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Hot Trends Make a Big Splash at KBIS 2014

As many of you know, the Kitchen and Bath masses gathered in Las Vegas February 4-6 for their annual pilgrimage to KBIS, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. This year the event was part of Design & Construction Week, a new concept, merging KBIS with IBS, the International Builder’s Show. As a result, it was bigger and better than ever. Let’s hope that what happened there does NOT stay there ! Read more

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Talkin Turkey and Combi-Steam Ovens

Sometimes my job comes with perks. I cannot lie. This week I had the pleasure of attending the annual Thanksgiving “lunch and learn” hosted by Florida Builder Appliances, the dynamic go-to resource for all types of appliances from GE to the uber high end including Subzero-Wolf, Miele and even La Cornue. This little gathering for us peeps in the business is quickly becoming an annual ritual we look forward to. Read more

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Poggenpohl, Ultimate Form and Function

Poggenpohl new ash wood veneer

Whether your in the market for a new kitchen or you’re in the business of selling kitchens one of the first questions that comes up is, “what’s your style?” Are you traditional, transitional or contemporary?  If the answer is contemporary, the elements to look for include seamless integration, totally efficient function and clean sleek lines.  These happen to be the standards at Poggenpohl, founded over 120 years ago as the first German kitchen brand and now  the best known kitchen brand in the world – present in more than 70 countries around the globe.  Poggenpohl can show you what true European contemporary design is all about.

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We’ve come a long way. This was the first kitchen offered by Poggenpohl in 1892! Check out this timeline to see how designs and technology have progressed over the years

Today they continue to think outside the box (pun intended) to offer some of the   most cutting edge cabinetry in the industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new +EDITION collection from Poggenpohl combines the best of both worlds, crisp clean white lacquer with warm natural walnut wood veneer.  It is available in flat panel or thin frame detail door styles. New black glass upper wall cabinets include the same thin frame details with finished interiors and LED lighting.
The new +EDITION collection from Poggenpohl combines the best of both worlds, crisp clean white lacquer with warm natural walnut wood veneer.  It is available in flat panel or thin frame detail door styles. New black glass upper wall cabinets include the same thin frame details with finished interiors and LED lighting.

Behind the scenes storage is also a Poggenpohl hallmark.  A wide range of  available drawer inserts can be customized to your needs.  These kitchens are not designed, they’re engineered!  This includes not only cabinets but thin counter tops, offered in glass or stone, and even integrated glass front cooking appliances!  One can be sure that their kitchens are as pleasurable to look at as they are to work in.  I also love that although the elements are integrated they seem to also stand alone as individual sculptural statements.  (Spoken like a true kitchen designer channeling her inner artist.)

A tricked out backsplash eliminates counter clutter
A tricked out backsplash eliminates counter clutter

A modern European kitchen utilizes the easy to reach back splash area under the upper cabinets.  Other elements to notice include horizontal graining, mid-height cabinetry and a mix of texture and materials.

 

What’s inside counts! A place for everything saves time, the most precious commodity in a busy life

I enjoyed learning about Poggenpohl and their design philosophy as a part of the Modenus Blog Tour New Orleans.

Next up:  We’re gonna get steamy at KFL!  Adding luxury and health benefits to your bathing experience with Mr. Steam

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Trend Spotting at KBIS 2013

Show stopping booth by Brizo who introduced their new line of floor mounted tub faucets.
Show stopping booth by Brizo who introduced their new line of floor mounted tub faucets.

The last two days of my exciting visit to New Orleans with the Modenus Blog Tour centered around the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).  This annual trade show is produced by the National Kitchen & Bath Association which is celebrating 50 years as the industry leader (more on that later).  I love to attend the show as it allows me to see the trends emerging in the American market and keeps me up to date with products and technology.  This year I had an additional behind-the-scenes perspective as a member of the Tour.  We were there for opening day, Friday April 19th and enjoyed a whirlwind tour of products followed by time for solo exploration and networking on Saturday.  Every year has a theme and this year I thought it was particularly appropriate. The show as all about the concept of “evolution”.  This is really a common theme across the board as it applies to everything from design and products and how we are evolving the way we do business in 2013.  Here are some of my discoveries:

Let there be light

Lighting always plays a crucial role in kitchen and bath design but this year it was all about the light within.  Why didn’t we think of this before?   LED lights inside cabinetry, particularly closets is a great idea!

 

 

My shoes are dying for a home like this.  In fact they won't shut up! The interior of this cabinet features LED lighting.  No more confusion with navy and black.
My shoes are dying for a home like this. In fact they won’t shut up! The interior of this cabinet features LED lighting. No more confusion with navy and black.  Hafele America

 

The look of leather

Leathery textures made a big appearance.  Silestone by Cosentino debuted  their new Suede line of quartz counter tops.  Gator Mills ( a very local Louisiana company)  showed leather (and leather look ) vanities and Richelieu is offering recycled, reconstituted leather veneer.

 

 

Silestone's Suede finish blends a honed look with the durability of quartz. Photo by Cosentino.
Silestone’s Suede finish blends a honed look with the durability of quartz. Photo by Cosentino.

 

Yes that's REAL alligator in the center.  It's by Gator Mills. (This must be their mascot cabinet).  Oh and you can get the center door in a variety of leathers.  This one retails for about $8,000
Yes that’s REAL alligator in the center. It’s by Gator Mills. (This must be their mascot cabinet). Oh and you can get the center door in a variety of leathers. This one retails for about $8,000

Reconstituted leather from Richelieu
Reconstituted leather from Richelieu

Sliding doors

Cabinet doors no longer have to swing out due to new hinging technologies that allow doors to slide.  Hafele calls theirs Frontino

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Why swing when you can slide? New hardware options are small space friendly.

Frontino sliding doors by Hafele.
Frontino sliding doors, in action, by Hafele.

Glaminates take the stage

It’s not your grandma’s laminate anymore!  Taking a cue from our friends across the pond, American laminate manufacturer Wilsonart has upped their game introducing two new seamless edge details and increased durability and sustainability.

 

A new no-line edge profile from Wilsonart.  Can you tell this is laminate?
A new no-line edge profile from Wilsonart. Can you tell this is laminate?

Wilsonart's high definition laminates are layered for added durability, hard to penetrate wear and scratch scuff resistance. You can also get an integrated sink with your laminate top.
Wilsonart’s high definition laminates are layered for added durability, hard to penetrate wear and scratch scuff resistance. You can also get an integrated sink with your laminate top.

Blingy to sculptural 

When it comes to handles you can go for the bling or the sculptural.  Cabinet hardware manufacturer  Duverre  is all about very artful sculptural shapes and while I saw a lot of matte finishes, very shiny made an appearance too.

 

This faucet by Rohl sports Swarovski crystal handles.
This ROHL Jorger faucet  sports Swarovski crystal handles! (Check me out in the reflection, ha!)

 

 

 

 

Off Set by Erin Adams for Duverre, The Hardware Co.
Off Set by Erin Adams for Duverre, The Hardware Co.

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Polished to matte from Hardware Resources

Look, no hands!

Hands free faucet technology has quickly become the norm across the industry and was shown by not only the original, Brizo but also  Rohl, Kohler and Moen and Delta Faucets.

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Solna hands-free faucet by Brizo

This year’s best in show award went to Toto for their awesome Neorest 550H toilet.  Believe me when I tell you it can just about do anything but drive you to work!  Stay tuned for an entire post about Toto and the Neorest 550

The Best in Show, Toto's Neorest 550H
The Best in Show, Toto’s Neorest 550H

In a nutshell KBIS2013 was largely about technology and texture.  Cabinet manufacturers are touting what’s inside more than ever as they maximize the ease of living in the kitchen.  White cabinets, cleaner lines and pops of natural and engineered wood veneers are strong trends.

Next up:  Poggenpohl, the cutting edge in kitchen cabinet design, inside and out

 

 

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