kbb delights … a Kitchen, Bedrooms and Bathrooms exhibition review
Yesterday I travelled over to ExCel to visit kbb London, a show that claims to be London’s only trade exhibition dedicated to Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms. The other kbb show is held in Birmingham so although it would be nice to have an away day, the reality is that as we get busier we need a local show where we can run in, scout what interests us and then get back to the office! So with an open mind (and the hope that it would be smaller than EcoBuild) I headed to ExCel.
The exhibition was actually small enough to see in a couple of hours, but I found enough interesting products to make it worth the visit. Although the Bedroom aspect of the show seemed to be lacking in inspiration there were plenty of new Kitchen and Bathroom products to keep me happy.
The first product of interest was the new Armani range by Roca. Beautiful designed by Armani and manufactured to Roca’s usual high standards, the range of products is comprehensive and would be perfect for any bathroom where you want to add some high-end style. The basins retail at around €750 so while the price point could be considered high the beauty of the product is well worth it.
The Hoover Prodige oven was an interesting discovery – an oven that can be used as one large oven or split into two independent ovens by using an ingenious separator. The oven features two separate fan so you can be roasting a joint of meat in the top part, while baking a cake in the lower half. The oven also has a capacity of 76 litres making it one of the biggest on the market.
There are now several hot water taps on the market but invariably they are another fitting onto the worktop as a regular tap is still needed. The Quatreau tap is the first one to serve as the only tap needed in the kitchen – it offers tap water, boiling water, chilled water and sparkling water. The product is not cheap, but if you want the ultimate tap for your Poggenpohl or Bulthaup kitchen this may be the one for you.
We all know the devil is in the detail and one aspect where you can make a difference is in the floor drains of a shower, a simple thing but most people use a regular square drain. Dallmer has a wide range of options, in numerous colours too, to add a different design to your drain. Importantly they also have low profile drainage systems if you are trying to achieve an easy access solution.
StoneKAST produces a good range of stone baths and had four of their models on display. Manufactured from a mixture of limestone and a high-grade resin compound there are 8 different shapes available, I particularly like the Pebble shown below. They also produce complimentary basins – and even displayed their products on a 3D TV.
Hopefully this gives you an appetite of some of the new products available. If you went to the show what did you like? The full list of this years exhibitors is available online.