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January 11 at #KBtribechat will be LIVE at #KBIS2017

Get together for KBtribechat during KBIS!

Sponsored and Hosted by Formica Group and Wellborn Cabinet.

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1:45 to 2:30 eastern in the Formica Group booth (W981)

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show features hundreds of inspiring new products, ideas and trends. Join us at KBIS for our annual in-person #KBTribechat and networking event on January 11th at the Formica Corporation booth W981. We encourage all KBIS attendees and exhibitors to join us!

KBIS attendees and exhibitors – Refer to our chat questions as you walk the show on Day 1. Take lots of photos (note the exhibitor information), and share your discoveries from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, using the #KBtribechat hashtag. Make your way to the Formica Corporation booth (W981) for the chat at 1:45 p.m., a chance to get your caricature drawn, and to meet fellow #KBTribechat members.

Not at KBIS this year? Follow the #KBTribechat hashtag starting at 1:45 p.m. 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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 Formica Group KBtribeChat questions:

Q1: KBIS is a great place to discover new products. What are the top new products that you’ve seen so far at #KBIS2017?

Q2: Interactivity & customization continues to trend. Have you seen customizable/interactive products at #KBIS2017? Share pics!

Q3: Greenery is Pantone’s Color of the Year. What colors are you seeing trend at #KBIS2017?
Join this Twitter Chat discussion on Wednesday, January 11 at 1:45 p.m. ET by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets or on-location starting at the Formica Corporation KBIS booth!

2:30 to 3:15pm eastern in the Wellborn Cabinet booth (W1271)

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Wellborn Cabinet KBtribechat questions:

Q4: Wellborn is exhibiting a new Nature Collection featuring grey tones. What other natural designs have you seen at #KBIS2017?

Q5: @WellbornCabinet has unveiled their new Aspire Cabinetry line here at #KBIS2017. What are your thoughts on frameless cabinetry?

Q6: Trend Alert! From a design standpoint, how are frameless cabinets trending at #KBIS2017? Do you see mattes or high glosses more?

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Follow @KBIS2017, @kbtribechat, @FormicaGroup and @WellbornCabinet on Twitter during Design & Construction Week for all things KBIS.

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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Influences of Car Design On Kitchen (& Bath) Design

A design discussion

hosted by Lisa M. Smith

Kitchen and bathroom design influences come from a myriad of places. Recognizing that kitchens and bathrooms in the simplest form are purely a collection of large planes and purposeful, durable shapes, what other daily living product shares this similarity? Automobiles. Cars have their intrinsic elements: wheels, engine, seating and controls, kitchens have theirs: cabinetry, countertops and appliances. Both have the same set of problems we as designers are tasked to solve, functionality, durability and oh yeah, its gotta have visual appeal. By looking at how automotive designers create attractive solutions. We can streamline our interior design process by building on what works.

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Frameless Doors and Drawers – Frames are not exposed on a car, all doors (trunk, bonnet, fuel filler, glove box) are fairly seamless. Car design disposed of exposed hinges long ago, kitchen and bathroom cabinetry are on the same path. Exposed hinges are a dust magnet. Why create a problem for a customer when the goal is to design a solution? Consumers today have a much higher tuned design aesthetic.  They don’t want to view anything which does not add to the visual appeal.

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Q1: Car doors eliminate visual hinges and frames. Do you use frame or frameless cabinets in your designs and why?

The use of stainless steel for functional items or pure visual embellishment is an important material used by car manufacturers.  It is a classic. Just like with cars, in K&B stainless steel symbolized quality and durability.  Did you know Blanco, the German manufacturer of kitchen faucets and sinks actually has an automotive connection? BLANCO is the company trusted by Porsche, Mercedes- Benz and Rolls-Royce for stainless steel work included on their automobiles.

Q2:  Stainless steel is a common element in cars and kitchens. How do you incorporate stainless steel into your designs?

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Automotive manufacturers are constantly bringing new materials to consumers.  Cars used to only have big metal bumpers.  Kitchens had big cast iron sinks. Metal was once the only bumper option on a car. Today, numbers are hidden behind gorgeous skins.  In the kitchen and bath, we have a number of new material or surface products to choose from.

Q3: Innovative materials drive the car industry. What new material choices do you like to use for K&B and how?

Automobile design trends shift back and forth throughout history from boxy to curvy.

Q4: Today’s cars are sleek and curvy. How do you keep kitchen and bathrooms from feeling like a room full of boxes?

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Technology is important in cars and kitchens. Consumers want connectivity, they are used to digital screens which are clear and updated. Technology changes from model year to model year in cars.  It has to. This influences buying decisions.

Q5: Cars keep adding tech. How are you incorporating latest technology into K&B and keeping your designs fresh and up to date?

Efficiency is another characteristic cars and kitchens have in common. Whether going from point A to point B or preparing a family meal people want to complete these tasks with ease. Good automobile designers put everything the driver or passengers needs within reach.

 

Q6: A good car is easy to use, a master of efficiency. What design elements make a kitchen efficient and easy?

A chief component of automotive interior design is comfortable seating and being ergonomically sound. Seating is supportive and adjustable. Not unlike a car where long commutes are not unusual, how much time one is seated in the kitchen is for a much longer period than many years ago.

 

Q7: Luxury cars have 18-way adjustable seats. How do you incorporate truly comfortable seating into the kitchen?

Luxury cars are all the rage and while every one can’t afford a $100,000 car, car companies are very adept at making moderately priced cars look and feel luxurious.

Q8: What are your tips for making a kitchen or bath luxurious without a big price tag?

Join this Twitter Chat discussion

on Wednesday, November 2

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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