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Alex & Valerie visit bulthaup

Posted by on July 18th 2013 in General

This month Sapphire designer-consultant Valerie M Lecompte and I have been lucky enough to spend 3 days at the bulthaup factory in Aich, Germany.......what an experience (writes Alex Newbery)!

Having heard Mark and Ross talk about their previous visits I knew we would have some long days ahead of us and our product knowledge would be tested so, despite Mark's reassurances, I couldn't help but feel a little nervous about this trip.

I needn't have worried, yes there were long days and yes we had to do some presentations and spend time in the classroom but in true...

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Sapphire goes international

Posted by on July 16th 2013 in General

The Sapphire team faced a unique challenge when a couple visited their showroom to enquire about a kitchen for their holiday home. For rather than being on the Exeter business's doorstep, the property was 1,133 miles away - in Venice!

Undeterred, Sapphire owners Ross Pollard and Mark Newbery set about the difficult task of transporting and installing the bespoke kitchen in the romantic Italian city. And their problems really began when the German handcrafted bulthaup units were shipped from Bavaria to the Italian mainland, as Mark explained.

"The only mode of transport in Venice is by water and the...

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Visiting bulthaup to learn from their craftmen

Posted by on July 16th 2013 in General

Sapphire partner Ross Pollard has been on his travels in the past month. He attended an advanced fitting course at the headquarters of kitchen supplier bulthaup in Aich, Germany.

Ross learned about the advancements and technological developments that have been made by the bulthaup craftsmen in recent months.

"The attention to detail is incredible, so much so that they even had us cooking meals for each other," said Ross.

"bulthaup regularly fly their partners out for training and product development seminars, and we are keen to take advantage of that."

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Shaken, not stirred

Posted by on July 16th 2013 in General

Sapphire Living continued its successful run of evening events with a glamorous invitation-only, black tie, Bond night.

As well as canap├ęs and cocktails there were cars fit for 007 himself from Grange Aston Martin Exeter.

Meanwhile, the co-author of the River Cottage Fish Book, Nick Fisher demonstrated some exotic recipes with local, sustainable fish.

Both Bang & Olufsen and SingleSwitch were on hand with gadgets and home automation systems that would give Q a run for his money.

Sapphire joint partner Mark Newbery said the evening had been a huge success.

He added: "In the past we have organised...

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