I was so lucky to be able to attend this year’s KBIS show as one of the “30 Under 30.” Above is a picture of me with a few of the others chosen, I’m right under the nostril of the joker 😉 One of our responsibilities in being chosen was to collaborate with 9 others and create a 30 minute presentation at the show’s center stage on Sunday. My group presented on “Kitchens and Bath Innovations and Trends.” Working in a group can be difficult with so many different personalities and strengths but I really enjoyed walking the show with a few of the members of my group that also worked at or owned Kitchen and Bath showrooms similar to HSK. I was able to get their take on industry trends and we could compare notes on how design trends vary regionally. Here are some highlights from the trend spotting portion of our presentation.
Products like this passage door set from Keeler allow you to lock and unlock your exterior doors remotely with your smartphone. We saw that touch faucets are becoming more common in residential use not just in commercial applications. This technology is in line with universal design principals (designing for people of any age and ability) and is a good product option for the aging baby boomer.
Besides bidet type cleaning features, the latest TOTO Neorest toilet is made of a material that in conjunction with special integrated lighting actually does a type of self-cleaning.
Calacatta and Carrara marble are so popular right now in kitchens and baths. Both materials are beautiful but neither one is stain-resistant, non-porous or easy to care for long-term. The new Caesarstone colors, “Frosty Carrina” and “London Grey” made of a Quartz composite offer a solution. The have the organic veining and coloring of real marble but without the maintenance issues.
At the Caesarstone booth two of my new friends from my 30 Under 30 Team (Courtney Foster of Atlanta and Ashley Avery of Chicago) and I had the pleasure of chatting with the famed Kitchen Designer, Mick de Giulio. His book, “Kitchen Centric” is a fantastic design book full of inspirational Kitchens. I had the pleasure of attending the Subzero Wolf Westye F. Bakke Center in Wisconsin a few years back for product training and I got to experience a few working Mick de Giulio Kitchens. Below is the one of their demonstration kitchens designed by Mick, that I got to cook in. This picture really doesn’t do it justice, it was gorgeous in person with the over-sized stainless steel hood statement and calming contrast of the natural limestone and dark stained wood. The back-splash featured sliding slab panels which are one of my favorite design elements that I see him do over and over. It’s so slick looking while still being functional, I can’t wait to incorporate one in one of my designs.
Back to trends, my group members and I noticed a lot of faceted details at the show, in hardware, bathroom sinks, lighting and faucets. Below is a new faucet by Perrin & Rowe and some decorative knobs by Richelieu.
Kallista also had some nice faceted designs like an octagonal sink and a circular sconce. Below are a few other faceted hardware options from Richelieu. I can’t wait to use these on a project, they are so unique.
The 30 Under 30 group became rather close over the course of the 4 days we were at the show together. We even made it out to Bourbon street together 😉 Great times!