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KBIS 2012 – Kitchen and Bath Design Trends

Best of KBIS

As you already know, KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) was held this year in Chicago and Design Magnifique was in attendance on the hunt for the latest innovative designs in kitchen and bath tools. Brands, of all levels, unveiled their best fashion-forward products for the kitchen and bathroom that, really, serves to make your life a little easier and fun. Here are my found treasures.

Copper

As if luxury + professional couldn’t get any better. ROHL‘s new stainless copper sink is constructed of high-grade stainless steel for extreme durability. It’s profound craftsmanship radiates an abundance of contemporary features including an easy to clean corner edge and clean side walls. What is also spectacular about this sink is its insulation that reduces the splash-back sound.

Chromatherapy

Brands are catching on to the fact that color does affect one’s mood. As a color lover, I was thrilled to see Chromatherapy Lighting incorporated into products as in the shower head by ROHL (above) and the Underscore bathtub by KOHLER (below).

For an added bonus, KOHLER took it a step further by adding music; YES, music for a multi-sensory environment. Two messaging beat experiences add physical vibration that can be adjusted to the desired level of intensity to personalize the bathing experience. On a side note, I sat in this tub and let me just say, WOW what an experience.

Laminate

FORMICA has done wonders to ensure that Laminate is not left in the dust. From solid colors to woodgrains and patterns, your options are bountiful. Further, Formica’s idealEDGE is leading the pack in innovation. No more are there brown lines but rather a smooth finish all around. The Bullnose and Ogee edge are Formica’s latest additions.

ORGANIZATION

No one will ever argue that organization is a must in the kitchen (we all have one of those catch-all drawers that seems to never stay tidy). While there were several brands featuring kitchen organization this year, my heart remains with Poggenpohl because its flawless, contemporary and first-class. Not only do these drawers glide easy on thin runners but also includes adjustable organization and/or LED lighting.

MOTIONSENSE

MotionSense was another word buzzing about KBIS this year. And with so many brands offering their own interpretation of motionsense, it was hard to select my favorite. But here it is, from Brizo‘s new collection, Odin. The Odin collection is an imaginative new series of faucets, showers and accessories for the bathroom that features a modern, architectural approach in a sleek design and SmarttouchPlus application.

Cheers,

Marilyn

President/Principal Designer of Design Magnifique,an up and coming interior design firm in Orlando, Florida. With her Business Management degree in hand, Marilyn went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design, a winning combination to successfully starting and managing her own design firm.
While working on her design degree, Marilyn participated in a Study Abroad program in
London focusing on the history of interior design and architecture.
Marilyn has since served as a Judge on OlioBoard contest, participated in speaking engagements at International Academy of Design & Technology and is a member of
Habitat for Humanity’s Family Selection Committee.
Marilyn’s passion for design comes from the love of helping people discover that they
hold the key to creating the space of their dreams.
When not designing, Marilyn may be spotted blogging, tweeting, pinning, facebooking
or sharing her contagious laughter with friends and family.
To see more of Marilyn’s work please see her at:
Website: www.designmagnifique.com.
Blog: www.design-magnifique.com.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/marilyn_russell.
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/marylin_russell.
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/designmagnifique.

 
 

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