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SPECIAL REPORT

* Factory-produced cabinetry with more colors and conveniences
from Wellborn and Decora
* Moroccan mosaic tiles that I loved for kitchen and bath flooring
along with backsplashes
* Ventilation from Falmec
* Beautiful functional hardware and surfaces for walls and cabinetry
* Flooring products made with reclaimed materials

K+BB: What are some changes you see coming based on what
you saw at KBIS 2014?
Sabatino: Accent LED lighting in more products like backlit counters and
tables. I think the movement toward ease of use that incorporates beauty
in the design and not just simple function is a great trend. I saw many
products that create a lux feel with ease of use at KBIS.

Cathy Osborne
Auer Kitchens, Cincinnati, Ohio

K+BB: What design trends are you seeing in
the kitchen and bath industry today in terms of
your own experiences with clients/consumers?
Cathy Osborne: Interesting ceilings are everywhere! Beamed, coffered,
barrel-vaulted, marble-clad, custom millwork, custom painted, LED lit -
looks like "the sky's the limit." As part of the same trend, I see completely
integrated connectedness between cabinets, floors, walls and ceilings. We
can no longer design the kitchen, order the cabinets and then decide on
other items. Every transition dictates another transition. I also see the use
of sharply contrasting colors and textures: bright white paint teamed with
dark walnut; a chunky hand-hewn wood countertop next to ultra-smooth
and shiny quartz; a band of heavily textured, natural wood on a wall next
to sleek blue wall tile; a piece of contemporary art featured in a reclaimed
antique frame.
There is also an enthusiastic adoption of crisp LED lighting. Last year
everyone wanted to get LED to look like incandescent, and now we are
past that. The cooler 3,000 Kelvin LEDs highlight the new looks better. There
is also a fearless mixing of metals. We find copper, stainless, polished nickel,
oil-rubbed bronze and colored enamels being used in the same space.

K+BB: What are some changes you see coming?
Osborne: People seem to FINALLY be getting out of recession-trepidation!
Contemporary design is finally moving to the heartland after it has been
on the coasts and in bigger urban centers for years.

K+BB: What design and product trends did you see at
KBIS 2014?
Osborne: Gadgets and accessories - Häfele and Rev-A-Shelf displays
with so many moving parts for cabinet access and the docking drawer
mechanism. More trends I see include:
* Speakers that pop into your showerhead and can be removed when
you move to the make-up counter

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Hafele's LOOX LED lighting

* More textures; some great metal sinks
* Creative online pricing, sales and marketing models that protect us
from losing out to competitive internet shopping
* Booths showing products for other rooms such as closets, laundry
and craft spaces (This is not a new trend, but I saw more displays
relating to it than before.)
One of the downsides of having KBIS combined with IBS is that I can't
remember what I saw where.

K+BB: What are some changes you see coming based on what
you saw at KBIS 2014?
Osborne: This may sound weird, but I saw an acknowledgement that
HGTV may have gone over the top in making projects appear to be so
fast and so cheap. I heard Alison Victoria nod to that in the Kohler booth,
and it was also noted at Jeff Devlin's 'Communication Challenge.' We all
agree that HGTV has been a boon to our industry in generating interest
and excitement for home remodeling - especially kitchen and baths -
but that it has hurt us too. What I was hearing from HGTV is "we hear you
and we are trying to do better."

Sandra Espinet
Sandra Espinet Design, San Diego
"Granite is done, and quartzites are in for countertops. This is the
new stone of choice, and the amazing durability and incredible
range of colors is making it a fast-moving trend. I am also seeing
the complete integration of electronic appliances into smart home
systems, for example, ovens that can be preprogrammed on your cell
phone or coffee makers that can be pre-set to start at certain times
and also be controlled by your phone." n

May/June 2014 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com

- By Chelsie Butler


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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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