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Apr 21 2017

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Delta Faucet Event Unveils New Products

KBB was recently invited to attend a press event at Delta Faucet Co.’s new Manoogian Center, a $15,000-million addition to the company’s headquarters in Indianapolis that celebrates its founder, Alex Manoogian.

We were given a look behind the scenes to see where the inspiration for the company’s designs originates, how they test packaging to ensure the products are getting to their customers safe and sound, how they incorporate new technology into their collections and how they test products for various certifications.

“We think faucets are of the utmost importance,” said Brian Noble, senior director, Brizo and marketing services. “After all, people interact with them multiple times a day.”

The Model Shop in the Innovation/Research Lab on the lower level

In terms of inspiration, Judd Lord, senior director of industrial design, and his team do a lot of traveling to national and international events to study various trends, including furniture and even automotive.

“We want to get out there and activate our senses,” he explained, adding that the creation of entire collections from start to finish takes anywhere from 18 months to two years.

My personal favorite was the RSVP Collection – a very literal, elegant take on the female figure.

Regarding new technology, it is helpful to keep looking forward to determine future needs.

“I started working on our H2O Kinetic technology in 2001 because I knew water regulations and the green movement were coming,” said Paul Patton, senior R&D/regulatory manager. “It’s important to pay attention to regulations coming down the road.”

What’s New for Delta and Brizo

Whereas research points to aesthetics being first on consumers’ lists of requirements, function/performance is following along closely. Brizo takes both seriously with its fashion-forward approach, as well as tech elements that include an electronic proportioning valve offered in some of its collections.

The Litze Bathroom Collection was introduced at KBIS 2016, and now the brand offers the Litze Kitchen Collection (above), which will be available later this year. It is available with three different spout options, two choices of handles and five finishes. When asked during KBIS 2017, attendees were most enamored with the black and gold split-finish option.

Brizo is also introducing the Vettis Bath Collection (above), which was inspired by the Vettisfossen waterfall in Norway, and both brands have created new display systems to elevate their products in the showroom setting (Delta below left, Brizo below right).

Jan 16 2017

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KBB Does KBIS 2017

Our hard-working staff at KBB was truly dedicated to all things KBIS last week. We traversed the two massive halls looking for the latest product trends, and we were heavily involved in the show programming this year. We attended several parties, visited a showroom and toured a design home – all in just three days. The following is a photo diary of our staff at work – enjoy!

1Trio

Erinn Loucks, Chelsie Butler and Natasha Selhi at the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s “Magic of Design” party at Epcot.

2Aladdin photo

Getting our picture taken with Aladdin at Magic of Design. Left to right: Chelsie Butler, Travis Hunt, Rebecca Corbett, Selhi & Diana Gallagher

3Orlando Jones

Natasha and Chelsie were lucky enough to meet the evening’s MC – Orlando Jones.

4KBB Booth

Some of our Editorial Advisory Board members coming to see us on the first day in the KBB booth. Left to right: Toni Sabatino, Ebony Stephenson, Diane Kennedy, Chelsie Butler

5Me with Brad

Chelsie Butler pictured with Brad Hunter of HomeAdvisor during one of four information-filled discussions during KBIS

6EAB with Toni

Toni Sabatino, Natasha Selhi and Chelsie Butler at the annual KBB Editorial Advisory Board meeting

7EAB

Celebrating the KBB Editorial Advisory Board with a quick pic after our annual meeting

8Travis_image

Travis Hunt keeping track of his steps while visiting multiple exhibitor booths

9Travis at booth

Here he is learning about all of Lenova’s new products.

10Erinn at socialmedialounge

Erinn Loucks learning social media strategies from other brands at the Social Media Lounge in the South Hall.

11The Bash

Chelsie Butler, Brian Pagel and Natasha Selhi celebrating another successful KBIS at The Bash

12Erinn

Post-show, Erinn relaxed at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

 

Jan 08 2017

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It’s Showtime!

2016 PWP Studio Corporate Event Photographers

2016 PWP Studio Corporate Event Photographers

It’s finally here. We have just three days to see new products, learn from great leaders and network with other industry experts – and that’s just the beginning. As editors of KBIS’ official publication, we’ve done a lot of preparation and are anticipating a fabulous show. Here’s just a glance of what we’re most looking forward to:

1.    All the New Products. We’ve gotten a sneak peek from many of the companies at the show, and take it from us – you’ll see more innovation, style and pizazz than at any other show.

2.    Networking. There never is enough time to talk with as many designers and manufacturers as we would like during the year. KBIS gives us the chance to finally talk face-to-face with people we hear about and work with every day.

3.    The Opening Ceremonies. Did anyone else hear the keynote speaker is Peyton Manning? That’s going to be very cool.

4.    All the Parties. You could party every night if you’re not too tired from walking the show floor – start with the Magic of Design Opening Party on Monday evening at Epcot’s World Showplace, and make sure to attend The Bash on Wednesday starting at 8:30 at Mango’s Tropical Café.

5.    Learning Opportunities. Every year we have the opportunity to learn from our colleagues at the Voices from the Industry Conference, and this year will cover everything from online sales strategies to sustainable design.

6.    The Location. Las Vegas has been great, but we’re all looking forward to sunny Orlando for KBIS 2017!

Follow us on Twitter @KBBconnect, on Facebook and on Instagram at kbb_magazine to find out where in the show we are, and have a great KBIS!

Dec 01 2016

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Fun at Design & Construction Week

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Have friends and family members joining you for the shows in Florida next month? The National Association of Home Builders has some good ideas for last-minute fun in this NAHBNow blog post. See you Jan 10-12 in Orlando!

The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

This 400-foot observation wheel can be seen from miles away – and offers some of the most breathtaking views of Central Florida. Take in the beautiful Orlando skyline, theme parks, lakes and lush landscape, and on a clear day, even Cape Canaveral on the East Coast. The Eye is on International Drive at I-Drive 360, one of Orlando’s newest dining and entertainment complexes. Pre-book tickets online for the best savings.

Bowling at Kings

This retro-inspired establishment is a great place to hang out for a few hours. It has 22 10-pin bowling lanes, four billiards tables, more than 60 giant high-definition TVs (to catch the game) and great food and beverages. Families with children are welcome during the day until 6 p.m., but it’s 21 or over after 8 p.m.

Disney Star Wars Fireworks

If time is limited, the Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular is an excellent reason to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studio. According to the VisitOrlando blog, this show is a pairing of an “over-the-top fireworks show and larger-than-life video projections displayed directly on the Chinese Theater. The new technology transports guests directly into their favorite moments from the entire Star Wars saga.”

Universal’s CityWalk & Disney Springs

These are great places for nightlife, dining, entertainment and shopping. At CityWalk, there are a number of celebrity restaurants including Emeril’s, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and the Hard Rock Café. Disney Springs is home to over 175 shopping and dining venues, including the House of Blues and the Indiana Jones-themed restaurant, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.

Crayola Experience

Here, creativity is encouraged with 26 hands-on attractions. Children (and adults) can learn how crayons are made, star in their own coloring page, name and wrap their own Crayola crayon, embark on a 4D coloring adventure and more. The Crayola Experience is at the Florida Mall, and for savings, buy tickets online and skip the line.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

Where can you find shrunken heads, an authentic vampire killing kit, a shooting gallery and a wild spinning vortex tunnel in Orlando? Spend a few hours exploring 10,000 square feet of exhibits that will leave you asking: Believe it … or not? Discount tickets are available online.

Madame Tussauds

Millions of people worldwide have enjoyed the extraordinary experience that can only be found inside Madame Tussauds. At the Orlando location, come and pose with some of the most famous faces from history, sports and pop culture, including Shrek, Will Smith, Michael Jackson, Dan Marino, Steve Jobs and Oprah. Discount tickets are available online.

– NAHBNow