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SPECIAL REPORT

David Stimmel
Stimmel Consulting Group, Philadelphia

K+BB: What design trends are you seeing in
the kitchen and bath industry today in terms of
your own experiences with clients/consumers?
David Stimmel: Transitional design could not be any hotter. What I consider "transitional" is the idea that the room may not follow the norms of
modern or traditional design. For example, modern with an artistic flair or
using a wild grain pattern in woods and not just flat veneers. Or, traditional
cabinetry used without lots of leafs and scrollwork but just clean, painted
doors and moldings. White-painted kitchens are extremely popular, and
I'm amazed how this look resurfaces every 10 years or so with a resurgence of a new twist.

popular with my clients. I am also using more freestanding tubs, and my
clients want a shower experience that includes hand showers, rain heads
and body sprays. I find I am using more mosaic, non-skid floor tiles and
larger wall tiles that are easier to keep clean in my designs.

K+BB: What are some changes you see coming?
Sabatino: I see people willing to spend more on kitchen entertaining
spaces and master baths that are a true personal retreat. I see my clients
wanting powder rooms to be easy to use and also artful statements with
luxurious fixtures, faucets and lighting. More intricate tile flooring, also.
Sabatino used larger wall tiles in
this bathroom, as well as a hand
shower and three body sprays.

Stimmel designed
this white-painted
kitchen with a twist.

K+BB: What are some changes you see coming?
Stimmel: The emerging client seems eager to design and plan, and some
are willing to do some of the research themselves.Typically they use Houzz
or Pinterest. They seem to grasp the concept that product can be "found"
cheaper or easily available if you just search hard enough; they feel the
well of products and options never runs dry. I recently attended a Houzz
seminar and will be attending another soon. It was interesting to me that
a website would put boots on the ground and deal with its client base
face to face. This will be a powerful tool in the future.

Toni Sabatino
Toni Sabatino Style, New York

K+BB: What design trends are you seeing in
the kitchen and bath industry today in terms of
your own experiences with clients/consumers?
Toni Sabatino: For kitchens, I continue to see more open floor plans and
high-end appliances that create great entertaining experiences for families and foodies. In the bath, the trend toward implementing more universal design elements like curbless showers and comfort-height toilets is

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Vetrazzo's surface material
in recyled glass - shown here
in Coastal Bretagne Blue

K+BB: What design and product trends interested you at
KBIS 2014?
Sabatino: I saw some large porcelain pieces suitable for walls that I found
very interesting. I see a trend toward more interesting ventilation and
cleaner air in the home. The use of LED lighting in all sorts of applications
like backlighting tables and counters was also interesting to me. Continued innovation in faucet design is something I enjoyed checking out. I
also see the trend toward more recycled materials in countertops and
metal sinks. More KBIS products that interested me include:
* Neolith surface material
* Vetrazzo surface material made with recycled glass

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KBB - May/June 2014
Table of Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
All Abroad
Tech Savvy
Special Report
Trends
Products
Design
Open “More” Plan
Cover Story
Full House
Solutions
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KBB - May/June 2014 - Editor’s Note
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KBB - May/June 2014 - Show Director’s Note
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KBB - May/June 2014 - People & Places
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KBB - May/June 2014 - All Abroad
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