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Colourful kitchens take centre stage at Decorex SA

Kitchens have progressed from merely a functional area in the back room to forming the heart of the home where eating and entertaining converge.

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This move has seen kitchens adopting more inviting designs as well as bolder, brighter colours – prompting the theme ‘An Expression of Colour’ for this year’s Franke Kitchen Studio Project, endorsed by the Kitchen Specialists’ Association (KSA).

Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town and Decorex Joburg – the leading décor, design and lifestyle exhibitions all sponsored by Kansai Plascon – will play host to this exciting feature.


For the installation, four local designers in each of the three provinces will be given the chance to create ‘An Expression of Colour’ kitchen using the latest range from Franke SA. Each kitchen model will then be assessed by Franke and KSA, with the winning creator receiving R10 000 worth of Franke kitchen products.

Stephanie Forbes, National Manager of KSA, said the organisation had built up a great relationship with Decorex SA through this project and other features.

Our relationship with Decorex allows for face-to-face interaction with consumers,” continued Forbes.

We use it as an educational platform to teach consumers looking into new kitchens, empowering them to ask the right questions of those in the industry.

Franke SA’s National Sales Manager, Clinton Soutter, said Franke was pleased to once again be affiliated with the Decorex exhibitions.

“We have found that the Decorex shows are the designers’ hub, offering the homeowner an array of inspiring new ideas and the latest in trends. This platform enables the consumer, interior designer and architect to engage with our brand and our customers in one place.”


An Expression of Colour

Soutter expanded on this year’s creative theme, stating:

Life is about using the whole box of crayons. At Franke we choose to live life in colour, believing that it can influence our moods and our thoughts. The colours you pick for your kitchen can express the different aspects of your creativity, personality and style. Colour can also change the perceived size and shape of the room so it’s important to use a carefully selected colour palette to create just the right look.

He said this fitted in well with the Decorex #rhythmoflife theme as they felt colour reflected the ‘heartbeat of life and expression’.


Forbes praised this year’s theme choice because of the vital role colour plays in every kitchen:

It is one way for a consumer to really express themselves in the space, however, the choices of colour can also make or break a good kitchen design. Colour is intrinsically linked to mood and the sense of space so choosing the wrong colour can make the space feel claustrophobic while the right colour can reflect light and open the space up.


She said that colour choices should express the chooser while not creating an outdated kitchen: “If chosen incorrectly, the colour may be the reason you can’t sell your home when you decide to move on. Remember, colour is not only expressed on the walls or the doors of the kitchen, but through accessories and appliances as well.”

Kitchen Trends to Watch

Forbes said South Africa was still reflecting the 2016 and 2017 European trends so visitors could expect to see a lot of clean lines with minimal fuss.

Materials such as matt and gloss, timber and steel are still popular, with reference to the industrial concrete look and imitation marble seen in tops,” said Forbes.

Surface materials are still varying in thicknesses while handless doors and drawers remain. Space-saving hardware is always a trend as spaces get smaller and we require better ergonomics in the kitchen.

Soutter said this year’s project theme reflected the trend of enhanced colour inclusion into kitchens. There would also be more two-tone units – without upper cabinetry – fitted with brass and mixed metals.


Smart Kitchens are also starting to dominate using integrated and hidden appliances, as well as personalised tile-feature walls and concealed lighting.

At the Decorex Joburg show last year we launched our new range of sintered stone and quartz worktops, and this range will now be launched at Decorex Durban and Decorex Cape Town this year, along with our new solid surface worktops,” continued Soutter. “We are also very excited to launch our new stainless-steel range of hotel and residential bathroom accessories – available in two stylish designs – as well as our modern sink mixers.

Check out these incredible kitchen trends, fittings and appliances and find the best option to suit your colourful #rhythmoflife at Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town and Decorex Joburg – sponsored by #kansaiplascon.

Decorex details: 

  • Decorex Durban

21 – 25 March 2018

21 – 24 March: 10am – 8pm

25 March: 10am – 6pm

Durban Exhibition Centre

Public holiday: Wednesday 21 March

Trade-focused days: Thursday 22 and Friday 23 March

Ticket Prices: Adults – R 95

Student/Pensioners – R85

Kids U12 – R20

Trade – R85

Exhibitor – R85

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Recalls this week: electric kettles, chairs, candles | The Wichita Eagle

A line of KitchenAid electric kettles are being recalled because the handle can loosen, causing hot water to spill and potentially cause burns. Other recalled consumer products include recliner chairs and candles.

Here’s a more detailed look:


DETAILS: KitchenAid 1.7 Liter Electric Kettles. The kettles were sold in stainless steel, red, black, white, liquid graphite and cocoa silver. Model numbers and serial numbers are located on the bottom of the kettle. KitchenAid is written on the front of the kettles. A complete list of model and serial numbers included in this recall is posted on the firm’s website at They were sold at Bed Bath Beyond, Dillard’s, Fry’s Electronics, Kitchen Kaboodle, Kohl’s, Navy Exchange, Target, Williams Sonoma, and other home improvement, home appliance and retail stores and online at as well as other online retailers from September 2013 through February 2018.

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WHY: The handle can loosen and separate from the kettle, causing hot contents to spill, posing a burn hazard.

INCIDENTS: 79 reports in the U.S. and 19 in Canada of handles separating, including three reports in the US and one in Canada of minor burn injuries.

HOW MANY: About 40,200 in the U.S., 47,300 in Canada and 1,600 in Mexico.

FOR MORE: Call Whirlpool Corp. at 800-874-0608 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit for more information.


DETAILS: Stargaze Recliner, Stargaze Recliner Low, and Stargaze Recliner Luxury lifestyle camping chairs. These portable swinging and reclining outdoor chairs have an aluminum frame and black and gray monofilament mesh seat, and weigh between five and seven pounds. They were sold in four colors: birch leaf green, graphite, verdigris (teal) and Sedona (red). They come in a black, padded carrying case, and are used as a portable seat for camping and outdoor activities. The model name is printed on the pocket on the inside right side of the seat. The NEMO name and logo is attached to the back of the seat as a stitched logo. They were sold by REI from October 2017 through December 2017.

WHY: The straps on the chair seats can fail, posing a fall hazard.

INCIDENTS: One report of a chair breaking. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 15,500

FOR MORE: Call NEMO Equipment at 800-997-9301 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or send email to or visit at and click on Recall Safety Information for more details or


DETAILS: This recall involves Cost Plus World Market’s bleeding drip taper candles sold in a pack of two candles. The unscented wax candles are black and bleed red wax as they melt. They measure about 10 inches long. World Market, Bleeding Drip Taper Candles and SKU/UPC 544668/000000544668 can be found on the product packaging. They were sold at Cost Plus World Market and World Market stores nationwide and at from August 2017 through October 2017.

WHY: The candles’ high flame can ignite the surface of the wax, posing a fire hazard.

INCIDENTS: Two incident reports, including one of a candle catching on fire. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 8,400.

FOR MORE: Cost Plus World Market at 877-967-5362 from 7 a.m. to midnight ET daily or visit and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.


DETAILS: Hampton Bay 50,000 BTU, 30 inch Cross Ridge Outdoor Gas Fire Pit Table Patio Heaters with model number G-FTB51057B and UPC 6944937601579. The fire pit has an antique bronze finish with a natural slate tabletop and a black base that holds a propane tank. The model and UPC are printed on the product’s packaging. They were sold at Home Depot stores and online from August 2016 through November 2017.

WHY: The bowl base of the fire pits lacks a heat shield to protect consumers from burns while turning off the propane tank after use, posing a burn hazard.

INCIDENTS: Three reports of consumers who were burned while turning off the propane tank after using the gas fire pit.

HOW MANY: About 58,000.

FOR MORE: Call Yayi at 855-600-9294 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or by sending an email to or visit and click on Recall for more information.


DETAILS: Model year 2015 through 2018 gas and electric-powered golf cars, PTVs and utility vehicles. The vehicles were sold in various colors including blue, green, red, white, tan and silver. The model and serial numbers can be found on a label under the seat on the left or right side. They were sold at Yamaha Golf Car dealers nationwide from November 2014 through December 2017. More information can be found at

WHY: The brake cables on the golf cars and PTVs can fail, posing a crash hazard.

INCIDENTS: 285 reports of brake cables failing. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 161,000.

FOR MORE: Call Yamaha at 800-962-7926 anytime or visit and click on the Recall Tab located at the bottom of the page for more information.


DETAILS: Model “MM-B212” off-road mini bikes. The recalled bikes have a black powder-coated, gusset-reinforced, welded tube steel frame. Attached to the frame are two pneumatic tires with steel rims that measure 19 inches by 7 inches, a front fork with shocks, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, and a head light. The bikes are powered by a pull start self-contained 212cc, 7.5 hp gas engine and have a retractable kick stand. The mini bikes weigh 164 pounds and measure 64 inches long by 32.5 inches wide by 36 inches tall. There are two circular “MM 212” decals on the pull start and the transmission cover located on the left and right side of the bikes, a “Monster Moto” decal on the left and right shock absorbers, and an “MM 212” and Monster Moto logo on the left and right frame gussets. They were sold at Mills Fleet Farm, True Value and other stores nationwide and at and from October 2017 through January 2018.

WHY: The fuel tank venting system can leak, posing a fire hazard.

INCIDENTS: 38 reports of gasoline leaks. No injuries or fires have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 1,800.

FOR MORE: Call Monster Moto at 888-698-3508 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, send email to or visit and click on Recalls for more information or directly at

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Kitchens and closets storage crossovers: Join the #KBtribechat discussion

PASADENA — A recent Houzz survey found that homeowners are “obsessed” with decluttering kitchen counters and putting things away. What are the absolute “must-haves” for kitchen cabinet storage? What are design elements or storage products that have made their way from the heart of the home – kitchens – to closets and other storage spaces – or vice versa? Join Closets and Organized Storage magazine editor Michaelle Bradford and publisher Laurel Didier for a chat about kitchen and closet crossovers.

KBTribe members receive complimentary Cabinets Closets Expo Hall admission or $50 OFF any conference pass when they use the code KBTribe18 at online registration. Visit for registration links.

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Whirlpool Recalls 40000 Chinese-Made KitchenAid Electric Kettles Over Burn Hazard

Appliance manufacturer Whirlpool announced it is recalling about 40,000 KitchenAid electric kettles due to a burn hazard.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the Chinese-made electric kettles aren’t safe after it received 79 reports of the handles detaching and three reports of burn injuries. It can cause “hot contents to spill, posing a burn hazard,” the agency said.

“This recall involves KitchenAid 1.7 Liter Electric Kettles. The kettles were sold in stainless steel, red, black, white, liquid graphite and cocoa silver. Model numbers and serial numbers are located on the bottom of the kettle. KitchenAid is written on the front of the kettles,” the agency added.

While about 40,200 are being recalled in the United States, some 47,300 units were sold in Canada and 1,600 in Mexico.

Consumers, the agency said, should stop using the kettles immediately and contact Whirlpool for a replacement.

They were sold at Bed Bath Beyond, Dillard’s, Fry’s Electronics, Kitchen Kaboodle, Kohl’s, Navy Exchange, Target, Williams Sonoma, other retail stores, and online at as well as other online retailers from September 2013 until February 2018. They sold for $100 to $120.

According to Good Housekeeping, people have been complaining about the kettles for some time.

“After 6 months of use, the handle broke off after I boiled a full pot of water. I could have been badly hurt. The handle just detached off the body without prior indication it was starting to break. I could have been burned so badly. It literally just happened. The lid detached too,” one reviewer wrote on Amazon in June 2017, according to the report.

“The handle was slightly loose at the bottom, right out of the box. As I used it, the bottom part of the handle was clearly starting to detach from the body. Very disappointing. It would seem that Kitchen aide is cutting corners,” said another in 2014. Many deemed it “unsafe,” the report stated.


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Design Ideas Debuts MeshWorks Shelving System

Design Ideas will debut its MeshWorks shelving systems at the upcoming International Home + Housewares Show. The MeshWorks shelving combines traditional wire shelving with the flat surface traditionally associated with solid metal or wood.

“So many times a new product will solve one problem but create another. Traditional wire shelving allows circulating air to help prevent dust, but many objects fall between the wires or don’t sit level. MeshWorks offers the dust fighting properties of ventilated shelving while providing a smooth, level surface for storing any size object,” said Andy Van Meter, president of Design Ideas.

The mesh shelves are said to utilize a larger gauge of expanded metal mesh and the level mesh surface prevents smaller objects from tipping over or falling through. Each shelf has a weight limit of 600 pounds, ensuring the safe storage of anything from small kitchen items and appliances to heavy sacks of gardening supplies.

The company said it will offer the MeshWorks shelving in an array of fashion forward colors to meet organizational needs and coordinate with a variety of decors in every aspect of the home or business.

The shelving system also comes with an array of accessories allowing the consumer to customize configurations for any specific application. Over 15 different accessories can be combined to create closets, bureaus, coffee tables, media stands, hydroponic gardens, bathroom stands, office desks, work benches, wine racks, industrial storage, and pantry organization. Retailers can offer the components separately or as stand-alone kits packed to carry out of the store or ship directly to homes.

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Sustainable Smartphone Accessories Company Vibes Modular attending Mobile World Congress 2018 ShowStoppers …

The interest we have received from ShowStoppers at CES was incredible. We have already met with a few parties from the middle east, Europe and Asia expressing interest in strategic partnerships“, says Shane Wilder, CEO of Vibes Modular. “There is a growing global interest in our products. We think MWC will open additional doors as leaders in mobile recognize the incredible disruptive opportunity for shareable and sustainable smartphone accessories.” 

The Mobile World Congress show runs from February 26March 1, 2018.

The Vibes Audio team will demonstrate its market available “ROXON™ Modular Smartphone System line of products which starts with its global patent pending BASEROX™ Smartphone Case.

When we show the BASEROX case to consumers and the trade we hear a consistent message ‘Why didn’t I think of that’, says Scharles, Wilder, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Vibes Modular.

The reverse side of the BASEROX case is carved out and has a patented trim ring which allows for the simple snap on, snap off usability for its accessories. And if a user changes phones, they simply need a new inexpensive BASEROX case. All of the ROXON line of accessories will still back snap in place.

In addition, the company will be showing its VOLTROX™  thin form factor Power Bank and the VIBROX™ Sound Engine at MWC which provides robust sound that emanates from a Bluetooth enabled vibration powered carbon fiber surface and includes conference calling, all from a thin lightweight accessory (that also snaps on to the back of the BASEROX case.) The STICKYMOUNT™ adapter allows users to attach their VIBROX speaker virtually anywhere: the kitchen, a studio, a cooler, a surfboard, or shower, for example. As a bonus feature, the VIBROX Sound Engine is waterproof, and will be available to ship in Q2.

Vibes Modular has several products in its roadmap, some of which will be displayed at the ShowStopper booth. Just ask for Shane or Scharles and they’ll happily walk you through the company’s product development roadmap. “One of the questions we get asked a lot is ‘Tell us about your manufacturing capability’. We chose the best in the world that can scale to millions of products. Capacity is in place“, says Scharles.

This year at Mobile World Congress the organization’s central theme is sustainability. According to its website they are “Bringing the Sustainable Development Goals to life at MWC 2018.” Vibes Modular sustainable positioning is based upon how the products can be reused. So many products are deemed unusable once a new smartphone version is created. To hedge against obsolescence from upgrading, one only has to change its Vibes Modular case (BASEROX) and continue to snap on Vibes Modular smartphone products. 

To learn more about the MWC ShowStoppers event go here . To learn more about or to purchase Vibes Modular products now, go to

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KitchenAid electric kettles recalled due to burn risk

Before making your tea or coffee this morning, you may want to check your kettle.

Whirlpool is recalling more than 40,000 KitchenAid 1.7 Liter Electric Kettles sold in the U.S between September 2013 through February 2018.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the handle can loosen and separate from the kettle, causing hot contents to spill on you, posing a burn hazard.

The recalled products were sold at Bed, Bath Beyond, Kohl’, Target, Williams Sonoma and a number of other home improvement and retail stores. The recalled product was sold in stainless steel, red, black, white, liquid graphite and cocoa silver with the following model and serial numbers:

Model Numbers: KEK1722SX (Stainless), Serial Numbers: YA325***** thru YA724*****

Model Numbers: KEK1722ER (Red), Serial Numbers: YA325***** thru YA724*****

Model Numbers: KEK1722OB (Black), Serial Numbers: YA325***** thru YA724*****

Model Numbers: KEK1722WH (White), Serial Numbers: YA325***** thru YA724*****

Model Numbers: KEK1722QG (Liquid Graphite), Serial Numbers: YA325***** thru YA724*****

Model Numbers: KEK1722CS (Cocoa Silver), Serial Numbers: YA325***** thru YA724*****

Model Numbers: RKEK1722SX (Stainless), Serial Numbers: YA325***** thru YA724*****

Model Numbers: RKEK1722ER (Red), Serial Numbers: YA325***** thru YA724*****

Model Numbers: RKEK1722OB (Black), Serial Numbers: YA325***** thru YA724*****

Model Numbers: RKEK1722WH (White), Serial Numbers: YA325***** thru YA724*****

Model Numbers: RKEK1722QG (Liquid), Serial Numbers: YA325***** thru YA724*****

Model Numbers: RKEK1722CS (Cocoa Silver), Serial Numbers: YA325***** thru YA724*****

If you have one of the recalled kettles, stop using it immediately and call Whirlpool for a free replacement.

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