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7th March 2014
Renowned German kitchen manufacturer Bauformat is delighted to unveil at KBB2014 the UK launch of its new Linea Piantra handleless kitchen, the latest addition to its Burger brand.
KBB 2014 Review - Part 1
The visitor numbers aren’t up yet but we don’t really need them. Reflecting the news regarding the UK economy, the housing market and the fact that more of us are in work than there have been in many a year - kbb 2014, which finished on Wednesday afternoon, was busy, busy, busy.
The exhibitors were delighted (not even one grumble – from anyone – apart from the fact that they were tired and had aching feet, legs and backs, or perhaps dry throats from talking so much). Everyone with whom we spoke, said there had been a good mix of all the types of visitors they’d wanted to see and that these visitors had been serious buyers and specifiers, rather than simply being out on a ‘jolly’. They also said that the networking opportunities provided by the event, were invaluable.
The visitors we met with were excited too… they were delighted by the innovation and “spoilt for choice” for all their kitchen, bathroom and bedroom needs. All this bodes well for the next kbb Birmingham, which takes place in two years’ time.
Do we really have to wait that long…
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I mentioned innovation so perhaps I should kick off this review with a look at the Innovation Awards winners – announced at the show on Monday. With each and every exhibitor able to enter the awards (sponsored by Blum) by displaying an innovation tag on what they felt was their most innovative product, there was an abundance of products for the judges to consider. “This year the kbb exhibitors showcased more innovative products than ever, with each one providing a new and interesting solution,” they said.
We saw so many exciting innovations that we felt relieved not to have been charged with selecting the winners, who were:
Bedrooms: Daval with the Como fitted bedroom range with option-i design technology
The Global Kitchen Cafe was a hub of activity. Featuring a fabulous Rot Punkt kitchen and V-ZUG appliances, the area featured demonstrations and cooking challenges as well as food from across the globe.
The area was designed to promote global kitchen design whilst also demonstrating to retailers that offering experiential activities within their showrooms can create a more interactive and welcoming experience. (Ed: Well it worked for me. I could have stayed there all day...)
Winners of the kbbreview Awards 2014 were announced at a much anticipated ceremony, held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Tuesday. The occasion marked a landmark 20 years of the most prestigious awards event in the kitchen and bathroom industry, which are organised by kbbreview magazine.
Winners of the 18 award categories were announced by celebrity host, Al Murray, better known as the Pub Landlord, in front of many of the industry's most well respected names. Guests at the glittering gala ceremony enjoyed a three course meal followed by an evening of dancing and entertainment in the gaming room.
It also gave the aching feet of those who attended, some much-needed respite!
As one of Italy's largest kitchen manufacturers, Mobil Turi was delighted to be showing at kbb Birmingham 2014, using the event to introduce its collection of Italian kitchens to the UK for the first time.
"We and we feel this show is the perfect opportunity to show off our magnificent range of kitchens," said the team.
As a market leader of kitchen & bedroom lighting solutions and a company that's established a reputation for developing award-winning, innovative LED lighting solutions of the highest quality, it was only appropriate that Sensio had a strong presence at one of the most prominent trade shows in the industry. This enormous stand (at 105sq.m) showed off the company's lighting innovations a treat, allowing visitors to interact with and understand each concept. We certainly liked what we saw...
Sensio showcased its new range of bedroom lighting solutions which feature the pioneering rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery, a concept that's new to the UK lighting market. The battery has a high energy density, allowing it to run for approximately eight months between charges (based on 2.5 minutes usa
2014 is set to be a year of celebration for Bauformat, with the leading German kitchen manufacturer toasting its 40 years in the UK, a Golden 'M' award and the UK launch of its "Schnell" range at KBB Birmingham. Visitors to the show will also have a unique preview of its new retail showroom concept - Cube Fashion, a 'shop within a shop' that offers a completely new consumer shopping experience of Bauformat products.
Developed and designed for retailers and the wider trade, Schnell is a versatile collection of 'made to order' German rigid kitchens available for express delivery within 10-15 working days. The aptly named "Schnell" range (meaning quick) offers retailers access to all Burger brand kitchens price group 1 and 2.
"Our designers have been working hard since KBB London capturing new ideas and designs," explained Marketing Manager Helen Clark. "For 2014 we're previewing and launching seven new families of kitchen sinks in stainless steel and advanced acrylic material plus eight exciting new designs of kitchen taps. At KBB London we previewed 60 new bathroom products and these are being launched nationally at KBB Birmingham."
During a much needed coffee, we noticed that some of the new sinks were set into glass-topped coffee tables - what a great idea! Then, as Helen and Abode's PR guru Anne Lush showed us around the busy stand, Helen said:
One seemingly constantly busy stand at the show was that of Leicht, which was showcasing some smart new kitchens, but that didn't stop the company's PR specialist Fenella Taylor from taking us on a tour of the 60sq.m stand to talk us through the new designs, which were on three displays.
On display were the new 2014 Synthia-C/Ceres-C - a handleless kitchen that was shown in the new slightly textured, antique oak colour combined with new Alpine grey and an artic white island. The concentration of colour and material provided a calm, stylish look.
Gorenje's Wendy Gray told us that everyone in the team representing this Slovenian home appliance manufacturer was thrilled to be demonstrating the new Gorenje+ range of stylish, high-performance products that had been created exclusively for high street retailers.
Wendy explained that the Gorenje+ collection, which will be available from June 2014, has been created to support high street retailers by guaranteeing them in-store exclusivity.
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DIY retailer and building trade supplier Wickes, part of the Travis Perkins Group, has this week launched a charity tool trade-in across its UK stores. TradeIn, which is running across all Wickes stores until March 25th, enables customers to recycle any tool in return for a discount.
Appliance manufacturer Fisher & Paykel has become the latest corporate member of the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialist Association, KBSA. Fisher & Paykel is the third new corporate member to be announced in the last three months. Prokitchen-EU and Interisoft Ltd both joined in December 2013.
Shower enclosure specialist Lakes Bathrooms has totalled up the charitable fundraising of its team for 2013 and announced that over £7,500 was donated thanks to the various endeavours of staff within the company.
Kbb Birmingham is just around the corner and Kitchen Door Workshop tells us that after an immensely successful year, it has decided to more than double the size of its stand for the event this time around.
The company first exhibited at kbb LDN in 2013 with a stand size of 15sqm and this year at Birmingham it will take on a stand double the size at 33sqm.
A survey recently compiled and published by the Construction Products association has revealed that in the fourth quarter of 2013, an amazing 76% of companies within the construction industry had reported that payments received had drifted to between 30 and 60 days.
In preparation for a highly successful year as the homes market picks up, Kitchens International has made some significant changes to its staffing.