Winner Of ‘SHOWROOM DESIGNER OF THE YEAR’ Award Announced

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The winning designer was Emma Knight of Elliotts Lymington Living Spaces

The winner of the inaugural ‘Sottini Showroom Designer of the Year’ competition has been announced – with the design by Emma Knight of Elliotts Lymington Living Spaces Showroom scooping the £2000 prize after being selected by a judging panel made up of leading industry names. The winning entry was commended for combining style and innovation with excellence and simplistic functionality in its design.

Luxury bathroom brand Sottini ran the competition to find the nation’s pride of showroom design, in partnership with Virtual Worlds, the UK’s leader in CAD technology for the KBB sector. Entrants had to submit their design proposals in a 3D CAD format, using a software package such as Virtual Worlds, to include all key elements of the bathroom and with an ethos on creating a showroom that was inspiring and innovative, but also realistic.

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Judges got to experience the designs in virtual reality using Virtual Worlds 4D Theatre
 It received a great response from the Designer community across the UK, with a final shortlist of 20 entries considered by judges. The judging panel was 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. The judging took place at The Bathroom Showroom in London with the judges initially looking at the designs on paper before getting to experience the rooms in Virtual Worlds 4D Theatre software. The unique design presentation from Virtual Worlds allowed the judges to explore the rooms in virtual reality to fully appreciate the design, before finally choosing their winner.

Such was the quality of entries in fact, a further two entries received a highly commended accolade: Ben Mellor of Oakland’s (Leicester) and Dean Saoud-Easton of Just Add Water (Kings Cross, London).

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Winner, Emma Knight, with highly commended designers Ben Mellor of Oakland’s (left) and Dean Saoud-Easton of Just Add Water.

Steve Breen, Sottini Sales Director, comments:  “The aim of this competition was 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.

“We received a fantastic response and I’d like to say thank you to everyone who entered and congratulate the winner, but also add that the standard of designs submitted was testament to the talent and hard work of the designers who dedicate thousands of hours to creating truly stunning showrooms destined to ‘wow’ customers – and in doing so demonstrated the multitude of combinations that our Sottini collection offers.”

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Virtual World’s MD Nathan Maclean presenting the award.

Nathan Maclean, managing director at Virtual Worlds, adds:  “We really do have some of the most hardworking, talented KBB designers here in the UK, so it is great to have an opportunity to give them the credit they deserve.”

Winning bathroom designer, Emma Knight, said: “I love doing what I do, so I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award and really enjoyed creating the design for the competition.

“The split levels allow the stylish products to stand out against a stunning back drop, as well as increasing the sense of space – I can imagine relaxing for hours in this bathroom!

“My manager, Andrew, gives me great support and I’ve learnt so much from him. Winning this award has given me inspiration and increased confidence to do more fabulous designs for our customers at Elliotts Living Spaces.”

HiB Joins Virtual Worlds CAD Software

CAD technology company, Virtual Worlds has announced it has secured a brand new contract with bathroom brand, HiB.

HiB has recently signed a three-year agreement to feature on the popular Virtual Worlds professional CAD software. This means that all retailers signed up to the programme will now be able to generate interactive simulations of HiB products, to exacting proportions, to be included in their design consultations.

Managing Director, Nathan MacLean said: “In this technological age, where consumers are increasingly seeking to ‘try before they buy’, our CAD technology is playing an increasingly important part of the retail dynamic in the KBB world. In fact, most of our retailers have seen a significant increase in sales conversion rates by offering consultancy in this way.

“As such, we’re constantly looking to increase our manufacturer portfolio to provide true-to-life replicas of all the latest market innovations. It is therefore fantastic to have HiB, a business of such a high calibre and excellent product portfolio, on board.”

Ash Chilver, sales director at HiB, adds: “As a business, we’re always on the lookout for new ways to improve our retail proposition and we believe that Virtual Worlds will help customers to more adequately showcase our products in the various stages of the design process.”

For more information on Virtual Worlds, please visit www.virtualworlds.co.uk.

Virtual Worlds ONE event, supported by TOTO

Last week saw Virtual Worlds out and about meeting retailers and designers, at our 3 day Virtual Worlds ONE event, which was kindly hosted by TOTO at their London showroom.

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We wish to express our thanks to TOTO, who provided a great venue and warm hospitality. The space made available to us was perfect.

At the event, we met new and existing clients, where we were able to discuss their specific business needs, as well as present our new Virtual Worlds ONE suite of products. Virtual Worlds ONE is an all-inclusive subscription service that includes-

  • Virtual Worlds Professional
  • Online Pricing Module
  • Remote 3D viewer
  • AutoCAD Export
  • Web Planner
  • Unlimited classroom training

and of course….  our revolutionary 4D showroom, that allows your customer to try on their future new room, for size.

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Thank you to all that took time out of their busy day to be with us.

If you haven’t done so already, a visit to the  TOTO showroom, 140-142 St John St, London EC1V 4UA, is well worthwhile. They have impressive products, working displays, and a very friendly team.

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If you would like to find out more about Virtual Worlds ONE and how is can help your business, contact us on 01908 663848 or email sales@virtualworlds.co.uk

Catalogue updates

Our team at the Virtual Worlds Towers have been hard at work leading to a number of catalogues updated and released over the last few Months. Maintained Virtual Worlds users can access the following from the Virtual Worlds User Centre:

Bisque

This new version, as well as an update to the main catalogue interface, now includes a selection of products from the Finn range of radiators.

Bosch

This new catalogue contains the complete range of ovens, hobs and cooker hoods available from Bosch. Note that this catalogue is only available to Virtual Worlds Kitchens users.

Duravit

This update adds the Delos, Esplanade, Karree, Ketho, Light and Mirrors, MirrorWall and Nahho ranges to the bath, furniture and sanitaryware Virtual Worlds catalogues.

Grant Westfield

This main Wall Panel catalogue includes multiPanel, polyPanel and tilePanel wall panels and extrusions, the worktops include the multiPanel Vanity Tops and hydroStone Vanity Tops.

The Tiling catalogue includes all the panels and extrusions for ceilingPanels, and twinFloorClick and twinFloorClick items.

Hansgrohe

This new version now includes the Logis range, as well as the ShowerSelect thermostatic valves.

Ideal Standard

This new version includes a wide range of their baths, furniture, sanitaryware, taps, showers and wastes available. Keep an eye out for further catalogue in the near future!

Ideal Standard – Sottini

The new version of this catalogue contains the complete range of sanitaryware, baths, taps showers and wastes available.

Kohler UK

A new version of the Kohler UK bathrooms catalogue is available which now includes the new Terrace range of furniture and sanitaryware.

Keuco

This new version of the Keuco bathroom furniture catalogue contains the complete range of bathroom furniture available from Keuco.Note that this catalogue is password protected for Keuco retailers.

Matki EauZone Plus

To coincide with the release of Virtual Worlds version 5.9, the standard and bespoke catalogues have been upgraded to include new functionality.

RAK

This catalogue contains a wide range of mirrors available from RAK Ceramics.

Roman

This update includes the complete range of shower enclosures, trays, bath screens and accessories available from Roman.

Siemens

This new catalogue contains a wide range of ovens, hobs, cooker hoods, dishwashers, fridges and freezers available from Siemens.

Symphony

The Lindo and Finishing Touches catalogues now contain the Naples range of fitted furniture and mirrors.

Utopia

This new version includes the complete range of fitted and modular furniture, sanitaryware, taps, accessories and tiles currently available from Utopia.

Victoria & Albert

This includes new products from the Amiata, Barcelona, Elwick and Maru ranges of baths and sanitaryware, and the new Staffordshire wall-mounted bath/shower mixer.

For any assistance with downloading or using any of the catalogues please do not hesitate to contact our support team on 01908 448899.

Roman Upgrades to Ultimate 3D Interactive CAD Design Software for Retailers

Roman has significantly upgraded its presence on CAD, ensuring its entire range is accessible on the latest, 3D interactive platform − Virtual Worlds Professional from Logicom.

The result is a major boost for Roman’s extensive nationwide network of retailers. They are now able to design specifying from the complete Roman range, including enclosures, showers and accessories, using the latest CAD technology. This will allow them to create bathroom designs faster and more accurately than ever before.

Roman has committed to an on-going programme of 3D modelling with Virtual Worlds, so as to ensure its CAD product catalogues are always current and comprehensive.

David Osborne, Managing Director of Roman, commented: “Virtual Worlds CAD is now a vital tool for our retailers to allow them to effectively present all our products in 3D, real room set situation and inspire their customers. The visual bathroom representation that Virtual Worlds presents is critical for customers making a purchasing decision and improves the whole customer experience.  We are confident that our collaboration with Virtual Worlds will further enhance our retailers’ sales performance.”

Virtual Worlds Professional is the 3D interactive CAD design package which brings to life designers’ creative ideas.  Users design in 3D, producing a room which is life-like from the out-set.  The Roman catalogue will include all the latest functions, including product image previews for ease of searching, automated connection points, an upgraded rendering facility and area lighting.

Bathrooms brought to life – Duravit partnership with Virtual Worlds strengthens

With immediate effect, Duravit is delighted to announce the strengthening of its partnership with Virtual Worlds, the leading 3D room-planning software package, widely used throughout the KBB sector.
A three year programme has been agreed until 2016, during which time the main catalogue will be uploaded and continually updated to ensure that Duravit partners will have access to Duravit’s most recent product imagery. A highly regarded interactive tool for planning and designing bathrooms, Virtual Worlds offers rapid and simple integrated solutions and is proven to help convert prospects into sales.
As part of the agreement, Duravit partners who are not signed up to Virtual Worlds will be offered an incentivised package in order to take advantage of the partnership. UK Managing Director, Gary Dart, comments, “With increasing demand for 3D bathroom presentations, we believe that our commitment to Virtual Worlds will be a valuable tool for our retailer partner and ensure that the entire Duravit product portfolio is portrayed realistically and is always on hand to help create attractively designed bathroom solutions.”

Virtual Worlds CAD expands free catalogues with theshowerlab portfolio

For the first time, the showerlab’s product portfolio is available in CAD format. Theshowerlab’s standard and bespoke catalogues are recent additions to Virtual Worlds Professional CAD software and are made available to all current users, free of charge, in 3D interactive and 2D plan format.

Virtual Worlds has developed new functions, which enable the rapid and accurate creation of bespoke designs. Controlled Parametric Scaling allows glass panels and doors to be resized, automatically and proportionally re-sizing components, such as profile channels and connecting glass enclosure panels. Resize and Track facilitates rapid editing of an existing design and automatic sizing of selected products, whilst Hole Cutting replaces previously time-consuming elements such as inserting finger hole handles, with a single mouse click.

T: 01908 663848  www.virtualworlds.co.uk

Featured Manufacturer: Villeroy & Boch

Villeroy & Boch, founded in 1748, is a leading premium brand for bathroom and wellness, tiles, and tableware, on a truly international level with manufacturers all over the world. We represent exclusive lifestyles and have a long tradition of delivering highly qualitative products. Our aim is to offer Villeroy & Boch customers exceptional quality, combined with our superior design and an innate sense for innovative products and collections.

An outstanding and unique example of this innovation is Quaryl: a material developed and manufactured exclusively by Villeroy & Boch. With its unique mix of the finest quartz sand and acrylic, Quaryl products can be cast into any form in a single step, with unlimited design possibilities and freedom.

So Transform your client’s bathroom into their own personal spa with Villeroy & Boch on Virtual Worlds. Nothing compares to having a sneak preview and with Virtual Worlds’ unrivalled online 3D showcase, visualise that design right before your client’s eyes. This interactive tool can allow showroom staff to create stunning high quality imagery, with ‘real time’ simulation for that perfect Villeroy & Boch bathroom – providing the ultimate consumer design experience.

And by working closely with Virtual Worlds, Villeroy & Boch ensure that up to date product catalogues are available for designers – always providing our latest collections, so you can choose from the complete range!

www.villeroy-boch.com

To find out more about Virtual Worlds, why not get intouch: 01908 663 848 sales@virtualworlds.co.uk or visit: www.virtualworlds.so.uk

Featured Manufacturer: Zehnder

Zehnder is one of Europe’s leading designers and manufacturers of decorative bathroom radiators and towel rails and has a reputation for quality and style at sensible prices. Committed to innovation and originality, their exceptional range of traditional and contemporary radiator designs offers a solution for all lifestyles and preferences.

With Zehnder’s vision and determination for continuous advancement and achievement, the subject of design is firmly anchored in the company’s philosophy. It seemed only natural for them to join forces with Virtual Worlds – the ultimate in design-focused software.

         “From the very concept of there being a Zehnder product catalogue, right through to it’s completion and release, the team at Virtual Worlds have been simply terrific and consummate professionals at all times. Here at Zehnder, we fully appreciate the importance of reaching as many of our retail partners as possible, to enable Zehnder product selection at that pivotal design stage. By joining Virtual Worlds, we can ensure the growing number of retailers investing in the software have full access to our range, whilst providing an unrivalled customer experience and maximising the chance of that all important sale!”

The Virtual Worlds 3D model catalogue for Zehnder, allows for Virtual Worlds users to insert accurate and realistic images from the extensive Zehnder product range into their designs, giving that added consumer experience.  

A vast array of models and sizes are available in the catalogue, from country house ambience, minimalistic purism, classic style, or colourful modern trend. So the exact Zehnder radiator can easily be selected and fitted to blend perfectly in any kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom design.

To see the full Zehnder product range visit www.zehnder.co.uk

For more information on Virtual Worlds please call on: 01908 663848

www.virtualworlds.co.uk

Featured Manufacturer: Heritage Bathrooms

 

Heritage Bathrooms understand the importance of having a bathroom that their consumers would love. Whether they are making home improvements or starting from scratch, the bathroom is the room that will bookend the day and getting it right is a must.

Our aim is to bring consumers no less than the highest quality, most inspirational and beautifully designed bathroom solutions that are individually crafted for our consumer’s home and lifestyle.  When purchasing a new bathroom, nothing can compare with seeing it “live” before installation so to make the right choice.

Marketing Manager, Kaouther Montacer Shilvock, comments Heritage Bathrooms combines classic designs with the latest technology. With this in mind, we constantly refine our range of products to reflect our customer’s needs and today’s trend.”  We consistantly review the purchasing journey with our customer base, in order to offer new service that would facilitate the choice. Consumers are very motivated by help with visualising/designing their bathroom. They may have selected a design or style, but struggle to fully appreciate what the final result will look like.

With Virtual Worlds 3D software, any design can be transformed in unrivalled ‘real time’ simulation using stunning high-quality images, bringing life to the project and providing that all important emotional connection between the consumer and their new bathroom.

Virtual Worlds allows showroom staff to create bathroom renders quickly and easily. Consumers can try out different colour schemes and tiles, all with their bathroom being effortlessly designed around any doors and windows.

      “Heritage Selected Virtual Worlds as their supplier in this project as they were the ideal partner within the market place, with a great product and overall service level”

One of the biggest benefits of Virtual Worlds is the facility to instantly upload new products from the extensive Heritage range, making them immediately available to consumers. Not every showroom will have the luxury of space to display our full breadth of products, but they are available online in an unrestricted 3D environment; ensuring that consumers have the very best Heritage experience whilst making those right decisions.

www.heritagebathrooms.com

For more information on Virtual Worlds vist www.virtualworlds.co.uk