Kitchen & Bath Design News

JAN 2019

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Designers share their insights about creating innovative spaces dedicated to experiential inspiration. BY KIM BERNDTSON Showroom Inspirations hese days, there's a seemingly limitless number of places where consumers can go for design inspiration. Given the vastness of the internet and captivating websites such as Houzz and Pinterest, combined with an abundance of TV shows dedicated to home renovation and new construction, one might question where kitchen and bath showrooms fit into the modern design world. But the reality is that the internet is a far cry from the in-person experience, and there's nothing that beats seeing design live, where the ability to touch and feel, see and hear, and mix and match is not only allowed, but encouraged. This month, KBDN asked several designers to discuss how they inspire visitors who come to their showrooms looking for ways to create their own unique and beautiful spaces. EMPIRE KITCHEN & BATH Calgary, Alberta, Canada It's been just over a year since the doors were opened to reveal the new – and what has become, in a short amount of time, award-winning – 18,000-sq.-ft. Empire Kitchen & Bath show- room. From the start, it was created to be a leading venue for kitchen and bath design in North America. "We see ourselves as a premier destination because people can come and see everything related to kitchens and baths in one place…everything from cabinetry and appliances to plumbing fixtures, tile, hardware and light- ing," says Kevin Mullen, president. "From the moment you walk through the door, you know you've walked into T 42 Kitchen & Bath Design News • January 2019 PORTFOLIO

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