Kbb Birmingham has announced the finalists of its Innovation Awards 2020, sponsored by Blum.
Recognising “the most forward-thinking and technically advanced products” in the kbb industry, the 10 finalists will be displayed on specially designed plinths at the show.
The winners will include a Judge’s Finalist and People Choice Award winner, with all visitors to the show encouraged to vote for their winner.
- Smart Quiz shower tray by Acquabella
The Smart Quiz shower tray features a design that consists of three high-definition finishes, created by Acquabella such as Beton, Zero and Ethnic textures.
The shower tray has a drain hidden in the centre, with a grating that is fully integrated into the shower tray.
- Spazio cooker hood by Falmec
The Spazio cooker hood features Falmec’s Circle.Tech technology as well as Carbon.Zeo filter.
Its stainless or black painted steel chassis also incorporates smoked glass, as well as power outlets, USB ports and LED lighting.
- Airgap 600 by Fluidmaster
The Airgap 6000 series is the only height-adjustable, bottom-inlet toilet fill valve which is compliant to BS1212 and with UK Water Fittings Regulations.
Water-saving can be achieved using the delayed side and bottom entry, reportedly allowing the Airgap 6000 to conserve up to 1 litre of water.
According to Fluidmaster, if every WC in the UK was fitted with a delayed-fill Airgap value, enough water would be saved to meet the consumption needs of the population of Wales.
- Kinvaro T-Slim Flap System by Grass Movement Systems
Kinvaro T-Slim has been created to maximise the space available within a cabinet.
The flap is claimed to open up new possibilities in furniture design, resulting in a wall cabinet with “invisible technology and maximum space2.
To complement the interior, printed cover caps can help blend the fitting into the furniture unit.
- Augmented Glass Skin by Mutaforma
Using nanotechnology, Mutaforma has changed the optical properties of glass to create Tilla.
According to Mutaforma it is the smallest glass tesserae in the world.
Made in Italy the material is lightweight, flexible and provides a customisable material for interior designers and architects.
- Kitchen Garden by Natufia Labs
Smart home appliance brand Natufia has introduced what is claims is the world’s first fully-integrated and automated hydroponic kitchen garden.
It maintains light, pH, temperature and water levels in addition to optimising minerals, nutrients and vitamins for plants.
Since the product is designed for the interior, the homeowner does not need to worry about pesticides, herbicides or fungicides.
- Panorama Pro by Novy
The Panorama Pro is a four-zone induction hob with integrated downdraft extractor located behind the cooking area.
When not in use the extractor is concealed and when activated the ventilation tower will rise to a choice of three height levels 100, 200 and 300mm for optimal ventilation.
It boasts a white LED touch slider control and is equipped with automatic pan detection.
- Cube by Rotpunkt
Cube offers planning options for built-in appliances including ovens or microwaves.
Available in a range of configerations, they have been created to provide a fit to offer a made-to-measure appearance.
Like all Rotpunkt kitchens, Cube is manufactured with Zero Carbon footprint.
- Neo zero leak trap by Wirquin
Neo is a range of zero-leak traps suitable for basin or sink applications appplications.
It is designed with patented, bi-injection technology with all its washers over-moulded on to the body to ensure there is protection against leaks, reports Wirquin.
In addition, the Wirquin Neo is claimed to prevent odours and noises by replacing the traditional valve, allowing pipes to ventilate naturally.
- Dialog oven by Miele
The Dialog oven uses M Chef technology which unlike traditional ovens cooks dishes in their entirety, so meat and vegetables at the same time.
In addition, it reduces cooking time up to 70%, according to Miele.
Dialog enables users to create complicated dishes and push the boundaries of their cuisine.
Creative director at Kbb Birmingham Andy Bishop commented: “This year the standard of entries has been higher than ever.
“We have received a diverse selection of entries, all focusing on truly innovative solutions that are set to transform the sector.
“Choosing the shortlisted and winning entries out of all the inspiring solutions was difficult, and I look forward to seeing which of these deserving products receives the most votes from our visitors.”