KBB - October 2014 - (Page 8)

SHOW DIRECTOR'S NOTE Celebrating Innovation One of the great pleasures of my job is that I have the opportunity and privilege to speak with some incredibly talented professionals from our industry on a daily basis. Whether with a manufacturer or designer, dealer or architect, I am constantly impressed with the level of talent in the marketplace today. Your passion for great design is what drives us. Just recently I was encouraged by a long-time customer to reach out to the faculty at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design regarding the FutureHAUS design project. The goal of this research is to create high-density urban architecture that can be mass-produced in a factory, much like an airplane. A cornerstone of this project is the FutureHAUS Kitchen. After speaking with the lead faculty, I was absolutely blown away by their vision to create a well-designed, highly efficient and very functional connected kitchen as a part of the whole home experience. Of course the concept of the future kitchen or even the connected kitchen is nothing new. In fact, many of the materials, products and technologies used for this project are readily available in the marketplace today. The technology alone is not what was so impressive. What really caught my attention was how these students (yes students) have brought the various design disciplines together into a well-thought-out finished product. The faculty at Virginia Tech believe these highly innovative design elements and building processes will significantly change the way we approach urban development in the future. However, innovation in design is not just limited to projects like this. In fact, I would contest that major innovations are taking place throughout our industry in product development, sustainable building practices and ultimately how we engage with the consumer. Our goal is to highlight these innovations and offer you suggestions on how to leverage these new products and techniques in your own business. That said, you can rest assured that this issue will not disappoint. To get a sneak peak at everything innovative you will see at KBIS, please read the Countdown to Design & Construction Week special section beginning on page 41. Don't forget that registration and housing are now open at www.kbis.com, so be sure to register early for the best rates. Your 2015 KBIS badge will offer you access to all of Design & Construction Week, which has expanded to include the Las Vegas Winter Market and International Surface Event, in addition to the International Builders' Show and International Wall Coverings Expo. Don't forget to join the conversation and get involved on all of our social channels. We would love to connect with you on Twitter at #KBIS2015 or join our weekly Google+ chats every Thursday at 1 p.m. n Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2015 January 20-22, 2015 Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas www.kbis.com 1145 Sanctuary Parkway, Suite 355 Alpharetta, GA 30009 SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT Joe Randall joe.randall@emeraldexpo.com VP KITCHEN AND BATH GROUP Brian Pagel (770) 291-5438 brian.pagel@emeraldexpo.com SALES MANAGER Amy Hornby (770) 291-5434 april.hayslip@emeraldexpo.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Maria Hill (770) 291-5419 maria.hill@emeraldexpo.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Diana Gallagher (770) 291-5436 diana.gallagher@emeraldexpo.com MARKETING MANAGER Rebecca Corbett (770) 291-5459 rebecca.corbett@emeraldexpo.com OPERATIONS MANAGER Lane Vento, CMP (770) 291-5538 lane.vento@emeraldexpo.com President John A. Petrie, CMKBD President-Elect Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD Vice President Ric Coggins Treasurer Denise M. Dick, CMKBD Secretary Debra H. Robinson Immediate Past President John K. Morgan Chief Executive Officer Bill Darcy Senior Director of Finance Stephen Graziano General Counsel and Director of Legislative Affairs Edward S. Nagorsky Director of Business Development and Member Relations: Suzie Williford Brian Pagel Vice President, Kitchen and Bath Group brian.pagel@emeraldexpo.com 8 + K BB October 2014 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com Director of Learning Nancy Barnes http://www.kbis.com http://www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - October 2014

KBB - October 2014
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Business Strategy
Tech Savvy
Universal Design
Solutions
Reader’s Choice Awards
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
Trends
Products
Design
Timeless Beauty
Art as Life
Last Word

KBB - October 2014

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