Spotlight on KBIS 2017 | Kitchen & Bath Design News

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Celebrating its fourth year, Design and Construction Week is trading in the bright lights of Las Vegas for the bustling hub of the Sunshine State – Orlando, FL. For three days this month, the halls of the Orange County Convention Center will host some 80,000+ design and residential construction professionals and more than 2,100 exhibitors at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and the International Builders’ Show.

KBIS and IBS, hosted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the National Association of Home Builders, respectively, are expected to fill more than 900,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space with a wide array of products, demonstrations, live presentations and more. Both show floors will be open Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 10-12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On these pages, Kitchen & Bath Design News shares some of the stunning and innovative products that will be at the center of this year’s show.

  1. James Martin Furniture’s (Booth S3828) Brookfield Collection vanity showcases hand-carved accenting filigrees and raised panel doors for a custom look. Antique Brass finish door and drawer pulls are available to complete the look.

  2. Franke’s (Booth W2185) Chef Center features two anti-microbial compartments for collecting compost scraps, chilling wine or storing kitchen tools. An array of custom accessories are also available, including Franke’s Roller Mat.

  3.  Arabescato is the newest addition to Vicostone’s (Booth S5111) Exotic collection of engineered stone surfaces. Soft gray veining on white provides the sophisticated look of marble.

  4. True Residential (Booth W871) is offering a color finish option for its stainless steel full-size refrigerators – Pearl Slate. The automotive-grade paint is added to the stainless refrigerator for a more luxurious appeal, according to the firm.

  5. Metal Fusion range hoods by Kountry Kraft (Booth S6085) are rendered in wood and bathed in a real metal finish that consists of pulverized metal particles combined with a special resin. The product is available in eight metal finishes, and the metal may be applied as a polished, polished patina or satin patina finish.

  6. Platinum from Medallion Cabinetry (Booth W355) showcases rich details and artistic touches. Shown is Providence Platinum in maple with Irish Creme Classic and Dove Appaloosa finishes, as well as cherry cabinetry in Peppercorn finish.

  7.  Docking Drawer (Booth S5627) introduces the Docking Drawer 24 Slim, one of three sizes in the Slim Series of in-drawer charging outlets. This in-drawer charging solution can charge four devices simultaneously in drawers as shallow as 3″.

  8. Enviro Water Products (Booth S1854) is introducing two new sizes of the Pro Combo System, which incorporates a three-stage Carbon Series water filter and a NaturSoft System. This combination protects against contaminants, sediment and scale build-up, notes the company.

  9.  The Gaucho Grill from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet (Booth S3834) is an Argentinian-style grill that uses a wheel/cable to raise and lower the cooking surfaces and regulate cooking temperatures. All cooking is done over a wood fire.

  10. Häfele’s (Booth W729) decorative hardware Tab collection works either top-mounted on drawers or bottom- or side-mounted on swinging cabinets. Depending on the viewing angle, the cabinets may not even appear to have handles.

  11. Rentown – a transitional door style combining a wide rail Shaker with a traditional flat panel, mortise and tenon door – has been introduced by Kountry Wood Products (Booth W301). It is offered in full-overlay with two drawer front options: slab or an upgraded five-piece.

  12. Wellborn Cabinet’s (Booth W1271) Set 7 is a set of contemporary, clean-lined cabinets that will feature many of the trending gray tones. The set is from Wellborn’s Estate Collection and features an oak door with the Davenport Square design (concealed hinge/no bead). This door features the new Oak Tensile finish.

  13. Poggenpohl (Booth W1971) is offering new, chrome-plated, high-gloss lacquers for its cabinetry in 14 metallic shades. These are available both in a modern front design and as conventional framed fronts and in select ‘architect colors’ – Polar White, Blossom White, Sand, Pebble Grey, Sand Grey, Stone Grey, Diamond Grey and Black. A variety of surface finishes, lacquer fronts in all RAL, design and NCS shades are also available.

  14. U-Line (Booth W805) has introduced a chewable ice and filtered water dispenser designed for residential use. Delivering up to 125 lbs. per day of nugget/pellet style ice, all models use only 12 gallons of water for each 100 lbs. of ice. Models offered include: countertop, freestanding, ADA built-in, and standard built-in with stainless or integrated door.

  15. A custom look can be created using the new Tableau Collection from Atlas Homewares (Booth W1157). Inspired by a modernist take on classic geometry, the pieces come unassembled and feature round or square bases that work with rectangular or arc handles. The hardware can be installed horizontally or vertically.

  16. Federal Brace’s (Booth S5228) Floating Shelf designs include a hidden ¼”-thick steel supporting bracket for added strength and an elegant look. The brace allows the floating shelves to be well-balanced and offer strength to hold a larger weight than other similar shelves available, the firm notes.

  17. Interiorvista’s (Booth S5687) Kitchen Browser is an online configurator available to kitchen and bath designers for their websites. The tool addresses the vast array of finishes and possible combinations that can confuse customers, providing website visitors a chance to play with different looks. Various elements and finishes made up of generic colors, finishes and hardware allow the dealer to use the tool with multiple brands.

  18. Vent-A-Hood (Booth S5420) offers its proprietary 3-D Build-A-Hood program to create a custom hood. Users can choose widths, CFM, ceiling heights, finishes and decorative treatments from the entire Vent-A-Hood product line. JPEG and PNG images from every angle of the 3-D range hood can be downloaded.

  19. Hand-hammered in copper, the Haven sink by Thompson Traders (Booth S5824) features an apron-front form that adds a distinctive touch to the kitchen. The sink, sold through Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery locations, can also be retrofitted onto any cabinet and is available in dual-mount style.

  20. CNC Associates (Booth S4620) has added the Victoria line to its offering of cabinets for the kitchen. Made of birch wood, Victoria is built with a semi pillow effect that sharply bevels down to the center panel.

  21. Native Trails (Booth S5677) has expanded its line of copper sinks with two new finishes: Polished Copper and Polished Nickel. Polished Copper is a luxe shade with hints of rose gold, while Polished Nickel is a warm-toned silver color, with both finishes hand polished to a mirrored shine. All Native Trails copper pieces are forged of 100%, high-quality recycled copper.

  22. The new Series 145 from Isenberg (Booth S4408) embodies the modern minimalist look, and has been fully developed to include 21 coordinating pieces. The line sports faucets and tub fillers in a variety of configurations. Thermostatic shower valves and diverters are also part of the line, as are coordinating accessory pieces such as towel bars, robe hooks and paper holders. Made with solid brass construction, the series is available in chrome, polished brass and polished nickel finishes.

  23. Gerber Plumbing’s (Booth W1415) new Hinsdale suite features a modern traditional styling with a blend of contemporary design elements. The lineup includes a 1.28 gpf toilet that features the brand’s QuietClean flushing system with dual-siphon jet technology. Two pedestal sink options are also part of the suite.

  24. The IAPMO Group (Booth W1283) now offers one source Water Systems testing through R&T Lab and certification by R&T. The Water Systems program, which tests and certifies such products as point-of-use drinking water treatment units, shower filters and microbiological purifiers, ensures that products have been tested and certified to all applicable standards, notes IAPMO.

  25. Osborne Wood Products’ (Booths W1900; S4093)  new Bendix Collection offers a wide variety of incredibly detailed molding and trim, and accommodates any ornate, traditional or Shaker style home. The collection is available in a wide variety of carved, pierced, rope, dentil, and pearl and bead.

  26. AGA Marvel’s (Booth W805) AGA Elise multi-oven range in full matching suite is a French-inspired range built on a 48″ multi-oven platform, with three ovens and five-burner cooktop, in gas or induction options. It features brushed chrome accents and a bespoke style, and is available in six finishes: gloss black, matte black, white, scarlet, ivory and stainless steel. The suite includes an integrated dishwasher and counter-depth French door refrigerator with bottom freezer.

  27. Walker Zanger’s (Booth S4631) Stardust collection showcases mosaic tile that is waterjet-cut from lava stone and glazed to achieve a textured, hand-crafted aesthetic. The Stardust Collection draws inspiration from celestial themes, 1970s glam and textiles. Stardust’s celestial-themed colors – Moon Rock, Twilight, Nova, Solar, Midnight and Glam – alternate between silver, black, white and gold.

  28. New designs focusing on whites and grays have been added to Wilsonart’s (Booth W1470) Solid Surface Collection for 2017. The new White Sands pattern features lineal white on white translucent design that can be backlit.

  29. The radiant collection by Legrand (Booth W5360) – comprised of switches, wall plates, outlets, dimmers and home automation controls – brings technology and timeless aesthetics together. The product lineup eliminates unsightly screws, offers a clean low-profile design and is available in one-gang to six-gang configurations in a curated range of colors and finishes, including six solid, neutral hues and two metallic finishes.

  30. KWC’s (Booth W2185) Intro line of bath faucets features a swiveling jet regulator, which allows users to change the direction and angle of the jet of water to suit their needs. The collection also features a single-lever faucet and a widespread faucet.

  31. The Stealth Phantom by Niagara Conservation (Booth S4444) is a single-flush toilet that features patented Stealth Technology, allowing the ability to flush the least amount of water (0.8 gallons per flush). Other features include: EZ Height design; a standard Fluidmaster ll valve; an inconspicuous flush push button; a low friction ceramic surface, and no flapper to cause leakage.

  32.  Cook-N-Dine International’s (Booth S5152) Teppanyaki Grill Cooktop with a built-in plancha griddle is made in Germany. The solid stainless steel product cooks on contact, with no radiant heat. Patented Shallow-Dip-Technology allows for social cooking. When on, a large hot cooking center forms a shallow depression to catch all the juices. When off, the center reverts back for use as extra workspace or a warming area. 

  33. GE Appliances (Booth W1201) is offering Wi-Fi connected dishwashers with Dash Replenishment reordering capability. The homeowner can set up Dash Replenishment through the GE Kitchen app using an Amazon account and select the dish detergent pods they want to automatically reorder. The connected dishwasher will keep track of the number of pods used by counting wash cycles and will reorder when supplies are low.

  34. The unexpected geometric lines of the doors and drawers give Ronbow’s (Booth W371) Amora Vanity a distinctive look. The cut lines delineating the vanity’s storage compartments, including the door and drawers, are done at unconventional 45-degree angles, for a modern yet classic aesthetic.

  35. DuPont Surfaces (Booth W1183) is showcasing five new residential sink shapes, including small and large U-shaped rectangles, a flat-bottom U-shape sink, a double-bowl sink and large single sink. The sinks can be seamlessly integrated into a Corian or Zodiaq quartz surface countertop material to create contemporary looks, including Industrial Loft (shown). The kitchen sink collection includes 18 sinks in six families: Neat, Simplicity, Smooth, Precision, Efficiency and Bold.

  36. With Noble Co. (Booth S6028) Niches, watertight, recessed shelving in shower walls for shampoo, soap, etc. can be created. Niches are waterproof and ready for tile. They install in minutes and mount flush with the front of tile backer board in standard 2″x4″ construction. No fasteners or additional waterproofing steps are required. Choose from a variety of sizes and styles to complement the design. Custom size niches are available for quantities over 100.

  37. The Akcess high-end bypass shower door collection from Kalia (Booth S5107A) is designed with two moveable panels that allow for ease of entering and exiting the shower. The ultra-smooth and quiet Poyamide 66 nylon roller technology, combined with sturdy upper rail, provide optimal door movement, notes the firm. The door can be installed in a corner or alcove, and is available in 60″ or 48″ in chrome.

  38. The Grohe (Booth W1547) Concetto faucet collection also has a line for the bath, and the newest additions include the Concetto XS Single Hole Faucet and Concetto Wideset Three-Hole Faucet. Both faucets meet ADA requirements, as the lever is no more than 6″ high when in full operation. The levers’ 6″ adherence means that an individual seated at wheelchair height can activate the faucet.

  39. Vinotemp’s (Booth S4467) Designer Series 300 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler features Vinotemp Blu, a blue LED interior lighting system designed to reduce growth of bacteria and mold. The unit also includes a Dual-Zone Cooling System, with an upper zone at 40-56° F and a lower zone at 54-65° F, as well as vibration-free wine racking. 

  40. Arizona Tile (Booth S4852) now offers several uniquely shaped tiles, including: S-White Glossy Penny Round and Convex Loft; Jumbo Hex Cafe, Cotton and Pumice; Chevron Mosaic Grey Polished; Stainless Steel Arabesque, and Varese Grigio Hex. The company’s Just Design program gives clients the opportunity to create exclusive tile designs, selecting from a variety of different patterns. The color palette can be created from a list of stone, porcelain, glass and mirror options.

  41. Trending colorways and unique textures are elements of the new laminate collection from InteriorArts (Booth S3882). This new range of 37 design-driven, high-pressure laminates features distressed industrial looks, usable neutral tones and popular light to medium wood grains, with  texture that pops. The new designs are part of the InteriorArts collection of over 90 HPL laminates, which are GREENGUARD certified for low VOCs.

  42. Microcad Software (Booth S4120), developer of Autokitchen design software, has launched a cloud service available to designers using Autokitchen Pro. The service, available in two versions – Pro and Premium – allows designers to store and display their designs as color renders, and panoramic 360° views. Items get placed on the cloud and a link can be generated that can be sent to the customer.

  43. White Square Furniture (Booth S5107C) is launching its White & Walnut Collection, which includes the Simplicity1-72 vanity, shown. Simplicity1-72 offers a pure look, with structure and shelves made of solid walnut. Soft-close door and drawers are featured, with left or right shelves available. A matching mirror with integrated LED lighting is offered, along with a ¼”-thin acrylic countertop and a vitreous china sink.

  44. The Edge seamless undermount sink from Karran USA (Booth W129) works well with today’s kitchen countertop surfaces, including stainless steel, acrylic solid surface and quartz. In this kitchen, Edge is paired with a modern laminate pattern from Formica, creating an upscale look.

  45. Task Lighting’s (Booth W1301) new Sempria R Series LED strip, in 90 CRI, can be recessed under or inside a cabinet, into shelves, and wood or metal soffits to provide bright, continuous light. With a choice of warm (2700K) or neutral (3000K) light, the Sempria R Series provides a bright light with a minimal profile.

  46. Decora Cabinets (Booth W2171) introduces the K-Cup Pullout Storage Cabinet. The K-Cup Pullout Storage Cabinet holds 44 pods and easily glides open with a gentle pull, while adding organization to a small space that often goes unused.

  47. With C.R. Laurence’s (Booth W1383) Transpara frameless shower door system, there’s no visible hardware securing glass panels together or holding them in place against the sidewalls – no door hinges, wall clamps or vertical framing. The result is a floor-to-ceiling shower enclosure that delivers all-glass visuals.

  48. Portofino by SMEG (Booth S5049) is a 36″ dual-fuel range with vapor clean, double convection, defrost by weight and maximum thermal insulation, reducing up to 50% of the preheating time. It has a large LCD display with 20 automatic cooking programs, large glass and special interior lighting for visibility. The gas cooktop is equipped with cast iron grids. The ranges come in eight colors: olive green, orange, red, white, anthracite (charcoal), stainless steel, black and yellow.

  49. 2020 Design is CAD software from 2020 (Booth W2349) that helps designers plan, design, visualize, price and order kitchens and baths using products from a large collection of manufacturer catalogs. Built specifically for kitchen and bath designers, it includes NKBA verification capabilities to ensure that projects comply with industry standards. It brings realism, speed and accuracy to space planning.

  50. Lapitec (Booth W628) has added a new solid color – Avana – and three new veined arabescatos – Bernini, Canova and Donatello – to its line of full-bodied sintered stones. Because the stones are full-bodied, the veining runs through the depth of the slab, which gives the machined surface a more realistic appearance, notes the company. The stones are available in the Lux, Lithos and Satin finishes.

  51. Spectrum Quartz from Hirsch Glass (Booth S4205) captures the beauty of natural stone but with the company’s proprietary movement. Quartz crystals are combined with the firm’s art glass, creating distinctive and radiant surfaces, Hirsch Glass reports.

  52. Hettich’s (Booth W109) Sensys thin door hinge features an extremely shallow cup, which gives furniture makers maximum design flexibility for further options, the company reports. The cup allows the use of thin core board panels of a thickness of 8 mm, with a design defining surface application layer, such as glass.

  53. The Estate-scaled line of 36″ and 48″ All-Gas Ranges and Range tops from Caliber Appliances (Booth S3838) have been designed in collaboration with architects and designers. The Caliber Professional Indoor Range series is customizable in color and trim finishes. Pictured is the configuration with four burners and a French top.

  54. The Warmwood line of cabinetry from Kitchen Kompact (Booth W793) features a chestnut brown tone. The clean lines and recessed panel doors in the Shaker style give this kitchen
    a warm, transitional look.

  55. Vestique from Progress Lighting (Booth W4441) features an array of glass spheres suspended within a modern frame. Light reflects and refracts through these elements to provide a dramatic focal point, notes the firm. Wall sconce, mini pendant, semi flush and oversized pendant options are part of the Vestique collection.

  56.  Ruvati’s (Booth S6013)new Ibiza Faucet features interchangeable color sleeves. The faucet includes three pre-packed color sleeves, with more colors available separately. The sleeves are made of a high-performance silicone that are heat resistant and dishwasher safe. The silicone sleeve is comfortable to touch and provides a good grip, the firm reports. The flexible pull-down spout allows users to reach all corners of the sink, the company adds.

  57. Schaub & Company’s (Booth W1311) Positano collection features Polished Chrome or Satin Nickel accents and a choice of clear or smoke-colored high-grade acrylic. Made in Italy, the drawer pulls provide seamless integration with existing furniture, while adding a modern spin.

  58. The TempZone Shower Floor Heating Mat by WarmlyYours Radiant Heating (Booth S6033) ensures a warm floor during a shower. The Shower Floor Mats come in three different sizes, with a hole in the mat to accommodate the shower floor drain. Each mat is designed with a wire-free drain for fast and easy installation. TempZone floor warming systems are engineered with an insulated copper alloy resistance warming cable taped to a fiberglass mesh backing.

  59. Omnia Industries (Booth S5218) has expanded its Ultima collection of cabinet hardware and appliance/door pulls. Six new pulls and a new knob are available in a wide array of finish options and sizes ranging from 4″ to 18″.

  60. MCN European Enterprises (Booth S5287) brings the industrial look to the bath with the Nature Cross Collection. The handles are detailed with a utilitarian cross design capped with rounded balls. The Nature Cross Collection is available in a variety of configurations. Choices include a widespread faucet, a Roman tub set with hand-held shower, a tub spout and tub and shower sets. Available finishes are polished chrome, brushed nickel and polished nickel.

  61. Portland Cement, 100% recycled glass and non-toxic pigments are the three core ingredients in IceStone, a sustainable surface for the kitchen or bath from IceStone USA (Booth S5878). Handmade in the U.S. with the environment in mind, IceStone is available in over 16 different colors.

  62. The Summit CMV24 from Summit Appliance (Booth S1523) is a built-in speed oven sized at just 24″ wide. Made in Europe, it features a stainless steel finish with a pro-style handle and double-pane glass door. The sleek black touch-control panel includes settings for microwave functions (up to 1000W), broiling, baking and cooking as a standard convection oven.

  63. The Brilliance Nugget Ice Machine from Scotsman Ice Systems (Booth S5617) delivers chewable nugget ice. The machines are energy and water efficient, and feature smart design and user-friendly cleaning.

  64. A part of Northern Contours (Booth S4640) Level line of flat laminated and edgebanded doors and drawer fronts, the Wired Collection features a modern, straight grain pattern with a high gloss finish. Five metallic colors are now available, including new Wired Zinc, a sleek shade of black. A choice of matching, 3-D aluminum or steel gloss edgebanding is offered.

  65. The Thermostatic Shower Panel from Lenova (Booth W143) is an all-inclusive shower system with a rain shower top, multiple body sprayers and a hand-held shower. The single-handle design offers high-pressure resistance and dual control over water flow and temperature. Lenova also offers a Cool-Touch handle that stays cool even when the water is hot.

  66. Cambria’s (Booth W1940) Marble Collection provides the popular look of marble, but with the durability of quartz surfacing, according to the company. Ella, seen here, showcases white marble with faint black, gray and gold veining. The countertops are nonporous, as well as scratch- and stain-resistant.