Kitchen & Bath Design News

JAN 2019

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German Kitchen Center Celebrates at Matteo Gennari Showroom in NYC NEW YORK — German Kitchen Center's premier luxury kitchen brand, Matteo Gennari, recently celebrated the opening of its first exclusive showroom, located on the ninth floor of the Decoration & Design (D&D) Building in New York City. The event began with an introduction by Liz Nightingale, v.p. and director of marketing at the D&D Building, followed by a closing keynote panel discussion. Moderated by Erika Heet, editor-in-chief of Interiors Magazine, with designers and world travelers Joe Nahem of Fox-Nahem, Roric Tobin of Bradfield & Tobin, and Sandra Costa of Sandra Costa Design Group, the panel discussion examined cross-cultural influences and luxury design in a globalized world. Following the discussion, Mayan Metzler, founder of the German Kitchen Cen- ter, addressed the showroom full of guests, welcoming them to the grand opening cocktail reception. Throughout the evening, guests had the opportunity to discover Matteo Gen- nari's "Million Dollar Kitchens" while enjoying hors-d'oeuvres, celebratory cocktails, and a book signing by Iris Danker of Holiday House in honor of its 10th anniversary titled, Holiday House: Ten Years of Decorating for a Cure. FEI Group Marks 20 Year Anniversary During Annual National Conference CHESAPEAKE BAY, MD — FEI Group, parent company of KBx and K&B Alliance, recently hosted its 20th Annual Conference at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA. Supply partners such as MasterBrand Cabinets, Richelieu, Whirlpool, Amerock and The Stock Market took part in the three-day event, which again set attendance records for the organization. Brian Penabad, v.p. of Kitchen and Bath for FEI Group said, "Nearly 100 percent of the membership attended this year's event. We were thrilled with the turnout but also with the participation on behalf of our members. They are committed to this group and to their businesses; that's what makes this thing go." The familiarity members had with one another was notable during the event, according to FEI. Its success in building a family of like-minded entrepreneurs who support each other in business but are also invested in their fellow members' personal development is considered to be one of its greatest achievements, the organization continued. During the event, industry speakers Robb Best, senior advisor of Cognitive Strategy for Elkay; John Morgan, Morgan Pinnacle; Jane Meagher, Success Strat- egies; Hank Darlington, Darlington Consulting; Claudia Gerster, Creative License International, and Jeff Lukes, director of sales for Fabuwood, covered topics ranging from space planning and color trends to compelling compensation programs and successfully resolving problem jobs. The group also hosted a party for over 500 people on the historic USS Midway, the legendary aircraft carrier now moored in the San Diego Bay. The 2019 FEI Group National Conference will be held October 16-18, 2019, at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. To learn more about the organization and next year's event, visit feigroup.net. Belwith-Keeler Honors Heritage and Hosts 125th Anniversary Events GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Belwith-Keeler celebrated its 125th anniversary last fall with a series of special events. In November, the company's design department opened its doors to mark the anniversary, sharing its design process and its large historical archive with trade media as well as kitchen and bath designers from around the country. The Keeler company has its roots in this western Michigan community because Grand Rapids was once the furniture capital of the U.S. – home to Baker, Stickley Bros., Berkey & Gay Furniture, among a dozen others. Today it remains home for Herman Miller, Steelcase and Haworth. The company is preparing a series of new products for the Kitchen & Bath In - dustry Show 2019 and gave the group a look at the process, which today is aided dramatically by 3D printers. But all of it still starts with hand drawings that are refined meticulously over many months. Many trends harken back to early design eras. With the resurgence of midcentury modern, Belwith Keeler's design archive has been an important starting point for updated midcentury looks. Hansgrohe Donates to Atlanta Community ALPHARETTA, GA — Hansgrohe USA, a business unit of the Masco Corporation, is supporting its community via "Masco Million Differences." The initiative, in which Masco Corporation, through its business units, is allocating $1,000,000 of its philanthropic funding in 2018 to support organizations across the country, is aimed at breaking down barriers to diversity and inclusion in America's corporate workforce through education or career resources. With over 250 employees at its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Alpharetta, GA, Hansgrohe calls the greater Atlanta region home. The company is supporting two important local nonprofits as a part of the Masco initiative: LaAmis- tad, via a $25,000 cash grant, and The Atlanta Women's Foundation, through sponsorship of its "Numbers Too Big to Ignore" luncheon. "Part of our company philosophy is a commitment to give back to the com- munity in which we live and work. By contributing to LaAmistad and The Atlanta Women's Foundation, Hansgrohe USA is helping to support groups that directly assist individuals in our backyard," says Oliver Bahr, president, Hansgrohe USA. Funds granted to LaAmistad, an organization serving Latinos in Atlanta, will be directed toward supplementing the operational costs of the group's four core educational programs. The organization offers educational services year-round through after-school tutoring, parent education workshops, educational summer enhancement programs and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. The only public foundation in Georgia dedicated solely to women and girls, The Atlanta Women's Foundation's mission is recognized as a catalyst for change. Hansgrohe is a benefitting sponsor of the organization's annual "Numbers Too Big to Ignore" event, which attracted over 1,800 attendees this past November. Speakers included Laura W. Bush, former First Lady of the United States, and Dr. Jill Biden, former Second Lady of the United States – two of the country's most compelling advocates in the fields of education and women's issues. Dr. Jill Biden, former Second Lady of the U.S., and Laura Bush, former First Lady of the U.S., take part in Hansgrohe USA's 'Numbers Too Big to Ignore' fundraising luncheon. Designer and blogger Lisa Mende with Lisa Koskela, senior manager of design for Belwith Products, during a media tour to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the compa- ny. At right, Belwith trend manager Knikki Grantham with pieces from the company's extensive archive of furniture and cabinet hardware. The company opened the doors of its design department and archives to mark the significant occasion. Photo: Greg Mooney 16 Kitchen & Bath Design News • January 2019 INDUSTRY UPDATE NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE KITCHEN AND BATH MARKET

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