DOORS ARE CLOSED FOR ANOTHER YEAR!
A big thank you to all visitors, exhibitors, partners and sponsors for making the first Futurebuild a huge success.
The future is now...
At Futurebuild 2019, the focus will be on tackling the biggest challenges impacting the built environment. A unique destination for you to gain unrivalled insights and hands-on experience around the latest innovations, products and materials to enable you to tackle these challenges head on.
The future of Buildings
Central to the Futurebuild experience, the Buildings Hub is an unrivalled platform for built environment professionals to learn about the very latest building systems and technologies from across the globe.
The Hub will cover all aspects of building, including new build, retrofit and refurbishment. Visitors will have the opportunity to speak to pioneering brands working across construction and maintenance – such as Internorm, Recticel, Bauder, Durisol and Smart Systems – as well as engage in conversation around the latest technology and legislation.
kbb Birmingham 2018 has now closed. See you 1-4 March 2020!
Looking back at kbb 2018…
Preeminent kitchen, bedroom and bathroom suppliers gathered at kbb Birmingham to launch market-leading product ranges, bespoke solutions and future-facing technology. This year was no exception; in fact, the event was deemed the biggest and most successful show to date.
Every aspect of the show floor reflected and amplified design trends and the industry’s evolution. Big industry names like Roca, Laufen, Smeg, Franke, Samsung and Corian returned to exhibit, while Kupperbusch, Newform and Caple all launched new and innovative product ranges.
Support was shown at the kbb Review Retail and Design Conference by experts from brands including Houzz, Fitch, Formica Group and Futurist who shared practical solutions for how to develop the future home, predict future colour trends and create retail theatre in a showroom.
The retail and supply sectors joined forces to delve into some of the design industry’s most pressing topics. From an in-depth debate on surviving recession to the concept of selling a lifestyle, panel discussions shed light on a diverse range of opinions.Prominent features on the show floor included award-winning designer Colin Wong’s ‘The Rock’ concept, which reinterprets kitchen architecture in the home of tomorrow and involved leading material suppliers Corian, Neolith, Formica and Cosentino.
Meanwhile, the Innovation Awards in partnership with Blum named Wirquin Nano 6.7 Basin Waste & Trap, Virtual Worlds 4D Theatre, Multilines Caccaro Walk-in Wardrobe and Villeroy & Boch Siluet with TitanCeram Ceramic Sink Collection as the industry’s most forward-thinking products in 2018.
Feedback for kbb Birmingham 2018 was overwhelmingly positive with many citing it as having a ‘vibrant’ and ‘buzzing’ atmosphere. Formica Group Europe described it as an “amazing and busy show”, while Der Kreis’ managing director Bill Miller announced 2018 as the company’s “most successful KBB to date”. Read more at: https://www.kbb.co.uk/visit/ne...
EuroCucina Milan - Technology For the Kitchen 2018
The 22nd edition of EuroCucina provided a targeted and innovative response to the huge interest in the sector, along with FTK - Technology For the Kitchen, its collateral event, specialising in built-in domestic appliances and their evolution.
Launched in 1974, the biennial International Kitchen Exhibition and its collateral event FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) is the leading showcase for high-end kitchens. Read more at: http://www.salonemilano.it/en/
The key concepts driving the exhibits, showcased by 117 companies within an exhibition space measuring over 22,000 m2, were efficiency and evocation. Kitchens have ceased to be purely functional spaces to become domestic hubs, places for conviviality and socialising.
This revival of the domestic hearth makes for an interconnected, multipurpose and professional space, yet one where emotions never fail to run high. Visitors were greeted with a vast array of top quality goods. All the exhibits at EuroCucina embodied contemporary design, technological innovation, next generation performance, energy efficiency and ease of use. New shapes, colours and materials helped mark out the kitchen as a place for conviviality and interaction with the outside world.
As always, FTK - Technology For the Kitchen - with 48 exhibitors on an exhibition area of 22,192 m2 - provided an overview of the state of the art technology of built-in domestic appliances, with models, prototypes and concepts conceived by companies that set tremendous store by research.
International Bathroom Exhibition 2018
Salone Internazionale del Bagno - Milan
243 exhibitors set up their stands in an area of 20,600 m2, showcasing a huge array of top quality goods catering to the increasingly pressing demand for high-performance products geared to rest and relaxation.
Launched in 2003 as a subsection of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Bathroom Exhibition became an exhibition in its own right in 2006, reflecting the evolution of the domestic bathroom – formerly a strictly functional space - into a dedicated sanctuary for relaxation and wellness.
The 7th edition highlighted, as never before, the companies’ innovative focus on sustainability. Cutting edge products for modern bathrooms reflected today’s strong demand for efficiency and energy saving, with the accent on water efficiency, indoor pollution prevention and personal health. Needless to say, there was no skimping on the ergonomics, colours and accessories that stimulate the emotions and underscore the feeling of wellness achieved in this particular space.
The newest of the exhibitions, the International Bathroom Exhibition showcased innovative products and ideas for bathrooms in the round, providing a complete overview of sectoral trends.
HOW KITCHENS BECAME THE HEART OF THE HOME ?
Where do you spend the majority of your time kicking back and relaxing chez toi? Chances are it's in the heart of the home - the kitchen.
Gone are the days of having separate living, cooking and dining spaces. After all, why have a room with one measly function, when it can have three?
It would seem we're all in agreement too, because according to research by Gocompare.com, fitting a new kitchen has been named as the UK's top home improvement of the last five years.
But how exactly did it make the jump from meal preparation central to socialising hub? Let's take a look...
The 70s groovy - Disco Decor
Prior to and during the beginning of the the groovy 1970s, the kitchen was a very functional area of the home, reserved for perfecting a premium prawn cocktail or creating a visionary vol-au-vent, out of sight from guests.
But back then the kitchen as we know it today was just in its infancy.
At the beginning of its metamorphosis towards the glittering multi-purpose butterfly that it resembles today.
The '70s saw kitchens increase in area, occupying a larger percentage of the home as family and friends congregated for a natter around their brand new two-slice toaster. Fancy!
"EVERYONE LIKES TO GET INVOLVED IN THE COOKING THESE DAYS, SO THE KITCHEN HAS BECOME MUCH MORE OF A COMMUNAL SPACE WHERE EVERYONE WANTS TO SPEND TIME" Katy Orme, Interior Blogger
The 80s freedom - become open to open plan
Sick of being stuck in the kitchen while everyone else was living it large elsewhere in the house, the '80s saw home cooks get in a right huff and revolt against being confined in their self-made prison of cuisine.
And lo! So it came to pass that open-plan hit the mainstream.
Breakfast bars and dining tables in the kitchen became an integral part of the décor du jour.
Family and friends alike perched nonchalantly sipping a Singapore sling with Frankie Goes to Hollywood pumping out their new-fangled CD players. Life was great.
Cooking became more of a social activity rather than a necessary routine to provide sustenance for the whole family and the kitchen, slowly but surely, became the epicentre of the home.
The 90s and 2000s, right here right now
The '90s and 2000s further cemented the kitchen as the prime part of a house, embracing its diverse uses and celebrating them to their fullest.
Today the kitchen reigns supreme, giving estate agents everywhere a reason to rub their hands together with glee as a kitchen-cum-dining room is viewed as a good thing, rather than a shabby excuse for not having enough living space.
Not only has our attitude to dining relaxed over the years, but our need to socialise has increased, meaning that separate dining and living areas can be more of a hindrance than a desirable quality.
Home is where the food is
But there must be another reason why we've adopted a more casual approach to living space.Katy Orme of interiors and DIY blog Apartment Apothecary, has her own theory on why the kitchen has become so prominent in our property checklist. She said: "I think the main reason that the kitchen has become an ever increasingly important part of the home is that our love of good food has grown.
And we very much suspect she's right, what with the bumper crop of food programmes dominating the television schedule nowadays.
Taking inspiration from the Heston Blumenthals and Mary Berrys of the world has never been easier and perfecting that pulled pork recipe takes time and patience, so no one wants to do it holed up away in a teeny kitchen.
In this busy 21st century life, it just seems like a natural progression to combine two important and time consuming parts of our day (eating and relaxing, of course) to create a 'super space', if you will.
Orme said: "We all like to be as flexible as possible and are short on time and space so it seems a waste to have a separate dining room; the kitchen has evolved into a living room that meets all our needs."
So it seems that the kitchen has grown into the stand-out hero of our home, becoming many things to many people. And we couldn't be happier - after all, that's where the food and booze is...
Let's all just agree to keep the bathroom completely a separate entity though.