What I saw at the KBB Show

By Elspeth Pridham
March 5, 2020

KBB, held at the NEC from Sunday 1 March to Wednesday 4 March 2020, is the UK’s leading kitchen and bathroom trade show.

Despite the threat of the novel coronavirus outbreak, exhibitor stands were busy. A steady number of attendees made the trip to Birmingham to see the latest products – from taps to cooker hoods and cast iron baths to worktops.

Matt finishes were to the fore, including matt white basins from Victoria + Albert and matt black built-in ovens at AEG. Open shelving in both bathrooms and kitchens was also a feature, encouraging a more relaxed and less structured look.

Here is a small selection of the products that caught my eye.

Vlaze manufacture vitreous enamel splashbacks. The Isle of Wight-based company has now produced wheeled kitchen units that are super durable and will work both inside and out

Novy, well known for its sleek extractors, showed these pleasingly chunky gas burners that can be positioned directly on the worktop.

Natufia’s fully automated kitchen garden helps you to grow herbs and salads at home, no matter the time of year. The company supplies the seed pods and the perfectly controlled growing cabinet does the rest.

Villeroy & Boch’s stand included pretty pastel basins in yellow, mint, pink and blue

Armac Martin’s new Mix collection of solid brass cabinet hardware includes 20 finishes. The backplate is separate, so you can mix and match the size and finish with the knob or pull.

Cosentino launched Liquid, a new finish for its hard working Dekton surface material. The product is the result of a collaboration between Cosentino and design team Patternity.