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MAY 2019

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The first LivingKitchen trade show of kitchen products and trends took place at the large imm cologne show in Germany eight years ago. It was a successful odd-numbered year counter- part to Salone del Mobile's popular EuroCucina show every even-numbered year in Milan. With the addition of this European show, global specifiers, designers, contractors and builders can now gorge on kitchen gear every year, and 150,000 of them from 145 different countries did in January, despite frigid German temps. This year, in a nod toward increasing its ties to the international kitchen and bath industry, the National Kitchen & Bath Association, led by Executive V.P. Suzie Williford, took a Global Connect group of design professionals and press (myself included) to Cologne for the show and meetings with German manufacturers. Here are the trends spotted in LivingKitchen's four exhibit halls, includ- ing some that will be familiar to those who attended the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show this past February in Las Vegas. That is not a huge surprise. German sink and faucet mak- er BLANCO's U.S. executive, Tim Maicher, observed in one of the manufacturer meet- ings that trends are crossing the ocean faster these days – in both directions. Asked for an example, Maicher responded by noting the increasing popularity of farmhouse sinks in European kitchens. Those could pair very well with the first trend noted below. STYLES Among the modern gray kitchens seen throughout the show floor were some lovely transitional offerings, many in glossy cream. Some brands called it "modern country," others "modern shaker" or "modern classic." Lacquers were extremely popular for these. Open contrasting drawers and shelves built into cabinetry were also popular this year, and gave their kitchens a fresh, unique look. These could easily find their way into North American showrooms this year or next. NATURAL INSPIRATIONS Plants made a strong showing in Cologne. They were built into islands, peninsulas and wall shelves. Drainage and lighting were ac- counted for, as well. Nobilia, one of the larg- est cabinet companies in Germany, showed off wall shelves with grow lights for plants. Italian manufacturer Aran Cucine brought its unique, multi-functional island concept with a dwarf lemon tree in the center to the show, as well. (It debuted at EuroCucina last year.) German brand Leicht was also showing plants in its cabinets. (Not at the show, but also showing plant features in their cabinetry are notable European brands Scavolini and SieMatic, pointing to a powerful trend.) Expect to see more of this type of offering in the U.S. and Canada, as wellness-oriented mil- lennials – a growing segment of the domestic home-buying market – are a strong component of the plant-buying market, as well. Trends from LivingKitchen 2019 BY JAMIE GOLD, CKD, CAPS, MCTWC This year's LivingKitchen event showcased non-traditional surfaces, customization in everything from storage features to faucet colors, integrated technology and plenty of greenery. Plant features are trending strongly this year. Non-traditional materials like porcelain were popular cabinet fronts. Customization gets playful in an urban faucet and accessories suite. Modern country was a big trend at LivingKitchen. Photo: BLANCO Photo: Nobilia Photo: Nobilia Photo: Neolith 34 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2019 TREND SPOTTING

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