This year’s KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) was held at The World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA last weekend. KBIS is the largest North American trade show geared solely to the Kitchen and Bath industry. It’s a great opportunity for industry professionals to stay current with the latest trends and products.
For cabinetry, strong modern European influences continued to dominate the show. Slab doors in exotic veneers with strong grain patterns in both matte and high gloss finishes along with solid paint finishes were at the forefront of the modern styling. The overall direction of the aesthetics was minimalist – fewer upper cabinets than in traditional kitchens and very simple colour blocking of the cabinets along with the absence of mouldings direct the eye to the sculptural appeal of the cabinet boxes themselves rather than overly cluttering the space with cabinetry, again something which was typical of previous traditional kitchen styling. To counterbalance this minimalist approach to kitchen design, clever interior storage solutions were mandatory in maximizing the interior cabinet space. More prevelant this year were undercounter storage solutions for items that in the past were more typically stored in the upper cabinets – ie. dishes and glassware. Ultra smooth pullout storage solutions and seamless utensil and cutlery inserts along with intelligent waste management systems rounded up the kitchen accessory “must haves”.
In terms of what’s new in counter tops CeasarStone’s new Motivo line is truly spectacular. The Motivo line is a selection of textures which are embossed into the quartz creating a textured surface that is both visually appealing and practical – not only suitable for the counter top itself, but also great for cladding the back of an island, backsplash, etc. – textures include a lace pattern and a crocodile pattern – your imagination is your only limitation when using this product. www.CeasarStoneUS.com
For appliances, Leibherr’s 48″ side by side fully integrated modular refrigerator and freezer was a great addition to their product offering. This side by side is actually 2 x 24″w pieces which actually fit into 2 x 24″w pantries – seemlessly integrating the appliance into the cabinetry design. Quite a stunning application! For more information check out www.euroline-appliances.com
Form truly meets function for this next product line. The Elica line of Italian hood ventilation systems is a glamorous and sleek option for what can be a very industrial application in the home. When I first approached Elica’s booth at the show I was struck by the beautiful fixtures suspended over the islands – it was to my pleasant surprise that these beautiful “light fixtures” doubled as hood ventilation systems for your cooking surface. My favourites in the collection were The Elica Star – a crystal sphere light fixture concealing the mechanicals of the ventilation system and The Elica Wave – a shaded light fixture again concealing the ventilation mechanicals. For more information check out their website @ www.elicacollection.com