Features by Diane Larner founder and editor of Bathroom Review & Kitchens Review.
Diane Larner launched both titles over 12 years ago and has been writing about the bathroom and kitchen interior design industry ever since, publishing regular features across the two sectors.

Bringing a sense the pandemic might be behind us, kbb Birmingham 2022 opened its doors to over 12,400 visitors in early March. The four-day show featured an impressive collection of KBB brands and showcased the latest innovations and products.

Sustainable design played a key role in the narrative with many stands championing new launches that either included materials with carbon-sensitive credentials or climate-positive features designed to save water and energy.

Diane Larner attended the event and collated six inspirational highlights from the show.

SIX T O P   P I C K S   from kbb Birmingham


Showerwall unveils new designs for 2022

Showerwall has exclusively launched its latest collection of trend led designs for 2022, bringing its range to over 100 vibrant designs.


Coalbrook previews two new collections

Coalbrook, the newest brand from the UK bathroom distributor, Davroc, previewed its latest collections; Bank and Zurich, at kbb Birmingham 2022.


House of Rohl showcases its four brands at kbb

House of Rohl used its impressive 180sqm stand to showcase its latest product innovations from its four brands: Perrin & Rowe, Victoria + Albert Baths, Riobel and Shaws of Darwen.


Acquabella resort welcomed visitors at kbb

Acquabella’s Balinese resort stand not only won the KBB Best Bathroom Stand over 30sqm but also created a lighthearted holiday oasis within the bathroom section of kbb.


Virtual Worlds V8 real time rendering previews at kbb

Virtual Worlds previewed a major new update to its innovative design software at kbb Birmingham 2022, ahead of its official launch this summer.


Ca’ Pietra invites visitors to its ‘Mermaid’s garden’

Ca’ Pietra stand featured a fully immersive ‘mermaid’s garden’ designed to showcase the company’s Mermaid’s Garden Porcelain Hexagon tiles.


Jon Johnston – kbb sales director

It was fantastic to be back at the NEC again and to see so many familiar as well as new faces from the bathroom sector. There were hundreds of exhibitors who were busy meeting visitors throughout the four-day event and a steady stream of people attending the show all extremely interested in finding out more about our bathroom exhibitors, new products and the latest trends.  The show has been a huge success and it was great to see the KBB industry thriving. We are looking forward to doing it all again in 2024.

Nathan Maclean, managing director, Virtual Worlds

Nathan Maclean, Managing Director, Virtual Worlds

kbb Birmingham has been a key event for Virtual Worlds and it’s been fantastic to see the industry get together again. As always, perhaps the best bit is seeing the wonderful reactions to our award-winning technology and, of course, to welcome new customers and catch-up with old friends.

The retailers’ customer experience is key to achieving remarkable sales and the feedback we’ve received to our 4D system tells us that Virtual Worlds is bang on target. Our V8 update with real-time rendering has really wowed people and it’s great to know that our developments make a positive difference to retailers.

From a business standpoint, it’s been a very successful show for us and well worth the investment.


kbb Birmingham will be back – 3-6 March 2024