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Editor’s Note The Stuff of Design I’ve been receiving inquiries regarding this year’s edition of the K+BB Design Awards Competition. Thank you for the interest. Normally, this would be the time of the year entries would be arriving on my desk and I would be logging them in and readying them for judging. Not so this year. No, you haven’t missed the deadline. Instead, it’s been pushed back to June 10, 2011, and the winners will be featured in the September issue of K+BB. Check our website, www.kbbonline.com, and upcoming issues for more information on the contest and how to enter. Also worth noting, this year’s competition will be judged by a panel of design professionals rather than the editorial staff, which has considerably shrunken in size. I’m sure this change will make for a vigorous competition and I look forward to seeing all of your wonderful kitchen and bath designs. Gaggenau’s full surface induction cooktop (Model CX 480) drew a lot of attention at LivingKitchen. Users can place cookware anywhere on the cooktop and then adjust the power level as needed by scrolling. And speaking of fabulous design, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the inaugural LivingKitchen show, which was held January 18-23 in Cologne, Germany. Needless to say, the launch was pretty impressive, both in product offerings and sheer energy. Sure, the world is in the midst of an economic slowdown, but you wouldn’t have known it from walking the show floor. According to a postshow report, the total attendance for LivingKitchen and imm Cologne combined was 138,000 visitors, which represents a 38 percent increase from last year’s event. No wonder the halls were so warm. European shows, such as LivingKitchen, Eurocucina and ISH, are significant as many kitchen and bath trends seem to begin there, eventually making their way to our shores. And often for good reason. After all, products like Gaggenau’s induction cooktop are, well, cool. Moreover, in covering this industry, I have frequently heard repeated the phrase, “Europe is ahead.” But lately, I’ve been wondering (and I think we should all be asking ourselves): Why? Why is Europe ahead? A full report of LivingKitchen will appear in an upcoming issue and on our website. Alice Liao, Executive Editor aliao@kbbonline.com Circle No. 9 http://www.elmirastoveworks.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.elmirastoveworks.com

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KBB - January/February 2011
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Editorial
Letter to the Editor
Focus
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