Attending industry shows is always exciting, and this year’s trip to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show proved both productive and creatively stimulating. KBIS is the world’s largest international trade event dedicated exclusively to all aspects of kitchen and bath that specifically serves kitchen and bath dealers, designers, architects, remodelers, wholesalers and custom builders. Many of our favorite brands and designers were on-site, showing off their newest, most innovative products. Wood-Mode was out in full force, further expanding on their tradition of combining beauty and quality performance; never sacrificing style for substance, or vice-versa, Wood-Mode offers the best in contemporary and traditional styles to suit any home.
Maria, Manager at Cabinets & Designs, and Grace, Designer at Cabinets & Designs, were so inspired and intrigued by what they saw at KBIS 2011, they couldn’t wait to share some of the high points from the April show.
Grace’s Favorites from KBIS
Kohler featured a bath for universal design, called the Elevance™ Rising Bath Wall. The Elevance tub features a side that moves in a downward motion, allowing the user to sit and swing his or her legs into the tub. Once inside the tub, the side moves up with minimal effort and locks into place, after which the tub is filled. The Elevance tub easily fits into a standard 5’ wide alcove.
A multi-tiered, single-basin sink by Kallista with accessories including a teak cutting board that fits over the sink, including a cutout to fit a colander. Designed by noted kitchen designer Mick DeGuilio, the 45” wide sink allows for multi-tiered use, and features many fun and useful accessories, such as a flatware tray.
Element Design showed their °eluma Illuminated Shelving, DecoSplash, and DecoPanels; illuminated backsplash panels, shelves and architectural panels which are lit by energy-efficient LED lights. These panels by Element Design can be customized with etching, and they fit into aluminum door frames. Silver award winner at KBIS 2010 in the “Best New Kitchen Product” category!
New finishes were rolled out by the people at Enkeboll Designs: nine metallic finishes are now available for all of the Enkeboll products, as well as a selection of custom-designed mirrors which are further customizable in any of the nine metallics.
Eye-catching, whimsical hardware from Atlas Hardware include the knife pull, the pear knob, the Chianti bottle knob, and the butterfly knob.
Maria’s Favorites from KBIS
A series of luxurious bathroom accessories by Health Craft Products, the INVISIA Collection combine form and function by hiding grab bars in plain sight, like a toilet roll holder that doubles as a support rail!
New DIY accessories for bath and kitchen with no drilling required! High-performance, single-component adhesive with a patented adapter, which provides a secure attachment without drilling. These accessories by No Drilling Required work on smooth and rough hard surfaces, indoors and outdoors.
Go keyless with the Brass Keypad Entryset by EMTouch and never worry about losing your keys again! The keypad is even illuminated for quick, easy operation after dark. The entry set also allows you to use a separate code for an additional person—such as a houseguest—you might want to allow a one-time entry.
Penguin has created a toilet with overflow protection, potentially saving you from major repair headaches. Visit the Penguin Toilets website for more information.
The new Volcano Series by Silestone offers a distinct orange peel-like textured finish; innovative and unique.
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