Thursday, June 26, 2014

Highlights from KBIS 2014

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, or KBIS, is THE show for kitchen designers like myself and was held in conjunction with the International Builder's Show earlier this month.  This combo made for one heck of a show and a whirlwind couple of days spent in Las Vegas.  

Here is my list of the top ten newly released products that stood out to me as I scoured the show floor:

Available later this year, the beautiful Whitehaven Hayridge was created when Kohler took one of their most popular cast iron sinks and added a simple yet stunning detail to the apron front.  

Kohler's new Tailored Vanity Collection is a versatile one.  It is available in five different styles, ranging from Craftsman to Contemporary, and in a variety of wood stains and species.  Some styles in the collection have the option of adding furniture legs or a toe kick - for those remodeling projects - along with customizable door and drawer configurations.  Love the interior organizers you can chose from!  They include roll out trays, electrical outlets, make-up trays and much more.

"Mousharabia" is the Arabic word for the intricately carved screens that adorned the windows of middle and upper class houses and other historic buildings in the old medina. The Mousharabia Collection by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Ann Sacks Tile & Stone was inspired by these wooden and metal screens.  The high relief ceramic Agidar field tile is shown here.

This little contraption by Glideware took Silver in KBIS Best in Show's Kitchen category and I can see why.  It is another one of those now-why-didn't-I-think-of-that gadgets that will increase functionality and decrease headaches!  Glideware will install in any new or existing standard depth cabinet and, while it is most useful reducing pot and pan clutter, it can also be used for small utility cabinets (shown at left).

I adore this not too brassy, not too gold, new Champagne finish by Atlas Homewares.  

If you can't see it already, the streamlined look of Brizo's new Sotria lavatory faucet was inspired by aeronautic architecture - sleek and purposeful with wing-like levers. When it is turned on, the faucet releases a ribbon-like stream of water.

And on my "Need This ASAP" list is The Docking Drawer.  Created by J Tech Solutions, this in-drawer mobile device charger can be easily installed in a slightly modified drawer.  I would love to hide my family's myriad of cords and connectors in their own drawer!

Available in July 2014, the delicate pattern and veining of CaesarStone's Calacatta Classic is as close to marble, while still having the benefits of quartz, as I've seen.

The Adorn Vanity and the V14 Vanity both have that sleek look you have come to expect from Robern.  The Adorn is the freestanding version and the V14 version can be ganged horizontally or vertically to customize your space.  Pictured above in one of their new Digital Wood patterns, Charcoal Ash.

The Per Se Collection by Kallista is another extremely streamlined and linear vanity fixture that caught my attention at the show.  Available in three finishes, this faucet's thin design gives it a sleek, classy look.

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

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