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BUILDING UNITY INTO DESIGN: THE COLLABORATIVE PROCESS

February 21 at #KBtribechat

Hosted by Laura Muller, Allied ASID of Four Point Design Build Inc.

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What is Unity in Design? Unity for us is a result of an organized, transparent collaboration of moving parts working together with a shared objective. Creating elements that support each other to serve a common goal. True collaboration comes when all independent parties (from the designer to the installer, the specialist, and the consultant) work together, with roles clearly defined from the first meeting through project completion. The concept rings true especially in kitchen and bath design and build. It’s critical to the project success to understand who and how their roles affect the decisions made. For collaboration to work, the lead project manager must create an inclusive project environment, while maintaining balance and authority and it is critical to include the experts; the product manufacturers; the specialists; the installers; and contractors…every step of the way.

 

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The KBtribechat questions:

Q1. What does unity and collaboration in design mean to you?

Q2. How has collaboration shifted your process now that the internet makes costs and comparisons so transparent?

Q3. How do you retain your mystique as a designer while working in full collaboration and transparency?

Q4. What are some of the benefits that you can share as a result of collaboration?

Q5. How do you balance full inclusive collaboration while maintaining authority as the designer/project manager?

Q6. What trends have you seen lately that are influencing collaboration in the design industry, that weren’t happening 10 years ago? Share pics.

Q7. When building a successful team, communication and collaboration is vital. What are some tips for communicating with numerous team members?

Q8. How important is your relationship with your suppliers and manufacturers and how do you optimize communication and collaboration?

Q9. What are some top brand collaborations today, and why is it so important to the design industry?

Q10. As designers, what’s the most important thing about your relationship with your manufacturers/suppliers and vice versa?

Q11. When it comes to kitchen and bath design, what are some top tips to creating a unified cohesive space? Share pics.

Q12. Is social media an important element in collaborating with your favorite manufacturers?

Q13. Has social media helped you build your brand’s relationships with product manufacturers? Why is this relationship so important?

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A Valentines Day #KBtribechat

Transforming Master Bathrooms into Luxurious Retreats. 

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Puma Marble Company

The KBtribechat Questions:

What do you love? 💕

Q1) What makes a shower luxurious? What’s new with shower doors? Drains? Fixtures? Finishes? Surfaces?

Share pictures of bathrooms you love!

Q2) What about lighting? From functional to decorative, how do you incorporate lighting into a bathroom retreat?

Q3) What luxurious surfaces and accessories do you love for a well appointed vanity area?

Q4: What are your favorite tech integrations for a luxurious bath?

Q5: How does personalization translate to luxury?

Q6:  What features would be included in your ultimate Master Bathroom retreat? Share pictures!

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image from MS International

 

This week we’ll be pinning to our KBtribechat group board – Bathroom Design Ideas.

Let us know if you’d like to be added!

 

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February 7 at #KBtribechat – Smart Kitchens

A design discussion.

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances.

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Coming off KBIS and CES it is clear that kitchen tech is trending. Join GE Appliances on Wednesday, February 7 at 2 pm for a lively discussion on Smart Kitchens from appliances that help you become a better cook to pie in the sky ideas on the kitchen of the future.

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Our KBtribechat Questions:

 

Q1. Half of all households are predicted to have a voice assistant by 2022.  What tasks do you use your voice assistant for the most?

Q2. Assisted cooking continues to be a hot topic. How could your connected appliances help you better cook your next meal?

Q3. Beyond cooking, how can a smart kitchen better help you organize your life?

Q4. Coming off the big shows, what new kitchen gadget caught your eye?

Q5. If your appliances could talk to one another, what would you want them to do?

Q6. What do you think will be the tipping point for “nice to have” versus “need to have” when it comes to connected appliances?

Q7. Think big. What smart appliance would you design if there were no limits?

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January 31 at #KBtribechat – Designing for Manufacturing and Bringing Product to Market

Hosted by Toni Sabatino and Kim Vance.

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Baden Haus – Retro Collection

What does it take to design a product line? How do you bring it to market? Do you find yourself dreaming up product to suit a market niche and wonder where to get started? Join cohosts Toni Sabatino of Toni Sabatino Style, designer of the Retro Collection for Baden Haus and Kim Vance, designer and mastermind behind the Whyte and Company line of colored sinks, and founder of Thistle, a marketing agency dedicated to the interior design industry, to chat realities and misconceptions. Using your resources to create product is a dream but what is a realistic return for residual income?

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Whyte and Company sink

 

The KBtribechat questions:

Q1. Do you find yourself designing one offs due to lack of available product to suit your design project needs?

 

Q2. As a designer, how big of a factor is social media and personal branding on your attractiveness to  manufacturers for licensing?

 

Q3. Timing is everything! How important is networking for being in the right place at the right time?

 

Q4. People tend to think designers get rich with product design.  What is your conception of percentage of earning in product design?

 

Q5. Manufacturers: What attracts you to designers for product collaboration?

Designers: Do you look at company culture when considering alignment with a manufacturer?

 

Q6. What role does marketing play, and how can you be sure your product is represented the way you want it to be?

 

Q7. White-labeling  your own line versus licensing with an existing brand, which do you think is the most beneficial route to take?

 

Q8. Do you think that having in-depth product knowledge of the type of product you want to design is necessary before trying to design product for that industry?

 

Q9. Do you see mainly see designing product as more of a way to make additional income, an interesting artistic project or a way to bolster your brand?

 

Q10. What are the first steps you need to take in order to reach out to brands that you want to be aligned with?

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January 24 at #KBtribechat – From Cooling to Cooking to Cool: Kitchen Design Crushes

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by BlueStar Cooking

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What Does Your Dream Kitchen Look Like? Do you dream in monochromatic  or in color? Is performance equal to design in your customers’ eyes or does one take precedence over the other? What’s trending now – and what would you like to see trending next – whether it’s design or function or both. How can we incorporate storing and preparation into the kitchen design? Join BlueStar® for a timely post-KBIS chat on what you’re crushing on now and what makes the perfect kitchen design.

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Our KBtribechat Questions: 

  1. If you could design your dream kitchen, what would it look like?
  2. What style trends are you crushing on that you didn’t three years ago? Show pictures!
  3. 2018 has seen its share of colors of the year – from Ultra Violet, to Hot Red to Oceanside. Do these colors really affect kitchen design?
  4. In what ways so you incorporate color in the kitchen to stay on trend, and yet be timeless?
  5. What are the most prevalent finishes in appliances today?  Are you projects leaning more towards color or is Stainless still King?
  6. When it comes to appliances, what finish or color would you like to see? What colors are you seeing dominate in the kitchen in general today? Show pictures!
  7. Function or Color/Design: Which is more important to your clients?
  8. How do you incorporate function  into a design for clients who love to cook?
  9. How would you define true commercial style kitchen design? What elements do your clients ask you for and why?
  10. How important are the appliances when designing?  How important are customization options in appliances – whether it’s size, cooktop configurations, moveable parts or color and trims.
  11. We all know that a range is an important ingredient in any chef’s kitchen, but what about the refrigerator? How important is the fridge? In storage and capacity? In overall appearance? In function? Which size do you prefer?  Do you prefer Swing or French Door?
  12. Pop-Up survey – where do you go to get kitchen design inspiration? What publications and/or blogs/websites do you read the most?From

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January 17 at #KBtribechat: A #KBIS2018 recap with #BlogTourKBIS

Sponsored and Hosted by Designs of Distinction by Brown Wood, Inc..

At Designs of Distinction by Brown Wood, Inc., we enjoy exhibiting at KBIS every year.  We are known for bringing the latest trends of decorative wood and metal elements for kitchen, bath and furniture. We saw so many innovative and trendy products at KBIS this year and are excited to discuss them with you. This year, along with launching some very exciting new products, Designs of Distinction is a proud sponsor of Modenus BlogTourKBIS and KBTribechat.

As an exhibitor at KBIS, Designs of Distinction made its mark with several new product launches. We also launched our new Modern Farmhouse Collection which incorporates many decorative elements that, prior to this, was only available as custom parts. We now offer x-panels, floating shelf straps, hood wraps, trestle table pedestals, shiplap and more. See more information on our new collection here.

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1.  Which was the most stand out product that you saw at KBIS 2018 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!

4.  What was your single favorite moment during KBIS 2018 or #BlogTourKBIS? Share pics or videos.

5. What were your favorite sightings of color? Any specific color trends you saw?

6. What was your favorite Modern Farmhouse sightings?

7. What new trends did you see in cabinetry and decorative elements? What do you predict for the next year?

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#KBtribechat at #KBIS2018

Sponsored and Hosted by Thermador home appliances.

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The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show is a time to see the newest products, ideas and trends. Join us at KBIS for our annual in-person #KBTribechat and networking event on January 10th at the Thermador booth W1749.

Thermador home appliances will usher in a new era and will embark on a journey to unveil more than 300 groundbreaking new products. The most significant launch in its 100-year history, Thermador will unveil completely re-designed products that feature innovation and industry-exclusives that establish a new connection with consumers.

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KBIS attendees– Refer to our chat questions as you walk the show on Wednesday, January 10. Take lots of photos (note the exhibitor information), and share your answers using the #KBtribechat hashtag. Make your way to the Thermador booth (W1749) for the chat at 2:00 p.m., a chance for an exclusive tour of the booth and to meet fellow #KBTribechat members. Don’t forget to use #Thermador!

Not at KBIS this year? Follow the #KBTribechat hashtag starting at 2:00 p.m. and experience the show through the eyes of attendees and exhibitors alike. Feel free to ask questions and share your thoughts!

Our KBtribechat questions: 
Q1: KBIS is showcasing the latest product innovations and trends from leading kitchen and bath brands. What are the top new products that you’ve seen so far at #KBIS2018?

Q2: Personalization reigns as the top kitchen design trend. What are some of your favorite personalizable products at #KBIS2018?

Q3: What colors are you seeing trend for the kitchens at #KBIS2018?

Q4: Technology is infiltrating the heart of the home. What tech trends are you seeing in the kitchen at #KBIS2018?

Q5: Is bigger always better? How are you seeing size make an impact on design trends at #KBIS2018?

Q6: What is your favorite luxury appliance you are seeing at #KBIS2018?

Q7: Are people looking for sleek or bold design in the kitchen? #KBIS2018

 

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