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APR 2019

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If you were in Las Vegas for Design & Construction Week in February, you saw a tremendous surge of crowds and energy. Attendee registrations for the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show alone were up about 30 percent compared to previous years, with combined attendance of more than 100,000 participants and more than 1 million net square feet of ex- hibit space between KBIS and the International Builders' Show combined (see related KBIS coverage, Pages 54-63). You could tell as you walked the show; it was difficult to take it all in with just three days. There was a definite buzz of excitement about the new products and trends on display. Were these the ones you noticed, as well? APPLIANCES Induction continues its expansion in the cook- ing sector, with some interesting releases this year. Thermador, Miele and Signature Kitchen Suite are all offering induction cooktops and hoods that communicate with each other for optimum ventilation. Both Fisher & Paykel and Signature Kitchen Suite provide induction and gas combination cooktops on their 48" pro ranges, with the latter providing sous vide cooking on top, as well. Another intriguing induction trend, seen in Europe at its major shows and now here at last, is induction capability built directly into the countertop. This ultimate sleekness was shown at the Tau Ceramica, SapienStone and Geoluxe booths. Unlike the first two, Geoluxe is not a porcelain material, but a natural min- eral surface introduced to accolades several shows ago. Speaking of sleek: Handle-free appliances continued to reveal their style with new push- to-open refrigerators, ovens and wine captains from brands including Miele, Dacor, Liebherr, Gaggenau and Monogram. The wine category also impressed with several three-zone models, upping the two-zone standard a level. Signature Kitchen Suite, Liebherr, Dacor and Gaggenau give you plenty of choices for your wine-loving clientele. WELLNESS DESIGN Wellness features spanned several categories at the show, including appliances with air fryers built into wall ovens from GE Appliances and Electrolux, as well as fixtures, with new bidet-style seats and toilets from DXV, Kohler and American Standard. American Standard's Advanced Clean SpaLet bidet seats bring this increasingly popular wellness feature to an affordable price point, which will be welcome for clients with more modest budgets. For a major splurge, Toto released its Flotation Tub with Zero Dimension, prototyped last year. This is for the client who wants more than a spa-inspired bathroom; he or she wants the kind of spa feature generally found only by leaving one's home (or signing up for astronaut training). Smaller splurges could be built into a project with new bubbly water on Zip Water's HydroTap, Perlick's 15" double drawer refriger- ator for a bar, master suite or granny flat, Ponte Giulio bringing Italian style to accessibility with frankly sexy grab bars, or Franke's new Culinary Center pro style sink (yes, chef sinks are still trending). SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY Too much home tech has been underwhelming these past few years, but a few new releases provide hope for real benefit: Grohe's Sense Guard and Flo by Moen can save your home from flooding with water detection and shut-off Trends from Design & Construction Week BY JAMIE GOLD, CKD, CAPS, MCTWC The recent DCW showcased a wealth of hot trends, including new appliance innovations and smart home technology, more sophisticated wellness amenities, plenty of customization and hot colors ranging from emerald to plum to unpolished gold. Integrated induction eliminates the rectangular glass cooktop. Handle-free appliances define sleek trendiness. Vent hoods and induction tops communicate with each other for safety and performance. Bidet-style seats and toilets continue to showcase the wellness trend. Photo: American Standard Photo: Miele Photo: Geoluxe Photo: Gaggenau 32 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2019 TREND SPOTTING

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