News: Featured

September 10, 2018 |

Looking into the Future

For three days last week, more than 20,000 home tech pros and 500 exhibitors convened for the leading event in connected technology: CEDIA Expo. Taking place at the San Diego Convention Center and offering more than 40 new exhibitors than…

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August 17, 2018 |

Creating a Legacy

There is a lot to be said for a company that has survived and flourished through the decades. Among economic difficulties, evolving technology and changing consumer demands, the manufacturers who have made it have a story of success and growth…

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August 13, 2018 |

Advice for New Designers

Stepping into any career has never been an easy task, and new interior designers have it particularly hard. Their job depends on their reputation, which can be established – or harmed – through word of mouth and social, print and…

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July 30, 2018 |

The Evolving Home

In our recently released July/August issue of KBB magazine, one of the many highlights was on the smart home and the smart appliances, fixtures and connected home systems that are changing this growing industry. Connected home experts and manufacturers spoke…

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July 23, 2018 | ,

Design Beyond Fellowship Launched

Delta Faucet and New York Magazine recently joined forces to launch the Design Beyond Fellowship, a unique opportunity for emerging interior designers. Four fellows were chosen from a pool of qualified applicants to partake in a summer-long immersive learning experience…

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July 16, 2018 |

The Ultimate Summer House

The Hamptons 2018 Summer Show House is set to open on July 29th and is expected to feature all of the elements for a sumptuous yet simple style of living. Located on Long Island, N.Y., the more than 8,000-sq.-ft., three-floor…

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July 9, 2018 |

Behind the Products We Know: Sinks

Plumbing fixtures are steadily becoming the jewelry of the kitchen and bath. From decorative apron fronts to deep basins with elaborate designs on the interior, the sink is more often being chosen as the highlight of a space. With this…

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June 22, 2018 |

Pocket-Sized Solutions

This summer the mobile application industry, today one of the biggest trades worldwide, will turn 10 years old. Over the past decade, it has accumulated millions of app developers and the billions of smartphone owners who use mobile apps daily….

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June 18, 2018 |

Behind the Products We Know: Sustainable Options

There are many simple ways a designer can help the environment. By choosing eco-friendly, energy- and water-saving, repurposed or recycled products, they can ensure their design has a lesser impact on the earth. Thankfully, manufacturers are automatically instilling these values…

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June 8, 2018 |

Honoring Top Canadian Designers

The Decorators & Designers Association of Canada (DDA Canada) recently revealed the winners of its Canada-wide annual Decorating and Design Competition at a gala event in Toronto. Now in its 24th year, DDA Canada’s competition inspires decorating and design professionals…

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May 17, 2018 |

Awarding the Best

Recently, members and guests of the Interior Design Society (IDS) gathered in Savannah, Ga., to honor the winners of the Designer of the Year competition. The awards were presented by Birmingham, Mich.-based designer Corey Damen Jenkins. “The Designer of the…

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April 12, 2018 |

A Heart for Design

A group of volunteers for Rebuilding Together gather for KickOff to Rebuild Minneapolis, a project that rehabilitated six homes and developed a community garden in the Bryant neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Photo by Theresa Keil In a busy society, it…

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April 6, 2018 |

How to Increase Remodeling Sales

As designers and contractors, we are not fully serving our clients and may be missing sales opportunities if we do not understand and suggest financing options to our clients. Most finance experts agree that when you offer financing options to…

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April 2, 2018 |

The Art of the Tub Filler

When it comes to today’s bathrooms, which often boast minimalist designs, neutral palettes and clean lines, character and luxury appear in the details. The tub filler (pictured above is Black Morris from Devon & Devon) is one of those small…

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March 12, 2018 |

The Healthy Home 2018

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside, but indoor pollutants can be two to five times higher than outdoors. Because of this growing awareness of this issue, homeowners today are increasingly…

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March 2, 2018 |

Reaching the Younger Generations

One of the most complexing questions firms and manufacturers are facing now is how to help upcoming generations succeed in a design career. Brought up on technology and living in a fast-paced society, millennials offer a new type of skill…

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February 26, 2018 |

Doing Business Better

With so many moving pieces in a design firm, professionals are continually looking for better ways to manage their business. One program, IvyMark, is particularly standing out. Recently acquired by Houzz, this startup is the fastest-growing community and business management…

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February 19, 2018 |

BLANCO by Design Contest Winners Announced

German faucet and sink manufacturer BLANCO has released the names of the five winners in its first-annual BLANCO by Design contest. Entrants were required to submit a kitchen or small-space design featuring one BLANCO sink and one BLANCO faucet for…

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February 12, 2018 |

The World of European Design

It might only be February, but design professionals are already gearing up for Salone del Mobile, the international design and furnishing show taking place April 17-22 in Milan. This year’s event will also include the biennial show EuroCucina, FTK (Technology…

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February 2, 2018 |

Continuous Learning

The interior design industry seems to change by the hour with the introduction of new technologies, trends and products. Thankfully there are a variety of training courses for professionals to hone their skills. KBB spoke with a few of these…

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January 26, 2018 |

Behind the Products We Know: Appliances

Top Left to Right: Colin Clerkin, Sub-Zero/Wolf; Orion Creamer, Big Chill; Valentina Bertazzoni, Bertazzoni; Bottom Left to Right: Rebecca Goesling and Christopher Gregory, Whirlpool Corporation From their simple beginnings, ovens, stovetops, refrigerators and dishwashers have evolved to provide higher-quality results…

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January 22, 2018 |

Editorial Picks from KBIS 2018

Above Image: Vetrite from SICIS This year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) once again wowed us with new innovations, surprising trends and beautiful products. KBB’s editors and its Editorial Advisory Board spent every day scouring the show floor for…

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January 5, 2018 |

It’s Showtime

Finally Design and Construction Week ™ is here! Both the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the International Builder’s Show (IBS) will once again take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. This mega show will host…

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December 21, 2017 |

Designing for Good

The Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House, the debut satellite event from the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York City, has officially launched, benefitting both the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club and the Boys and Girls Clubs…

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December 11, 2017 |

Huntwood Cabinets’ 2017 Design Contest

Above: First Place winning project, completed by Kent, Wash.-based designer Jill Peyton Huntwood Cabinets recently announced the winners of its 2017 Design Contest. Open to all Huntwood kitchen designers and direct representatives, entrants were judged on the completeness of drawings,…

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December 4, 2017 |

The Showroom Experience

Franke has expanded its U.S. presence with the introduction of a unique retail experience: the Franke Design Boutique. These boutiques are intended to immerse architects, designers and consumers in a curated experience focused on the Franke culture, its Swiss heritage…

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November 26, 2017 |

Behind the Products We Know: Plumbing

From left to right: Kurt Merki Jr., Duravit; Erica Moir,  Jacuzzi Luxury Bath; Jean-Jacques L’Henaff, LIXIL Americas; Tim Rundle, Victoria + Albert Baths; Jessica Birchfield, Moen Water is not only an essential part of life; it is also the key to…

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November 20, 2017 |

The Best Universal Designs

Above: Winning kitchen design by Fort Collins, Colo.-based student Deseray Mann The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has announced the winners of its annual Student Design Competition. The assignment was “Smart Design for Active Seniors” – a remodel of…

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November 13, 2017 | ,

Giving Back

LIXIL’s SATO program provides smart and affordable toilet solutions for more than six million people in 14 countries in Africa and Asia. Recently, many manufacturers are using their talents and resources to improve the lives of the less fortunate. KBB…

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November 6, 2017 |

Designing the Dream Bath

Duravit has announced the award winners of the 2017 Designer Dream Bath Competition, now in its fifth year. The competition recognizes the talented architects and designers who demonstrate an innovative, inspired perspective on bathroom design. For the Unbuilt category, Duravit…

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October 30, 2017 |

Design Professionals to Watch

Sub-Zero and Wolf has named the global winners of the 2015-2016 Kitchen Design Contest at its “Best of the Best” Winners’ Summit & Gala awards dinner in San Diego. The contest’s panel of judges evaluated more than 1,500 entries from…

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October 30, 2017 |

A Beach Home for Everyone

Set on East Matunuck, R.I., the This Old House magazine’s 2017 Idea House is a 3,200-sq.-ft. home that boasts coastal architecture, modern building techniques and a flexible floor plan to accommodate multiple generations. Partnering with Union Studio Architecture and Community…

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October 22, 2017 |

The Right Match

Influenced by the design of favorite NYC restaurant bathrooms, two homeowners looked to their Sweeten contractor to create this modernized, pre-war bathroom (above.) Many designers today have a similar problem: they either cannot find an available contractor, or they have issues…

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October 22, 2017 |

Winners of Designer Open Call Contest Announced

ROHL has announced the winners of its second-annual Designer Open Call contest. Created in collaboration with Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine, the competition recognizes the exceptional designers and the innovative kitchen and bath designs they create featuring ROHL products. All…

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October 13, 2017 |

Cooking with Innovation

When it comes to technology in the home, manufacturers are gradually learning about and catering to what would make life simpler, less stressful and healthier for consumers. At the 2017 Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle, innovators, designers and manufacturers gathered…

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October 9, 2017 |

Exploring Surfaces

Above: Waterfall Slimtech from Lea Ceramiche Cersaie 2017, the international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings in Bologna, Italy, recently hosted 111,604 visitors from all over the world who sought out the latest in bathroom trends. With a total…

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October 1, 2017 |

Designing with Apps

The saying, “There’s an app for that,” is usually accurate in today’s society. There are apps for list-making, games, ordering groceries, gardening tips and even going through pregnancy. This does not stop in the interior design industry; there are now…

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September 22, 2017 |

Inaugural Fantini Design Award Winners Announced

Design by Centaur Interiors, Chicago Fantini USA is proud to announce the winners of the first-annual Fantini Design Awards. Architects, designers and building developers were asked to submit eligible projects that show how Fantini designs helped make their vision a…

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September 15, 2017 |

Smart Home Thinking

Our new sister show, CEDIA, is known as the central touchpoint for the ever-evolving technology-in-the-home market. More than 20,000 home technology professionals and more than 500 exhibitors convened for this event, which took place this year in San Diego from…

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September 4, 2017 |

Miele: Revolutionizing Cooking

Since there have been so many inventions in home technology, the kitchen and bath industry has been on the lookout for a new appliance − like the induction stove or the steam oven − to continue advancing the home. This…

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August 26, 2017 |

Manufacturers Are Going Green

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have increased by about four percent since 1990. Of this increase, 21 percent of emissions were caused by industrial activities. In light of the growing knowledge about…

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August 21, 2017 |

The Entertainer’s Kitchen

Over the past few decades, the kitchen has moved from backstage to center stage. The designs are bigger, grander and demand to be seen and shown off to friends and family. Brooklyn-based appliance showroom AJ Madison recently hosted a “Modern…

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July 31, 2017 |

Studying the Future Kitchen

Cosentino recently unveiled its new 2017 Global Kitchen Study, which was completed with a panel of influencers from across the architecture, design, and culinary spaces. Published by the Silestone Institute, the study examines and forecasts the main design trends between…

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July 24, 2017 |

Working Together to Better Lives

This kitchen design in Minneapolis was specifically designed to optimize the life of a person with special needs. For the seventh consecutive year, Innovative Surfaces in Hastings/Minneapolis, Minn., has donated and installed granite countertops for the Homeward Bound project in…

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July 17, 2017 |

Celebrating Local Design

Recently the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) celebrated the winners of its annual Design Excellence Awards. The residential sector had 11 categories in which designs could be entered, from a single space to a…

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July 10, 2017 |

Exhibit Focuses on the Smart Home

AJ Madison, a Brooklyn, New York-based showroom, recently teamed up with local designer Gunnar Larson to create the Connected Home Exhibit – a space that shows how a small house can still be smart. This 30-ft. by 10-ft. exhibit also…

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July 3, 2017 | ,

Turning a House into a Home

Representatives from Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen (CCDOM), and American Standard, part of LIXIL, celebrated the completed renovation of the Naomi’s Way family shelter in New Brunswick, N.J. According to a 2016 study done by the National Alliance to End…

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May 18, 2017 |

The Future Kitchen

Students of the industrial design department at Pratt Institute have designed their version of the “Future Kitchen.” Visiting assistant professor of industrial design at Pratt and New York-based architect and designer, Marc Thorpe, led the design, which will on display…

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May 15, 2017 | ,

Building Homes for Good

In 2016, Ply Gem donated building materials – including windows and siding – to help 300 Habitat homeowners build or repair their homes in more than 60 communities. For the second consecutive year, Ply Gem – a North American manufacturer…

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May 7, 2017 | ,

A Grand Renovation

The story of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase began in 1977, with local interior designer Nan Rosenblatt and the first president of the San Francisco University High School’s Parents Assn., Philip Fernandez. Rosenblatt was a former San Francisco University High…

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May 1, 2017 | ,

Renovating Classic Hollywood

The gentleman’s lounge juxtaposes bold colors with vintage details, like the neon clock and the pharmacy cabinet. Photographer: Mary E. Nichols This spring marks the second year of the Wattles Mansion Designer Showcase, with a theme that reinterprets a historic home…

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April 24, 2017 | ,

Inside the HGTV Smart Home

Set in Scottsdale, Ariz., this year’s HGTV Smart Home includes three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms across 3,300 square feet. The home features a spacious three-car garage, a wet bar, home office and a generous pantry and laundry area, as well…

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April 17, 2017 | ,

Trends in the Tile World

Crossville’s Nest offers a soothing, neutral color palette, all with the sophisticated clean graining of premium wood species like American oak. This year Coverings 2017, the largest tile and stone show in North America, boasted more than nine miles of…

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April 8, 2017 | ,

Behind the Products We Know: Hardware

Above: The Trellis pull from Belwith-Keeler first appeared in the 1953 Keeler Modern Hardware Catalog and now has been redone with a modernized style featuring unique curves and a quatrefoil pattern. Sometimes the smallest touches make the biggest difference in…

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March 27, 2017 |

Celebrating 20 Years with DIFFA’s Dining by Design

At the Architectural Digest Design Show, DINING BY DESIGN (DBD) celebrated 20 years of bringing together brands and local and international designers to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS. Hosted by DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, this five-day celebration…

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March 20, 2017 | ,

Manhattan Art and Design

In an old ship terminal off of the Hudson River, the Architectural Digest Design Show (AD) brought together hundreds of artists and kitchen and bath manufacturers. Designers, art enthusiasts and product manufacturers ventured out into the snow to find an…

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March 13, 2017 | ,

Behind the Products We Know: Lighting

Even if the countertops perfectly complement the cabinetry and the floor plan allows for an ideal use of space, a kitchen or bath is useless without lighting. Whether natural or installed, lighting can create ambiance in a room and set…

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February 27, 2017 | ,

Designing Hope

When a child is seriously sick or injured, the treatment they need might not be close to home. Rather than be separated during a critical time, families can stay at a nearby Ronald McDonald House – where parents can better…

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February 20, 2017 | ,

Behind the Products We Know: Tile

With tile, a designer can create a mood in a space or a focal point in a room. The variety of colors, textures and shapes tiles available guarantees an endless supply of creativity for kitchen and bath designers and a…

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February 6, 2017 | ,

Behind the Products We Know: Cabinetry

Cabinetry is like the skin of the kitchen and bath; it holds everything in and holds everything together. This week in our series on product designers, KBB looks at the designers of cabinetry – their challenges, their goals and how…

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January 30, 2017 |

Trends Shaping the Residential Market

       Photo courtesy of Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort After a period of slow recovery, first-time buyers finally began making moves last year – setting the stage for an even more active 2017 as anticipated interest rate increases and…

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January 22, 2017 | ,

Designing a Dream Kitchen

Alexandria, Virg.-based firm Studio Snaidero DC Metro recently utilized their social media skills and launched the #DesignYourDreamKitchen campaign. The firm polled its followers across its suite of social channels – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – and asked them to choose…

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January 16, 2017 | ,

Insights from KBIS 2017

Above Image: Powerclean Technology from Moen More than likely, you saw the staff from Kitchen & Bath Business magazine somewhere on the show floor. We went everywhere – from the West Hall to the South Hall (and back and forth more…

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January 16, 2017 | ,

Getting Social at KBIS

From left to right: Leanne Wood of Flying Camel Advertising, Veronika Miller of Modenus and Jaime Derringer of Design-Milk.com Everyone – from exhibitor to media to attendee – was immersed in the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) when they took…

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December 22, 2016 | ,

Previewing KBIS with the Insiders

Left to right: Jennifer Bertrand AKBD, Karl Champley AKBD and Alberto Villalobos KBIS 2017 marks the second year that NKBA has tapped a select group of influencers and tastemakers from the design and building industries. These leaders, the NKBA K+B…

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December 16, 2016 | ,

Bold Design Awards

                                        Above: Winner Elizabeth Scott Baldwin Hardware recently gathered hundreds of influential architects and designers, customers, employees and Design Council members…

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December 12, 2016 | ,

Stone Inspirations

The Italian universities of Verona Academy of Fine Arts and the Ferrara University’s Department of Architecture recently partnered with Lapitec, a sintered stone manufacturer, to give students the creative opportunity to work with stone. The students had a year to…

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December 5, 2016 | ,

It’s All in the Family

Dan Lindblade, CEO of Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce; Chip LaMarca, Broward County Commissioner; from ALLIED Kitchen and Bath: David Feinberg, Bill Feinberg, Joe Feinberg and Rob Feinberg; and Tom Lonergan, Mayor of Oakland Park, Fla. At design firms,…

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November 27, 2016 | ,

Giving Back

Above: Daigo Ishiyama (right), director of product design for the SATO business unit, interviewed a villager in Bangladesh, along with a representative from the International Development Enterprises. American Standard conducted a fact-finding trip to Bangladesh in 2012, with the goal…

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November 6, 2016 |

Rising Design Stars

Each year, the New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association  (IFDA NY) community and board members come together to vote on the designers who are the next rising stars in the industry. The votes have been cast,…

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October 27, 2016 |

Designing the Dream Bath

Duravit has announced the winners of its fourth-annual Designer Dream Bath Competition, which recognizes the works of architects and designers who demonstrated a good eye for bathroom design. View a gallery of the winners here. The winner of the Unbuilt…

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October 24, 2016 | ,

More than a Background

In our October issue, KBB went in depth on countertops, looking at the different varieties, the benefits of each and the stunning innovations done with surface materials. But countertops are only part of the story, and now we have spoken…

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October 17, 2016 |

Breaking Tradition

Technology and tradition rarely go hand-in-hand, but that’s how the smart kitchen industry is approaching today’s cook. Even though every other aspect of our lives has become digitalized, most consumers are weary of bringing tech into the realm of a…

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September 25, 2016 |

The New Laundry/Mudroom

We’ve been seeing it everywhere. Homeowners are making their lives more organized by renovating mud and laundry rooms, and these types of projects not only make them more functional, but beautiful. KBB spoke with seven designers well acquainted with this…

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September 9, 2016 |

Dyslexia and Design

Dyslexic Design Founder Jim Rokos Taking place September 22-25, designjunction will play host to the inaugural Dyslexic Design, an exhibition that explores the link between dyslexia and creative industries. The project, in support of the British Dyslexic Association, will celebrate…

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September 2, 2016 |

The Essence of Building

The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) is one of the best places to witness innovations in furniture manufacturing, cabinetry, architectural woodworking and material processing – and this year it was right in KBB’s backyard. Set in Atlanta on August 24-27, the…

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August 28, 2016 |

Off the Grid

Along Porter Creek in rural Sonoma County, Calif., a hilltop location surrounded by trees needed a home that wouldn’t hinder the environment around it. One family decided on this spot for a sustainable home where they could raise twin daughters…

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August 18, 2016 |

The Charm of the South

For more than 20 years, Southern Living has built or renovated idea houses to showcase traditional design and stunning landscaping – all evoking the idea of Southern hospitality. The 2016 Idea House is set in Mt. Laurel outside of Birmingham,…

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August 10, 2016 |

Student Design Competition Winners

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and Monogram have announced the winners of the NKBA Charette Design Competition, which awards students more than $30,000 in scholarships. For more than a decade, this competition has been recognizing students who demonstrate…

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August 5, 2016 |

Two-Story Showroom

After outgrowing its space in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., Walker Zanger has opened a new tile showroom and slab gallery in Port Chester, N.Y. Now with 4,200 square feet of showroom and a 14,000-sq.-ft. slab gallery, the company’s new facility plays…

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July 21, 2016 |

Getting to Know the KBB Editorial Advisory Board

For the last three years, KBB has been putting together an Editorial Advisory Board of which we are quite proud. These respected members, who include designers, showroom dealers, architects, contractors and retailers, serve as role models in the kitchen and…

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July 15, 2016 |

Below the Surface

Sometimes a surface is not even noticed, and other times it is the focal point of a design. We lean, cook and walk on them, and they in turn hold us up, keep our appliances in the wall and support…

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July 11, 2016 |

A Living Laboratory

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has moved into their new corporate headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. The office space design, which was led by ASID member Ken Wilson of Chicago-based Perkins+Will, incorporates health, wellness, well-being and sustainability as…

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July 1, 2016 |

Show-Stopping Kitchen and Bath Trends

                                 The Avalon tub from Native Trails Recently, a few of KBB’s Editorial Advisory Board members attended Dwell on Design, which was held in Los Angeles from June 24-16. The three-day exhibition and conference was held at the Los Angeles…

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June 30, 2016 |

It’s Getting Hot in Here

                      Dacor’s 30-in. Self-Cleaning Pure Convection Wall Oven As designers, you know convection ovens are the new black for cooking appliances. Built with an interior fan and exhaust system, convection ovens cook food more evenly and more quickly – with…

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June 25, 2016 |

Color in the Kitchen

The Silestone Trendspotters – a group of influential designers picked by Cosentino to report on trends from their regional markets – embraced the challenge of designing kitchens that illustrate the important role color plays in creating a unique kitchen environment….

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June 16, 2016 |

Enlighten Your Clients

Even if a kitchen has the glittering backsplash, the colorful six-burner range and all the high-tech features available, without light, cooking and hosting would be a disaster. The most outfitted bathroom – complete with marble work and digital shower controls…

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June 9, 2016 |

Great Minds Think Outside of the Box

Ronbow’s Signature Series brings together 11 new collections from nine top European designers under one single brand. The company went outside of its own design team to research and select world-renowned experts in their fields – not focused on bath…

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June 2, 2016 |

Designing the 2016 Kips Bay Show House

Twenty-one interior designers and architects have come together to participate in this year’s 44th-Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House, hosted by New York’s local youth organization, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Each designer spent eight weeks transforming a…

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May 27, 2016 |

Interactive and Inspirational

Any Atlantan knows that the best high-end shopping happens in Buckhead, the historically upper-class section of the city. When a showroom moves to this part of town, it marks that company’s objective to offer both a personal and a luxurious…

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May 23, 2016 |

Seeing Product Perfect at ICFF

I recently attended the 29th-annual ICFF, North America’s premiere trade showcase for architecture and high-end interior design, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from May 21-24, 2017. The show hosted more than 750 exhibitors from 30+ countries…

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May 12, 2016 |

Kitchen Design Adeptly Addresses a Busy Life

Atlanta-based designer Matthew Quinn worked closely with homeowner, Elizabeth Garvish – an immigration lawyer and mother of eight-month-old twins – to create a design to accommodate her busy lifestyle. The 1,000 sq.-ft. project in a newly constructed home includes a kitchen, powder…

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May 6, 2016 |

Choose Fresh

                                   Katie Stagliano of Katie’s Krops Sub-Zero has announced a new initiative, Fresh Food Matters. The initiative highlights how fresh food touches on matters of both health and family life, economics, culture and the environment. Sub-Zero’s goal with this initiative…

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April 29, 2016 |

Seven Designs, Seven Awards

The National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) Baltimore/Washington Chapter has honored Chevy Chase, Md.-based Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath with seven kitchen and bath design awards. KBB got an insider’s look into each of the projects and spoke with the…

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April 29, 2016 |

Up Close and Personal Curated Design

DESIGN ADAC 2016 took place last week at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. The tagline for the four-day event – sponsored by Veranda – was “Where Design Is Personal,” and industry professionals spoke on a variety of topics where customization…

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April 21, 2016 |

Capturing Coverings

KBB just returned from a press trip to Coverings 2016, the global tile and stone trade show held April 18-21 in Chicago. What an expansive event! I have never seen so much tile in one place and was unaware until…

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April 17, 2016 |

Viva Italia Design!

Modenus and its Design Hounds were recently at EuroCucina and the International Bathroom Show – two events under the umbrella of Salone del Mobile that took place in Milan from April 12-17. The Hounds compiled their favorite finds and key…

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April 7, 2016 |

IDS Designer of the Year Winners Announced

The Interior Design Society (IDS) recently announced award recipients for its sixth-annual Designer of the Year competition. Celebrity designer Dann Foley presented the awards during a gala at the IDS National Conference on April 1 at the Dallas Market Center….

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April 1, 2016 |

Sneak Peek: Design Week in Milan

Known as Salon Internazionale del Mobile, the international show returns to Milan for its 55th year with more than 1,300 exhibitors presenting everything from furniture to tile and kitchen counters. The biennial EuroCucina and its collateral exhibition, Technology for the…

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March 21, 2016 |

Honoring World Water Day

Today, March 22, is an important day: World Water Day. World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues and take action to make a difference. 

 According to a recent poll from…

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March 10, 2016 |

The Future of Home Design

Houston-based Surge Homes, a residential real estate developer and builder, is taking advantage of the trend for curated, professionally designed homes. To launch two local communities this month with seven more in the works, the developer took an innovative approach…

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March 3, 2016 |

Parisian Inspirations

                                              Photo by Eric Kleinberg Karen Herold, Chicago-based designer and principal of Studio K, has recently launched the Brasserie Collection, a…

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February 26, 2016 |

Remodeling and Relationships

It’s a well-known fact that remodeling can be stressful. In light of that, Houzz recently conducted a “Remodeling & Relationships” survey to find out how couples in particular deal with remodeling stresses. 

KBB spoke with several designers on our Editorial…

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February 18, 2016 |

NKBA Hall of Fame Welcomes Francisco Cosentino

Francisco “Paco” Martinez-Cosentino, president of the Cosentino Group, has been announced as the 2016 inductee into the Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame. Inductees are selected by a standing program committee from nominations made since the Hall of Fame’s…

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February 12, 2016 |

Seattle Showhouse Designed Online

ATGStores.com has unveiled the Seattle Showhouse – the first designer showhouse furnished and designed entirely online. The home brought together top Seattle-based designers to recreate eight rooms in a spacious, modern home in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. View a gallery…

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February 8, 2016 |

Trends Shaping the Industry

For the 2016 NKBA Design Trends Survey, more than 450 NKBA members from across the country reported the materials, product types and design styles they specified during the past year in response to changing consumer preferences. Ideal for identifying trends…

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February 1, 2016 |

Trends and Products from IMM Cologne

In Cologne, Germany, more than 80,000 visitors descended on IMM Cologne, which took place from January 18-24. Visitors came from 128 countries around the globe to see the 1,185 exhibitors, who showcased new products and ideas for the furniture industry….

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January 25, 2016 |

The Best of KBIS 2016 Winners Announced

The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) has announced the winners of the 2016 Best of KBIS Awards. Considered the industry’s premier awards program highlighting the best new kitchen and bath industry products, this year’s entries pushed the boundaries of…

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January 13, 2016 |

Houzz Survey Reveals Emergence of the Super Kitchen

Homeowners are renovating their kitchens to create a “super kitchen” that not only serves multiple purposes but also incorporates features, functions and decor traditionally associated with other rooms, dramatically blurring the lines between the kitchen and other living spaces, according…

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January 8, 2016 |

KBIS 2016 Product Preview

                                                Lumina from Artistic Tile We are just days from returning to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), taking place January 19-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Once again co-locating with the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), KBIS…

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January 4, 2016 |

Stepping Up to Help

Deer Park, Texas homeowner Ninfa Vasquez’s problems began when she unknowingly hired a convicted thief as a contractor to remodel her kitchen. The swindler did the original kitchen demolition, but then he took a $9,000 deposit and never returned. For…

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December 28, 2015 |

SurfaceSet 2016 Student Innovation Winners Announced

Formica Corporation has announced the winners of the inaugural SurfaceSet 2016 Student Innovation Competition. A panel of design professionals, including designer Jonathan Adler, selected the first-place winner, Elizabeth Ickes from the University of Cincinnati. The panel also selected a second-place…

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December 14, 2015 |

Announcing the Innovative Showroom Finalists

Now in it’s second year, the Innovative Showroom Awards celebrate existing showrooms in the kitchen and bath space that are doing a great job of engagement, creating an unforgettable experience and educating their customers. Showrooms will be judged on their…

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December 10, 2015 |

Falling for Flooring

   Bellawood Matte Carriage House White Ash from Lumber Liquidators With fall coming to a close and the holidays just around the corner, clients are beginning to wrap up projects or starting to think about new ones for next year….

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December 7, 2015 |

Pantone Reveals Color(s) of the Year for 2016

Pantone has announced PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz as the PANTONE Color of the Year selection for 2016. K+BB spoke with Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, to find out more.

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November 19, 2015 |

Adapting Design to Overcome Challenges

Duravit hosted speaker Stacie Wong of design house Gluck+ at its 6,500-sq.- ft. Madison Avenue New York showroom for the start of a year-long celebration heading into Duravit’s 200th year in in the industry. As early as 1817, the company…

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November 12, 2015 |

Matching the Next Hurricane Sandy

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy swept the northeastern shoreline and left New Jersey and New York battered. One 1940s cottage on Long Island, which sat five feet above sea level, could not withstand the storm. Homeowner Kim Erle, a…

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November 9, 2015 |

Highlights from London Design Festival

This year, design directory Modenus launched a new concept, Designhounds (www.designhounds.com), just in time for a tour to London Design Festival. Participating designers and bloggers from the U.S., Canada and the U.K. visited a number of design shows, including Decorex,…

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November 4, 2015 |

The World Grows Smaller

                       Above photo of Seoul’s Changdeokgung Palace by Erinn Waldo In preparation for LG’s debut of the TWIN Wash Laundry Pair – launched November 3 and available in the U.S. on December 20 – K+BB visited the company’s headquarters in…

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November 2, 2015 |

Designers Compete for the Best Dream Kitchen Design

Above photo from Marilyn Russell’s winning project BLANCO, the German manufacturer of sinks and faucets, has announced the three winners of the #BLANCODreamKitchen Design Contest, which took place last month. After sifting through dozens of designs, BLANCO and a panel…

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October 22, 2015 |

Reimagining Bathrooms

Duravit has selected the winners for its third Designer Dream Bath Competition, which involved both built and unbuilt projects. This year’s judging panel included Sheila Kim, products editor at Architizer; Paul Makovsky, brand director at Metropolis; Linda Lentz, special sections…

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October 19, 2015 |

Faucets, Fittings and Fixtures

Hansgrohe USA has announced the results of its second-annual Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition. After careful consideration, a jury of media and Hansgrohe representatives selected two winners and three honorable mentions in the residential category, as well as one…

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October 9, 2015 |

Getting Creative with National Pride

First started in 2014, the Impressões by Laufen project aspires to take the simple washbasin and make something unique, functional and sustainable. This second edition of the project brought together 10 designers and architects to present their interpretations of the…

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September 24, 2015 |

Photo Story Contest Highlights Indoor/Outdoor Design

NanaWall Systems has announced winners of the third-annual Photo Story Contest, which were selected based on each project’s premier design, application story and imagery. The contest invited architects, designers, contractors and homeowners to submit their personal NanaWall projects for the…

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September 11, 2015 |

Charm of the South

On Bundoran Farm, a preservation development in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, one 4,500-sq.-ft. home was built to inspire more Southern charm in interior design. Drawing from both classic regional styles and modern touches, the 2015 Southern Living…

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September 4, 2015 |

K+BB Design Awards Announced

K+BB is proud to announce our 2015 Design Award winners! 

 The esteemed panel of judges critiqued 90 kitchen, bath and showroom projects based on aesthetics, functionality and efficiency, solutions to challenges and fresh thinking. The panel chose a Kitchen,…

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August 28, 2015 |

Start Drawing

Los Angeles-based designer Sandra Espinet of S.E. Design Services recently launched a new fabric collection for Guildery Fabrics in Los Altos, Calif. Speaking with K+BB, Espinet offered insight into how she developed her line and how other designers can start…

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August 21, 2015 |

Year-Round Outdoor Kitchens

                                            Photography by Coyote Outdoor Living School is starting back and the days are growing shorter, but the appeal of the outdoor kitchen still continues into the cooler months of the year. “In addition to warm-weather climates such as Florida…

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August 17, 2015 |

Overcoming the Fear of Bold

                                       Photography by B.A.K. Interiors For designer Bryan Alan Kirkland of Atlanta-based B.A.K. Interiors, the best designs start with tone and build up with pattern and juxtaposing colors. “Your clients often look at the same magazines and the same looks…

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August 6, 2015 |

An Italian Showcase

Modern bathroom design has entered the historic streets of Italy’s city of fashion. At the recently opened Kartell by Laufen showroom, location and layout come into play for its collaborative design. Two years after the collection’s debut at the ISH…

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July 31, 2015 |

Designing the Non-Toxic Kitchen

There is finally a truly healthful craze undercutting the American stereotype. All-natural, fully organic, free-range and GMO-free are the buzzwords across the cooking world, inspiring consumers to look deeper into the ingredients that enter their body. But what about the…

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July 20, 2015 |

ASID Hosts Celebration Awards Gala

This past Saturday, July 18th, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) hosted Celebration – The ASID Awards Gala, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. ASID honored the individuals and organizations that are transforming lives through design and will…

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July 9, 2015 |

A Showhouse for a Symphony

In support of the Kansas City Symphony Alliance, a group of more than 30 designers banded together to renovate a 1911 Georgian Colonial Revival home in Kansas City’s Hyde Park. The home itself is a remnant of history; it housed…

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July 3, 2015 |

Shades of Gray in Kitchens

                      SieMatic BeauxArts.02 in Sterling Grey The big screen isn’t the only place that’s drawing fans of shades of gray. Grays are the newest neutrals in kitchen design – along with black and white. Designers are taking this sophisticated yet…

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June 26, 2015 |

NeoCon Introduces Kitchen and Bath Solutions

Known as the largest commercial interiors show in North America, NeoCon took place on June 15-17 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The three-day event attracts nearly 50,000 design professionals and showcases more than 700 companies across one million square…

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June 19, 2015 |

HGTV’s 2015 Smart Home

For the 2015 HGTV Smart Home, the network chose a 2,300-square-foot house in a southern suburb of Austin, Texas. Inspired by the design of a modern farmhouse, the tech-friendly home design evokes an everyday get-away with a rustic Texas feel….

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June 15, 2015 |

Sherwin-Williams Unveils ColorMix 2016

Sherwin-Williams has released the Colormix 2016 collection. This year’s annual forecast collection has a positive outlook and highlights mindfulness, happiness, indulgence and wellbeing. Vintage workmanship, social engagement and future technologies are also reflected in the collection’s four color stories.

Jackie Jordan,…

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June 6, 2015 |

‘Mixmaster’ Eric Cohler’s Take on New Customizable Color Hardware

Sayonara, brushed nickel! Amerock recently launched an array of summer-hued hardware with aptly named shades like calypso, sea glass, surfside, lemon twist and more.                  “Splash” isn’t just a product line. It’s also an interactive design and shopping experience, available…

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May 29, 2015 |

Designer of the Year Award Recipients Announced

Grand Prize Kitchen Winner: $50,000 & Under, Bauer/Clifton Interiors, Juneau, Alaska The Interior Design Society (IDS), an independent national organization comprised of more than 2,000 members with national headquarters located in High Point, N.C., has announced award recipients for its…

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May 21, 2015 |

ICFF Hits and Highlights

This year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) was held from May 16-19 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Produced by Emerald Expositions, the publisher of K+BB, ICFF featured 165,000 square feet of exhibition space on two…

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April 27, 2015 |

2015 NKBA SOTI Report Reveals Top Trends

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) has released its 2015 State of the Industry Report. The study, which was conducted last November, was among 640 kitchen and bath dealers and designers. View a gallery of the announced trends here….

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April 20, 2015 |

Cool Coverings

                   Astra from La Fabbrica – a veining of agate onto porcelain stoneware Coverings 2015, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, took place last week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from April 14-17. The show featured…

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April 3, 2015 |

DIFFA Brings Designers Together to Fight HIV/AIDS

DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) recently brought together a group of designers highlighting the hottest new trends to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS at its 18th-annual DINING BY DESIGN (DBD) event. This year’s edition on March 19-23 expanded…

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March 30, 2015 |

AD Home Design Show Wrap Up

The 14th-annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show, which took place March 19-22 at New York City’s Piers 92 & 94, explored design with a diverse range of brands, panels and show exhibits. K+BB explored the show floor for the latest…

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March 23, 2015 |

34 Technologically and Energy-Efficient Winners

ISH, the world’s biggest exhibition for the combination of water and energy, is known for showcasing some of the best in the bathroom experience, building services, energy, air conditioning technology and renewable energy. Taking place this past week in Frankfurt,…

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March 9, 2015 |

Designer Regina Sturrock Wins #PerlickDesignChallenge

Regina Sturrock, founder of Burlington, Ontario-based interior design firm Regina Sturrock Design Inc., has won Perlick’s recent #PerlickDesignChallenge. Perlick partnered with Modenus, a comprehensive digital resource for design professionals, for the #PerlickDesignChallenge “Chilling Below” contest where design professionals were asked…

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March 2, 2015 |

Midcentury Modern Goes Live

Celebrating the Palm Brings, Calif., legacy of midcentury modern architecture, the Modernism Week Show House 2015: Christopher Kennedy Compound showcases the work of 12 designers and the best in kitchen and bath products. View a photo gallery of the home…

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February 20, 2015 |

Grohe Introduces Products for Three Design Styles

In the kitchen in particular, the three major design styles – traditional, transitional and modern – are influencing everything from color to shelving to plumbing. Here, Grohe addresses each taste and preference with new products and tips to fulfill the…

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February 16, 2015 |

Trending with Spanish Tile

At CEVISAMA 2015, the International Ceramics Exhibition, Tile of Spain ceramic tile manufacturers introduced a number of innovative products and trends at the show, which took place February 1-5 in Valencia, Spain. The themes that marked the design of ceramic…

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February 9, 2015 |

Marsala in the Design World

Described as delicious, luxurious and robust, the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala, has begun appearing in kitchen and bath products. Best paired with white tones and light wood, this natural, earthy wine red works as accent pieces, accessories…

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February 2, 2015 |

6 Kitchen Cabinet Trends for 2015

Cabinetry is reaching a new high in the American home. The industry is booming, and according to research from RnRMarketResearch.com, demand for cabinets in the U.S. is forecast to rise 6.6 percent annually to $16.0 billion in 2018 because of…

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January 26, 2015 |

For Our Eyes Only

As another KBIS has come to a close, we at K+BB want to share absolutely everything we can with you in the event you didn’t make it to the mega-event this year or if you were unable to see and…

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January 16, 2015 |

Freedom Within Four Walls

                                               Kohler Digital Shower In the run up to the German bathroom tradeshow, ISH 2015, the Association of the German Sanitation Industry is using its Pop Up My Bathroom trend forum to address designing for different stages of life. The…

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January 12, 2015 |

KBIS Sneak Peek

We’re counting down the days to the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), taking place January 20-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As KBIS is again co-locating with the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), the second Design &…

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December 12, 2014 |

All the Comforts of Home

As the holiday season draws upon us, many designers find a way to give something back to their communities. For Manhasset, N.Y.-based interior designer and owner of Poggenpohl Long Island Vasi Ypsilantis and her friend Sea Cliff, N.Y.-based interior designer…

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October 23, 2014 |

Window Dressing

DXV by American Standard – named for the company’s 15th decade in business – has invited six designers to create month-long window installations for this new line at its new luxury bathroom and kitchen flagship showroom at 15 West 20th…

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September 30, 2014 |

European Vacation

London Design Festival, now in it’s 12th year, was abuzz with trade shows, design and art exhibits and events from September 13-21. Anchored by four major shows – 100% Design, Tent London, Design Junction and Decorex – the festival is…

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September 19, 2014 |

A Visit to Eden

There’s an idyllic spot just south of the airport in Atlanta that is in complete contrast to my busy city. It’s a town called Serenbe that is made up of four hamlets – yes, I said hamlets – that hone…

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September 3, 2014 |

K+BB’s Design Award Winners Announced

We at K+BB are proud to announce our 2014 Design Award competition winners! The esteemed judges critiqued more than 55 project submissions on aesthetics, functionality and efficiency, solutions to challenges and fresh thinking. The panel, which included Chantal Devane of…

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August 25, 2014 |

Trends and Takeaways from IWF

The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) took place last week in Atlanta. The event is a stage for material processing and design industries to connect, and while it is not specifically a kitchen and bath show, I did discover several products…

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