and Jamie will be providing invaluable after-sales service, helping customers to use all the technology to its full potential and tailor it to their business”.

Gibbs has in-depth knowledge of the Virtual Worlds suite of software, having worked in Support and Training for the last three years. He explains: “My prime focus will be new users, including those of our 4D showroom software, providing hands-on support from the very out-set, so that they quickly get up to speed. The 4D technology is awesome and I’ll be going the extra mile to make sure our customers get the most from it.”

Under a subscription known as Virtual Worlds One, Virtual Worlds 4D is bundled together with Virtual Worlds Professional interactive 3D CAD software, its Viewer App and 2D Planning. Logicom is behind Virtual Worlds and it is understood that more innovations are currently in development, including a pricing module, which will be made available to all Virtual Worlds One subscribers.

Virtual Worlds Launches the Future of CAD for Retail Showrooms

The future of CAD was revealed on the Virtual Worlds stand at The May Design Series. The company attracted huge interest with its demonstration of Virtual Worlds 4D, which promises KBB retailers a powerful technology-led consumer experience. A first for the KBB sector, Virtual Worlds 4D delivers a ground-breaking, virtual reality and interactive buying experience, which is compelling and optimises the sales potential of excellent design.

Nathan Maclean, Acting Managing Director at Logicom reports the most frequent comment from visiting retailers experiencing 4D for the first time was “Wow, that’s just amazing”!  He goes onto explain: “We were taken aback by the excitement 4D generated amongst retailers and were delighted with the brisk sales.”

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A futuristic, simulating headset is fundamental to Virtual Worlds 4D; when worn by the customer, it places them centre stage, in their designed KBB space. Designs in Virtual Worlds 4D appear with unsurpassed depth, scale and parallax, and are capable of creating the excitement and adrenalin rush akin to those experienced by gamers. The 110 degree viewing angle places the customer directly in the room, rather than looking in through a screen. The response to eye movement is immediate, facilitating 360 degree head-tracking and interaction with moving elements of the room, including opening cupboards, looking inside drawers and stepping into showers.

Nathan Maclean, Acting Managing Director at Logicom likens Virtual Worlds 4D to the core elements of interior design, alongside space, light, form, texture, colour, furniture and objects: “Virtual Worlds 4D provides out retailers with the missing 8th element of interior design. It places the physical body, or customer, inside the space, so as to be able to fully appreciate the design’s potential and stimulate the aspiration of ownership. The design becomes theirs. The experience is engaging, entertaining, compelling and leads customers to the point of ordering”.

Virtual Worlds by Logicom is keen to optimise sales opportunities for showroom retailers and envisages a Virtual Worlds 4D in-store area, dedicated to elevating the design experience. Virtual Worlds 4D is a significant element of a new Virtual Worlds 4D Showroom package, which combines the acclaimed  Virtual Worlds Professional 3D interactive CAD software, Viewer App and 2D Planning tool with the new 4D showroom technology.

Virtual Worlds New Training Videos Deliver CAD Basics in Minutes

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Learning a CAD programme can seem daunting to some KBB users, especially those new to CAD. Virtual Worlds at Logicom recognises this and has created three new audio training videos, which teach the basics in less than ten minutes. The videos explain the prime navigation and key functions, enough for new users to begin to create their first 3D interactive room plans.

The three videos complement the existing available training, which includes a one-day Virtual Worlds Foundation Training Course for new users, and is backed up by the invaluable Virtual Worlds technical support helpdesk.  The new videos introduce three core areas: An Introduction to Virtual Worlds, Navigating the 3D Environment, and Using Manufacturers’ Catalogues. Topics covered include how to use unique functions such as the customer Fly Tool and the 3D elevation, how to create rooms to exact dimensions and how to search and access the thousands of manufacturers’ products freely available as 3D models with the Virtual Worlds software.

Nathan MacLean, Acting Managing Director at Logicom explains: “In our experience, new customers to Virtual Worlds are eager to dive in and familiarise themselves with the software, but initially they need a bit of hand-holding. However, they do not necessarily want to wait for a formal training session. Our new videos are available 24/7, so they can get a good handle on the key navigation and interactive 3D functions within just ten minutes and at a time to suit them”.

Virtual Worlds Professional from Logicom is the popular 3D interactive and powerful CAD design software, which features thousands of KBB products from leading kitchen, bathroom and bedroom manufacturers and provides engaging 3D visualisations for customers.