Kamis, 26 September 2013

Cersaie: Bathroom Excellence 1998 - 2012

This year, Cersaie featured a project that celebrated excellence in bathroom design, in collaboration with ADI - the Italian Industrial Design Association.
Bathroom Excellence 1998/2012 groups together 160 products, made by over 80 companies, designed by 110 famous designers and selected over the years by the ADI Design Permanent Observatory that are published in the annual ADI Design Index, containing all the best Italian design products.

The exhibition celebrates the evolution of bathroom design in a chronological itinerary, and shows the progress of the various methods, styles and habits that have evolved over the years.

Among the milestones of these changes, the ADI juries have selected a few Teuco products including Paper, the Duralight® bathtub designed by Giovanna Talocci and published in the 2011 ADI Design Index.  Dominated by its futuristic silhouette, Paper introduced Hydroline, the whirlpool that combines design and technology, where the classic nozzles have been replaced by minimalist slits.  
Teuco Paper with Hydroline on display in the Soak in Style showroom

A dedicated corner showcased this styling innovation, with a collection of photographs of other Teuco products, which are already part of design history, in the background.

Also featured were some products from Catalano; in 1999 Catalano Sistema Zero was selected, and in 2003 Catalano Zero +.

Rabu, 25 September 2013

Victoria +Albert baths at Cersaie 2013

Victoria + Albert Amalfi bath featured at Apavisa stand, Cersaie 2013.

Victoria and Albert baths can be seen on a few stands at Cersaie 2013.  The Amalfi bath is shown here on the Apavisa stand along with the Cabrits, the Drayton is on the Stella Rubinetteria stand.  Ava Ceramica are featuring the Cabrits bath and Edge basin, with Ios bath and basin along with the Drayton basin showcased on the La Fabbrica stand.

Minggu, 22 September 2013

Showroom Closed 23 + 24 September 2013

The Soak in Style showroom is closed for Monday and Tuesday, 23 and 24 September 2013 while we attend an exhibition in Italy.

We will be checking out the latest bathroom trends and innovations so we can continue to offer the very best in bathroom products combined with innovative design.

100% Design and Cersaie 2013

With 100% Design in between 18-21 September and Cersaie in Bologna 23-27 September 2013 it is a busy time as we check out all the latest ideas and trends and preview what is new or will be new to the market.

Victoria + Albert showcased the Cabrits bath - the brief for the design team was to maximise the bathing experience for people of different ages and body sizes, providing comfort and exquisite styling: thereby revolutionising the freestanding bathtub.

Victoria + Albert's Cabrits bath

With London Fashion Week just finished and Milan just started some of the looks currently trending in the fashion stakes is soft pink on the colour front, brogues and flat shoes for women (always popular for hiking round the exhibition halls whilst simultaneously wondering how the promo gals can sashay round in mile high stilettos all day...) and pink is also a hot look for fashion in Spring / Summer 2014. 

It comes as no surprise that a variety of shades of pink - 8 in total - are included in the trending shades for Interiors for 2014 which are broken down into 9 colour palettes;

Techno Colour

Innovative Techno Colour acknowledges the advancement of technology – how it is impacting the world of design and expanding the colour universe through a melding of both vibrant and deep hues, frequently executed in reflective surfaces. A range of shades, including a multifaceted emerald, an exuberant orange, a turquoise-like blue and a strong, vital purple, plus true blue, jet black and dark citron, are intertwined in intriguingly inventive colour combinations.
Emerald Green which was the colour for interiors during 2013 is on trend along with Silver (bright neutral) and strong colours.


As the name implies, Physicality speaks to the colors of power and energy counterbalanced by the presence of hues that express the necessity for introspection and calmness. The stamina of forged iron, satellite gray, antique moss and gothic olive are interplayed with the healing shades of herbal lavender, grayed grape, rosy brown and a quieting, ephemeral foggy gray – all presenting a challenging, yet invigorating, game change.

Sculpted Simplicity

Sculpted Simplicity recognizes how important shape, form and structure are to the end product and/or environment. The colors are unassuming and do not take center stage. The sophisticated tones elegantly harmonize with distinctively nuanced undertones, including travertine, anthracite, blanc de blanc and twilight mauve, supported by an anodized brown, ethereal gray and a suggestion of silver.

Gliding gracefully through watery channels, Fluidity is the palette that understands the inevitable human need for life-sustaining cool water tones, rendered largely in dazzling blues and blue-greens. These cooling hues are underscored by shimmering sea grass shades and undersea-creature colors, such as absinthe green, violet tulle, blazing Samoan sun, dewberry purple and two eye-arresting orange-coral tones.



Collage is a gathering place for found objects that are well worn and somewhat nostalgic – a charming melange of artfully constructed designs that demonstrate ingenuity and resourcefulness. There is poignancy in the color and design of the palette that sounds a familiar chord. Tea rose, deep reddish rhubarb, warm pumpkin spice and cozy sheepskin, are refreshed with margarita green, provincial blue and cascading tones of aqua and teal.


Intimacy implies a certain affinity and relationship expressed in tints and tones that are inviting in nature and softly tactile – closely connected, yet subtly different – a happy marriage of adaptable warm, cool and neutral tones. The combinations effortlessly offer an understated color collection. Gardenia white defines a lotus blossom pink; rose cloud, fawn and cafe crème are delicious together, while pale lavenders and opal gray are effectively approachable.


Both svelte and voluptuous, Moda speaks of attention to detail and the drama of high fashion when translated into interiors. Combinations can be theatrical in nature, displaying fashionable or whimsical flourishes, but always done with tasteful finesse. Red dahlia interacts with blackberry cordial and wood violet, all accented by a yellowed amber green. Corsican blue meets with magenta haze and an expressive linden green, while rich gold waits in the wings for the appropriate moment to add a glimmering finale to any of the combinations.

Tribal Threads

We are all members of tribes, whether through cultural background, religion, political affiliation or community. The colours in Tribal Threads are as varied as the tribal diversity they represent, yet they construct a universal linkage of artistic appreciation rooted in personal expression. Colour combinations may be disarmingly simple or as complex as inter-woven threads. Neutrals, such as bleached sand and kangaroo brown, highlight an exotic arabesque burnt orange, while goblin blue is flavored by curry and peppercorn. A rose-dusted cedar shade is set off by taupe-toned incense.

There is always room for an eccentric palette with a personality that defies the established rule book of design and color, bringing with it a sense of adventure, wit, experimentation and discovery. Eccentricities is tongue-in-cheek in attitude with color juxtapositions that are highly original and cleverly conceived in evocative combinations. A flash of neon green radiates off of zesty lemon or nectarine combines with a daredevil skydiver blue. Fudgesickle brown is rendered sweeter with strawberry ice. A warm red coexists with its cooler counterpart, while black and/or white can be drawn into any combination.

All shades of neutrals are also featured, and in bathrooms the brighter colours are usually used as accents with some people selecting a bolder colour such as purple for their bathroom furniture.  Neutrals are a favourite choice for many clients with many shades and nuances to choose from; in particular for tiles.

Kamis, 19 September 2013

Winners of the Berkshire + Buckinghamshire Life Inaugural Food + Drinks Awards

Berkshire Life + Buckinghamshire Life Food + Drink Awards - 2013

Sponsored by Coworth Park

Associate Sponsor Soak in Style

Event Partner Furry Feet TV

200 guests, finalists and sponsors joined Berkshire Life + Buckinghamshire Life to celebrate their inaugural Food and Drink Awards at Ascot Racecourse on 6th September.  The Awards were hosted by Beverley Glock, and celebrated the good and the great from the region's food and drink industry.
Editor, Janice Raycroft welcomed everyone with these words: "Within our counties we have some of the most beautiful countryside just a few minutes away from a communication network that enables all the wonderful results of this food and drink production to reach discerning consumers both ‘down the road’ and across the country. And then there is our vast array of excellent restaurants, cafés, pubs and hotels who are dedicated to supporting local produce. Without the hard work and dedication of all of our finalists, we simply wouldn’t have a basis for these awards and I want to congratulate all our finalists in achieving so much and, most of all, for receiving the recognition from our readers."

Newcomer of the Year
Sponsored by El Sabio

WINNER:  The Egg House Charcuterie, Kimble, Bucks.

Highly Commended: Saddleback Farm Shop, Brightwalton, Berks
Ten Mile Menu, Princes Risborough, Bucks.

Best Local Supplier / Producer 
Sponsored by Berkshire Landrover

WINNER:  Bloomfield Hatch Farm, Reading, Berks.

Highly Commended: Just Biscuits, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks
Tim's Dairy, Little Chalfont, Bucks.

Best Local Menu
Sponsored by Beverley Glock Cookery School

WINNER:  Humphry's Fine Dining Restaurant at Stoke Park, Stoke Poges, Bucks.

Highly Commended:  The Wheatsheaf, Bow Brickhill, Bucks
The Showboat, Marlow, Bucks.

Butcher of the Year 
Sponsored by Copas Traditional Turkeys Ltd

WINNER:  Boycott Farm Shop, Stowe, Bucks.

Highly Commended: Bastable Brothers, Kintbury, Berks
Dopson Butchers, Crowthorne, Berks.

Food Product of the Year
Sponsored by Waltons Jewellers

WINNER:  Raspberry Syrup, Blossoms Syrup, Beacons Bottom, Bucks.

Highly Commended:  Vanilla Fudge, Marsden's Fudge, Newbury, Berks.
Barkham Blue, Two Hoots Cheese, Barkham, Berks.

Restaurant of the Year
Sponsored by Lewington + Son

WINNER:  Luke's Dining Room at Sanctum on the Green, Cookham Dean, Berks.

Highly Commended: Humphry's Fine Dining Restaurant at Stoke Park, Stoke Poges, Bucks
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Berks.

Tea / Coffee Shop of the Year 
Sponsored by Tom French Jewellery

WINNER:  Tutti Frutti, Reading, Berks.

Highly Commended:  Gyre and Gimble, Buckingham, Bucks
Tea Shop by the Canal, Newbury, Berks.

Drinks Product of the Year 
Sponsored by Royal Windsor Racecourse

WINNER:  Twyford Tipple, Binghams Brewery, Ruscombe, Berks.

Highly Commended:  Sparkling Cider, Daws Hill Vineyard, Radnage, Bucks
Balmy Days, Hopping Mad Brewery, Olney, Bucks.

Chef of the Year 
Sponsored by Anthony Mullan Furniture

WINNER:  Adam Simmonds from Danesfield House Hotel and Spa, Marlow, Bucks.

Highly Commended:
Tom Kerridge from The Hand and Flowers, Marlow, Bucks
Kevin Love from The Hinds Head, Bray, Berks.

Best Farm Shop 
Sponsored by Savills

WINNER:  Fielders Farm Shop, Theale, Berks.

Highly Commended: 
Kings Farm Shop, Wendover, Bucks
Seasons Farm Shop, North Dean, Bucks.

Pub of the Year 
Sponsored by Frobishers Juices

WINNER: The Bull Inn, Stanford Dingley, Berks.

Highly Commended:
The Farmers' Bar, Aylesbury, Bucks.
The Shurlock Inn, Shurlock Row, Berks.

2013 Food and Drink Hero
Sponsored by  NFU Mutual Hungerford

WINNER:  Steve Sidhu, Ten Mile Menu

Jumat, 06 September 2013

Nominees for Berkshire + Buckinghamshire Inaugural Food + Drinks Awards 2013

And the finalist for the inaugural Berks + Bucks Food + Drinks Awards are ...

2013 Finalists
Newcomer of the Year sponsored by El Sabio
Saddleback Farm Shop, Brightwalton, Berkshire
Ten Mile Menu, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire
The Egg House Charcuterie, Kimble, Buckinghamshire
Butcher of the Year sponsored by Copas Traditional Turkeys LTD
Bastable Brothers, Kintbury, Berkshire
Dopson Butchers, Crowthorne, Berkshire
Boycott Farm Shop, Stowe, Buckinghamshire
Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year
Gyre and Gimble, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire
Tea Shop by the Canal, Newbury, Berkshire
Tutti Frutti, Reading, Berkshire
Best Farm Shop
Fielders Farm Shop Theale, Berkshire
Kings Farm Shop, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Seasons Farm Shop, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Best Local Supplier/Producer sponsored by Avonvale Foods
Bloomfield Hatch Farm, Reading, Berkshire
Just Biscuits, Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire
Tims Dairy, Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire
Food Product of the Year sponsored by Just Add Grapes Ltd
Vanilla Fudge, Marsden’s Fudge, Newbury, Berkshire
Barkham Blue, Two Hoots Cheese, Barkham, Berkshire
Raspberry Syrup, Blossoms Syrup, Beacons Bottom, Buckinghamshire
Drinks Product of the Year
Sparkling Cider, Daws Hill Vineyard, Radnage, Buckinghamshire
Twyford Tipple, Binghams Brewery, Ruscombe, Berkshire
Balmy Days, Hopping Mad Brewery, Olney, Buckinghamshire
Pub of the Year
The Bull Inn, Stanford Dingley, Berkshire
The Farmers’ Bar, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
The Shurlock Inn, Shurlock Row, Berkshire
Best Local Menu sponsored by Beverley Glock Cookery School
Humphry’s Fine Dining Restaurant at Stoke Park, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
The Wheatsheaf, Bow Brickhill, Buckinghamshire
The Showboat, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Restaurant of the Year
Humphry’s Fine Dining Restaurant at Stoke Park, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
Luke’s Dining Room at Sanctum on the Green, Cookham Dean, Berkshire
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Berkshire
Chef of the Year sponsored by Anthony Mullan Furniture
Tom Kerridge from The Hand + Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Kevin Love from The Hinds Head, Bray, Berkshire
Adam Simmonds, Danesfield House Hotel and Spa, Marlow-On-Thames, Buckinghamshire
2013 Food + Drink Hero sponsored by NFU Mutual Hungerford
To be announced on the evening…

Associate Sponsor   Soak in Style

Luxury Designer Bathrooms

Reform Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 8BT   www.soakinstyle.com

Kamis, 05 September 2013

Berkshire + Buckinghamshire Inaugural Life Food + Drink Awards

Soak in Style are delighted to announce they are an associate sponsor for the inaugural Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Food and Drink Awards taking place on Friday 6 September at Ascot Racecourse.  

The votes were cast by over 500 readers across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, and they voted on awards including Best Farm Shop, Pub of the Year and Restaurant of the Year.
An expert panel of judges across Berkshire and Buckinghshire included representatives from Buckinghamshire First, Country Food and Dining, Newbury and District Agricultural Society, Marketing Foods, Slow Food Berkshire, Thames Valley Farmer's Markets and Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Soak in Style have a luxury industrial style bathroom showroom and offer a full design and install and / or supply service. Located just off the A4 Bath Road near Maidenhead Bridge the showroom offers plenty of parking as well as a wide variety of bathroom displays.

Looking for a new bathroom?  Check our our website www.soakinstyle.com or come and see us in our showroom in Maidenhead, or call us on 01628 783686.