The kitchen has always been the heart of the home, and while hosting is looking very different these days, people are still looking at ways to update their kitchen with the latest appliances that make their lives easier and make a design statement. One of the items that used to be overlooked and is now becoming the focal point in kitchen design is the range hood. Although it may have one of the dirtiest jobs in the kitchen, it’s time the range hood took its seat at the table as a kitchen design star. Offering a dizzying array of options in looks, power, noise control and operation, this appliance can update a kitchen in more ways than one, inside and out.
For the past 25 years, Zephyr has transformed the kitchen through design, discovery, and care, and played an integral role in kitchen design trends. The company leads the ventilation category with groundbreaking technology and has collaborated with cutting-edge creative talents. And while the San Francisco-based company continues to elevate the range hood with new products and technology, Zephyr recently branched out to revolutionize another aspect of domestic leisure: beverage cooling.
With the introduction of Presrv™ Wine and Beverage Coolers, Zephyr applies its signature, superior craftsmanship to the art of refrigeration. Presrv reflects the smart design and technology of Zephyr’s original ventilation products in a whole new context, providing accessible wine and beverage cooling products to everyone from the casual home entertainer to the seasoned wine enthusiast.
Please join us for KBTribeChat on Wednesday, September 23rd for a discussion around ventilation trends sponsored by Zephyr.
Our KBtribechat questions:
1.) How important is kitchen ventilation to your clients during the design process? Are they educated on the importance of ventilation or is it an afterthought when selecting kitchen appliances?
2.) With people more concerned now than ever with a healthy home and clean air, are you finding that clients are asking more about ventilation features such as recirculating options, clean air features, etc.?
3.) Share trends that you are noticing around kitchen ventilation. (Style, technology, energy efficiency, etc.) – Please share photos!
4.)What type of innovation would you like to see in range hood design and technology?
5.) There is a lot of buzz around “connected” appliances, but what does that mean to you and your clients? How would you like to interact with a connected range hood (e.g. diagnostics, controlling hood remotely, voice activation, etc.)?
6.) Zephyr also manufactures a line of Presrv™ Wine & Beverage Coolers with many of the same features as our range hoods (virtually silent, innovative technology, and quality materials). How are your clients integrating wine or beverage coolers throughout the home?
7.) Share photos of your favorite home bar / wine cooler installations!
Whether it’s cutting down on food waste or making sure you never run out of laundry detergent, technology has helped to make today’s household run more smoothly. Join GE Appliances, the IoT Breakthrough Awards “Smart Appliance Company of the Year”, for a Twitter Chat on the Connected Home on Wednesday, February 12 at 2 pm ET.
Our KBtribechat questions:
1. How has tech made us better cooks?
2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is helping to take things off our to-do list. What is the most useful tech you’ve seen in a connected home?
3. What appliance do you believe has lagged behind when it comes to technology or innovation?
4. How has technology impacted kitchen design?
5. Alexa, Google Home, Nest and more. What smart home tech do you use with your appliances?
6. If you could use tech to create a new feature for an appliance, what would you create?
Technology is opening up a world of possibilities in the kitchen. Join us for a KBtribechat discussion on “Connected Kitchens” on Wednesday, August 7th at 2 pm ET with GE Appliances, and get ready to talk about how tech is making us better cooks and taking tasks off our to-do list.
Our KBtribechat Questions:
1. Do you think technology belongs in the kitchen? Why/why not?
2. What tech do you currently use to help you cook?
3. What voice assistant do you use in the kitchen and how do you use it?
4. In your kitchen, what appliance is the most “tech advanced” when it comes to features, what is the least?
5. In what ways does technology create peace of mind for you in the kitchen?
6. How does technology impact kitchen design?
7. Your turn to invent a feature or even a new appliance. What would create that doesn’t currently exist today?
We’re packing our bags and taking the tribe to San Francisco for a live chat from the annual PCBC conference, the largest homebuilding trade show for the West Coast! Each year, PCBC draws more than 10,000 attendees and exhibitors, serving as the nexus for the homebuilding industry.
Our chat from PCBC will be sponsored and hosted by Whirlpool Corporation . Whether you’re at the show or at home, make plans to join us on Wednesday, June 27 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET to discuss the ever-evolving design preferences of today’s consumers and how building industry professionals can keep up.
Whirlpool Corporation focuses on innovations that benefit consumers and address their evolving needs. For 107 years, Whirlpool Corporation and its family of brands — Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and JennAir — have been synonymous with breakthrough products created for builders and designers who want to offer their clients innovative appliances that meet the highest standards of performance and design.
In today’s market, homeowner preferences change quickly. Formerly popular upgrades, like stainless steel appliances or granite countertops, are now seen as standard issue. As Millennials dominate the home buying market, their desire for personalization will influence others to do the same, creating a catalyst for change in the industry.
We’re eager to discuss today’s design trends and determine how we as industry professionals adjust to changing homeowner needs. If you’re attending the show, come chat with us live at the Whirlpool Corporation booth #927.
Questions for discussion:
• What new home design trends are the most prevalent today? How do you keep up with the latest trends?
• How are ever-evolving consumer preferences influencing home building and design?
• What colors and finishes do today’s homeowners want the most? What has been your favorite color sighting at #PCBC2018?
• How are connected home technologies influencing home building and design? How might this change in the future?
• In your opinion, what will be the next big thing in home design?
• Live Tweeters: Snap a picture and share your favorite products and innovations from #PCBC2018!
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.
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.
Join this Twitter conversation on Wednesday, April 11 from 2 to 3pm eastern by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!
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.
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?
The kitchen has undergone a dramatic change thanks to technology. From operating appliances remotely through an app to voice command through smart home assistants to set and adjust cooking temperature and time, there’s no doubt that technology has transformed the heart of the home.
Join Whirlpool Corporation and Whirlpool brand as they sponsor and host the June 14 KBTribeChat on technology in the kitchen! Today, as more consumers look for kitchen products that provide purposeful technology to fit their daily lives and reflect a sense of individuality, home appliance design demands both passion and a unique perspective.
For more than 100 years, Whirlpool Corporation has dedicated its teams and resources to merging cultural observations and insights with emerging technologies and consumer trends. When it comes to technology in the kitchen, the company’s definition of innovation goes beyond the surface. Whirlpool Corporation is not interested in extraneous, low-function features and technologies that value flash over function. They believe technology at its most innovative should simplify the things we do every day. As such, Whirlpool Corporation is committed to incorporating purposeful technology that enhances a homeowner’s experience.
Whirlpool, the company’s flagship brand, is a leader in finding innovative ways for family members to take care of one another—driven by the notion that behind every chore is an act of love. The brand designs home appliances focused on combining new features with meaningful functionality that make providing care more intuitive. Aligned with the Corporation’s mission, Whirlpool Brand sees connected appliances as an opportunity to solve real family needs, rather than just using technology for technology’s sake.
Let discuss how technology is infiltrating the heart of the home!
Our KBtribechat questions:
• What is trending when it comes to technology in the kitchen?
• In what ways does kitchen technology bring convenience to consumers?
• How is kitchen technology impacting home cooking?
• How are you incorporating sustainable technologies in the kitchen?
• What kitchen technologies excite you the most?
From reordering detergent to preheating the oven by voice, connected appliances can serve as an extra hand in the home. Similar to updates on a smartphone, connected appliances allow owners to download additional capabilities, like new wash cycles, as well as service updates that are sent remotely over WiFi.
Join GE Appliances on Wednesday, October 19 at 2 pm for a discussion on how connected appliances can change the way your household runs.
The KBtribechat Questions:
Q1: How do you define “connected” when it comes to appliances?
Q2: What household task would you willingly pass off to a connected appliance if you could?
Q3: What benefits can voice technology bring to the kitchen?
Q4: Connected appliances can receive updates (both service and features) through WiFi. What features would you download to your current appliance if you could?
Q5: What appliance would you be most likely to connect and why?
Q6: Do you expect the appearance of a connected appliance vary from a non-connected appliance? Why/Why not?
Q7: How could connected appliances help with inventory management in the home?
Q8: Outside of appliances, what other items are connected in your home and how easy was it to connect them?