Kitchen & Bath Design News

APR 2019

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" MY EXPERIENCE AT KBIS wasn't so much about innovation as it was about the continued blending of the show with IBS. The show has become less about kitchen and bath and much more about the builder and products for the builder. In the past, the shows were in the same location, but not blended together. I would like to see KBIS as a standalone show with vendors and products geared specifically to kitchen and bath." Scott Sigstad, owner R & S Distribution Reno, NV " THE SHOW WAS the biggest ever. We went to the expo on Thursday, the last day. Really, you needed a few days to see the whole thing. Most of my objectives were to see many of the vendors that I do business with that are out of my direct area and reconnect. There was an abundance of hard-surface vendors and prefabricated cabinet vendors. They all seemed to blend in as the day went on, not much distinction. Many of the big names/ companies didn't let us down; Kohler, of course, outdid themselves from years past, as well as many of the other product mainstays. All in all, I was very impressed and glad it was back in Vegas." David Gillem, owner Laguna Builders Sloughhouse, CA " THERE WAS SO much going on at KBIS that there wasn't one thing that stuck out in my mind. I was impressed by the Gaggenau wine fridge. I loved the towel bar by Vola that allowed flexibility in color and spacing of the bars. The glass sheets by Sicis were stunning. My biggest takeaway at the event was the joy in seeing so many other peo- ple that are doing the same thing that we are, and learning and being surrounded by others in the business." Anne Carmichael, design associate Domistyle Design Bellingham, WA " DECOLEATHER AT THE Formica booth and EcoDomo shown at the Perlick booth were inspiring! Also, the unique artistic Corian Wall [was great]." Lynda Fisher Countertop Shoppe Topeka, KS " THE EXTENT OF interconnectivity in appliances is starting to have real impact on how we live and interact with our appliances. I am a big fan of induction and I was excited to see more appliances with this technology. There were lots of color and finish options in appliances and plumbing! [Seeing all of the color and finish options] inspires me to present more color to my clients." Patricia Dunlop, owner Fine Kitchens & Baths Boise, ID " [I WAS INSPIRED BY] new technol- ogy in many products, including lighting, smart home automation and appliances. Window design and construction was also impactful, with the previous limitations being shattered." Jim Wallen, president Uncommon Spaces Seattle, WA " I RECOGNIZED SEVERAL recur- ring themes with this year's Kitchen & Bath Industry Show: 1. The return of color across all areas of design, including surfaces, appliances, cabinetry and fixtures. 2. A continuing trend towards mod- ern design aesthetics, such as sleek, smooth lines; flush, minimalist design that allows for an integrated look with appliances and cabinetry, and matte finishes. 3. Matte black was the "new" finish of choice unveiled by many manufacturers. 4. Smart technology integration was king. From lighting and electrical to plumb- ing and appliances, everyone [seems to be] integrating 'connected' capabilities into their products." Kimberly Kerl, owner Kustom Home Design Greer, SC " [I WAS INSPIRED BY] the use of large-format products for large wall surfac- es – WilsonArts Water Wall, Dekton and more, [as well as] the use of backlighting and more waterproof exterior designer friendly surfaces." Jaime Blanken, designer Proformance Construction La Crosse, WI " I WAS ACTUALLY very disap- pointed in the show this year, as well as my last attendance several years ago. The show no longer provides me with the in- spiration and education that I am looking for. I found it to be geared toward the builder, not the designer. I found this to be the case in both who was exhibiting as well as course content. It is unlikely I will spend the significant funds necessary to attend again." Andrea Finn, owner AHF Designs, LLC Montgomery Village, MD " THERE WERE A lot of glass products, back-lit countertops and sleek glass-front appliances. Overall, this look of a futuristic space was there, with some warm wood elements and organic patterns. I hope to use these products to inspire my clients to look at certain upgrades and fun new pops for their spaces." Justina Auer, project manager Bennett Contracting Albany, NY " [I WAS INSPIRED BY] appliances with more color and knob options, more options of free-standing tubs and beautiful cabinetry colors other than white. All the inspirations I saw at KBIS will be passed on in my clients' designs." Sherrie Pantalon, owner Pantalon Design San Diego, CA " BOSCH PROJECTED touchscreen technology was the most innovative idea, [as well as] many new hardware hinging devices. [Also,] illuminated base cabinet interiors – why did it take so long?" Sabrina Foulke, principal Point One Architects Old Lyme, CT " THE SHOW WAS quite diverse, with many new designs, cutting-edge applications and technological advances. I did find the layout of the event to be distracting and con- fusing. The limited amount of "resting" area was a reason for people to leave the venue. Please provide an area for people to gather, meet, rest, etc." George Bashkingy, owner Quest Partners Vancouver, WA Industry Professionals Reflect on KBIS/IBS WHAT DO YOU THINK? Email your feedback, contact information and the subject, 'Market Pulse' with your message to What were some of the most exciting innovations you saw at this year's KBIS/IBS? How will your visit to the show inspire your designs and/or impact your business in 2019? 8 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2019 MARKET PULSE READERS' OPINIONS ON INDUSTRY-RELATED ISSUES

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