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EDITOR’S NOTE Future Focused By the time you read this, 2013 will have already begun, so: Happy New Year! But in truth, as I’m writing this, it’s still 2012—surely you didn’t think we put this magazine together in a week, did you?—and I’m thinking about all the things that need to be done before I leave for the holidays. Even without this first issue of the year hanging over my head, the last few weeks have been extraordinarily busy not only for me, but also for editors on sister brands, one of whom exclaimed on a few occasions,“I expected December to be quiet.” My email has seen a flurry of activity with companies announcing new products and new hires. And this morning, as I drove to work through furious winds and rain pelting the Tri-State area sideways, a radio announcer for a business program flew through a list of mergers and acquisitions. Just last night, I posted a story on Mohawk Industries’ acquisition of the Marazzi Group. SIgns of recovery? Perhaps. As I prepared this issue, a sense of optimism, however tempered, seemed a recurring theme. The Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released by Harvard University’s Remodeling Futures Program predicts an acceleration in remodeling spending through the first half of 2013. In fact, “Our leading indicator is calling for double-digit growth,” said Kermit Baker, program director and senior research fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University. “I think that’s possible absent any of the other problems I talked about.” The problems he was referring to include, of course, the fiscal cliff, which at press time, we just jumped off. Hopefully, the break will bring about sanity in our government officials, and talks will resume. In any case, read more of Baker’s insights on the housing market and remodeling industry in Focus on page 18. January/February is also the issue where we devote our Trends column to color forecasting (page 20) for the new year. Because predictions are usually done a few years in advance, I am always curious about how unforeseen events, such as, oh, a dive off a fiscal cliff or a serious storm like Sandy, will affect their accuracy and our affinity for certain colors. But perhaps not surprisingly, some forecasters pointed to nature and climate change as factors informing their 2013 predictions: “All the environmental disturbance in our world has made the sky and water become turbulent places,” said Leslie Harrington, executive director of Color Association of the United States (CAUS). The continuing need for self-expression was also cited as a key driver and, interestingly enough, may make ubiquitous color trends and combinations a thing of the past, especially as “people become more confident making their own choices,” said Kate Smith, president of color consultancy Sensational Color, . By the time you read this, the future will already have arrived and you may have a better idea than I do. n DESIGN + INNOV TION + LIFESTYLE / January/February 2013 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 John Wilson (215) 497-0221 john.wilson@nielsen.com east coast Paul Bienkowski (860) 644-3861; FAX: (860) 644-0700 pbienkowski@cox.net Phil Viscidi (781) 431-1320; FAX: (781) 431-1968 phil@viscidi.com east MarKetinG ManaGer Liliana Connolly (781) 431-1320; M: (781) 492-1509 lil@viscidi.com West coast and southWest Larry Shore (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 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 F”ax: (847) 291-8416 nkb@omeda.com list rental Contact your Territory Manager or: Wayne Nagrowski (845) 201-5318 wayne.nagrowski@reachmarketing.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 Alice Liao, Executive Editor aliao@kbbonline.com Circle No. 7 the official sponsor of Copyright © 2012 by Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - January/February 2013

KBB - January/February 2013
Contents
Online Contents
Editorial
Show Director’s Note
KBIS Special Section
Web Savvy
Focus
Trends
Products
Design Feature: A Touch of Glass
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Practice
Ad Index
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