We go to the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) to keep our fingers on the pulse of what’s happening in our industry and to help assure that we can present to our clients the latest and greatest products and solutions for their kitchen and bath projects. There are more than 600 head-turning exhibits of everything you could possibly imagine for your kitchen or bath. Here’s what we saw trending at this year’s KBIS.
Cleanliness: A number of manufacturers are producing products that help keep your kitchen in pristine condition. Antimicrobial paint by Sherwin Williams, hands-free faucets that help deter the transfer of germs while cooking and cleaning and self-cleaning showerheads prove you can have an immaculate kitchen and bath without compromising style or beauty.
Health and well being: Many appliance manufacturers were showcasing steam ovens that make healthy cooking easy and quick. We saw commercial water filtration systems now designed for the home to provide healthy water for cooking and for drinking and new kitchen faucets with built in filtration systems.
Smart design: Manufacturers are producing products that eliminate clutter and are easier to use. Hafele showcased a dog feed area with a toe-touch opening. Another really cool innovation was Masterbrand’s hidden knife block and storage cabinet. These provide the clean countertop appearance that many of our clients crave. Appliances are becoming smarter too. Dacor offers ranges with a built in Android that allows you to program start times and automatically text family members when meals are ready.
Evolution of tile: Artisan tile stood out with an almost unlimited array of colors and textures, including copper that changes as it ages.
Concrete comes of age: Concrete is being used in new and innovative ways in both raw and unfinished forms as backsplash, countertops, wall tile and even concrete tubs.
Finishes: Matte black and black stainless inspired by matte black car finishes are hot trends. Matte, champagne gold and pewter in a new and modern approach were top faucet finish trends.
We would love to talk to you about other trends from KBIS and how you can take advantage of them for your next project. Stop in or give us a call 630-214-9775
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St. Charles, IL 60174
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Dacor 36″ Discovery dual fuel range.
We had the opportunity to view Dacor’s 36″ gas freestanding range and built in refrigerator/freezer. The range is very nice looking and functional all gas range. The Refrigerator/freezer interior contains no plastic, made with all metal and glass. Photos below.
Dacor 36″ range
Dacor 36″ built in refrigerator/freezer
Started the day with the opening Keynote speaker Jay Leno (nice to see them without the TV sensors) and then stopping by the Silestone and Brizo Booth’s. Photo of Silestone’s new Color “Ink”
Silestone new Color “Ink”
Attending the Chicago Midwest chapter of N.K.B.A.at the Merchandise mart in Chicago.
Progressive dinner at four showroom’s Sub Zero/Wolf, Brizo, WoodMode and Paris Ceramics. Photos of new Brizo kitchen faucets and of the Merchandise Mart.
Lenova’s newest faucet “Aqualogic” is the first and only conventional hot and cold faucet in the U.S. to be a F.D.A. approved sanitizing faucet
Aqualogic features water air technology to infuse ozone into the water that creates Ozonized water. The water produced is safe to drink and will kill 99.99% of Viruses and bacteria on food, hands, counter tops and utensils. The Ozone concentration meets the standards of the US Food and Drug Administration.
I had a first hand demonstration of the features of this technology in the Lenova booth at the recent BKBG Conference in La Jolla Ca. A fresh cut clove of garlic was rubbed on my hand and then placed in the stream of ozonized water for ten seconds, removing any and all scents & oil of the fresh cut garlic from my hand. I could not believe it!
This will be a great addition to anyone’s kitchen that is concerned with Bacteria/Germs from your hands, utensils, cutting boards, counter tops and removal of pesticides from fresh fruits and vegetables. There will be one of these faucets in my Kitchen.
This small collection of faucets offered includes two styles, One large arch faucet with both hot and cold water and one smaller pull out faucet for cold water only. Both are offered in either Brushed nickel or Polished Chrome finishes. Faucets are available to order now and start at $975.00
More details to follow as soon as we have more information.
Photo of a few Artisan Manufacturing satin nickel pull down kitchen faucets
A few photos of new or never products available from our prefered vendors.
First few photos are from Artisan Manufacturing
Hand crafted Soap Stone Kitchen sinks, available in 27″, 30″, 33″ and 36″