Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAY 2019

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KBDN Seminar Set for Boston EVANSTON, IL — Boston will be the location this month for the second in a six-city series of seminars to be presented by Kitchen & Bath Design News in key U.S. markets this year. The second program in KBDN's exclusive series of in-depth seminars – "Inspiring Clients: The Very Latest Design, Product and Marketing Trends" – will take place Thursday, May 16 at the The VERVE Crowne Plaze in Natick, MA. The opening program in the seminar series was presented last month in Atlanta. Additional seminars are scheduled for the following months and markets: • June 11, Denver; • Sept. 19, Minneapolis; • Oct. 24, Chicago; • Nov. 14, Washington, DC. Aimed at kitchen and bath design professionals seeking to sharpen their design and product trend knowledge, KBDN's seminar series will offer winning combinations of concepts, colors, textures, lighting and more to best fit the needs of today's most discerning clients. In addition, attendees will also be exposed to deeper explorations of emerging marketing technologies – from making the most of websites to exploring new ways to create video to fully utilizing social media/online design platforms. The design and product trends segments of the seminars will once again be pre- sented by Richard Anuszkiewicz, an award-winning designer. Also returning to the seminar series will be KBDN business and technology columnist Eric Schimelpfenig, whose portion of the program will focus on how best to make the most of the latest marketing tools, particularly involving video, social media and website content. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn CEU credits from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and the National Association of the Remod- eling Industry (NARI). Information about attendance and corporate sponsorships can be ob- tained by visiting www.KBDNseminars.com or contacting Paul DeGrandis at Paul@SOLAbrands.com. San Francisco Site for PCBC SAN FRANCISCO — PCBC, the premier homebuilding trade show on the West Coast, is scheduled for a two-day run this month at San Francisco's Moscone Center. PCBC 2019, set for May 30-31, will spotlight a wide range of products and ser- vices aimed at professionals in the housing and development industry, including many with kitchen and bath ties. Also on tap is an expansive lineup of educational programs focused largely on the future of smart home/home technology trends, according to PCBC sponsors. "PCBC's education signifies more than just your standard conference learning. It points to the future of homebuilding and provides a unifying platform of collab- oration, blue-sky thinking and encouragement as the industry works together to address the challenges and meet individual goals for success," said Mike Sturdivant, PCBC conferences director. "The sessions offered at PCBC don't just cover what's happening in the housing industry right now," Sturdivant said. "They also cover what's coming next and provide an understanding into how homebuilding professionals can prepare them- selves and their business for what's to come." Additional information, including registration details, is available at pcbc.com. CEDIA Awards Event Set for July FISHERS, IN — CEDIA, the organization that represents the burgeoning home-tech- nology industry, will stage its "2019 Americas CEDIA Awards Celebration" in July. The event, to be conducted in conjunction with a new CEDIA Leadership Confer- ence, will take place July 24-25 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The event will feature a full day of interactive conferences followed by the CEDIA Awards Celebration. "This is CEDIA's 30th anniversary, and we want to commemorate this milestone with a very special event," said Giles Sutton, senior v.p./industry engagement. CEDIA represents 3,700 member companies worldwide, and serves more than 30,000 industry professionals who manufacture, design, and integrate goods and services for the connected home, according to organization officials. CEDIA Expo 2019, set for Sept. 10-14 in Denver, is expected to attract more than 20,000 home tech pros and 500 exhibitors, including a number with close ties to the kitchen/bath market. Information is available by visiting the organization's website, www.cedia.net. Alliance to Promote Luxury Countertops AUSTIN, TX — Artisan Group, the Austin, TX-based network of countertop fab- rication professionals, has partnered with The Home Trust International, an invitation-only network focused on luxury home products and services, the two organizations announced. The collaboration, unveiled last month, will be aimed at promoting luxury coun- tertops to affluent consumers and design professionals, officials from the two organizations said. The Home Trust International promotes luxury products and services for estate homes in multiple categories, with member brands "carefully vetted to ensure the best experience in buying, building, renovating and shopping for a home," said Chris Ramey, president. "Artisan Group has the range of products to serve the affluent market of The Home Trust, through its network of countertop fabricators," said Jon Lancto, Artisan Group executive director. "This partnership is a great way for our group members to expand our reach with beautiful customized granite, marble, quartz, quartzite and soapstone countertops, bathroom vanities and other stone applications," he added. Cosentino Celebrates LA Opening MIAMI, FL — Cosentino has opened its fourth U.S.-based City Center, this time in the Los Angeles neighborhood of West Hollywood. One of only 12 globally, the 4,208-sq.-ft. indoor/outdoor space provides a high-tech, immersive experience to visitors, including design professionals and consumers. Created specifically for the world's top metropolitan cities, the "Cosentino City" concept utilizes the latest in digital technology, where architects, designers and homeowners can fully experience the offering of Cosentino products, including items from the Dekton and Silestone brands, notes the company. The City Centers aim to promote a collaborative and inspiring environment where designers and their clients can discuss ideas, products and designs in an open, modern space, the firm continues. More than 300 leaders from across the Los Angeles' architecture and design community gathered to celebrate the grand opening. In addition to enjoying cock- tails and Spanish tapas, guests were treated to a presentation from fashion icon and Silestone brand ambassador Cindy Crawford regarding her passion for design and fashion. The session was moderated by Jessica Kantor, editor of LALA Magazine. The showroom's 3,529-sq.-ft. interior includes exhibitions of Cosentino's latest introductions, work areas for design professionals and the Cosentino Selection Center. Using the latest technology, design professionals and consumers can not only instantly view high-definition images of slabs in great detail, but create lifelike renderings to envision how different Cosentino materials will appear in different residential and commercial settings, and various applications. The 679-sq.-ft. courtyard incorporates the company's Dekton material, showcasing its applications in an exterior setting. Attending the grand opening of Cosentino's Los Angeles City Center are (from l. to r.): Jason Cathcart, manager of Cosentino LA City Center; Eduardo Cosentino, exec. v.p. of Global Sales and CEO of Cosentino North America; Cindy Crawford, Silestone brand ambassador; Brandon Calvo, v.p. sales of Cosentino North America, and Matt Thurston, Cosentino regional director, western U.S. Photo: Linnea Stephen/BFA 16 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2019 INDUSTRY UPDATE NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE KITCHEN AND BATH MARKET

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