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16th March 2018
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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.
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.
These attracted a lot of interest, as they were so different from what one would normally expect to see at the Show.
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.
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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.
Nuance panels boast a core that's 100% impervious to water so there's never any danger of warping or leaking, which means they're perfect for walls around baths, basins, inside shower enclosures or to create wet rooms. And as there's no need for trims, they present a sleek, seam-free look that's especially effective in smaller bathrooms.
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Founded in 1980, the company puts much of its success down to its principle of 'on time in full deliveries' (it boasts an average accuracy of 99.6%) - plus the fact that over the years, it has added more and more manufacturers' products to its portfolio, meaning it now offers what it believes is one of the most comprehensive 'one stop shops' available.
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.
Welcome to the second part of KBzine's KBB 2018 exhibition review, which includes more of our pictures of and reports on the new products and displays that caught our eye as we toured the show floor and spoke with some of the exhibitors and fellow visitors.
There really was so much to see and as we've gone through our notes and pictures, we've realised that we covered more ground than we'd originally thought, so we've decided that if we're to do everyone justice, we really need to continue this review into the next issue, which will be broadcast on Friday, together with some non-show news.
Happy reading - and if you're struggling to commute in this latest 'Beast from the East' (which somehow seems to us to be so much colder than the last one was), do stay safe...
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Cosentino Group, renowned globally for its production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, hosted its biggest stand to date at KBB Birmingham, with an impressive 170sq.m set including an exclusive VIP lounge from which it launched striking new shades for its Silestone Eternal quartz surface range as well as showcasing exotic new quartzites for its Sensa by Cosentino protected natural stone collection.
Visitors were also treated to a preview of new concrete inspired designs for the Spanish multinational's Silestone quartz and versatile Dekton ultra-compact surfaces.
We got chatting to Daniel Paul, managing director of One Off Kitchens (l) visiting the show with tiler Spencer Tainton, director, Sun Ceramics. Based close to Swansea in Wales but covering a wide area with their work, they said they were at the Show to look at the latest trends and to ensure they keep up to date with new technology. Seeing everything 'under one roof' proved useful.
With kitchen design being a lifestyle choice, Masterclass Kitchens presented two varied concepts at the show; one catering to a thoroughly modern lifestyle and the other with something a little more classic in mind.
The display made a real impression on stand visitors and if you weren't able to make it onto the stand, here's a link to a short video that will give you a flavor of the gorgeous displays you missed and the reactions of those enjoying them:
Hafele UK's Katie Holloway (pictured with some of the POS material) told us that the stand was based on the theme 'Thinking ahead', that since modern life is providing us all with more challenges - from shrinking living space, the rapid development of technology and the ever-changing needs of the family unit, we need to build furniture so that each element is perfect for the way we live now and the way we will live in years to come.
As Uform celebrates a momentous year with a brand refresh and its 25th year in business, no one could envisage the level of enthusiasm and excitement that its first official attendance at KBB Birmingham would bring to the kitchen industry.
One of the largest at the show, the 256.5sq.m stand impressively showcased innovation at its finest with four brand new kitchen ranges, five new stained colours and six new paint to order colours on display.
Bill Miller, managing director of the Kitchen & Bathroom Buying Group, enjoyed immense success at the show: "KBB Birmingham was a superb opportunity for the KBBG and it was a pleasure to welcome many new faces as well as members and suppliers to our stand," he said.
"The exhibition provides the industry with an excellent platform of opportunity to see the very latest products and services as well as revive old contacts and make new ones."
It was hard to miss this sunny yellow Bauformat kitchen - it was absolutely stunning and like lots of the displays at KBB Birmingham this year was part of a striking two colour design; this one was set against rich dark worktops with streaks of gold.
John Hutchinson of Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, was admiring it too and we persuaded him to rest his legs and pose for our picture.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has joined industry leaders in declaring KBB Birmingham 2018 a great success. BMA CEO Yvonne Orgill said that the show provided a superb opportunity for the BMA to network with members and promote its important messages to the industry.
"It was good to see so many quality brands support KBB 2018," she said. "The event provided us with a platform to remind and educate the industry about our two current campaigns, compliant products for the bathroom industry and the use of the European water label.
Abacus Bathrooms, renowned for technical prowess in bathroom design and product portfolios, highlighted innovation by showing the build and fitting of individual systems; all guaranteed to result in the perfect bathroom in terms of style and function.
The stand was packed when we arrived and Alex Phillips-Baker, head of operations, told us that it had been like this throughout the show, with visitors keen to see first-hand the company's products and learn from the stand team just why the products have a reputation for being so easy to install.
It wasn't the largest stand at the show, but Peka stood out, thanks to the feeling of old-fashioned opulence that the display by this Swiss manufacturer of premium quality storage solutions and accessories evoked...
Not that there was anything old-fashioned about the exhibits - everything was of state-of-the-art design and the shelving and drawers moved smoothly and silently out of their units, as if they were fluid rather than solid.
Keller Kitchens brought Dutch design to the show, demonstrating how its beautiful, continental styles make every house a home. From handleless contemporary designs to industrial looks, Keller provides the market with quality products of the highest standard. In the UK, the brand has been building its profile and reputation with leading independent kitchen specialists that are tuned into the company's quality and expertise.
New for KBB 2018 is the Keller Trend Collection which complements the established Comfort and Master Collections perfectly, while demonstrating how Keller is at the forefront of today's style innovations, answering designers' demands quickly.
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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.
While the top half is always a fridge and the lower right hand compartment is always a freezer, the user can change the lower right hand compartment from fridge to freezer and back again, at the flick of a switch, to suit storage needs at the time.
One of the displays that really impressed visitors was this beautifully-designed unit that enables those lucky people with large kitchens to hide away all the cleaning products, washing & drying equipment - and, if perhaps they're secret drinkers - the bar!
The stand team told us that some of Hurlingham's beautiful slipper baths are available in an extended length of 2000mm for those that need a little extra leg room and that several new basins, a shower tray, basins and taps have been added to the copper range, together with mirrors with copper surrounds.
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 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.
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