February 10th at #KBtribechat: “Healthy” Kitchens and Baths

A design discussion!

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The KBtribechat questions:

Q1.) Do you still use the words “green” and “sustainable”? If not, what has replaced this terminology?

Healthy material choices not only affect indoor air quality but it’s important to know how they affect the environment and if they are made from renewal resources .

Q2.) What are your go to healthy material choices for the kitchen or bathroom? Why?

Q3.) Do “green” products still cost more?

Q4.) Do you take ergonomic principles into consideration when designing kitchens or bathrooms? Does this include the reasoning behind cabinet pull-outs and other cabinet features?  What about appliance considerations?

Q5.) In what ways can we plan for client safety in the kitchen and bath spaces we design? Please share important tips for designing spaces that work for all stages of life.

The reduction of clutter in our homes has not only been shown to reduce stress but is a current design trend. How does this apply to designing healthy kitchens and baths? 

Q6.) What are your go to design tips for reducing clutter in kitchens? What about in the bathroom? Share pictures of designs you like!

 

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February 3rd at #KBtribechat: Integrating Technology in Kitchens and Baths

hosted by Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CAPS, CACC

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We are learning a lot about Home Integration, the Connected Home, Smart Homes and smart spaces. In the Kitchen and Bath Industry we work in unique spaces that are rich for many forms of technology, connectedness and integration. Currently, I am very frustrated with the technology I use and how I am constantly “tethered” to cords and outlets, in today’s day and age, why am I limited to the life of a battery!! I am not an expert at any of this but am hungry to learn more!

The word Integration means a coordination of processes, united, to have a sense of seamlessness. We want these features to seem like they were always there, a part of our life, easy, unassuming, freeing us up to focus on what is more important in our lives. True integration should be invisible. And Technology shouldn’t exist just to exist; it should be something that makes our lives easier . . . . to create a better quality of life. I can’t help but immediately think about Healthy Living and Accessible Living in the spaces we design every day.

A few of my favorite things I saw at #KBIS2016 this year are:
• Lenova AquaLogic faucet (Ozone anti-microbial  disinfectant)
http://www.irinoxusa.com/blast-chilling-shock-freezing-game-changer-modern-club-kitchen/
• Irinox Freddy & Zero (Wall appliance) (Purcell Murray)
• Blast chilling, shock freezing, low temp cook, thaw heat and hold, leaven and proof
http://www.irinoxusa.com/blast-chilling-shock-freezing-game-changer-modern-club-kitchen/
• Urban Cultivator (Herb growing indoor appliance)
http://www.urbancultivator.net/
• Delta’s Leak Detection, partnered with iDevices through an app to inform you of leaks in the home
http://www.deltafaucet.com/leakdetection

But this is such a broader topic! I attended the session at the NKBA Stage at KBIS to listen to Michael Wolf and a panel who had been part of the Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle this last summer. Imagine these ideas coming to our homes in the future, and some in the not so distant future . . .

• Zuckerberg building a Robot Butler like Jarvis
• Amazon Echo – voice commands
• Hands free speech directions (in the kitchen, hands are messy, you are dicing onions! “Turn down the heat on burner #2”)
• Food talking to us! Not only what our inventory is, but about its contents, is it gluten free?
• Homeowners are already using services like Amazon Fresh, Blue Apron, Amazon Dash Replenishment
• (http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/204415/amazon-dash-replenishment-service-commences)
• Auto Order when inventory low.
• You posted a dinner party in your calendar and linked a menu, a week in advance Amazon prepares the shopping cart and sends you a message to order items!
• Become The Kitchen Hero, using technology to become a Super Chef
• Recharge your devices on the counter! It’s already here.
• Camera in the oven or over the cooktop, step away to let the dog in or go answer the front door and let your mobile app show you if the pot is boiling over.

I’ve been learning a lot from Eric Schimelpfenig as well, check out the article he wrote.

Read this article on Houzz about what a company in California, Intel Corp, is working on.

At #KBIS2016 this year the Virginia Tech Center for Design Research was at it again! Did you check out the futureHaus Kitchen last year? Did you see the futureHaus Bathroom this year?
• The vanity raised and lowered to height and needs of user
• The bathroom scale was hidden under glass tile in the floor, sensors digitally displayed up on the mirror

Paula’s KBtribechat Questions – 

Q1. What does Integrated or Smart mean to you in the Kitchen & Bath?

Q2. What are the products that you’ve discovered recently, even at KBIS that fit into this broad category?

Q3. Do you have any frustrations with this topic or only excitement?

Q4. Where are you getting educated to keep ahead of our clients?

Q5. Will this integration and technology change the design of the kitchen and bath, and how we design these spaces?

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1/27 at #KBtribechat – a #KBIS2016 and #BlogTourKBIS Recap

Sponsored and Hosted by BLANCO.

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BLANCO is thrilled to be co-exhibiting at KBIS 2016 with Top Knobs and Hardware Resources! We’ve seen so many innovative products and launches so far this week. This year, along with launching some very exciting new products, BLANCO is a proud sponsor of Modenus BlogTourKBIS and KBTribeChat.

As an exhibitor at KBIS, BLANCO decided to make our mark with several exciting new product launches: the BLANCO ARTONA™ faucet – a liveable dual-finish design offering coordinating colors with BLANCO SILGRANIT® sinks, a new stainless steel Floating Grid – a space saving sink accessory – and our most innovative new product, the revolutionary IKON™ apron-front sink. Introduced for the first time ever at KBIS, our stand out product launch, the IKON, is the first granite composite apron front sink made of our exclusive, industry-leading SILGRANIT® material.

The KBtribechat questions:

1.  Which was the most stand out product that you saw at KBIS 2016 or during #BlogTourKBIS events and why?

2.  Product innovations – what did you see at KBIS and what would you like to see more of?

3.  Let’s talk trends. What did you see? What do you predict is here to stay? Share pics or Pinterest boards!

4.  What was your single favorite moment during KBIS 2016 or #BlogTourKBIS? Share pics or videos.

5. Accessories – how would you use an accessory like the BLANCO Floating Grid to save space in your kitchen? What other space saving ideas did you see?

6. What on-trend SILGRANIT color would you choose for your apron front sink? Anthracite, White or Café Brown? What other colors were trending at KBIS?

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on Wednesday, January 27th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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We have a group Pinterest Board for KBIS sharing. Let us know if you’d like an invitation to pin with us there.

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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Progressive KBtribechat at KBIS Details

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In just a few short days, the world of kitchen + bath will descend upon Vegas for #KBIS2016 and #DCW2016! With over 500 brands and THOUSANDS of products being represented at this year’s KBIS, it will be one for the record books!

KBIS Attendees – don’t forget to join the #KBTRIBECHAT gang and the @KBIS2016 social team live on the show floor at 1:00pm PST for a special edition Progressive #KBtribechat!

Thanks to our sponsors @CambriaQuartz, @WellbornCabinet and @TOTOUSA! We can’t wait to see the new and exciting designs from each of these great brands. And good news…all three brands are so close together that we get more time in each of their booths.

The timing is as follows:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 19 AT 1:00 PM PST.

1:00 Cambria Quartz Booth N527
1:20 Wellborn Cabinet Booth N1215
1:40 TOTO USA Booth N1329

If you’re not with us in Vegas, remember to follow the chat live (Vegas time!) using hashtags #KBtribechat and #KBIS2016.

We have a group Pinterest Board for Progressive KBtribechat sharing. Let us know if you’d like to pin with us!

Here are the KBtribechat questions:

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1. Consumers crave details & intricacy in more than just the countertop. Where else could you use @CambriaQuartz products?

2. Nature is often cited as design inspiration. Share OTHER sources of inspiration in design. @CambriaQuartz will share too!

LIVE TWEETERS: Snap your favorite @CambriaQuartz product & share!

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3. Porcelain is @WellbornCabinet’s new white. Why is white such an emerging color trend for 2016?

4. With @WellbornCabinet, you draw it, they build it. Share unique custom cabinetry solutions you’d like to see in the home.

LIVE TWEETERS: Snap your favorite @WellbornCabinet product & share!

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5. @TOTOUSA asks: How does technology help YOU in the bathroom? Water conservation? Cleaning tech? What’s your priority?

6. What do you think is next big international bathroom trend to hit North America? And see what’s coming soon from @TOTOUSA!

LIVE TWEETERS: Snap your favorite @TOTOUSA product & share!

 

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Get together for #KBtribechat during #KBIS2016!

KBIS is a great place for discovering new inspiration and trends. Join us at KBIS for our annual in-person KBTribechat and networking event on January 20 at the Formica Corporation booth. We encourage all KBIS attendees and exhibitors to join us!

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KBIS attendees and exhibitors – Refer to our chat questions as you walk the show on Day 1. Take lots of photos (noting exhibitor information) and share your discoveries from 11 a.m. to noon PT on Wednesday, Jan. 20, using the #KBtribechat hashtag. Be sure to make your way to Formica Corporation’s booth (N1548) for the chat, a chance to make your own Formica® Laminate cell phone case and to meet fellow KBTribe members.

Can’t make KBIS this year? Be sure to join #KBTribechat at its regularly scheduled time and experience the show through the eyes of attendees and exhibitors alike. Feel free to ask questions and share your thoughts!

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The KBtribeChat questions:

Q1: KBIS is a great place to experience new products. What are the top new products that you have seen so far at @KBIS2016?

Q2: Technology is big this year. How are manufacturers using technology to improve and enhance their products?

Q3: Sustainability continues to be an important design consideration. What sustainable products have you spotted at #KBIS2016?

Q4: Rose Quartz and Serenity are Pantone’s Color of the Year. What colors are you seeing trend at #KBIS2016?

Q5: Trendspotting time! What are the most interesting and exciting trends that you’ve seen at #KBIS2016?

Q6: We’re already about halfway through #KBIS2016. What are your must-see booths?

Follow @KBIS2016, @kbtribechat and @FormicaGroup on Twitter during Design & Construction Week for all things KBIS.
Join this Twitter discussion on Wednesday, January 20 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets or on-location at the Formica Corporation KBIS booth!

Formica Corporation is sponsoring this KBtribechat.

Here is the transcript.

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Adding Color to Kitchens

A design discussion sponsored and hosted by Elmira Stove Works.

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To color or not? That is the question. It is an age-old query in the design industry that receives varied responses from consumers to designers to builders. Benjamin Moore recently declared ͞Simply White as its Color of the Year for 2016 while Pantone provided a plethora of vivid tones for spring 2016 and announced pastel-toned Rose Quartz and Serenity as its Colors of the Year. It is no wonder the battle between color and neutrals is never ending. The questions provided below are designed to start a dialogue to determine where the kitchen industry stands currently, so we can predict, or perhaps just contemplate, where upcoming design trends may take us. Enjoy!

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Q1: What is your favorite kitchen color scheme? What color palette would you choose for your dream kitchen?

Q2: Have you seen or noticed an impressive kitchen project recently? Tweet the photo & tag the designer / product manufacturers!

Q3: What was your favorite ͞wow factor of a past kitchen project? A custom colored appliance? A bold accent to a neutral kitchen? Let us know!

Q4: In your experience, what color, pattern and design rules are worth following when planning a kitchen?

Q5: Beyond color, how do you work shapes, curves and lines into a kitchen layout? Do you prefer linear or non-linear…or a mixture?

Q6: In 5 years, do you see kitchen trends more color saturated or veering toward achromatic palettes with subtle color included?

Join this Twitter Chat discussion

on Wednesday, January 13

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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If you will be attending KBIS 2016 next week, we would love to continue the conversation at the Elmira Stove Works Booth #N383 and show you our retro and antique kitchen appliances, including the new Northstar Model 1947 36-inch six-burner range.

Also, on Thursday, January 21 at 1 p.m., we will be hosting a giveaway drawing for the chance to win an Apple Watch!

We hope to see you there!

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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2016 KBtribechat Transcripts

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KBtribechat at BlueStar during the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

January 6 – #KBIS2016 – hosted by KBIS

January 13 – Adding Color to Kitchens – hosted by Elmira Stove Works

January 19 – Progressive KBtribechat at KBIS – hosted by Cambria Quartz, TOTO and Wellborn Cabinet

January 20 – #KBIS2016 – hosted by Formica Group

January 27 – #KBIS2016 + #BlogTourKBIS Recap – hosted by BLANCO

February 3 – Integrating Technology in K+B Design – hosted by Paula Kennedy

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