The premiere annual ritual for those of us in the "biz" is the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) This year the show was held last month in our favorite mid-west metropolis, Chicago. Each year certain trends, technologies and companies tend to stand out. This is what we'll be hearing about in the world of Kitchen & Bath Design in months to come. Here's the buzz, especially for you, from those in the know.
I think Jenn-Air stole the show with their new premium products. Jenn-Air's intuitive double ovens (won most innovative product by KBB for 2009) and built-in refrigeration can meet the demands of buyers of other premium brands, not to mention, the new DUCT FREE downdraft cooktop, an item apartment and condo dwellers have long been waiting.
Morton Block, CMKBD, IIDA
President Morton Block Associates
I noticed the emphasis on bevel and diamond shapes was more dominate this year. This was featured on: cabinetry doors, plumbing fixtures, hardware, mouldings, lighting fixtures and tile.
Millwork Sales & Design, CKD and Associate IIDA
Loved the Kohler Stages Sink (I love any sink with bells and whistles and this one has A LOT of bells and whistles).
As for trends, I noticed bits of bling and was pleased that it was done with subtlety and sophistication. Little hints of shimmer, crystals, etc on door knobs, cabinet hardware, faucets. A door knob by Hamilton Sinkler comes to mind, knobs and such by a beautiful Italian manufacturer whose name is escaping me.
The trend I seem to notice more this year was towards saving water and energy as well as more recycled products.
Randal G. Winter
President Randal G. Winter Construction
As a trend, I would have to respond not with a product but with an attitude. It seems many of the conference speakers as well as individuals I spoke with, were emphasizing 'seeing' from the viewpoint of the client. I like to think we have always put the them first, but apparently there is a very real need to educate the designers and contractors in the ways of the economically impacted buyer. The human factor prevails.
Carl A. Smith III
One of my favorites, shown here, was this nifty corner cabinet accessory by Korner King. It allows full use of your corner not only lazy susans but drawers as well!
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