Kitchen & Bath Design News

APR 2019

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capabilities. Both will alert your phone if there's a faucet left on or a leak somewhere in the home. This can be ideal for clients with mul- tiple properties, busy travel schedules, small children and/or household members with memory issues. If your client is seeking tech for the fun of it, Kohler is expanding its voice control into a tub filler and adding Alexa capability to its Numi toilet to access your bathroom playlist (not necessarily delivering more toilet paper to your master suite). CUSTOMIZATION Manufacturers continue to cater to buyers' interest in personalizing their spaces with new offerings in multiple categories. Axor's MyEdition offers a choice of handsome dec- orative top plates for its lav faucets; if you get bored with matte black, you can opt for a stone or wood look, for example. Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet and Dacor let you choose from the RAL color palette for their outdoor cabinets and appliances, respectively. Other brands were also offering color cus- tomization for sinks, tubs and other features. BlueStar's Nova Series pro gas range goes even further by letting you choose whatever image you wish to have on its face. The prototype on display boasted a playful floral stripe from Madcap Cottage. Customization also extended into greater accessibility with height-adjustable hand-show- er systems from Moen and Brizo, and more kitchen flexibility with Frigidaire Gallery's new flex drawer refrigerator. While it looks like any other standard freestanding dual drawer French door model, its upper drawer goes from fridge to wine to freezer, providing a premium feature for a more moderately budgeted project. STYLE TRENDS Color surged on the show floor this year, with emerald green especially dominant. Ann Sacks showed it off in its lustrous recycled tile series; True Residential added it as a focus color for its refrigerator line, and Dekton will be offering it in a glossy polished surface displayed in Cosentino's booth. All of that deep, rich green appeared to be a verdant tribute to nature. You weren't limited to green, though. Kohler showcased a plum tub and Victoria + Albert showed off a vivid blue model. Metals trended in unpolished gold tones and matte black tones again. It looked as if white and grey might be boring some folks – well, except for Brizo's notable new, limited edition grey Vettis Concrete faucet; there was nothing boring about this innovative TJ Eads design, sculpt- ed by Christopher Shannon, and it is already appearing on favorites lists. Art deco inspirations abounded at the show this year, too. Brizo's Invari and Pfister's Briarfield faucets leap to mind, but it showed up in old world elegance throughout the show floor, perhaps as a gentle counterpoint to the cold modernity of recent styles. Here's a trend to put on your watchlist: thin cabinet doors. While the big cabinet brands exhibiting around the show were displaying standard doors, hardware brands like Grass and Blum are making hinges designed for thinner versions made of stone, ceramics, high-pres- sure laminates (HPL) and new materials to be introduced. Given the market strength of these two players, keep an eye out for this new style, especially from Europ ean cabinet brands. LAST WORDS If you didn't make it to Las Vegas for DCW this year, and if the show continues to flourish as it has recently, it would be well worth your while to go in 2020. KBIS will once again be co-lo- cating with IBS in Las Vegas for a powerhouse experience. The dates for next year are January 21-23, close to a month earlier. See you there! ▪ Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCTWC is an independent designer in San Diego, the author of New Kitchen Ideas That Work and the New Bathroom Idea Book (Taunton Press), and a design journalist, NKBA Chapter Presenter and industry consultant. Her website is She was named one of Kitchen & Bath Design News' 50 top innovators for 2017. Customization gets playful with complete image flexibility. Art deco inspirations trended gently at KBIS this year. Hardware for thin doors and fronts points to an upcoming cabinetry trend. Color customization in cabinetry, appliances and fixtures is extremely popular. Photo: BlueStar Photo: Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Photo: Brizo Photo: Blum April 2019 • 33

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