If you’re an avid reader of KFL you’ll remember my visit, last March, to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York. An edgy website by the name of Modenus* had a little contest in which you could win a spot on one of their world famous blog tours. Naturally I had to go all out, no holds barred! The challenge was to take a creative photo of one of the designated sponsors. Read more
Our annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show known as KBIS was held last month in Las Vegas. I’m hearing that attendance was much improved over the anemic showing of the last couple years. This show is traditionally where new products and design trends for the kitchen and bath are introduced to the world at large. Here are some of my new faves from the show!
One of the most exciting debuts this year is Bornholm Cabinets, conceived of and created by fellow blogger Susan Serra and her daughter. They are a couple of smart cookies who know what’s both hot now as well as basic and unique enough to be timeless. The line is Scandanavian inspired but American made. Simple yet elegant and designed to blend into and enhance any environment. I think we’ll be seeing more of this. You can see more here.
I also love this beautiful bit of black.
Yes it’s a toilet! When it comes to commodes the Japanese have definitely got it going on and this example is no exception. We all know what a “smart” phone is, well meet the “smart” toilet! The REGIO by Inax features a sound system, heated seat, double power deodorizing, automatic seat and flushing, and dual nozzle bidet. Geez, what more could you want? Oh, yeah it’s also environmentally responsible. Check it out here
Here’s a new fun way to add a little glow to that backsplash area between your cabinets and counter top.
The °eluma RGB DecoSplash illuminated backsplash is the first fully customizeable color changing LED backsplash. You can change your color as you change your mood from fuschia to lime green! This LED light is dimmable and you even have your choice of decorative inserts. Find out more here.
Dark rich wood finishes continue to be a popular choice. I just love the Asian vibe (of course!) of this kitchen by Wellborn Cabinets.
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The premiere annual ritual for those of us in the “biz” is the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) This year the show was held last month in our favorite mid-west metropolis, Chicago. Each year certain trends, technologies and companies tend to stand out. This is what we’ll be hearing about in the world of Kitchen & Bath Design in months to come. Here’s the buzz, especially for you, from those in the know.
I think Jenn-Air stole the show with their new premium products. Jenn-Air’s intuitive double ovens (won most innovative product by KBB for 2009) and built-in refrigeration can meet the demands of buyers of other premium brands, not to mention, the new DUCT FREE downdraft cooktop, an item apartment and condo dwellers have long been waiting.
Morton Block, CMKBD, IIDA
I noticed the emphasis on bevel and diamond shapes was more dominate this year. This was featured on: cabinetry doors, plumbing fixtures, hardware, mouldings, lighting fixtures and tile.