Kitchen & Bath Design News

JAN 2018

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Exhibit Examines Housing Changes WA S H I N GTO N — "Making Room: Housing for a Changing America," is a new exhibition at the National Building Muse- um in Washington. The one-of-a-kind, evolving installation – which explores cut- ting-edge typologies such as micro-units, co-housing and beyond – will be open to visitors through Sept. 16, 2018. Included in the presentation is The Open House, a configurable, 1,000-sq. ft. home designed by architect Pierluigi Colombo that features a hyperefficient layout, movable walls, smart technolo- gy and multifunctional furniture. These elements allow the space to meet the needs of a variety of today's growing households. During the exhibit's run, The Open House will be transformed to feature modern living environments for a range of age demographics: roommates, an extended family, and a retired couple with a live-in caregiver. Among the companies par- ticipating and supplying product for The Open House are AJ Madi- son, Ceramics of Italy, Duravit and Hansgrohe. The National Building Museum will also host educational program- ming and panel discussions to address issues of housing disparity and the national housing crisis. The programming is organized by the museum and the Citizens Housing & Planning Council, and presented in partnership with Resource Furni- ture and Clei with generous support by the AARP Foundation. Samsung Holds Launch Party NEW YORK — Samsung Elec- tronics America, Inc. held a party recently at Samsung 837 in New York to celebrate the launch of its Chef Collection line of premium built-in appliances. The line in- cludes chef-inspired features in a premium full suite of wall ovens, cooktops, pro ranges, dishwashers and refrigerators. To explore consumer trends and dynamics in the kitchen, Samsung invited Houzz to share insights and research with attendees. Among Houzz's key findings: • Homeowners are spending more than ever on home reno- vations, particularly first-time homeowners and millennials (ages 25-34). First timers who bought their home in 2016 spent $33,800 on average, 22% more than the year prior. • Over a quarter of homeowners (28%) consider integration of smart technology very import- ant to their renovation. This is especially true for first-time homebuyers, 35% of whom cite smart technology as very important to their home reno- vation decisions. • Kitchens are opening up, making design more important than ever. All models in the Chef Collection line are Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled for connected control. 20 Kitchen & Bath Design News • January 2018 INDUSTRY UPDATE NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE KITCHEN AND BATH MARKET Circle No. 11 on Product Card

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