Monday, October 7, 2013

KBIS Highlights

The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, or KBIS, is one of the largest trade shows in the nation.  Held yearly in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association conference, it is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. 

As a member of this industry, I look forward to this show every year!  I adore looking through all of the inspiring designs, old and new.  Here are my top ten favorite new products and designs that were introduced a few months ago at this year's show held in New Orleans.

 I love the sleek lines of Blanco's Modex kitchen sink workstation.  As part of the Silgranit II Collection, it is highly durable and available in three finishes: Cinder, Anthracite and White.  It is also available with an integrated ash cutting board.

Available later this year, Delta Faucet introduced a contemporary collection of fixtures for the bath with the Ara Product Suite.  Satisfying the growing trend of the modern, linear shape, Delta continues to round out it's product availability. 

Let me just say that it is about time!  I am so glad that Brizo has stepped up and integrated several new floor mount bath fillers into their line-up.  From left to right: Virage, Odin, Siderna, and the Traditional Two-Handle styles will all be available later this year.

It is no secret that I adore New Ravenna Mosaics and their latest introduction, the Miraflores Collection by Paul Schatz, did not disappoint.  The line was inspired by Schatz's travels throughout the Latin countries of Spain, Portugal and Mexico and is created from natural stone that can be used on walls and floors, both inside and out.

 One of the most flexible faucets for the kitchen was introduced by Dornbract.  Part of the Tara Ultra Series, the Pivot faucet has an arm that will turn 360 degrees and has a reach of over 21".  A simple twist knob at the spout makes it even easier to be used from one side of an island to another.

I am so excited about this simple design!  I don't know how many times my clients have been interested in the dual-flush technology, but the ultra-modern designs of the dual-flush toilets turned them off.  Kohler finally created the solution and added this option to a couple of their best selling toilet designs, the Wellworth and the Highline.  The trip lever is designed just like traditional toilets, on the side, and has two options - the longer green lever for a light flush and the full lever for a complete flush.

Read about another favorite Kohler introduction, the Moxie showerhead with wireless speaker in one of my earlier blog posts.

 I absolutely love this faucet by Brizo.  The Solna kitchen faucet not only has the option of the SmartTouch technology, it also has a completely hidden pull-down spray and a sleek design...Yes, please!  Oh! It is also available in White - one of the hottest modern color trends in faucets today.

 Tired of losing what could be valuable storage space in your bathroom by building in a small television  and mounting a two-way mirror over it?  Robern has given you the answer.  A discreet LCD television can be integrated into the popular M Series recessed medicine cabinet.  With the TViD technology, you can keep up-to-date on events while getting ready in the morning and still have hidden storage space behind the mirror.

 Rohl, a company known for beautiful farmhouse style sinks, has added a new design to the Shaws Fireclay Collection.  The simple, bowed front of this apron sink can lend itself to any kitchen design, from traditional to modern.

The creators of Wine Logic Wine Rack introduced a now-why-didn't-I-think-of-that insert for a standard base cabinet.  This preassembled accessory is available in sizes that will hold 18, 24 or 30 bottles of wine and can be designed to fit into your new kitchen or will fit into existing cabinetry. 

Hope you enjoyed seeing these new products as much as I enjoyed finding them!

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