PM Managing Editor Kelly Faloon wraps up her live reports from the 2007 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las
Kitchen and Bath Ideas'
"Gourmet Traveler at Home" setting featured a deluxe wine room.
A Night Out - At Home
I spent much of the third day of KBIS walking
around the North Hall. (The LV Convention Center has three halls - North,
Center and South - and K/BIS exhibits were in all three.)
visited the NKBA Design Idea Center, which showcases five home settings
designed by editors from Meredith Corp.'s five home magazines: Midwest
Living, Better Homes & Gardens,
Country Home, Traditional Home, and
Kitchen and Bath Ideas. This year's theme was
"Destination Home: Everyday Getaways."
One of the more
interesting was Kitchen and Bath Ideas' "Gourmet
Traveler at Home" setting. These editors were responding to the
"rising tide of travelers who bring home their culinary interests and
experiences." Most striking was the deluxe wine room, which displays the
homeowner's collection. It includes an area for wine tasting, wine
refrigeration units, sink and dishwasher for entertaining, oak cabinets to hold
wine bottles and glasses, and walnut flooring.
Midwest Living's "Back
to Basics" barn retreat included a spa bathroom. The carved countertop
drains into a silver trough.
to Basics" barn retreat included a spa bathroom. (The carved countertop
in the photo here drains into a silver trough.) Two contemporary drawer bases support the countertop.
The bathroom also has a separate water closet, a freestanding tub and an
Country Home's "Big Little House
in the Woods" showcased a combination
dishwasher/sink (dishwasher sits to the right
of the sink).
And Country Home
Little House in the Woods" kitchen had a little surprise: a combination
dishwasher/sink. This home setting is all about luxury in small spaces - saving
space with the combo sink/dishwasher allows for a larger French-door
A special coating on the glass of Thermique's towel warmers allows electrical
currents to circulate evenly across the surface.
Towel Warmers Upping The Ante
Also in the North Hall was Thermique, maker of glass towel
warmers. A special coating on the glass allows electrical currents to circulate
evenly across the surface of the glass. The unit is warm when operating, but is
not hot to the touch. Models will soon be equipped with a programmable
electronic timer to be programmed at different times each day of the week, but
also have customized settings for each user. Thermique is showing a
prototype of its freestanding glass towel warmer - the final production
model should be available this fall.
Another interesting item that caught
my eye as I walked past the booth was from Neo-Metro, a
division of Acorn Engineering - an ADA-compliant, wall-hung double sink with
resin countertops lighted from underneath called the Ebb
Concept. Currently, Neo-Metro markets to the hospitality industry.
The resin countertops are available in seven colors, and basins conceal
the drainage for a very sleek design. Other models include single bowl and can
use either wall-mounted faucets or deck-mounted faucets.
manufacturers I talked to were pleased with the traffic and the number of good
leads. So, another successful K/BIS show. But me and my aching feet were glad
to get back on a plane headed for Chicago, which is the venue for next year's
K/BIS. Back to the familiar McCormick Place, April 11-13, 2008. I hope to see
Read More Reports From The ShowClick here to read Kelly’s Day One K/BIS blog.
here to read Kelly’s Day Two K/BIS blog.