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kbb delights … a Kitchen, Bedrooms and Bathrooms exhibition review

May 18, 2011

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.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2011 9:57 am

    Lack of inspiration in the bedroom would be a worry! haha

    I really like the StoneKAST baths. The one pictured is fantastic in both shape and colour. This style of bath is fast gaining popularity here in Oz.

    • May 18, 2011 11:27 am

      The StoneKast baths are great as they have a slim profile so there aren’t too heavy (well only 200kg!) – this type of bath great, but you do need a large bathroom!

  2. May 18, 2011 11:05 am

    Wonderful to know what is happening in Britian. The Armani by Rocca basin is lovely. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

    • May 18, 2011 11:08 am

      Thanks for your comment Roberta. These exhibitions are always useful to find new products – the Armani range is pure class!

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    May 18, 2011 9:24 pm

    Nice piece Andrew, especially for those of us too busy to even get to Excel! Liking the Quatreau tap, although I feel it will only be relevant for the odd client here and there. But it’s a great bit of kitchen bling! And I wasn’t aware of it although I’ve specified Pure H2Oproducts before. I’ve been a fan of Dallmer for a while now, especially their corner triangular shaped waste: one of a kind. I don’t think they get enough exposure, so good spot. And I agree with Oliver; StoneKAST are great and again underrated. Very useful!

    • May 18, 2011 9:37 pm

      Thanks Luke. The bells and whistle hot water tap is nearly £4k so bling is the perfect description – something to lust after. I was really impressed with the waste options Dallmer had, something I have been looking for.

      Sorry you were too busy to get there, but surely that is good …?

  4. May 23, 2011 5:13 pm

    We went to the show and I would agree that it was a worth while visit – although we mainly do bedrooms and offices, there was still enough at the show for us to look at for new ideas.

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