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When I first met Mr. Ashwin Bhojak sometime in late 2011, I was impressed by his vast knowledge and experience and enthusiasm in as far as manufactured boards and panels are concerned.

Little did I think his forceful revelation that Laxcon was going to revolutionize the boards and panels market would soon turn into an unmistakable reality.

It may have looked like a long shot or hopeful conjecture, but you don’t take it for granted, especially when the man making these utterances is a respected industry player in this region.

“This market will surely look to us for quality, because what we intend to bring to this market will definitely transform the interior design and fittings industry for our clients,” he told me as we explored the possible impact of the products to be launched.

Laxcon Egger Boards 1“We are bringing Egger boards and panels closer home because it is time everyone obtained some real quality in this segment of the market,” he said passionately.

“I can assure you Egger is the next big thing, Oliver. Just watch this space.”

And true to his word, a few months down the line, Egger is selling like hotcake. When I visited the premise at Apex Business Centre on Mombasa Road, I had to convince myself that indeed the rapid growth of the Laxcon Boards and Panels Division was no mere talk. The market had responded to Egger products like a bush fire and now Ashwin was having to deal with the pressure of orders from across the region.

“Welcome, Oliver. It is a pleasure to have you finally come to our premises,” Mr. Ashwin said as he ushered me to the reception. He introduced me to the team members who were more than eager to engage me.

Laxcon Egger BoardsFor sure, I could see the customer care aspect of the business was already top-notch, for a division that was yet to last a little over one year. One by one, he offered to explain what roles they play, and I was pleased by the amount of work that had gone into bringing together such a professional team.

 In a little while, Mr. Ashwin handed me over to the Operations-in-charge, Mr Falgun Bhojak who later turned out to be an amazing salesman. He took me on a tour of the premise, and my mouth was agape at the warehouse, packed to the brim with all assortments of boards and panels from Egger. For sure, it was clearer in my mind now that Mr. Ashwin hadn’t been joking about this when we had earlier discussed the idea.

The gigantic warehouse was just a scratch on the surface, Falgun said, and there was sufficient supply elsewhere in a storage warehouse within the city. He told me the demand for the boards was immense and so the company couldn’t take anything for granted. Stocking apparently was the only way out.

Falgun took me through the tour, one step at a time, explaining with such expertise, every variety of the products, ensuring I understood why Egger is one of the world’s leading brands in terms of quality.

“For sure Oliver, Egger is so respected in Europe, Asia and the Americas. This will truly transform the market here in our backyard. Clients can now have boards that can outlast their expectations,” Falgun said as we moved to the next lot of boards.

He also quickly revealed, just as Ashwin had mentioned to me, that the company goes beyond just selling the boards and panels. Additionally, the company helps its clients with the design ideas and also in the optimization on the usage of the boards. This enables the client to cut on costs and also enables the usage of the use of the board with minimal wastage.

Mr. Ashwin has thus employed a designer with a proper understanding of  the boards and panels concept, and can help in the design of any item  that a client would want to make  using the boards. Good advice is the key component here, Mr. Ashwin says as he finally ushers me to the boardroom for the interview once we are through with the tour.

He introduces me to Peter Mungai, who is in charge of design, Susan Mwaniki and Catherine, who are in charge of marketing as well as Falgun, who had earlier taken me on a tour of the premise.

“Whatever you saw at the reception has been conceptualized and designed by our internal team led by Mr. Mungai,” Mr. Ashwin offered as we got comfortable for the interview. “We want our clients to be able to see what our boards can do, once they step into the reception area.”

“We are striving to be the one-stop-shop in as far as boards, panels, flooring and accessories are concerned.” He revisited the value addition principle, saying it is important that clients use boards appropriately to avoid wastage and therefore save up to 20 per cent on the overall cost. His team ensures this is possible.

Egger boards come at a more robust 9 ft by 7 ft, which is a bit bigger than the standard 8 ft. x 4 ft. and 9 ft. by 6 ft. boards in the market. This, he says, enables for better utilization.

So far, clients have posted positive feedback and have signaled their satisfaction saying Egger is a very reliable brand. Ashwin says he will continue to take cognizance of this precious trust that is emanating from the market to make Egger the number one brand in the region.

“On quality, you must know that Egger as a brand is far superior to any other brand that is currently in this market, yet the cost is as affordable as it can get and clients get value for money.” Falgun explains as we get deeper into the interview. “The surface finish is thicker, and the board has a stronger substrate with superior water resistance properties.

You will find any finish you want, be it wood grain, glossy, textured or uni-color melamine faced. They are all available.”

As we finish, Ashwin explains that the division will bring Egger flooring in 2013 to continue offering the market a broader range of products. “We are striving to be the one-stop-shop in as far as boards, panels, flooring and accessories are concerned.”

Later, I bid the team goodbye and head out. For sure, I am convinced now that Egger is here for the long haul and is set to revolutionalize the industry as Ashwin had hinted in 2011.

On quality, you must know that Egger as a brand is far superior to any other brand that is currently in this market, yet the cost is as affordable as it can get and clients get value for money

Edition 10

Bathroom Décor



Today there’s certainly no better place to relax in at home than in your bathroom – often referred to as the inner sanctuary of the home.

While actualizing a bathroom that reflect your taste and likes, it important  to keep in mind that you need to have some sort of game plan prior to purchasing your decorative items. The last thing you want is an over-crowded, cluttered room filled with mismatching and out of place items.

Everything in the bathroom will either enhance or detract from the aesthetics. Functionality and practicality are key, however decoratives for the sole purpose of a decorative function add a certain appeal to your room.

More than just a soap dish or a toothbrush holder, the range of accessories available for bathrooms today is huge. The more contemporary bathroom finds itself fitted with artwork and art pieces as well as framed mirrors, vases, candlesticks and so on.

Bathroom Designs“Probably the most important thing to bear in mind when adding accessories is to ensure that everything is coordinated – by colour, material and/or style – and that everything has both a place and a purpose, even if that purpose is to simply bring colour into the room,” says Sherrif Raafat, the Ideal Standard Export Area Manager.

Having an underlying linking thread (be it complementary colours, or pieces of a similar style) ensures that a seamless flow is produced in this space.

Settling on the most ideal sanitary-ware and furniture in the bathroom has become a popular trend. Vanities, curtaining and drapes are becoming the norm and are a great way to bring colour into this space. Once you have selected the theme and style you like; purchasing accessories and other items that will contribute towards this style will be a lot easier.

One thing you may be concerned about is the longevity of such pieces in your bathroom, and the effect that steam and water may have on them. “Ceramics stands-out as the most ideal flooring as steam as water won’t damage it along other accessories. It’s however so important to treat wooden accessories with care and wipe water up immediately,” adds Raafat.

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Edition 10

Bathroom Textures



Although striving for uniqueness in bathroom design may be a headache, the answer is on wall effects writes, Shrinal Patel

Bathroom design can be hopelessly mundane: Every bathroom must include the same elements – toilet, shower/tub, sink – in a configuration that will prove convenient. So, striving for individuality in bathroom design can definitely prove difficult. Though variety in sink, cabinetry and lighting design can add some flavor, with tubs and toilets, it’s hard to be original. Adding texture to the walls with a sea sponge, trowel, or paint roller just may be the answer.”

“Bathrooms are typically the smallest rooms in a home, and the wall space in these areas allow for some bold decorating decisions. Textured walls add interest to the space and can transform the room. A stucco look will complement a brightly-coloured Mexican theme, while a gentle sand texture can complement a beach-themed bathroom. Applying texture to the walls is a two-day project.”

Notched Trowel

A notched trowel can be a terrific way to add texture to your bathroom walls. ?”Apply a thin coat of drywall compound” ?to your wall. Then, take a notched trowel and get creative. You can swirl the trowel lightly through the wet compound in a vertical or horizontal pattern. Create intermittent texture by leaving untextured space between designs, horizontally, vertically, or both. Or, simply press the trowel into the compound at regular intervals for an interesting effect. Depending on the size of the area you want to texture, this job can take some time, but if texture is what you are after, it may be well worth the effort. Alternatively, you can determine what type of pattern or design you like and have a contractor handle the job instead.

Sea Sponge

What could be more fitting for a space where water is in frequent use than a sea sponge texture on the walls. ?The gentle irregularity of the sponge texture can prove soothing and add an element of nature to your bathroom. You can find sea sponges at drugstores, natural food stores, department stores or big-box retailers. Once again, spread a thin layer of drywall compound over the wall surface, then go to work. You can create rows or columns of your sponge’s impressions. You can alternate using two or three different sponges: As each sea sponge will create a different impression, your design will become varied, adding visual appeal. You might even use one sponge at the baseboard and ceiling and another to create impressions in the intervening wall space. You are limited only by your own imagination.

“Painting a wall with a sponge gives the wall an interesting texture that you can’t achieve with regular painting techniques. Using this sponge texture technique also allows you to layer various colours on top of each other to get the exact shading you want for the room. Though sponging a wall is a simple process, it does take longer than traditional painting.”

baseboard and ceiling and another to create impressions in the intervening wall space. You are limited only by your own imagination.

“Painting a wall with a sponge gives the wall an interesting texture that you can’t achieve with regular painting techniques. Using this sponge texture technique also allows you to layer various colours on top of each other to get the exact shading you want for the room. Though sponging a wall is a simple process, it does take longer than traditional painting.”

Paint Roller

If you are looking for a one-step solution, the paint roller technique might be for you. It is up to you to use a regular paint roller or a textured roller. Dip your roller into “thinned-out drywall compound,” and draw the roller across the wall. You may want to use both a plain and a textured roller effect, in alternating rows or columns. You might consider creating one effect in the tub or shower and a different one near the sink. And you might decide to leave parts of the wall without texture.

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Edition 10

Bar and wine cabinets



Its all about Style, Class and Beauty With modern living, bar and wine cabinets are very essential especially in open plan houses writes Sally Aganda

If you want to add a special feel to your bar, then bar cabinets are an absolute must. They not only add functionality to your living area but also help you entertain in style with their beautiful fixtures and fittings.

When buying bar cabinets, remember that not all bars are the same so there is bound to be a difference in design and style. Actualizing the right bar cabinet calls for one to involve a professional interior designer as he or she will bring that added value and grace to your home.

 Get stylish

Wine Cabinet 2There is no clear-cut method that teaches you how to buy a classy and stylish bar cabinet. But yes, you can consult an interior design consultant – you will get to know what sort of bar cabinet you should go for and selection of a good piece. Sometimes, however, it’s better to go with the flow and customize one that speaks uniquely to you rather than banking on technical knowledge.

Most bar cabinets normally have a small refrigerating unit that is ideally suited for storing things that require refrigeration There are few bar cabinets available in the market that contain a special compartment, which not only holds wine but also keeps it chilled. Of course, it is not really obligatory for bar cabinets to keep the drinks cool. Their main purpose is to store and protect the wine bottles without getting them damaged.

In addition, make sure that the compartments in bar cabinets have decent space to store the wine. The best bar cabinets are those that have a shelf, tailor made for storing shot glasses and specialty liquor bottles.  Many individuals prefer bar cabinets with holders that store wine glasses upside down.

The style, class as well as the beauty of bar and wine cabinets all go together to make your living area more attractive and elegant. Thus, it is advised that you choose the bar cabinet very carefully keeping in mind the décor and theme of your living space.

Styles and Designs in Wine Cabinets

Wine CabinetIf you want to keep your wine bottles in good condition and avoid getting them damaged, bar and wine cabinets are the best choice for storing them safely and conveniently. Another good thing about wine cabinets is that they do away with issues of sedimentation or deposition. In other words, the flavor of wine remains the same and even after months or years you still get the same wine you bought.

When we talk about the styles and designs in wine cabinets, there is nothing better than having custom wine cabinets designed according to your taste. Not only are they affordable but there is also a wide variety to choose from.

The best part about custom wine cabinets is that they can be fitted in a kitchen or living room décor according to individual needs and space without any hassle. Don’t opt for too large or oversized wine cabinet as it can ruin the overall look of the bar and affect the décor of your area.

Choosing Bar Cabinet Designs

A wine cabinet is a very convenient as well as a safe storage place for storing fine wines. It is also an attractive piece of furniture that adds more spirit and life to the room with its design and finish. However, in order to make your room livelier with a bar cabinet, it is important to choose wisely and pick the right bar cabinet design; that is, one that looks good and serves its purpose too.

Types of Bar Cabinets

Wine Cabinet 1There are a wide variety of bar cabinets available in the market. You can customize keeping in mind your taste.  As the market is full of different kinds of bar cabinets, it’s easier to indulge the assistance of a professional interior designer to give you ideas.

Here we have put together important information that will tell you about the types of bar cabinets available and how to best put them to use. Types of bar cabinets means the distinctive way in which the bar cabinet has been constructed as well as the unique features it offers.  This information will help in making a wise choice in customizing the best bar cabinets for your home.

There are 3 main types of bar cabinets namely:

  • Traditional bar cabinet
  • Transitional bar cabinet
  • Contemporary bar cabinet

Traditional bar cabinet

This type of bar cabinet is made up of hardwood, either mahogany, meru oak or mvule. You can also incorporate wood veneer finishes as they also have a traditional feel. This type of bar cabinet may not have a front door. A custom engraved traditional bar cabinet will surely impress your guests with its elegance.

 Contemporary bar cabinet

If you have modern décor in your home, try incorporating this type of bar cabinet as it is not only functional but also looks very stylish. These bar cabinets are made from acrylic finished doors coupled with glass and marble. It has arch shaped top, glass shelves, an area for storing wine bottles and a locking door that allows you to protect the wine bottles and keep them safe.


The wood used in making these bar cabinets is either walnut, pine or oak. These cabinets also provide space for keeping stemware, a table top for corking, serving and plenty of storage for wine bottles. It is an ideal choice for your bar.

All the above types and guidelines not only refer to the style or the design in which bar and wine cabinets are available; they also help you to select the best product to suit your needs, while meeting your décor requirements, storage and in keeping with your entertaining.

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