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Feb 09 2015

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A Glimpse of What’s to Come

Addressing the future of kitchens, a group of students and professors from the Virginia Tech Center for Design Research created a new concept that may define the way homes are built down the road. The kitchen shown at KBIS is the first phase of a three-year plan to construct a two-story FutureHAUS.

Many of the most high-tech and common achievements of the 21st century are factory made and assembled fluidly as one piece – like cars or televisions. Why are kitchens still being built piece-by-piece on site rather than as a few modular pieces? The idea behind FutureHAUS suggests a modular housing system that will let buyers select ready-made pieces that combine into condominiums.

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In some sense, kitchens are already being made this way. Islands can be made as one large piece and placed easily in the center of a kitchen. Currently, the industry has not moved past cabinets made from smaller modules. If they were created in larger pieces, cabinets would be stronger and have fewer issues. This also has potential for solving humanitarian crises; if a mass amount of homes were destroyed, these modular, prefabricated homes could be readily available and easily transportable.

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From the appliance end, the connectivity of the home is inevitable. The group predicts this change will come in the next few years. In the FutureHAUS model, sensors keep track of everything from how much milk is left in the fridge to how much detergent should go in the dishwasher. Four large LCD displays make up the backsplash and a social table. Every appliance also has a touchscreen app. According to the designers, the FutureHAUS will adapt to owners’ needs and automatically will adjust temperature, lighting, security, etc., based on voice recognition, motion and touch.

The next phase of the FutureHAUS design process is the addition of a living room alongside the kitchen, which will debut at the American Institute of Architects national convention from May 14-16, 2015, in Atlanta.
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Feb 03 2015

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Modenus Talks Tackles Power of Design

Brands, Design Pros, Media and VIPs Convene for Idea Exchange to Kick Off Their Design & Construction Week Experience

The Modenus Talks event at the Las Vegas Market brought 75 participants together from all areas of the interior design and kitchen & bath design industry on Jan. 19 – just before KBIS and IBS opened for business. The day revolved around the important topic of “The Power of Design: How Does Great Design Impact the Way We Live & Work?”

Lively Q&A sessions followed ASID CEO Randy Fiser’s keynote and color expert, Amy Wax’s, presentation at the sold-out Modenus Talks event.

Lively Q&A sessions followed ASID CEO Randy Fiser’s keynote and color expert, Amy Wax’s, presentation at the sold-out Modenus Talks event. All photos by Chasen West Photography.

Keynote Randy Fiser, CEO of ASID, spoke on the “Power of Design,” followed by Color911 founder Amy Wax’s presentation on the “Impact of Color.” A group brainstorming session, mirrored online as a Twitter Chat, yielded important elements that can and should be considered by design professionals when developing a design concept for a client. Solutions and ideas brought forth in this dynamic session covered everything from the psychological impact of color, sound and smell to the physical impact of well-thought-out space plans, sustainable material selections and lighting design – to name a few.

NKBAU Professional of the Year Rhonda Knoche, CMKBD, and Molly Switzer, AKBD, present their team’s outdoor living concept.

NKBAU Professional of the Year Rhonda Knoche, CMKBD, and Molly Switzer, AKBD, present their team’s outdoor living concept.

During the afternoon session, the audience divided into eight groups to create design concept using a minimum of three of the elements that had been identified during the brainstorming session. Teams presented the projects at the end of the day with results that produced an urban oasis; a universal-design restaurant concept; a colorful modular group office; an interactive, healthy day care; a feature-rich micro home, as well as kitchen, bath and loft challenges.

Interior designers Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, (left) and Pamela Copeman, review their three key terms of wellness in design as it relates to their bathroom/spa concept.

Interior designers Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, (left) and Pamela Copeman, review their three key terms of wellness in design as it relates to their bathroom/spa concept.

“Seminars and learning sessions are crucial to stay relevant in our industry, but the format may not fit everyone in the room. Individuals have their own experiences and knowledge to share.” said Veronika Miller, CEO of Modenus. “We created Modenus Talks to bring brands, design pros, media, showroom owners and others together through conversation, sharing of ideas, skills and experience.”

Judges Brian Pagel, vice president, Kitchen Bath Group, Emerald Expositions; Chelsie Butler, executive editor K+BB Magazine; and Laurie March, designer and HGTV/DIY Network personality, gave top honors to the universally-design restaurant concept created by Designers Mitzi Beach, Robin Siegerman and Anne Edwards, color expert Amy Wax and sponsor Thermador’s Director of Brand Marketing Zack Elkin. Other event sponsors included Mr. Steam, Blanco, Cosentino and KBIS.

Awarding the winners of the Modenus Talk Design Challenge: Judges Brian Pagel, vice president, Kitchen Bath Group, Emerald Expositions; Chelsie Butler, executive editor K+BB Magazine; and Laurie March, designer and HGTV/DIY Network personality.

Awarding the winners of the Modenus Talk Design Challenge: Judges Brian Pagel, vice president, Kitchen Bath Group, Emerald Expositions; Chelsie Butler, executive editor K+BB Magazine; and Laurie March, designer and HGTV/DIY Network personality.

Modenus Talks, produced by Modenus.com, is a series of one-day events, as well as smaller, showroom-based events that leverage Modenus’ design network locally and regionally.

Leanne Wood Newman,  principal, Flying Camel

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Jan 30 2015

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Twitter Chat Community Builds Buzz for KBIS

What started as a small group of kitchen and bath pros getting together on Twitter each Wednesday afternoon has grown into a significant vehicle for industry information and KBIS communications. A KBIS hosted pre-show chat on January 14 had 244 participants, 2,770 tweets about the show and an estimated reach of more than 700,000 twitter users in the week prior to and including the one-hour chat.

The progressive KBTRIBECHAT at KBIS 2015 kicked off in the Wellborn Cabinet booth.

The Progressive KBTRIBECHAT at KBIS 2015 kicked off in the Wellborn Cabinet booth.

On the first day of the show, KBIS 2015 and Stacy Garcia, founder of the #KBTRIBECHAT, hosted a progressive show floor chat sponsored by Wellborn Cabinet Inc., TOTO USA and Cambria. A large group of social influencers toured the three exhibitor booths learning about new product, new initiatives and tweeting their findings and favorite products to the larger social community.

Cambria presented the #KBTRIBECHAT community with new products and celebrity guest Mariel Hemingway.

Cambria presented the #KBTRIBECHAT community with new products and celebrity guest Mariel Hemingway.

Highlights included smart design, automation and customization from Wellborn; water-saving technologies and people-first innovation from TOTO USA; and textures, design possibilities and advanced fabrication techniques from Cambria.

Renée Lyn, 
marketing communications & social content coordinator for TOTO USA, reviews new eco washlet options during the Progressive #KBTRIBECHAT.

Renée Lyn, 
marketing communications & social content coordinator for TOTO USA, reviews new eco washlet options during the Progressive #KBTRIBECHAT.

During the usual Wednesday time slot on January 21, Formica held an in-booth #KBTribeChat that supported the show with topics that covered top products, color trends, technology finds and must-see booths at KBIS 2015.

#KBTRIBECHAT founder Stacy Garcia (center) oversees the tribe at the Formica booth for a KBIS top picks and trends chat.

#KBTRIBECHAT founder Stacy Garcia (center) oversees the tribe at the Formica booth for a KBIS top picks and trends chat.

      – KBIS Social Media Team

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Jan 26 2015

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NAHB New American Home Makes Statement during Design & Construction Week

Main photo The New American Home, now in its 30th year, is the NAHB show house that exhibits the latest and greatest new home trends and technologies. This year’s home, constructed by Blue Herron Builders, was no exception. It sits in the hills of the desert, outside of Las Vegas, and is a contemporary with warmth and style. The simplicity of the architecture and furnishings are juxtaposed with rich textures and organic color palettes that enhance the stunning desert view. The Entry The entry, an outdoor space with water features, serves also as a casual entertaining space with simple seating, a glass-top table – complete with both fire and water features and one of the home’s 19 televisions. Yes, 19 televisions! It may seem excessive, but apparently, as a society, we have a growing desire to stay connected. As a designer who specializes in kitchen-centric living, I was happy to see an open floor plan in the kitchen. The stylish space also displayed a current trend: no wall cabinets. Tall units, open shelving and a hidden walk-in pantry create ample storage and a clutter-free, streamlined look. Kitchen 1 The Bosch appliances included a sleek, side-swing wall oven (which I voted for in a trade innovative products contest last year and find to be brilliance!) and other integrated appliances in a design in which I would love to cook. Two islands separated the kitchen cooking wall from the great space. The first, a prep island with a Kohler undercount sink, and the second, a stunning Caesarstone counter attached to the wall allowing for a casual meal, gathering of friends or a kids’ homework station. Bosch oven Very versatile, multifunction open space is my favorite type of home floor plan for family fun and entertaining. What I like to call the “great space” (because it is much more than just a “room”) featured ample and comfortable seating, stunning views, a fabulous chandelier and a beautiful gas fireplace, as well as another of the home’s 19 televisions. Great space A hallway to the media room has a textural wall of marble mosaic and another stunning gas fireplace with gemstones covering the flame jets. The media room houses one of the home’s several bars. Another bar in a loft space upstairs from what I called the “great space” continued the vibe of the entertainment, home-party lifestyle as the bar layout had a pub feel. It seems that wine enthusiasm is on the rise, especially as a trend for home entertaining. The lounging space by the bar features not only another TV, comfy lounge seating and a pool table but also a killer glass wine room that captures the trending wine culture in a strong way. The backlit bar and all bath and wall tiles in the common spaces are from Walker Zanger.

Wine wall The master suite follows the trend of well-organized, walk-in closets and less clumsy storage furniture. Behind the comfy bed is a stadium-style seating area for relaxation. The ensuite bath features simple white fixtures, as well as a trending freestanding tub and floating vanities for both him and her. The guest suites and other outdoor living spaces keep with the simple and uncluttered trends. Bedroom Floating vanities The technical aspects of the home are pretty impressive, as well. The energy the home needs to operate is actually produced on site, and many new building technologies are utilized to make the home incredibly energy efficient. Roof end Personally, I am happy to see the continuing interior trends of user-friendly, uncluttered, chic space that is still warm. The floor plan, furnishings, textural elements and lighting truly give an inviting feel. I found The New American Home to be very inspiring even though my market is the New York metro area. More information on the home, it’s impressive HERS rating of -13 and all the other specs and tech information can be found at www.tnah.com.

- Toni Sabatino, NKBA Manhattan Chapter

 

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