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9th March 2018
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Visitors will also get the chance to look at the ShowerSense, which enables the user to employ up to three separate outlets. Then the luxury extras include the ChromaSense Lighting option which lets the bather switch between six colour enhancements of blue, green, pink, red, yellow and purple, as well as white.
The commercial and top end residential manufacturer's stand will provide specifiers and installers - as well as other customers, with the chance to view its renowned DallFlex and recently revamped CeraLine series of products.
When you want the perfect blend of classic and contemporary styling, the Nebraska collection from Schmidt Kitchens offers the best of both worlds.
Utilising a professional design, the stainless steel product is elevated with a precise magnetic spray holder for user accessibility. Designed for convenience, the Solenta-S is available with the lever on either the left or right side making it a perfect match for user's preferences.
Am I the only one that struggles to find the business cards I know I should have, when I'm tying everything up following an exhibition? I try to be careful but get so caught up in the conversation, that I'm never consistent with where in my bag I put people's cards and I sometimes find myself trying to give out cards that aren't mine at all, but which I've been given by someone I've met previously. Mostly we notice in time but I've reached the conclusion that I was so excited about getting around to see all the exhibits at last week's KBB Birmingham, that someone I spoke with is wondering when exactly they met the gentleman from Wilsonart (whose name - along with his card - escapes me) who I just happened to accost on the bus, since he was carrying Wilsonart brochures!
I think I'm going to invest in jackets with pockets, since my colleague John never seems to have a problem and I'm assuming follows the 'into the left pocket and out from the right' process or something similar.
It probably goes without saying that the show was, as usual, brilliant - and not only from a business point of view but because, when you think about it, we're all consumers too and I'm sure I'm not the only one now suffering from a severe bout of the 'I wants'. Indeed, there was so much which excited us about the show that the first part of our review has been held over from Friday, so we could get as much in as possible (and, I hasten to add, not because I couldn't find everyone's business cards)! Happy reading, and we'll be back on Friday with the second part of our review.
This Week's News
Virtual Worlds, Multilines Caccaro, Wirquin and Villeroy & Boch were proudly displaying innovation awards on their stands, having impressed judges Andy Bishop, creative director of KBB Birmingham, Hayley Tarrington-Robson, creative director of Day-True, Matthew Walmsley, national sales & marketing director of Blum UK, Colin Wong, creative director of Development Direct and Ruth Bell, editor of Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms.
Virtual Worlds' 4D Theatre, is, according to the judges: "An effective way of challenging how the industry engages with the consumer. VR has a firm place in the future of the industry and there is room for a huge amount of growth within this market."
When we arrived at the Karonia stand, there was a huge group of visitors, which I soon discovered included a good number of kitchen fitters keen to learn about the benefits of the company's easy-to-fit worksurfaces and the famed 'no join' finish, and see the specially designed shaping tools in action.
Many were gathered around the section of the stand dedicated to Karonia's contracts/large projects division, which featured examples of how products can be used for student accommodation, city apartments, housing developments, hotels and schools.
When we visited the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association stand, membership manager Dawn Harlow told us how delighted everyone in the team was to have won the Special Achievement Award at the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards, for the significant contribution made to the KBB industry - and naturally she and Malcolm Scott, commercial director, Swift Electrical / KBSA corporate chair, wanted the Award in our picture!
The Award wasn't the only success of the week though, since they said the exhibition had proved really good, with significant interest shown in membership from a great many stand visitors, and bookings taken for the 2018 KBSA conference.
With significant investment in research and development across its business, Abode is launching over 90 new products in 2018. From hot water taps and sinks, to kitchen taps and bathroom brassware, the new additions combine product innovation, style and function - as visitors to Abode's understandably very busy stand, will attest.
In the kitchen sink section visitors saw a major relaunch of the Abode sinks collection with a significant number of new ranges on show for the very first time. The company's designers and technical teams have been working hard capturing new ideas and shapes in ceramic, stainless steel and composite materials, and these were clearly proving popular with visitors.
A groundbreaking new concept from award winning kitchen designer Colin Wong, which explores the potential of permanence and impermanence in kitchen furniture and materials, involved Corian, Neolith, Formica and Cosentino fabricating, delivering and installing each in a series of 'Rocks'.
These attracted a lot of interest, as they were so different from what one would normally expect to see at the Show.
Melissa, KBzine's editorial assistant, fell in love with this pink kitchen... Part of a vibrant new colour palette, Vintage Rose is pastel-inspired yet bold enough to form a striking contrast to more neutral tones, and is the perfect partner to on-trend shades such as grey and white, and popular materials such as timber, stainless steel and stone.
With accent colours increasingly being seen in the modern kitchen, this unusual colour creates a welcoming, vibrant ambience while enabling designers to add a sense of character and personality to their kitchen designs.
It was hard to get a picture of the Blanco stand, it was so crowded (we had to come back towards the end of the day when the halls had cleared a bit!) But then of course there was a lot to see. We loved this display of the new pendant hoods, set over the new tap and sink collection. It looked so stylish - but which to choose? It was certainly proving a dilemma for the crowds that were there the first time we visited.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association's stand was incredibly busy throughout the show and when we caught up with the team on Tuesday evening we felt a little guilty for asking them to pose for our picture...
The team on the Busboard stand was exceptionally busy and we really liked the display, which showcased the company's Nuance bathroom panels, the new Omega and Options worksurface collections and some exciting new solid surface developments.
InSinkErator showcased a number of exciting new launches, including the 4N1 Touch instant filtered/non-filtered, steaming hot/cold water tap (more later, if I've confused you!), a new Food Waste Disposer that's being added to the Showroom Collection and a new Satin Black Finish steaming hot water tap.
To filter, or not to filter?
The 4N1 Touch, InSinkErator's most technologically advanced taps to date, is a new collection of taps that offer instant, filtered steaming hot water and instant filtered cold water, as well as regular hot and cold water, from the same combined fixture. The range forms part of the InSinkErator Showroom Collection.
J P Distribution, which delivers products from many well-known brands to more than 2,500 retailers throughout England, Wales and Scotland, said its stand had attracted a lot of interest and that the team had been busy throughout the show.
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The Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association tells us it's been contacted by the Building Engineering Services Association regarding raising awareness of the so-called 'Aldous Bill'. The Bill seeks to amend the Construction Act to ensure retention monies are held in secure third-party deposit schemes, leading to a much better built environment and supply chain.
Sunday 4th March:
Bertazzoni is set to realise its distribution potential, having partnered with several companies across the UK. Gardiner Distribution, KA Distribution, KTS (Kitchen Trade Suppliers), MCD, Sinks & Things and Swift Electrical will be supporting the Italian-headquartered kitchen appliance manufacturer in achieving greater reach to kitchen specialists and independent retailers.
Darren has joined Blanco from Potter Cowan in Belfast where he was showroom manager. Prior to that, he was sales and design consultant with Orrlee Kitchens for 10 years.