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  • Now available - the multi kitchen roll holder from Zack

    multi kitchen roll holder Finally, Zack's Combo multi-roll holder is now on the shelves in Proleno's warehouse. Many are being dispatched today to fulfill pre-orders, but we have more stock on order! If you want more details or to buy this sleek and functional piece of kitchen equipment, click on the image to the right.

  • Top 10 sellers at Proleno for December 2007

    1. American Bagel Slicer.

    Bagel slicer
    Having appeared in 'The OC' (see video) this useful gadget has become a must have for the safety-conscious bagel lover.

    2. Set of 6 Zack Cult Magnets.

    cult magnets
    These popular magnets are great when matched with a sleek Zack magnetic board such as the Percetto in position 4 - or pinning the children's art on the fridge!

    3. Wall-Mounted Zack Foccio Soap Dispenser

    Stainless steel soap dispenser
    The mirror-polished finish is a clear favourite for chic bathrooms. Of course you can use it for more than soap - shower gel, hand cream or body lotion can all be used (though perhaps not at the same time!)

    4. Zack Percetto Magnetic Board (Large)

    magnetic board
    Durable stainless steel replaces the traditional cork and pins - notice-boards that you'll want to look at.

    5. Zack Duplo Circular Towel Hook

    self-adhesive hook
    OK - we all need hooks, but they don't always look as good as this. What's more, you don't need to wield a drill - it's self-adhesive.

    6. Bialetti Moka Easy (6-cup)

    Electric espresso maker
    Who doesn't love a cup of freshly made espresso? Bialetti is the master when it comes to espresso makers and this electric version of the classic stove-top makes it even easier.

    7. Zack Straw Spoon

    straw spoon
    It doesn't have to be Christmas to enjoy a cocktail, just make it complete with this combined stirrer and straw.

    8. Zack Allessa Cookbook Stand

    cookbook stand
    Clearly all of those cookery programmes on TV are inspiring creativity in the kitchen. The Allessa cookbook stand will keep your recipe conveniently in view then, when you've finished creating that wonderful meal, it folds flat for storage.

    9. Zack Cius Boston Shaker

    cocktail shaker
    For those who prefer shaken to stirred, the Cius cocktail shaker is the quality accessory at party time!

    10. Set of 6 Alessi Heart Spoons

    heart spoons
    Designed by Miriam Mirri, this gift-boxed set of heart spoons is a popular gift for that special person in your life. Enjoy them with ice-cream in front of the fire.

  • Ambiente 2008 - A Journey Around The World In Just Five Days!

    Ambiente Frankfurt 2008Early February sees the annual pilgrimage of aficionados of the design world to Frankfurt for Ambiente, the largest consumer goods fair in the world. With fresh ideas and high-quality products from more than 4,600 exhibitors from around 90 different countries it's a must for retailers like Proleno to experience tomorrow's design trends today!

    Running from 8-12 February 2008 (which luckily includes a Saturday and Sunday) what a great excuse for a weekend away! As well as enjoying ourselves, we'll be busy looking for great new products to bring to the website.

  • The Redman bottle opener - made in Wales

    Redman bottle opener Redman (nicknamed the 'hold-up' for his submissive stance) is a product of the team at Conka Design that has captured the imagination of many people. With consideration for sustainability, the packaging of the Redman is made from recyclable cardboard - and includes a nifty cutout beermat! This sturdy chap can even open two bottles simultaneously (see the youtube video).
    Conka Design was founded by Chris Facey, Daniel Ashman, Dave Poole and Mark Hodge, following the completion of their product design course at the University of Glamorgan. They undertake product design commissions from around the world as well as producing their own products. The team have further plans for the Redman, so you may see him undertaking household tasks other than bottle opening!

  • Zack Astello kitchen roll holder - customer review

    Thanks to LH from the United Kingdom for the following review:

    Kitchen roll holder I have just received the 'Astello kitchen roll holder' (short version) and have to say that the product is nothing short of SUPERB!. Extremely well packaged and made to an even higher standard. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!! To potential other customers, this product is very sleek and elegant and will fit in tremendously well to any kitchen, whether tradiitonal or modern in design.

    Product arrived within just two days via Royal Mail first class post (recorded delivery). I cannot emphasise enough how well-made this wall mounted kitchen roll holder is. Although more expensive than many similar products, it delivers in quality alone - TWICE ITS ASKING PRICE. In summary, this is a very worthwhile investment. The product is made of high grade stainless steel which is very apparent as soon as the box is opened. There is an immediate detection of HIGH QUALITY - FIRST AND FOREMOST.

    In addition, all necessary accessories are supplied with this product (screws, etc.) and individually packaged within the box.


  • Coming soon - the multi kitchen roll holder from Zack

    multi kitchen roll holder Originally due for release in November, production of Zack's Combo multi-roll holder has sadly been delayed. Judging by advance interest, these are likely to disappear as soon as they arrive on the shelves. It's not surprising - the usual sleek styling from Zack in brushed stainless steel, coupled with neat functionality makes the Combo a great addition to any kitchen. Delivery is now expected during January - we'll post here once they are available.

  • Alessi - what's in a name?

    In the spring of 2006, Alessi, the Italian Design Factory, re-classified its large product range into three sub-brands. Quoting from the Alessi site:

    Officina Alessi welcomes the most challenging and refined products with delicate elegance, often crowning projects by internationally renowned authors...
    Alessi is the main and the most traditional brand, expressing quality, technology and design...
    A di Alessi is comprised of magic forms, colours, and materials, products which are more accessible to a larger public at decisively lower prices, and always with the mark of excellence.

    As a retailer or a consumer, I'm not sure the distinction helps me very much. I can see the A di Alessi branding - the fun and functional products like the Dozi hedgehog paperclip holder or Mr Cold, the drippy-nosed soap dispenser.
    Dozi paperclip holder Mr Cold soap dispenser
    When it comes to the Alessi and Officina brands, however, I find it harder to make the distinction. Where do those design classics, such as the Juicy Salif or Michael Graves' Bird-Whistle kettle belong?
    Juicy Salif  juicer Bird Whistle kettle
    Ultimately it doesn't really matter. Alessi products across all the sub-brands share the same attention to detail and design aesthetic. With so many products there's sure to be something for everyone to love!

  • Cooking Good!

    A relative newcomer to the UK market, Gastroguss cookware is something a bit special. The manufacturer, AMT Gastroguss, is outfitter and sponsor of the German National Culinary Team (imagine a row of chefs on starting blocks). You don't need to be a competitive cook, however, to appreciate the quality of their products. Each piece is individually cast in aluminium, then coated by blasting with titanium particles at supersonic speeds using a patented process. The result is a non-stick surface, without the use of Teflon, that is hard-wearing and durable.

    I first encountered Gastroguss about 2 years ago when I bought the square griddle pan. At the time, the shop assistant told me that I would be back for more - and she was right! Two weeks later I was back for a set of saucepans and frying pans. Confirming their hard-wearing properties, they have withstood my assaults with metal forks, spoons and spatulas. I have managed to mark them, it's true, but they retain their non-stick properties. It is recommended that you don't put these in a dishwasher (which I haven't) but cleaning with some soapy water is so easy that it isn't a chore.
    square griddle pan
    If you are looking for quality cookware you should check out the Gastroguss range (they also have models suitable for induction hobs). Be warned, though, these pans may be made of aluminium but they are not light!

  • Office Furniture

    If you are looking for office furniture to complement your designer office accessories, you might like to take a look at Lockwood Hume. They've been in business for over 60 years (though not quite so long in e-commerce!) and can supply all types of office furniture from budget desks to bespoke boardroom tables. You could also try out their office space planning and design services.

  • Greetings

    ...and thanks for dropping by!

    Welcome to blog:proleno - our new blog site (as of today!). We plan to grow the blog with useful additional information about our products, hopefully some input in the form of product reviews from our customers, details of upcoming events that might be of interest and some useful resource links.

    Please bear with us whilst we get the blog up and running. In the meantime, take a look at our main website at www.proleno.com for some great design led home accessories!

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