kbb Birmingham 2020: five products we loved on day three

Precision and function were the watchwords as the show heads towards the finish line

Day three was the editorial team’s final day on the floor at kbb Birmingham – although you can still find a few of our colleagues on stand K133 tomorrow if you’d like to sign up for our daily newsletter or become a subscriber to ek&bbusiness magazine – and we tried to make it count.

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With only a few hours left to enjoy the show, we started the day at LochAnna Kitchens, exhibiting at kbb Birmingham for the first time, before a whirlwind series of stand visits which included Nolte, Impey, Scavolini, Blum, Villeroy & Boch, MHK and Franke.

In between, we managed to fit in chats at our stand with visitors including V-ZUG’ s UK managing director David Knight and Simon Taylor of Simon Taylor Furniture. 

Day three also saw the announcement of the 2020 winner of the Innovation Award. The prize, sponsored by Blum, showcases creative solutions across the sector. A panel of judges and members of the public were invited to choose from ten recent outstanding products, with two winners unveiled at 3pm.

The judges’s vote went to the NEO zero-leak trap by Wirquin – the firm’s fourth win!

Meanwhile, the People’s Choice Award, voted on by the show’s visitors, went to Natufia‘s remarkable Kitchen Garden

Congratulations to them, and to all the nominees.

Here’s our pick of products we saw on day three. Catch up with our highlights from day one and day two of the show – and let us know your own favourites by tweeting at @kbbdaily.

LochAnna Kitchens used its first ever kbb Birmingham to showcase its bold printed cabinets, made in collaboration with British wallpaper designers Woodchip and Magnolia. The company’s newest concept product, the Lifestyle Larder, was also on display – developed to reflect the way homeowners actually use their homes, the modular storage system can be tailored to efficiently store six different categories of products, including cleaning and cloakroom contents, plus pet care and small appliances.

On stand T120, Blum introduced the Space Step – an innovative new storage solution that uses traditional runner systems to utilise the space behind kitchen kickboards and bathroom units. Featuring touch-to-open and soft close technology, the under-unit storage drawer also doubles up as a step. It can even be fitted in wardrobes to help consumers get to hard to reach areas.

Sealskin debuted its Duka range, a series of bespoke, modern shower enclosures created with a focus on engineering. Coming to the UK at the end of the year via Impey, the streamlined enclosures feature glued-on stainless steel and glass hardware that allows for easier cleaning.

Alongside introducing a new shade in its concrete veneer kitchen, Nolte also debuted Nolte Spa, the wellness-focused bathroom range. The collection possesses all the features from a traditional Nolte kitchen – sealed internal hardware, integrated lighting and soft close technology – in a bathroom form, finished in a modern style.

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Also making its kbb Birmingham debut was Franke’s Maris Free, a decorative glass cooker hood. Made with a handcrafted Italian metallic glass finish, each hood is completely unique.