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BigTrends from KBIS2015 Part I

Day two of the Modenus Blog Tour was opening day for the  51st annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).  The Bloggers were given an inside peek into many of the booths at the show and as we toured,  trends most certainly did emerge.

New laminates by Wilsonart are not your grandma's counters!
New laminates by Wilsonart are not your grandma’s counters! Photo courtesy of Chasen West Photography

 

“There is a three year lag between Europe and North America when it comes to trends”, says Warren Ramsland, President of Top Knobs. Taking that into account, there were many differences between what I saw here and what I witnessed in Italy at Euro Cucina last year.  Perhaps the biggest European influence that continues to pick up steam is contemporary design for both the kitchen and bath.

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Contemporary design inspired by mid-century at Wilsonart

Laminates are enjoying a serge in popularity.  This material is more widely used and experimented with by our friends across the pond but we’re picking up speed.  I was wowed by the offerings at Wilsonart who debuted their “Spirit of Mindfulness” collection of  27  exciting laminate colors and textures.   Also introduced were a line of quartz counter tops in a great assortment of neutral, workable hues.  By late spring, a selection of 50 patterns will showcase a full range of colors, textures and four structures: Fine and Small Scale, Medium Scale, Large Scale, and Veining and Movement. That is one of the things I love about quartz, the wide variety of pattern, or no pattern at all! I was impressed not only by the innovative product development at Wilsonart but also their philosophy.  This press release statement says it all:

“Fueled in part by a turbulent economy, today’s more budget-savvy and eco-conscious consumers have responded by making their homes the calm eye in the storm of life. For many, this translates to finding a spirit of mindfulness within themselves and expressing it in their surroundings.”

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One of the new Wilsonart quartz options showing beautiful veining. Photo courtesy of Wilsonart

Check out the Wilsonart Visualizer to help you pick your counter top color.  It’s easy, fun and very helpful

Technology is also taking the kitchen and bath world by storm.  There were numerous examples but two stood out for me.  A company called TechTop took home the Best In Show Award for their counter top charging technology.  Simply place your phone, tablet etc. on the counter top and viola’ it will charge, no plug-in required.

 

 

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This great idea is from LG Hausy, yes it’s the same “Life’s Good” LG that makes appliances.  They make counter tops too.

 

I also loved this Solna articulating faucet by one of my favorite brands, Brizo.  How convenient, right?!

Fifty Shades of Gray has moved on to what I call “greige”.  It’s the new warm toned beigey-gray which I saw everywhere! Palettes are definitely neutral.  A great example is the Tangent collection by Walker Zanger.  Love the mid-century inspiration which I also saw a lot of at the show.

 

This is Ipanema from the Tangent stone mosaic collection by Walker Zanger
This is Ipanema from the Tangent stone mosaic collection by Walker Zanger

Walker-Zanger  deals in tile, marble and stone artistry.  Their collections are arguably the most innovative I’ve seen.  Case in point is their Sterling Row collection, inspired by menswear and a favorite at the show.   I found it to be extremely sophisticated, eye catching and innovative.  The collection was a favorite at the show.

 

Walker Zanger was rocking the neutrals with innovative patterning and design
Walker Zanger was rocking the “greige” with innovative patterning and design

Sterling Row Collection, porcelain tile by Walker Zanger
Sterling Row Collection, porcelain tile by Walker Zanger

We saw more of the Sterling Row Collection later on the blog tour in The New American Home, so there’s more to come!

Perhaps the BIGGEST trend of the show was personalization.  I mentioned this in the last post about Thermador but they were not alone.  Here are a few more pics highlighting the concept.  Frigidaire’s SpaceWise Custom Flex refrigerators allow you to totally customize the shelves inside by moving the drawers and shelving to your desired configuration.

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How about this great storage system by Rev-A- Shelf?  I know we all want this level of organization in our lives, yes? Right now this is a prototype but the response from the industry was good so I think we can expect to see this in the coming year.

RevaShelf's prototype organizer
Rev-A-Shelf’s prototype organizer

Enough for now?  Well there’s more to come.

Up next:   KBIS 2015 Part II where I’ll tell you about all my great finds for the bath and more.

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Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.

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Ann M. Morris

Great post. Awesome. Did not attend KBIS this year. Thanks for great information.

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