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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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.



Florence von Pelet

Florence is a senior editor at Modenus.com. Aside from her natural passion for interiors, kitchens and baths Florence also leads the way on Modenus’ BlogTours around the world so please follow her on Twitter to get the latest information and inspiration about design trends from around the world.


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