Preeminent kitchen, bedroom and bathroom suppliers gathered at kbb Birmingham to launch market-leading product ranges, bespoke solutions and future-facing technology. This year was no exception; in fact, the event was deemed the biggest and most successful show to date.
Every aspect of the show floor reflected and amplified design trends and the industry’s evolution. Big industry names like Roca, Laufen, Smeg, Franke, Samsung and Corian returned to exhibit, while Kupperbusch, Newform and Caple all launched new and innovative product ranges.
Support was shown at the kbb Review Retail and Design Conference by experts from brands including Houzz, Fitch, Formica Group and Futurist who shared practical solutions for how to develop the future home, predict future colour trends and create retail theatre in a showroom.
The retail and supply sectors joined forces to delve into some of the design industry’s most pressing topics. From an in-depth debate on surviving recession to the concept of selling a lifestyle, panel discussions shed light on a diverse range of opinions.Prominent features on the show floor included award-winning designer Colin Wong’s ‘The Rock’ concept, which reinterprets kitchen architecture in the home of tomorrow and involved leading material suppliers Corian, Neolith, Formica and Cosentino.
Meanwhile, the Innovation Awards in partnership with Blum named Wirquin Nano 6.7 Basin Waste & Trap, Virtual Worlds 4D Theatre, Multilines Caccaro Walk-in Wardrobe and Villeroy & Boch Siluet with TitanCeram Ceramic Sink Collection as the industry’s most forward-thinking products in 2018.
Feedback for kbb Birmingham 2018 was overwhelmingly positive with many citing it as having a ‘vibrant’ and ‘buzzing’ atmosphere. Formica Group Europe described it as an “amazing and busy show”, while Der Kreis’ managing director Bill Miller announced 2018 as the company’s “most successful KBB to date”.