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Ideal Standard, one of the world’s leading provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom solutions have partnered with Ideal Ceramics – East Africa’s top supplier of bathrooms, tiles and furniture to sponsor the Third Ideal Interiors Expo slated for 7th – 11th March, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The sponsorship, skewed to uphold quality at the five-day event aims to bring together interior sector players with aesthetically appealing, technologically advanced and a sound breed of creative interiors.

Considering that Ideal Interiors Expo targets decisive buyers, both Ideal Standards and Ideal Ceramics have in their unique expo-booths taken into account the essence of quality craftsmanship. Way before the year began, the duo lined to set-up a stylish and timeless design to indulge with end-users keen to secure products and after-sell service from the best of the best.

Celebratory space

To this effect, The Village Market, the region’s prestigious shopping complex will host Ideal Standard and Ideal Ceramics on a 54 square meter celebratory space. On display will be a range of sanitary-ware tools, solutions and products developed specifically for the hotel and residential market. Theirs will be more of a tri-modular approach – Ideal Vision, Ideal Plan and Ideal Care.

According to Mr. Sherif Raafat the trio-platforms will demonstrate how Ideal Standard supports architects and designers with a full project package – from visualization, through project planning and specifications, to dedicated customer contact support and post-fit maintenance.

Raafat notes that unique displays at the Ideal Interiors Expo will be amplified by a number of new products. “These unique products will reflect a deep understanding of the personal and intimate role that bathrooms play, in line with the Ideal Standard brand ethos “Inspired by Real Life”, he affirmed.

Ideal Ceramics, geared to participate in the expo’s first-time organized Bathroom Design and Assembling Competition, is keen to build a live bathroom. The company aims to demonstrate how a new water and energy-saving innovation in a bathroom takes the eco-challenge one step further, said Mr. Natu Sanghrajka, the Ideal Ceramics Marketing Director.

Attractive aesthetics

“It is time that our growing range of clients made user-friendly products and benefit from the highest energy savings in the market for single lever mixer taps – a perfect solution for hotels keen to reduce water and energy costs without compromising on attractive aesthetics, functionality, increased safety and eco-consciousness,” said Sanghrajka.

The collaboration of both Ideal Standards and Ideal Ceramics further aims to showcase rare bathroom product lines that are based on a philosophy of simplicity, sensuality and constancy.

Natu noted that those who cherish quality bath experience want to include in a bathroom. Just as in homes, there is no ‘one size fits all’ in the hotel bathroom solution and so it’s important for us to be flexible. “We can do everything from high-end guest rooms to spas to public washrooms,” he said.

Ideal Standard International started working in Egypt in 1983 followed by establishing a number of factories in 10th Ramadan City to reach a total number of 6 factories in 1999 where its factories cover all products related to sanitary ware including mixers, bathtubs, acrylic, bath cabins, and a factory for producing acrylic sheets that are exported to all factories of Ideal Standard all over the world.

More factories and various production lines are currently under establishment and they are all included within the plan of Ideal Standard International to fulfill increasing local and international demand.

The quality is considered the major element in the success of Ideal Standard as it provides guarantee against manufacturing defects which proves an absolute confidence in the high quality in products through observing all manufacturing stages as to ensure conformity with international standard specifications.

Ideal Standard Company continues to gain confidence and satisfaction of its customers in various sectors such as tourism, hotels, education, hospitals and other sectors such as social clubs, sports stadiums, international exhibition halls and airports.

This confidence and satisfaction is based on the products’ high quality and the company’s communication with technical support providers and providing solutions for various operating conditions.

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Contemporary African Art



This is a joint exhibition by two artists (Husband & Wife Oywecha and Ruth). Each showing Talent & Own Expressions.

In Ruth’s Art, she expresses her thoughts, dreams and emotions not forgetting other ideas from within and without. She tries to create by seeing everything as they are in constant effort. She has always tried to nourish her feelings and doing so by deriving materials from the world about us and assimilating the external world about us and assimilating the external world within herself and projecting them into mediums as her own creation. Her art has evolved significantly and in the process, she has become an accomplished and prolific artist.

In Oywecha’s painting color and his technique combine to express and or elicit powerful emotions. Some have linked his paintings with cubism, which is sought to depict an intellectual and abstract reality. His paintings have a tendency of pulling apart and examining conventions of existing models of expression, his own characteristics and unique style. Some term his work as geometrical due to its simplification.

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Rarely are middle-class homes built with a top of the level interiors-architectural approach and mix expansive space to allow the home occupant to style the space, but as writes Jeniffer MBOGORI, Kivulini Thika is a rare homely setting with stylish apartments.

The magnificent development of Kivulini Thika situated along the Thika Garissa Road that is only a few minutes drive from Thika’s-Central Business District set a remarkable standard for affordable residential units that’s emerging in Kenya of late.

The awesomely compelling homes spaciously built on a five acre prime land is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious addresses in Thika comprising 31 beautiful maisonettes and 96 stylish apartments.

All residences are characterized by light open spaces, high-quality finishing, and a design concept that few other developments can match.

Refined architectural thinking

With ample parking, stunning landscaping and onsite community shopping facilities Kivulini Thika oozes an ultimate statement of a lifestyle that combines the elements of top class living. Its refined architectural thinking thus offers a special connection to would be home-owner or tenant. Making the good use of Kivulini – a Swahili word that means at the shade -the unique dwelling place gives an impression of quality treat from this sound architecture and interior design works.

There’s no doubt the team behind the project actualized it and put functionality of every room at the forefront. This is certainly where one hardly feels like any other home-buyer or a new tenant in a new place but the inviting environment as well as the architectural works jogs the mind of the visitor to invest.

Large open Plans

While having the homely feel of the maisonettes with three large bedrooms, master en-suite, ample wardrobe space, a separate WC/Shower room, large open plan reception and a dining room with study area and fireplace one can’t help but feel the warmth of modernity that makes Kivulini Thika significantly differently.

The well ventilated spacious kitchen with a large store room adjacent an independent store and yard is so inviting as it is graced with an outdoor nyamachoma terrace and private garden.

Additional benefits to this stylish home is a well thought-out guest WC/cloak room, two dedicated car parking spots and a detached en-suite domestic servants quarter. A fascinating dedicated roof-top clothes-hanging open air space, built-in gas connection with secure external bottle cage depicts a thought process of an architect and interior designer who really had in mind about the functionality of each home.

Interiors at Kivulini Thika is all about going beyond expectations. While the elegance starts from the wow exterior landscape, the interiors speak of switched-on pomp of a lifestyle that is prided by many home seekers or home buyers.

Elegant flooring using high quality tiles, chic built-in wardrobes, quality ironmongery, stylish and practical kitchen cabinets, quality sanitary fittings including vanity basins with mixers/taps, WC and shower gives a tinge of the positives that each residence holds.


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Chummer revamps commercial division



One of the region’s leading fabricators of custom metal works has in recent months moved to strengthen its commercial business division in the wake of huge demand from property developers in the region for the firm’s high quality metal works.

Chummer has been conducting business in the regional market for a while and has grown a reputation for high quality design and fabrication of unique and custom crafted ornamental metal for residential and commercial use.

Ornamental Chummer Iron WorksChummer GardensIn recent months, the firm has stepped up its efforts to serve the wider commercial market in the region.

“The market is thirsty for quality and elegant design,” says the General Manager, Mr. Mudasir Gul. “Gone are the days when you would just fabricate metal and hope for a good day in the market.

We have since found our niche in the art of crafting ornamental metal.”

Given the volumes and quantities involved in this segment of the market, the firm has equally moved to transform is delivery capacity and mechanisms to ensure it can meet demand at any one given time from as many clients.

“It is not easy to deal with a market that is rapidly growing, more so if that market is the commercial segment,” Mr. Gul says. “For instance, to fabricate stair rails that would be fitted in a commercial development of a so many floors may require plenty of material and a faster delivery approach. These are the considerations we have been working upon to ensure we deliver successful as we have so far done.”

It also means having sufficient manpower, equipment and constant supply of electricity to ensure the work is done faster and without any interruptions. Chummer has ensured all these factors are in play, and the firm is believed to be setting a precedent that should be emulated by other players in the industry to ensure the market is served adequately.

Ornamental Chummer“As it is, we can only serve the market to a certain level, however efficient we are at what we do,” Mr. Gul says. “All of us in this segment of the market must wake up to the realities facing us so we keep up pace with the rapidly changing environment for both interiors and exteriors of any building projects in progress.”

The firm has in recent months excelled so well in residential property arena, and is said to be one of the leading suppliers of stair rails, ornamental lighting fixtures, gates, fences, balconies, window frames, metallic beds, tables and chairs as well as plexi glass. The firm has since launched a massive drive for its stainless steel and aluminium product range as well, which has attracted a huge demand from clients.

Chummer is said to be leading the quest to meet the demands of the entire East Africa region with these products, an objective that has placed the firm on a very strong course towards success.

Chummer has been conducting business in the regional market for a while and has grown a reputation for high quality design and fabrication of unique and custom crafted ornamental metal for residential and commercial use.

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