May 23rd at #KBtribechat – The Kitchen Hidden in Plain Sight

Hosted by Toni Sabatino
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I have noticed kitchen design that becomes interior design with a kitchen happening in it. Open floor plan living with the full integration of appliances, storage, prep space and seating into the larger living environment is not new, but technology and innovative design are taking it to a new level. Sleek tall walls with pocket or sliding doors are hiding appliances like never before. Appliance manufacturers are creating more options for personalizing with modular refrigeration and cooking appliances.

 

My recent visit to Euro Cucina at Salone Del Mobile with Designhounds, Digital Community Network of Design Experts, a platform by MODENUS Media, was a real eye opener as display after display featured this integrated arrangement. Tall walls and large islands dominated with integrated closets, storage, even laundry. It seems this new luxury environment is high performance and understated. I am interested to see what our design community thinks of this concept. Will the integration of simple high performance goods and technology move from the Tesla and into the home?

 Our KBtribechat questions:

1. The open floor plan is a popular living solution. Do you think clients would embrace hiding the kitchen in the space? Explain!

2. Appliance integration with furniture styling like the refrigeration armoire has been popular. Are you familiar with modular appliances on furniture with legs? How would you use this design?

3. Are you familiar with the use of induction hidden below porcelain slab counters hiding the “cooktop” elements from view? What other design ideas do you have to hide kitchen appliances from view?

4. Do you see solutions that could hide the kitchen in a space oozing old school elegance but still having ultra modern hidden conveniences? Please share!

5. Besides the main kitchen, what rooms/areas are particularly good for a hidden design?

6. Do you find yourself desiring / or designing hidden spaces for electronics and integration hardware in the home? How do you hide them?

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May 16 at #KBtribechat – Selling Kitchens and Baths

an industry discussion

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1.) How do you generate leads and differentiate yourself from the competition? Is being active on social media part of the mix?

2.) Do you offer free price quotes or do you charge for the initial consultation? What is your thinking on this?

3.) At what point do you execute plans? Is this part of generating a quote or done only after you have been awarded the project?

4.) Do you use Computer-aided Design (CAD) for your drawings? What program(s) do you use? Are there improvements or additional features you’d like to have available to you?

5.) Do you use Augmented Reality (AR) as a sales tool? Why or why not? If so, let us know what you have found to be helpful!

6.) Have you used any Virtual Reality (VR) tools to help your clients visualize your design? What hardware to you like?

7.) How can our brand partners help you? Please share your ideas and success stories.

 

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#Coverings2018 #KBtribechat

A Tile Trends Discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Crossville Tile.

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Tile, one of the most beloved surfaces across the centuries, is having a heyday! Now more than ever, people are clamoring for tile’s undeniable style—and its performance, as well. As we see interior design trends become more bold and a bit audacious, there’s plenty of tile to fall in line. From looks that harken to art deco’s roots to options that speak to the grand scale and deep colors of the old Dutch masters, today’s tile products are running the gamut of aesthetics, form, and function. Tile is increasingly specified in commercial and residential spaces, and thanks to advancements in the material, it’s being used in more plentiful and unique applications.

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The annual Coverings Expo is North America’s largest exposition for the tile and stone industry. One a thousand exhibitors from across the globe converge to display miles of tiles to tens of thousands of show attendees who are excited to experience the latest and greatest.

Because we’re focused on bringing our design community together to stay apprised of new products and latest, greatest news, we’re once again hosting our weekly #KBTribeChat from the Crossville, Inc. booth on Coverings show floor this year. If you’ll be in Atlanta for the show, please join us in person to tweet up with friends at booth 7654. If you won’t be able to attend the show, join us online for the chat and discover what’s new and inspiring in the world of tile!

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For all who are participating, get your tile photos ready! We want to see your favorite projects featuring tile, as well as pics of your favorite new products. We’ll share these and so much more during this special conversation for our industry!

Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1: Name the hottest new tile trends you’re loving.

Q2: How is tile fitting into emerging design trends?

Q3: Bold color/pattern for lasting surfaces like tile: yes/no/why?

Q4: Any common issues/priorities in spec’ing tile?

Q5: Show & tell of your favorite tile installations!

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May 2 at #KBtribechat – Nurturing Wellness

A Bathroom Design Discussion

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) In Japan smart toilets are everywhere, even in the public restrooms. They offer many desirable features. Do you recommend them for your clients? Explain!

2.) What shower area features can help nurture wellness?

3.) What are your top design tips for a spa bathroom?

4.) How does the term Zen relate to bathrooms and design? How can it help in nurturing wellness?

5.) Do you use feng shui principles when designing bathrooms? Explain!

6.) What wellness features to you recommend for today’s Master Bathroom?

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The Technicurean™ Kitchen #KBtribechat

Sponsored and Hosted by Signature Kitchen Suite 

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What kitchen design features are a must for the serious at home chef? What are the best built-in appliances for culinary-obsessed, tech-savvy clients?
Meet the “Technicureans,” an emerging group of socially conscious consumers that are as passionate about cooking as they are about their technology, especially the latest products that can perfect their meal and ensure greater respect for their food.
Signature Kitchen Suite is inviting you to a special KBtribechat on Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. ET as we discuss how to create stylish and functional kitchen designs with professional appliances perfectly suited for a Technicurean client.

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About Signature Kitchen Suite
Signature Kitchen Suite offers a full line of built-in kitchen appliances with leading-edge technology that provides the perfect blend of innovation, precision and purposeful design for your most culinary-obsessed, tech-savvy clients. For more information about Signature Kitchen Suite and its products, visit http://www.signaturekitchensuite.com.

Our KBtribechat Questions

• How do you define a gourmet kitchen vs. a chef’s kitchen?

• What is the most important feature in a kitchen for your clients?

• What cooking technique is crucial for delivering accurate, consistent temperatures?

• What are the best design features for preserving the food?

• Technicureans rely on technology to make cooking more convenient. What emerging kitchen technology trends are you most excited for?

• What are some “must-have” design elements for a Technicurean’s kitchen?

• What kitchen design solutions add a “technicurean” touch?

• How do you integrate new appliances into a timeless kitchen design?

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April 18 at #KBtribechat – Energy Efficient Home Appliances

Sponsored and Hosted by Blomberg Appliances   

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1. Is energy efficiency an important factor in your home appliance specification decision? Why?

2. What are important energy efficiency questions that should be asked when shopping for home appliances?

3. How about manufacturing?  Does how a manufacturer manages its environmental impact matter in your decisions? Explain!

4. How are companies with energy saving appliances and environmentally friendly practices recognized? Do you look for this information? Where?

5. Are there other energy savings trends you see in the home appliances industry?

6. What are your go to resources for information about home appliances?

 

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The State of the Connected Home

Sponsored and Hosted by Whirlpool Corporation

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Consumers who are building a new home or upgrading a suite of appliances have a choice – will they want as much connection and automation as possible, or simply pick out one or two technologically advanced features in their new appliances?

On Wednesday, April 11, Whirlpool Corporation will host a KBTribeChat discussion on an important topic for any home designer or architect — The Connected Home. We will touch on topics about where connectivity is most prevalent in the home today, where it’s expected to expand and how it’s influencing home design.

Whirlpool Corporation is an ideal choice to lead this discussion, as it has been a leader in appliance connectivity, with innovative products and collaborations with tech leaders such as Amazon and Nest. The company is focused on developing purposeful technology that adjusts to common behaviors, activating shortcuts and solutions so people can get back to the things that matter most.

By bringing intuitive technology and functionality to the appliance category, Whirlpool Corporation is helping take the friction out of household chores, making it easier to answer age-old questions like, “What’s for dinner?”

The Whirlpool Corporation brand portfolio offers a host of connected appliances, such as the highly anticipated Whirlpool® Kitchen Suite featuring select smart appliances, that allows users to access and control the appliances remotely, integrate with other devices, upgrade automatically, and even replenish supplies.*  The acquisition of Yummly, a leading platform for personalized recipe recommendations and cooking resources, further strengthens the company’s ability to bring purposeful, consumer-relevant innovations to market in the emerging IoT space.

As the market for connected homes continues to expand, Whirlpool Corporation can help industry professionals create a space that integrates with consumers’ evolving lifestyles.

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To prepare for the discussion, here are our chat questions:

• What do customers want in connected home technology?

• What are the benefits of connected home technology?

• How has connected technology influenced home design?

• Where in the home is connected technology advancing the most?

• What are some of the home automation features that homeowners want most?

• How far will we go with home connectivity? What’s next?

*  WiFi & App Required. Features subject to change. For details and privacy statement, visit whirlpool.com/connect. Appliance must be set to remote enable.

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