Kitchens & Baths First
In our issue this month, we talk a lot about kitchens and baths and rightfully so, since those are the most sought-after renovations consumers are likely to put into their homes. Materials in kitchens and baths are intended for the long haul too, so often, the colors, details and materials used in these most-frequented rooms of the home can spark trend ideas in other parts of the home, such as color, flooring and even furniture. In this month’s Idea Board, we share inspiration from kitchens and baths now being seen beyond those rooms and in other areas of home design. From marble to gold accents to Farmhouse chic, you can bet that some of the trends we were privy to at High Point Market were first spied as trends in kitchen and bath.
Where to Find It All
The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and the International Builders’ Show (KBIS/IBS) took place in February this year, and with more than 100,000 attendees (not to mention the thousands of exhibitors), the show broke attendance records at the Las Vegas Convention Center. While much of the show concentrates on building materials — it’s important to know what’s coming next — it is also a good show for designers to see the latest innovations and styles from the likes of big companies, such as Moen and Kohler.
In addition to the spectacular displays these exhibitors featured — seriously, running water in the booths — the technology and design on introductions are taking home to the next level. With the advent of such smart home technologies as Alexa, it’s now possible to keep track of water flow and usage in the home and turn on the shower via voice command.
Lighting companies, of which there were many, also showcased cutting-edge technology, such as Noon Home’s switch system that controls lights throughout the house via phone. (Noon Home outfitted Show Village homes with its switch system.) This was a massive show that covered three huge halls, and it was well worth the adventure for designers, since so much of how we live and design starts with kitchens and bathrooms.
Salon by KBIS offered designers a place to find curated resources, learn and relax.
New to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) experience this year was Salon by KBIS, where attendees were encouraged to attend seminars, unwind and visit a selection of exhibitors focused on small-batch production, international luxury brands, bespoke manufacturers, and artisans in and around kitchen and bath. This tented exhibition space outside of the main South Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center also provided a less frenetic pace for first-time attendees before heading into the main halls.
Salon by KBIS featured a select group of design-forward brands showcased in a curated boutique setting.
The exhibit area also featured seminar opportunities through Design Milk X Modenus Talks Lounge, focused on business topics and trends, such as resimercial.
Lightovation Lounge, co-sponsored by Dallas Market Center’s Lightovation, the American Lighting Assn. (ALA) and Furniture, Lighting & Decor featured two days of lighting-focused programming by nationally recognized lighting designer Randall Whitehead, IALD, aka “The Lighting Doctor;” and Joe Rey-Barreau, AIA, long-time Director of Education for ALA, and professor at the University of Kentucky, aka “The Lighting Professor.”
In addition to 20-minute educational sessions on timely lighting topics, the Doctor and the Professor also met with attendees one-on-one to answer questions. Lightovation Lounge also brought Dallas Market Center’s Lightovation event to KBIS through a virtual reality tour of the market, which will run from June 19-22, 2019 at Dallas Market Center.
Marble and metals can certainly dress up a kitchen or bath. From those rooms to every other room in the house, these materials can add elegance and shimmer.
The Campbell cocktail table from Hooker Furniture pairs warm gold-toned inlay with antiqued glass in an abstract geometric pattern for a dramatic effect. www.hookerfurniture.com
From the Hammerton Studio brand comes Belvedere, sparkling LED-lit “gems” of hand-blown glass paired with hand-polished metalwork for a modern, elegant look. Shown with Clear glass and Gilded Brass finish. Integrated LED. www.hammertonstudio.com
The Moen Weymouth Brushed Gold bathroom faucet features the LifeShine finish, which is guaranteed not to tarnish, corrode or flake. www.moen.com
This Kohler master bath showroom was outfitted with Obelisque tile from the Ann Sacks Liaison by Kelly Wearstler collection. The Kallista Myam sink is solid cast bronze. www.kohler.com
The Marcel console table from Nina Magon for Universal Furniture pairs a Carrara Marble top with a curved tubular metal base in a Bronze finish. www.universalfurniture.com
The Rizzuto martini table from John-Richard is constructed of solid white Carrara marble that has been honed. The 10-inch-diameter round top is affixed to an X-shaped base. Stands 20 inches tall. www.johnrichard.com
Criss-cross detailing creates an intriguing effect for this contemporary single-sink vanity with a Mirror finish. A black granite top is enhanced with Silver finish trim. Design is by 55 Downing Street designer furniture. www.lampsplus.com
The Two Tier chandelier from Global Views features graduated white shades and polished nickel stem. www.globalviews.com
The Gigi settee adds luxe appeal with its Regent Iron fabric, which offers a metallic edge. Carved legs in briarwood and velvet pillows add contrast. www.taylorking.com