20th Anniversary Roadshows

Here at Virtual Worlds we are celebrating two decades of innovation by touring the UK with our very latest virtual reality (VR) technology.

Virtual Worlds turns 20 in July, and we’re marking the occasion by inviting KBB retailers to try out the very latest innovations during a roadshow at various locations throughout the year. We plan to show designers the power of virtual reality and offer advice on how it can help to generate sales and increase conversion rates.IMAG1252

The tour started at leading sanitary ware manufacturer Geberit’s head office in Warwick on May 8-9, and is followed by a series of events to mark Clerkenwell Design Week next week. A visit to Dansani, Brighton takes place in July with Roman Showers, County Durham, scheduled for September, and more locations and dates to be announced later next month.

The first roadshow at Geberit was well attended with visitors able to try out our 4D Theatre system, receive training on their existing Virtual Worlds system and to experience our virtual reality (VR) plans for the future. 4D Virtual Reality Headset

CAD design has come on leaps and bounds in the 20 years during which Virtual Worlds has been working in the space, most recently with the development of VR technology. Over the last few years VR has really begun to make its mark as a serious option for designers and retailers as they seek a more interactive, immersive way of sharing their plans with customers.

For KBB retailers it can be a highly effective sales tool, making it easier for customers to experience, and fall in love with, their dream kitchen, bedroom or bathroom.

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Customers will be able to immerse themselves in a virtual version of their bathroom

Virtual Worlds’ 4D Showroom software, for example, allows users to enter and walk around the proposed room from a first person perspective. It features an up-to-date catalogue of more than 100 popular manufacturers.

Nathan Maclean, managing director of Virtual Worlds, said: “CAD design has come a long way in such a short space of time, and for KBB retailers, virtual reality is the next step along in that journey.

“It’s something that you really do have to experience, which is why we’re inviting retailers along to celebrate our 20th birthday with us by trying the very latest technology on the market for themselves.”

For more information please visit www.virtualworlds.co.uk or contact 01908 663848

 

April – New Catalogues Releases & Updates

It’s been a busy month here at Virtual Worlds with many updates and new catalogue releases from our top manufacturers.  Our latest updates are all now available to download from the Virtual Worlds User Centre so don’t delay and download them today and improve your customer offering.
 

New Catalogues


TOTO’s impressive portfolio is featured in this new catalogue including a wide selection of products from TOTO’s ranges of sanitary ware, baths, furniture, taps, showers and accessories.

“TOTO is very pleased to be included in the Virtual Worlds catalogue of products. This is a valuable resource for our retail partners and their designers, helping them to create the perfect TOTO bathroom for each client.”
Mr Sohei Nishida, UK General Manager, TOTO Europe GmbH

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New Product Launch – Don’t just have a bath –  love it… view our new collection of luxury contemporary freestanding baths – lovingly handcrafted using innovative manufacturing techniques and using the finest materials – specified by architects and interior designs and available only through an elite collection of exclusive bathroom retailers.

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The standard catalogue for theshowerlab sees parametrics used for the first time in Virtual Worlds.  This new catalogue includes all of the standard shower enclosures, trays and customisable components in theshowerlab’s product range. Bespoke theshowerlab product catalogues will be available in the future.

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New Versions

Laufen are signed up to the Virtual Worlds subscription service which means their catalogues will be updated regularly on new product releases. Download this update, the first of many, for the complete range of items from the LAUFEN pro, ILBAGNOALESSI one and palace ranges of baths, furniture, sanitaryware, taps, shower fittings, enclosures and trays. 

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Includes many new collections of tiles from the Dune tile range giving you a greater selection of choice when designing. Additional Dune product updates will be available in the future.

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Featuring the Drayton, Mozzano and Radford ranges of sanitaryware and baths.  This newly updated version also includes the Staffordshire range of taps and brassware and adds new items to the Tubo range of taps and brassware.
 

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Generic Bathrooms
A great selection of generic sanitaryware, furniture, radiators, taps, showers and accessories including some new and more modern additions.  This catalogue provides everything needed to quickly test your bathroom design concepts before replacing the generic items with branded products.  The sanitaryware has most items in both traditional and contemporary styles, with every product type available in all configurations!
You can find it in the Generic section within the Catalogues in the Virtual Worlds User Centre.

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For updates on all of our latest releases keep an eye on our website news section at www.virtualworlds.co.uk or on Twitter and Facebook.

Virtual Worlds Support Team
Helping you design better!

Tissino Catalogue

Great news! The brand new Tissino catalogue is available to download from the Virtual Worlds user centre. This catalogue contains a wide range of sanitaryware, furniture, radiators, taps, showers, enclosures, trays, tiles and accessories available in the extensive Tissino product range. The Tissino offering is complemented by a customised version of our online planner system, accessible from the Tissino website. Check it out now at www.tissino.co.uk and for further information on how you too can benefit from the 3d Planner on your website, call our sales team on 01908663848.

Virtual Worlds Lights up TOTO with First CAD Catalogue for UK

TOTO has joined forces with Virtual Worlds, to make its cutting-edge bathroom ranges available for the first time to UK retailers and designers, on a leading UK CAD system.  Virtual Worlds Professional from Logicom is the sophisticated, 3D interactive CAD software, used by thousands of designers in the UK.

This strategic alliance by the major Japanese manufacturer, renowned for its design and technological innovation, and Virtual Worlds creator of the pioneering KBB CAD system, is important to TOTO’s continued success, as explained by UK General Manager, Mr. Sohei Nishida: “This is a valuable resource for our retail partners and their designers, helping them to create the perfect TOTO bathroom for each client.”

The TOTO product catalogues have just gone live on the Virtual Worlds Professional software and are available free of charge to all its licensees.  Capturing the essence of TOTO’s cutting-edge product designs was critical and Virtual Worlds developed new modelling techniques, including a realistic way to reflect TOTO’s unique Luminist material, which can be back lit in basins and baths.

Mr Masahiro Maruhashi, Product Promotion Department Manager, TOTO Europe GmbH is delighted with the result: “This is an impressive tool that gives our customers and their consultants the ability to try out different TOTO products at the planning stage and produce realistic views of their creative concepts.”  

Monita Cheung, Designer at C P Hart, the designer bathroom retailer, is likewise enthusiastic: ‘Virtual Worlds is an essential design tool for C.P. Hart. We’re delighted that TOTO, one of our best-selling brands, is now included on our Virtual Worlds program. The TOTO range is such a unique looking product, with great detail, that we really struggled to find another item to use in place of this on our 3D visuals. Now, we can create impressive customer visuals, which truly represent our design concepts and provide a true photorealistic image for our clients”.

JJO Looks to an Interactive 3D Future with CAD Deal with Virtual Worlds

JJO, the UK’s leading manufacturer of fitted kitchens, has announced that for the first time its kitchens, bathroom and bedroom furniture will be available in a 3D and interactive format on CAD software. The company has completed a deal with CAD specialist Logicom, which will see JJO’s entire portfolio featured on the latest Virtual Worlds Professional’s software, delivering far more than standard CAD platforms.

John Pollitt, Sales Director at JJO says the decision to work with Logicom is consistent with JJO’s on-going strategy to invest in the latest design and technology: “Virtual Worlds by Logicom is an award winning CAD system, increasingly recognised for its success in improving retailers’ sales. I am confident that our relationship with Virtual Worlds will assist JJO retailers to grow their businesses, thanks to the system’s unique ability to produce, at speed, inspirational room sets, whilst allowing designers to demonstrate their customer’s kitchen in an appealing and persuasive, interactive 3D format ”.

JJO’s first catalogues, Colonial and Eco kitchen collections, have just gone live to dealers signed up to Virtual Worlds Professional and these will be followed by the launch of JJO’s Eco Bathroom and Colonial Bedroom collections, by mid 2013.

For further information contact Logicom: T: 01908 663848  www.virtualworlds.co.uk

March 2013 – New Catalogues & Releases

Virtual Worlds continue to develop our offer to users through constant updates and new catalogue releases from top manufacturers.  Our latest updates are all now available to download from the Virtual Worlds User Centre.  It has come to our attention that some of our users have not been receiving our previous catalogue release notifications, therefore we wanted to confirm this year’s new realeases to date.

New Catalogues

  • J & J Ormerod Colonial Kitchens and Eco Kitchens – include the entire range of units and door styles available in the Colonial Kitchens and Eco Kitchens product ranges. Please note that these catalogues are password protected for Virtual Worlds Kitchen Users.

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  • Hansgrohe – including catalogues for the EcoStat and Axor Starck Organic ranges of brassware and showers. 
  • Dansani – includes the complete set of furniture, worktops, vanity basins and accessories from the new Calidris range and all of the latest furniture and sanitaryware from the Luna, Mido and Zaro ranges. The catalogue is password protected for Dansani retailers. 
  • Simspons Shower Enclosures - including the Elite range, as well as additions to the Ten, Design and Edge ranges. 
  • Ideal Standard Taps Showers & Wastes – this includes taps, showers and wastes from the Academy, Active, Alto, Ceraplan SL, Cone, Elements and Kingston ranges. Additional updates to the catalogue will be available in the future. 
  • JIS Europe – includes the Fletching and Steyning ranges of radiators. 
  • Radox - including the Premiere and Premiere XL ranges of towel radiators as well as many new designer radiators.
  • Bisque – includes new radiators from the Chime, Orbit, Gio and Olga ranges, and new towel rails from the Classic Towel Radiators range.
  • Omega – includes Chippendale, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Sheraton catalogues.
  • Bauhaus Furniture – now contains the Linea and Celeste furniture ranges, as well as new mirrors for the Essence, Edge and Elite ranges.
    The sanitaryware catalogue now contains the Linea and Celeste ranges, the new Laguna basin, and new sanitaryware for the Design, Touch and Stream ranges

For updates on all of our latest releases keep an eye on our website news section at www.virtualworlds.co.uk or on Twitter and Facebook.

Virtual Worlds Support Team
Helping you design better!

BKU – This years highs and predictions for 2013

Discover Your Design Potential with Virtual Worlds

We were thrilled to see this adventurous image from Bernard Griffiths of BMG Designs which adds Hollywood glamour to a range cooker by placing it on the set of an Indiana Jones movie.

The sense of finding the hidden treasure is achieved using subtle lighting that draws you past the almost shimmering shadow of Professor Jones at the doorway onto the glistening product itself. The craftsmanship of the Egyptian artists and stonemasons is brought to life by the use of modern Virtual Worlds “bump maps” to enhance the surfaces. You can almost feel the heat from the Sun as well as the oven – making this one hot image!

We await the sequel but, in the meantime, we’d like to hear your suggestions for a witty caption to the image.

Thank you Bernard for such an imaginative image!  Bernard Griffiths – bmg.designs@btinternet.com

Are you getting the most from your Virtual Worlds Software? Want to learn how to add the “wow” factor to your designs? Contact Virtual Worlds sales@virtualworlds.co.uk to find out more about the features available within your current software package.

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The future of CAD for the KBB sector

The Designer ran a great article about CAD in their November issue.  They asked the various CAD companies, including our Mike Vinten, what the future had in store for the KBB sector.

It was that that many of our competitors predicted tools that Virtual Worlds already provides!  Good to know we are ahead of the game.  And there are even more developments just around the corner. 

3D interactive CAD design – available now

The article quoted comments from CAD providers about what CAD would be like in the future : “interactive tools”, “using software online” to “collaborate” with the consumer on designs ,  the concept of  “walking round” a design before you buy, interacting with other design software  and the importance of realistic visual were all mentioned…they ought to try out Virtual Worlds Professional.  These are all standard to the latest 5.8 package www.virtualworlds.co.uk Available NOW!

Collaborative online design with the customer – available now

We agree that a strong on-line design capability will be key for some customers…that is why we are already working with various customers, customising our 2D/3D Planner www.virtualworlds.co.uk to their particular requirements.  For those retailers who want to give their customers scope to outline their own design ideas, before passing them over to a professional, showroom designer to develop into a feasible KBB design, then this software is hugely powerful and user- friendly.  For some we even integrate with pricing, checkout and parts list – all online.

Realistic visuals you can almost touch – available now

Some of our competitors do not seem to rate their own CAD particularly highly! However, from our retailer user comments, it is apparent that Virtual Worlds CAD is so realistic and the 3D interactive facility so engaging, that Designers are now able to create a sense of the ambience in a customer’s kitchen or bathroom, not just fantastic visuals.  The software tools are there to be used.

What next for Virtual Worlds CAD?

Apps, more online solutions… the developers here at Logicom are way ahead. Watch out!

Award Winning Designer is a Virtual Worlds Fan

Monita CheungMonita Cheung and her team of designers use Virtual Worlds software to create amazing designs for C.P. Hart clients.

”I enjoy using Virtual Worlds to create photorealistic 3D images. The software allows you to create your own products and tile templates if necessary and the fast and efficient features make my life easier with the large amount of retail projects I work on day in and day out. I love the fact you can adjust the lighting very easily and that rendering time is very quick.”

Having very recently featured in Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms Magazine with her bathroom designs created using Virtual Worlds, we caught up with Monita to find out more about her style and inspiration.

 

Background

Monita graduated from Middlesex University with a BA (hons) Product Design degree and came across C.P. Hart whilst searching for a summer placement during her second year of studying. Her eight-week placement was extended to 10 and then to 12 weeks. Monita worked part time for C.P. Hart during her last year of university and upon graduation was offered a Junior Designer position at the Waterloo showroom. Having won the KBB Young Designer Award she has also been a finalist for the Designer Kitchen&Bathroom Award. She is delighted to work at C.P. Hart.

 

 

 

 

How would you describe your style?

“I’m certainly a more contemporary styled woman with the love for minimal, bold architectural lines with hints of warmth using different materials and textures. Maybe it’s within my Chinese roots but I love the oriental styles with the sense of peace and well balanced feng shui in the room”.

How do you approach a new design?

“I start by spending a good amount of time getting to understand my client, it is by far the most important thing to do. To understand what style they are searching for and how they will be using the bathroom is very important. The great thing about my job is that I get the opportunity to visit my clients in their home which is the best method of finding out their styles and their way of living. If the option of visiting their home was not available then I would invite my client into our Waterloo flagship store to walk through the showroom and discuss what sort of style they will be wanting”.

What current trends are inspiring your designs?

“I love using stone fronted drawer units within my designs. It provides a sharpness to the product edge that shows the skill of the manufacturer and this creates a high quality expectation for the rest of the room to follow. Very clever wood effect porcelain tiles are very on trend too. There are many available out there but if you manage to find a very high quality wood effect tile it will help to add all the characteristics of a real wood floor with the warmth of the colour but becomes very practical to use for the bathroom areas. Having recently returned from the Cersaie show in Bologna, Italy, it has become apparent that warm stone units and wooden floor tiles are very hot on trend”.

What has been your biggest design challenge to date?

“I can think of a few. One of the most common ones are when I have been given the loft bathroom space to redesign where the slopes are extremely low and I am working with many different angles and the client is wanting a large shower area with a freestanding bath. Another one is having to work with an octagon shaped shower area with slopes forming into the centre of the room. I had to liaise with my installer several times to make sure the shower area will be designed and fitted to perfection. My tip on dealing with situations like these is to double check that everything is what it seems to be, then only to triple check it with possible worst case scenario options”.

Do you have a design icon?

“Since I was 12 I have been in love with Tom Dixon’s S Chair, 1988, steel and wicker. At that age, I promised myself that I would work very hard in life so that eventually I will get to purchase this beautiful chair for my beautiful home and have it in my beautiful living room to admire and to be in awe of”.

What is your own home like?

“I’m currently living with my fiancé in a good sized apartment with a great view of Canary Wharf. It’s a very clean, modern and warm textured apartment where you can really indulge in a glass of wine with friends around the sofa area. The two bathrooms that we have were designed by ourselves and it suits our busy lifestyle very well with a very large shower enclosure fitted with ambient lighting”.

Describe your perfect room, fictional or otherwise?

“Hmm, my perfect room?…Think it’s got to be a fictional one and I will need to add all sorts of characteristics in there…Maybe it could include a large window overlooking a beautiful red sunset, a huge fire pit for the marshmallows, a brazing hearth to create my silver jewellery, a skilled chef on demand for cooking my seafood on a teppanyaki and a large cloud sofa for my friends and family to enjoy their dinner feast”.

Look out for further designs from Monita in future Virtual Worlds posts!

Want to be a Virtual Worlds Featured Designer? Contact Jackie – jackie.bryce@virtualworlds.co.uk

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