#KBIS2013 Highlights and Trends

photo credit carmen christensen
Just back from KBIS ~Kitchen and Bath Industry Show~ in New Orleans and I am excited to share with you a few highlights and Trends of the show.  For me a big part of attending the show is to connect with my peers and like minded professionals.  It is an opportunity to meet new people, discover new products and have a hands on experience with the latest and greatest. And here is but a sampling of the trends and highlights I spotted during #KBIS2013.

There was a definate infusion of color throughout the show.  Bright bold colors are definately on trend as was seen in Formica's booth highligting their Laminate Anniversary Collection.  The colorful R.Christensen Spectrum collection Berenson hardware booth and Kohlers Whist Glass undermount bathroom sink was on spot.  Color is in and growing stronger as was evident during KBIS2013.
photo credit formica.com
left is Berenson's R.Christensen Spectrum Collection
right top is Kohler's Whist Glass Undermount Bathroom Sink 

bottom right is Formica's Booth KBIS2013 
Another trend is the growing by leaps and bounds is automation in the kitchen and bath, from Hafele's emphasis on Universal Design and automated cabinetry fittings to Brizo's Charlotte handsfree SmartTouchPlus Technology, Kohler's Moxie Showerhead wireless speaker.  With automation, seeing really is believing so check out these videos and see for yourself how automation and technology is becoming part of everyday kitchens and baths... 

Universal Design and Automated Cabinetry fittings

Brizo Charlotte handsfree Technology

Kohler's Moxie Showerhead Wireless speaker  

And here are a few highlights...
The Kalamazoo Hybrid Fire Grill is the ultimate grill. A seriously powerful, professional-grade gas grill that also cooks with charcoal and wood. Changing fuels is as easy as opening a drawer.  Be sure to check out an earlier post about their outdoor dishwasher --> CLICK HERE

photo credit kalamazoo outdoor gourmet
Fiandre Architectural Surfaces - beautiful porcelain tile that comes large sizes 60" x 36" and 60" x 120".  They are amazingly realistic and have a striking appearance. Would be spectacular in a shower surround.

CHROME CHROME CHROME - polished chrome was everywhere.  It was great to see some new modern styling in the timeless polished chrome finish. 

Berensen R.Christensen—Level Art Tech
Berensen— Dierdra Collection
Emtek—Zeus polished chrome entry set
Top knobs—Chareau Collection
Berensen R. Christensen—Axis Art Tech 

In addition to attending the show I was also part of it, as a member of the KBIS Design Studios team of designers, I had the fortune to present my GenX Outdoor Living design to show attendees in conjunction with QueX and Telliris technology.   I will be sharing this with you in a future post.  

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