Following on from part one of our curated show highlights, we complete our editorially independent preview of the UK’s largest kitchen and bathroom trade exhibition – Kbb Birmingham
Kitchen and bathroom professionals who are keen to find out about the latest products and return to networking face-to-face will pay a visit to the kbb Birmingham exhibition.
Returning to the NEC in Birmingham from March 6-9 the event is designed to provide its visitors with information and inspiration to take them into the year ahead.
Creative director of Kbb Birmingham Andy Bishop comments: “The trends that are emerging this year are focused on the functional as well as the inspirational.”
He adds: “Over the last couple of years, our needs and requirements for the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom space have changed. Consumers are looking for good design and style but also practicality and sustainability.
“Our exhibitors will be showcasing their own take on these trends and we look forward to seeing what they have in store for attendees in 2022.”
They will consider the mega trends of an older population, positioning ease of use at the forefront of developments, and protecting the environment with sustainable solutions.
The Used Kitchen Company will be back as the show’s sustainability partner encouraging exhibitors to think about their environmental and social impact as well kitchen recycling by helping exhibitors to sell off their displays.
Kbb Birmingham will also reveal how the pandemic has changed the landscape of kitchen and bathroom design, with hygiene developments such as touchless technology growing in importance and a focus on nature to enhance wellbeing with outdoor kitchens and biophilic design.
Visitors can discover all this and more, with over 200 exhibitors appearing across 26 product categories.
With an audience of over 12,000 visitors over the four days, it will be a destination for senior decision makers, bringing together the retail and contract sector under one roof.
Hafele UK – Stand S70
Partnering with architect and interior designer Laura Jane Clark, Hafele has created a campaign to explore how well thought out kitchen design impacts people’s lifestyles and wellbeing, with the findings launched at the KBB Show.
The ‘Kitchens for Living’ campaign will explore how the design, layout and usability of a kitchen can affect quality of life.
The findings will be analysed to inform kitchen designers, manufacturers and installers of how they can better meet their customers’ needs now and into the future.
Kbsa – Stand M100
The Kbsa will focus on training and education at Kbb Birmingham 2022.
Education partners The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET) and FIESTA will be supporting the Kbsa to promote the range of training and education opportunities currently available.
During the past year, the Kbsa has worked with corporate members to provide bursaries for students on the Foundation Degree and intends to reach out to other organisations worldwide.
Virtual Worlds – Stand M74
The story of the Virtual Worlds stand this year will be Virtual Worlds Professional Version 8.
According to the company, it’s a major new update with a new graphics engine that provides real-time rendering, challenging the need for time-consuming photo-realistic rendering and “taking visualisation to a new level”.
Visitors to the show will be able to experience Virtual Worlds 4D Theatre.
Kinedo – Stand B82
European brand of all-in-one shower cubicles, shower enclosures and trays will be returning to Kbb Birmingham with a new sales strategy, structure and team to ensure it’s easy and efficient to do business with Kinedo.
In addition, Kinedo will unveil the Smart Design walk-in shower enclosure with white graphic door and matching profiles, which will be paired with the new Kineline shower tray in white.
These will be joined by the Kinemagic Design and Brooklyn shower cubicles and the Kinemoon tray.
Königstone – Stand S95
Big news for UK worktop specialist Königstone will be the launch of its outdoor kitchen range – KönigOutdoor.
The stand will feature two L-shaped islands – one an indoor kitchen and the other an outdoor kitchen.
The indoor kitchen will feature the KönigQuartz Statuario worktop, a Calacatta marble-inspired surface, whereas the outdoor kitchen will showcase the KönigOutdoor kitchen modules, which are porcelain-clad cabinetry.
Simon Acres Group – Stand N60
KBB and merchant services provider Simon Acres Group will introduce its new KBB support services field sales team, who will be able to visit retailers.
They will be able to provide a suite of services to help retailers manage their businesses more effectively, close additional sales and increase order values.
The services offered extend beyond the core offerings from SAGL of recruitment, training, and media to include, a jobs board, qualified sales enquiries, finance, deposit protection, design support, HR, flexible payment solutions and wellness health checks.
Neff – Stand T100 and W100
Celebrating two anniversaries in 2022, it is the 50th anniversary of the Neff brand in the UK and the 20th birthday of the Neff Slide & Hide oven.
Those visiting the Neff stand will be able to join the celebrations and see the new collection of cooking and ventilation products.
Bosch – Stand T100 and W100
Bosch will highlight its commitment to healthy living and sustainability across almost every category of kitchen appliance at Kbb Birmingham.
Visitors to the stand will see how the approach extends to food preparation and storage, as well as healthy cooking.
In addition, Bosch will show its laundry and dishwashing appliances which are designed with preservation of natural resources in mind.
Siemens – Stand T100 and W100
On the Siemens stand, the brand will present how its appliances combine to create the intelligent kitchen, as well as showcasing how current technology will be used in the future.
There will also be a private viewing area for guests to see a preview of the next generation of Siemens cooking appliances, ahead of its official launch later in the year.
Der Kreis (KBBG) – Stand M90
Taking the largest stand in the company’s history, Der Kreis UK will be partnering with Getley UK, which will be showcasing its Alku kitchen, bedroom and living room furniture ranges.
Visitors to the stand will be able to explore the array of products, services and benefits Der Kreis UK offers to support independent retailers.
There will also be a competition open to all visitors to the stand with a prize which will be drawn at the end of the kbb show.
Titus – Stand V80
Showcasing its latest developments, visitors to the Titus stand will be able to see TeraBlack products with a matte black finish including the flagship products of the T-type hinge with integrated damping.
These will be joined by the System 6 connector family of connectors for simplified cabinet assembly, and dampers for cold environments which operate reliably in temperatures as low as -30°C.
Acquabella – Stand V80
On a stand designed like a resort experience, to reflect a commitment to relaxation, calm, well-being, hygiene and health, Acquabella will showcase its latest collections.
Developed over the past two years, these include Arabba collection, with the new high-definition, textile-look Arabba texture, Tempo and Flow Zero shower trays, Mini worktop, Opal Quiz bathtub and On-top XL range of sinks.
Additionally, Acquabella will present Acquawhite, a collection starring the Levi, Vars, Venet, Lech and Zermatt series made from new matrial Dolotek.
Scavolini – Stand P74
Italian kitchen and bathroom furniture manufacturer Scavolini will showcase a selection of key collections on its stand at Kbb Birmingham.
They include examples of its contemporary style Formalia and DeLinea, the Diesel Get Together collection and a modular concept Scavolini with sliding pocket doors.
Representing Scavolini bathrooms will be the Formalia bathroom collection, plus the Diesel Misfits bathroom.
Verona – Stand E80
Distributor of tiles, mosaics, flooring and outdoor porcelain, Verona is celebrating its 20th anniversary and will make its first appearance at KBB Birmingham.
The company will be unveiling new tiles and its existing ranges with display options on stand.
These will include extensions of its Patterned Tiles collection with heritage-inspired Mondrian and Vincent, which has a star pattern.
The Unified Water Label Association – Stand C78
The Unified Water Label Association, (UWLA) will launch a series of media packs for retailers, installers and merchants at the 2022 KBB exhibition.
The packs have been developed for use by members across Europe to drive home the Water Matters message and help consumers understand the link between using water, energy and their carbon footprint.
The pack includes a range of tools, flyers, posters, social media posts and videos, with tips and advice on how to save water in the home.
Kaelo – Stand K100
Kaelo will be exhibiting at Kbb Birmingham 2022, presenting its wine cooler on its largest stand space to date.
An open bottle host, Kaelo uses patented dry-cold technology to keep drinks cool, such as wine, water, orange juice or prosecco.
The Kaelo will be In operation on the stand, chilling bottles, to entertain Its guests.
BA – Stand N70
Marketing its 12th year exhibiting at Kbb Birmingham, BA will showcase its latest innovations and retail packages designed for its trade customers.
The stand will hero its InRail true handleless kitchen range and flatpack M2M, Bella Shaker doors and additional colours.
It will also showcase 72 new handles from Formed’s ‘Momo’ handle range and let visitors take a first look at its MyBA 24-hour online ordering portal with live demo on stand.
Elica – Stand H70
Elica will use March’s KBB Show in Birmingham to introduce its immersive Virtual Showroom to the industry on tablets and big screens on stand.
The virtual space has an area of approximately 350 m² and is divided into six rooms.
A total of 25 products are featured, each including the technical characteristics, alongside videos about the creative idea explained by Elica’s design centre director Fabrizio Crisà.
Roca – Suites 32-34
Roca will showcase a UK debut of its Ona collection, developed by the Roca Design Centre team in collaboration with international design studios Noa Design and Benedito Design.
Visitors will also be able to see a working demonstration of the In-Wash In-Tank smart WC, plus products from The Gap, The Gap D-Trit, Domi and Romea furniture collections.
Completing the products on show will be the Maui Bath, Cratos shower tray, PVD coloured brassware and Smart Shower.
Laufen – Suites 32-34
Laufen will be showcasing it LUA collection, designed by Toan Nguyen, which is orientated to round shapes that continue in linear architectural lines.
It will be joined by the ‘The New Classic’ collection designed by Marcel Wanders, alongside VAL cloakroom basins for compact spaces.
Completing the line-up will be the Cleanet Riva shower toilet, showcased for the first time in matt black ceramic.
House of Rohl – Stand K90
Exhibiting for the first time at Kbb Birmingham under its House of Rohl group, Victoria+Albert, Perrin & Rowe, Shaws will be joined by the newly-introduced Riobel brassware brand from Quebec, Canada.
Debuting at kbb Riobel will present five kitchen taps and four bathroom ranges, including the award-winning Parabola collection, which will be shown alongside Perrin & Rowe’s Armstrong kitchen brassware and Langbourn bathroom collection.
Victoria + Albert will be revealing its latest collaboration with Wallpaper* magazine to develop three colour palettes for 2022 and Shaws fireclay sinks will be showing its rib-fronted Bowland and Ribchester sinks, and decorative Gallery models.
Quooker – Stand 100
Quooker will be launching a new version of its CUBE accessory, which delivers filtered, chilled and sparkling water.
It has been designed to be easier to install, smaller with two settings for bubble preference.
The Cube accessory will be joined by the PRO3-B Tank with bellow technology, so when water is heated, the tank expands and a scale control with sustainable cartridge.
Aqualla – Stand E70
Aqualla invites visitors to explore its upcoming range of brassware launching this Summer, new collections from luxury bath supplier Adamsez and preview a selection of Italian brassware from Hotbath, coming to market in 2023.
Launching at kbb, Adamsez will introduce its slimline freestanding bath collection, designed with a minimal 15mm outer wall and including back to wall designs.
The collection will be shown alongside colourful brassware designs.
Samsung Electronics – Stand J70
Returning to Kbb Birmingham for the third year, since the company launched home appliances to the UK market, Samsung will introduce a new range of built-in appliances.
These will be complemented by Bespoke Refrigeration, Infinite cooking appliances, Dual Cook Flex ovens, laundry and side-by-side products.
In addition, the appliance manufacturer will demonstrate Smarthings Connected Home across its product ranges.
Access Walk-in Baths – Stand E50
Part of Gainsborough Healthcare Group, Access Walk-in Baths will be showcasing a range of its most popular accessible bathing solutions at Kbb Birmingham.
It will be displaying five baths including a powered reclining solution, P-shaped bath and ultra-compact model for bathers who prefer an upright seated position.
Access baths are supplied with built-in antimicrobial BioCote, a silver-ion technology integrated during the manufacturing process and supported by a 10-year warranty.