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Market-leading product ranges, bespoke solutions and future-facing technology
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 Kuppersbusch, Newform and Caple all launched new and innovative product ranges.
A ground-breaking new concept from award winning kitchen designer Colin Wong, which explores the potential of permanence and impermanence in kitchen furniture and materials. Leading material suppliers Corian, Neolith, Formica and Cosentino fabricated, delivered and installed each in a series of "Rocks" which were on display at the show.
"The concept is the creation of bespoke kitchen sculptures designed to connect with the surrounding architecture. Sculpt your personalised 'rock' then cloak it with your selected material, and finally 'slot in' your cabinetry. Quality cabinets can be simply interchanged through the generations whilst the rock remains as your bespoke commissioned sculpture. Like a painting, creating your personalised and captivating visual sculpture will add an air of true individuality to your kitchen."
The Innovation Awards
The 2018 Innovation Awards in partnership with Blum UK celebrated innovation in all its forms, from service, logistics, production, construction, materials and processes to the most technologically advanced products from our world leading exhibitors. A panel of judges selected four winners rewarded for their creative thinking within the show themes Society, Future or Fad?, Disruption and Materiality.
kbb Birmingham for Installers
We recognise that installation is an integral part of our industry and as the UK's leading event, there are many reasons why installers should consider visiting kbb Birmingham 2018. We worked closely with The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) to deliver a greate experience for installers. In addition to being the perfect opportunity to network with the 1000+ installation professionals attending, BiKBBI hosted a series of seminars on their stand at kbb Birmingham - from recruitment opportunities to connecting with businesses looking to meet the best installers in the industry.
Europe's key product launch event
Cooking up a storm, Kuppersbusch unveiled its latest cutting edge appliance collection. The new 'Mix and Match' design options offer retailers complete flexibility across its Comfort+, Premium+ and Profession+ built in cooking appliances.
Cosentino have launched striking new shades for its Silestone quartz surface range, as well as previews of exciting options for its Sensa treated granite collection.
Franke offered a first look at their New Style SYG 611 granite inset sink, combining sophisticated design with quality and high performance.
Newform showcased their 6 new 'Exclusive Metal' and 6 new 'PVD' finishes at the show. The revolutionary 'Exclusive Metal' finishes combine elegant aesthetics with state-of-the-art technological performance. The cutting-edge 'PVD' finishes display a treatment based on the vacuum deposition of an ultra-thin film.
Leading appliance specialist Caple raised the bar with its biggest and best ever stand. Retailers were invited to experience more than 80 new and award-winning appliances, kitchens, sinks & taps on a New York inspired stand with its own cafe.