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EDITOR’S NOTE In Praise of Labor DESIGN + INNOV TION + LIFESTYLE / November/December 2012 A EDITORIAL executive editor Alice Liao (646) 654-4408 aliao@kbbonline.com creative director Jonathan Marsland (646) 654-4472 jmarsland@kbbonline.com Graphic production artist Jessica Farley (646) 654-7245 jessica.farley@nielsen.com INDUSTRY WATCH eNewsletter Nichole Schulze naschulze@yahoo.com editorial advisory board Jeff Burton; John Buscarello, asid; Jeff Cannata, cmkbd; Mick De Giulio; Jamie Gibbs; James Lev, aia; Candace Morris; Florence Perchuk, ckd; Lloyd Princeton; Roderick Shade; David Stimmel; Dick Titus; Gary White, cmkbd publisher Natasha Selhi 6800 Jericho Turnpike Suite #100E, Syosset, NY 11791 (516) 682-6030 natasha.selhi@nielsen.com TERRITORY MANAGERS MidWest and illinois John Wilson 602 Society Place A2 Newtown, PA 18940 (215) 497-0221 john.wilson@nielsen.com east coast Paul Bienkowski 2422 Ellington Rd., South Windsor, CT 06074 (860) 644-3861; FAX: (860) 644-0700 pbienkowski@cox.net Phil Viscidi One Hollis St., Suite 305 Wellesley, MA 02482 (781) 431-1320; FAX: (781) 431-1968 phil@viscidi.com West coast and southWest Larry Shore 805 Avalon Dr., Seal Beach, CA 90740 (562) 598-5560 larry.shore@nielsen.com classiFieds and special sections Diane Kennedy 1145 Sanctuary Parkway Suite #355, Alpharetta, GA 30004 (770) 291-5519 diane.kennedy@nielsen.com vice president/content Doug Hope (770) 291-5453 doug.hope@nielsen.com vp kitchen and bath Group Brian Pagel 1145 Sanctuary Parkway, Suite #355, Alpharetta, GA 30004 (770) 291-5438 brian.pagel@nielsen.com There’s a certain remove inherent in a product press release. The words, no matter how evocatively composed, and the images, no matter how thoughtfully shot, fail to communicate the who and how of a product’s life. Granted, these less publicized aspects count little in an editor’s day-to-day but when you encounter them face-to-face, as I did in Kohler, WI, the experience can be quite stirring. I am referring to a factory tour I took last month as part of the Kohler Editors Conference. Our guide was a spry and witty 50+-year company veteran who entertained us with his vast knowledge about Kohler, its products and their manufacture. As we followed him from one facility to the next—sometimes breathing hard to keep up—he sprinkled his erudition with stories of his own time working at the company. In fact, of all the tales he shared, none was more memorable than his description of his first experience enameling a hot, glowing-red cast iron tub:“When I enameled my first tub, I thought I would die,” he said.“When I enameled my second tub, I wish I had.” I can’t even begin to imagine. The conference offered many other highlights, including the unveiling of a new (and spectacular) Mick De Giulio kitchen vignette, discussions of industry trends and issues, a visit to a new LEED Gold office building and, of course, Moxie. What is Moxie, you ask? It’s a showerhead (above) with an integrated speaker that can stream music wirelessly from a mobile device. Attached by a strong magnet, it can also be dislodged and used as a portable speaker. Fun, hip and innovative, it is all the more remarkable because it comes from a company that will celebrate its 140th anniversary next year and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. So allow me a moment of subjectivity as I tip my hat—or should I say pen?—to Kohler and, more importantly, to those who may never appear in the pages of a magazine but whose labor is no less significant. Finally, I want to take this opportunity to welcome Natasha Selhi, the new publisher of K+BB Magazine. Drop her a line (natasha.selhi@ nielsen.com) and say hello. n Alice Liao, Executive Editor aliao@kbbonline.com SUPPORT production ManaGer Nan McDowell (770) 291-5480 nan.mcdowell@nielsen.com reprints Rosie Hassell The YGS Group (800) 501-9571 Ext. 136 kbb@theYGSgroup.com circulation custoMer service (800) 697-8859 Fax: (847) 291-8416 nkb@omeda.com list rental product ManaGer Bart Piccirillo (845) 731-2768 bart.piccirillo@eraepd.com senior vice president Joe Randall joe.randall@nielsen.com david loechner President, Nielsen Expositions Michael alicea Senior Vice President, Human Resources denise bashem Vice President, Finance lori Jenks Vice President, Operations darrell denny Senior Vice President, Business Development teresa reilly Vice President, Digital Joanne Wheatley Vice President, Manufacturing & Marketing Services Circle No. 7 the official sponsor of Copyright © 2012 by Nielsen Business Media, Inc. All rights reserved.

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KBB - November/December 2012
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Online Contents
Editorial
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Trends
2012 K+BB Product Innovator Awards
Products
Design
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Ad Index
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