Countdown to ISH – Key themes, what to expect and who will be there

BathroomsFeatures Wed 15th Feb 2023 by Emma Hedges

Countdown to ISH – Key themes, what to expect and who will be there

Countdown to ISH – Key themes, what to expect and who will be there

Feature by Emma Hedges | Wed 15th Feb 2023

Editor of KBBFocus Emma has been writing about design and interiors for over 25 years. A former editor of Essential Kitchen & Bathroom Business magazine, her work has been published in a wide variety of leading trade and consumer titles. More

ISH 2023, which is set to take place from 13th to 17th March, is gearing up to welcome 900 exhibitors over 5 days, and visitors from all over the globe. We take a look at what's in store for those heading over to Frankfurt.

According to Messe Frankfurt, around 900 exhibitors – 80% of them from outside Germany – are going to be showcasing their latest products within the framework of ISH Water in Halls 1 to 6, as well as the ‘Festhalle’ and the ‘Forum’. The extensive spectrum on show includes everything for modern bathrooms, installation technology, software, tools and fastening materials, as well as international sourcing. As well as design, the focus of ISH Water 2023 is on sustainability, whether that focuses on materiality, production or durable concepts for inter-generational bathroom design. 

ISH brand manager Stefan Seitz says he's looking forward to seeing what exhibitors will be highlighting. “Having access to sufficient water of drinking quality is no longer as self-evident as it once was," he says. "This is something we've had to learn in recent years. Therefore, ISH Water is spotlighting sustainability in a variety of facets. And I am delighted that many manufacturers are reflecting this in their presentations. Moreover, I am yet again extremely excited about their breathtaking exhibition stands and the fascinating new bathroom concepts.” 

In the Bathroom Experience in Halls 3, 4.1 and 4.2, as well as the ‘Festhalle’ and the ‘Forum', visitors will find companies showing new products and innovations for the bathroom: from small, compact bathrooms for urban living to the wellbeing bathroom for regeneration and relaxation. Among the companies making presentations are: Antonio Lupi, Bette, Burgbad, Delabie, Duravit, Hansgrohe, Kaldewei, Kludi, KWC, Laufen, Novellini, Roca, Sprinz, Toto, Villeroy & Boch and VitrA. In the installation technology segment in Halls 4, 5 and 6, the exhibitors showing their current ranges include Aalberts integrated piping systems, Geberit, Gebr. Kemper, Georg Fischer, Grünbeck, Hans Sasserath, Judo, Roth-Werke, TECE, VALSIR and Wavin. Among the companies taking part in the tools and fastening technology product groups are Adolf Würth, BTI, Fischer Werke, Rems and Rothenberger. The latest software is being shown by companies such as Dendrit, Hottgenroth, Linear and Trimble in the new Hall 5.1 and 6.0. 

As ever, decision makers from the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector can look forward to a multi-faceted programme of events at ISH. For the first time, participants are being offered a thematic grouping of events in the form of hotspots. The Water Hotspot is the platform for knowledge transfer and inspiration in Hall 3.1. Knowledge about the latest trends for lifestyle oriented bathrooms, as well as the latest products, can be found at Pop Up My Bathroom with four themes that are set to be of decisive significance for holistic bathroom planning in the coming years. Additionally, a discussion forum – the ‘Pop up my Bathroom Atelier’ – with workshops and panel discussions offers a great opportunity for exchanging information on a personal plane. To cater for the consequences of demographic change, the installation trade must satisfy the steep rise in demand for barrier-free and care bathrooms over the coming years. In Hall 3.1, the German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association (ZVSHK) presents a complete range of important information and services on the subject of barrier-free bathrooms. 

The focus of the Innovation Hotspot is on future-oriented products and ideas. There, the renowned ‘Design Plus powered by ISH’ competition shows 32 future-oriented products distinguished by an optimum combination of sustainability, aesthetics and functionality. 

Full details of the programme of events at ISH 2023 can be found HERE

Tags: bathrooms, features, ish 2023, messe frankfurt, stefan seitz

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