Friday, 20 May 2011

Kbblondon: Room for improvement?

If you were to summarise the inaugural kbbLondon in estate agent speak, it would probably be along the lines of ‘bijou with limited kerbside appeal in a fairly busy commercial district. It boasts some original interior features but in need of some repair. Must be viewed’.
KbbLondon was never going to rival its older sibling kbbBirmingham in terms of size and scale but it had been separated at birth by its looks. Surprisingly, the organisers had opted to almost replicate its Midlands event in a London location. It meant the show lacked an initial appeal and a bit of London bling. Although exhibitors had tried hard.
The return of the Avocado
But there were some interesting features there - Rock Galpin with its Future Bathrooms 2020 installation and a cheeky take on the return of avocado bathroom by CP Hart
The big question: Was it worthwhile for exhibitors and visitors? From the packed seminar room, crowds around the CAD and software companies and those Kitchens & Bathrooms News spoke to at the show, it would have to be ‘yes’. What the show lacked in size, it seemingly made up for stature, with many of the exhibitors rebooking for the London event in 2012. So, all in all, and for a first show – it was worth a visit. With some cosmetic work could be a good development for London.

For a full review of the show read the June issue of Kitchens & Bathrooms News.

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