kbb Birmingham 2020, the leading kitchen, bedroom and bathroom design show took place from 1 – 4 March and saw a huge number of people pass through its doors, with two of the four days having a record number of visitors.
Mark Gordon, Director kbb Birmingham commented: “We are delighted that kbb 2020 has delivered so positively for exhibitors and visitors in all areas. The exceptionally strong turnout of visitors throughout the four day show has reinforced our position as the KBB industry’s biggest forum in the UK and shown that it’s not only a place to do business, but is a vital source of inspiring new innovation and design in the KBB sector.”
The vibrant show floor reflected key industry design trends, such as personalisation and sustainability with a huge range of exciting innovations from the sector. Big industry names like Blum, Caple, Roca, Blanco, and Samsung returned to exhibit, whilst brands such as Zanussi, Bosch, NEFF, Siemens, Quooker, Alno, Marazzi – The Top, Florim, Falmec, Konigstone, Aqualla Bathrooms, LochAnna kitchens, Azzurra Bathrooms and Elfin kitchens made their kbb show debut.
Sustainability came into focus during this year’s event with both the organisers and exhibitors placing it centre stage. kbb Birmingham and The Used Kitchen Company (TUKC) announced a partnership to help exhibitors sell their displays ahead of the show to encourage a more sustainable event, and to make a valuable contribution towards recycling within the kitchen industry. The show also ensured that all its feature areas were created with sustainability in mind and were designed to minimise waste.
Launch platform for KBB industry
Many brands chose to use the event to launch new products to the market. Blanco launched the new TAMPERA hot tap, which is extremely strong and offers five stage filtration with a stunning, child safe design. FORMICA offered a preview of the new AXIOM and PRIMA decors, which will launch this summer and received an enthusiastic response from visitors to the stand. DAVAL introduced a new 100 per cent recycled kitchen concept as well as a collection of new colours and wood colours.
The third day of the show saw the winners of the 2020 Innovation Awards, sponsored by Blum, announced. The award scheme recognises the most forward-thinking and technically advanced products within the KBB sector and is one of the most hotly anticipated events of the show. The 10 shortlisted finalists were displayed in an inspiring showcase across specially designed plinths at kbb 2020 and show visitors voted for their favourites.
Natufia Lab was crowned the People’s Choice Award winner for its intelligent and stylish product, the world’s first fully integrated and automated hydroponic kitchen garden. The technology automatically maintains light, pH, temperature and water levels in addition to optimising minerals, nutrients and vitamins for non-GMO certified plants. Designed for interiors, the Natufia Lab brings nature into the home and allows people to conveniently manage their own produce from the comfort of their kitchen.
The Wirquin Neo Zero Leak Trap scooped the Judge’s Finalist prize for its cost effective and space saving solution. Wirquin Neo is a new range of zero-leak traps suitable for basin or sink applications.