Kitchen & Bath Design News

APR 2016

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Coverings Partners To Expand Program ALEXANDRIA, VA — Coverings has partnered with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the Chi- cago Mosaic School to develop programs that use tile as a medium for creative de- sign. Coverings attendees will have the opportunity to view an exhibition of tiled benches, designed and built by students from SAIC, and participate in interactive educational classes presented by the Chicago Mosaic School, when the show takes place April 18–21 at McCormick Place in Chicago. "Partnerships with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Mosaic School not only al- low Coverings to support the dynamic creative landscape in Chicago, but also provide opportunities for Coverings at- tendees to think about tile and stone materials in unexpected ways," said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show direc- tor. "These programs challenge both future and current tile and stone indus- try professionals to truly understand just what these materials are capable of producing for design projects and how their qualities are best utilized from a technical standpoint." Over the course of a three-week workshop, SAIC students studying Architecture, Interior Architecture and Fine Arts, will learn about the process of selecting tile materials, creating construction and installation drawings, and fabricating and installing the product to look and perform optimally. During the course, the National Tile Contractors Association will provide instruction on installation techniques, methods and standards. Teams of students will then collaborate to create benches that incorporate tile and stone as the primary construction material. A panel will judge the benches during a special ceremony to be held Monday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m. Through the partnership with the Chicago Mosaic School, Coverings attendees will have an opportunity to interact with tile as a creative medium during workshop and demonstration sessions held at the show. Two work- shops and two demonstrations will be held each day from April 18–20. Ad- vanced registration for the workshops and demonstrations is required and can be completed during general show registration. Learn more about the SAIC Student Bench Exhibit and the Chicago Mosaic School sessions, and register to attend Coverings for free, at coverings.com. KBDN Seminar Set for St. Louis EVANSTON, IL — St. Louis will be the location this month for the third program in a newly developed seminar series being brought to the design trade by Kitchen & Bath Design News. KBDN's 2016 educational initiative – "Client Engagement Strategies for Today's Evolving Market" – made its February debut in Atlanta, with the second program in the series tak- ing place last month in San Francisco. This month's program is slated for April 21 at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel, in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton, MO. The seminar series will see KBDN brought "live" to eight key markets through an in-depth program aimed at enhanc- ing the client-engagement skills of kitchen/bath dealers, designers and related professionals. The program will feature a pair of experienced industry educators delivering content created by Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS, widely con- sidered the industry's leading design authority. Among the topics to be addressed will be how both traditional and virtual showrooms are undergoing a revolu- tionary change, with the advent of new digital tools, including kitchen/bath-related apps, smart phones, mobile devices, augmented-reality, and powerful new software. Aside from this month's event in St. Louis, 2016 KBDN seminars are scheduled for May 25 in Boston, June 28 in Minneapolis, Sept. 21 in Denver, Oct. 19 in Chicago, and Nov. 9 in Seattle. Corporate sponsors who have committed to support the seminars include Broan, Geberit, Jenn-Air, Rev-A-Shelf, Showplace Wood Products and Wellborn Forest Products, according to Eliot Sefrin, publisher emeritus of KBDN. Presenters will be Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, and Eric Schimelpfenig, AKBD. Gilmer is founder and owner of Chevy Chase, MD-based Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, a leading design frm in the Greater mid-Atlantic region. A CKD since 1992, she is a 30- year industry veteran and has designed more than 1,000 kitchens, many of which have been featured in national pub- lications and won awards, including the NKBA's 'Pinnacle of Design' Award. Schimelpfenig is the founder of SketchThis.Net and a leading authority on cutting-edge technology impacting the kitchen and bath industry. He has utilized 3D technology throughout his career as a kitchen/bath designer, educator and corporate consultant, and is a KBDN columnist. CEU credit from NKBA will be applicable. Additional details, including hotel locations and corporate sponsors, will be announced, Sefrin noted. Information about attending or sponsoring any of the 2016 seminars can be obtained by visiting KBDN's website, www.KBDNseminars.com, or contacting publisher Paul De- grandis at Paul@SOLAbrands.com. Rev-A-Shelf Signs Distribution Agreement with Emuca Group LOUISVILLE, KY — To strengthen customers' experience and provide more personal and consistent support, Rev-A-Shelf has entered into an agreement with the Emuca Group to become the exclusive distributor in Europe of Rev-A-Shelf's products. "The partnership with Emuca will provide continuity to our European customers and ofer the opportunity to ex- pand our sales and brand through their quality network and professional associates," said David Noe, general manager of Rev-A-Shelf, LLC. Through this agreement, Emuca will distribute Rev-A-Shelf products and will represent the brand across Europe. This association will ofer customers long-term access to Rev-A- Shelf's products and provide a quality platform to introduce new innovations in the future. In a letter released to the international press, Tobia Fait, head of international sales at Emuca wrote, "This agreement will allow us to market a product complementary to our own [dif- ferent kitchen accessories] and increase our customer base." Duravit Celebrates U.S. Anniversary with Awards NEW YORK, NY — Duravit, in its 20th year in the U.S., has recognized four of its distinguished business partners with top honors at its annual sales meeting. Four brand represen- tatives were highlighted based upon the product turnover, performance and partnership experience over the course of the 2015 business year. HM Wallace, based in Atlanta, was awarded the top hon- or as Distributor of the Year. A kitchen and bath distributor founded in 2004, the company has yielded unprecedented growth for the Duravit brand. The Overall Market of the Year honor was awarded to the Northeast sales region, which according to Duravit ex- hibited the highest marks nationwide for combined project and showroom growth. Successful product turnover rate was highlighted with the Showroom Market of the Year award, presented to the Northern California market. Whitehead Associates of Florida was the recipient of the Project Market of the Year Award, following a signifcant number of project successes. Duravit USA President Tim Schroeder shared, "As Duravit gears up for its 20th anniversary in the U.S., we wanted to celebrate and honor the dedicated partners that have made our growth possible. We look forward to continuing to foster these relationships." Duravit's A+ team gathers for a group photo during the company's annual national sales meeting in Atlanta, GA. Shown are (front row, l. to r.): Diana Cevallos, Debbie Margolies, Alex Bursac, John Veras and Dominic Mincieli; (back row, l. to r.): Robert Matuska, Kerry Rudd and Tim Schroeder. 12 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2016 INDUSTRY UPDATE NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE KITCHEN AND BATH MARKET

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