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May 17 at #KBtribechat – Let’s Chat….Modern Design

Sponsored and hosted by Dwell on Design


Dwell on Design 2017 | June 23-25 | Los Angeles Convention Center

Modern Design – a constant evolution of the concept of living, the lifestyle of a home, and the influences on the entire environment that surrounds you. In our Modern Design KB Tribe Chat, we’ll touch on hot topics, point out cool resources, and share our thoughts on everything modern. Join us and share your projects, your photos, and your ideas. We look forward to experiencing modern design together with you!

Whether you are a designer or architect researching items to specify into a project, a retailer seeking pieces for your store, or a design enthusiast who loves everything modern, Dwell on Design (#DODLA17) is the modern experience for you!

Register at www.DwellonDesign.com/Register and use promo code KBTRIBE when registering for $5 Off* your Dwell on Design 2017 registration.

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Our discussion questions: 

• Micro-dwelling – Is modern living really living smaller? What are you seeing in small space design?

• Design you love that loves the world. Let’s chat… Ethical Sustainable Luxury.

• Accessories that elevate your interiors to modern. How do you use accessories to make a space?

• What is modern living outdoors? How modern moves from indoors to outdoors… and truly hits the road!

• Color, color, color – what are the hot colors for modern interiors in 2017?

• What do the Pantone Color of the year and Dwell on Design’s Dwell Outdoor show feature have in common?

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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Designer Op-Ed: Rising Tides Lifts All Boats

Design Collaboration – The New Normal

By KBtribechat host The Kitchen Design Network


There comes a time in our career when we recognize, if we’re smart, that we can’t be all things to all people; that learning the power of doing what we do and doing it well is better than being a mediocre “jack-of-all -trades”. But as the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention.

We’re talking about Kitchen Design, not heart surgery my friends, but let me go on the record and say that nowhere is precision planning, training, and years of experience more important than in the design and planning of a new kitchen, soup to nuts. However, that is not to say that kitchen designers are the only ones competent enough to practice the art of kitchen design?


The economic climate of the past few years found many in the design industry, by necessity, running a “jack of all trades” design practice and struggling to learn new skills to survive. When new work came along, who could afford to say no? While the design business in general was very weak, if you had a strong referral clientele, kitchen projects still existed that provided a lifeline.

Welcome to the “new normal”, a design industry where everyone “does” everything. We don’t have to agree with it or like it but it’s the way that it is. You either change or you’ll find yourself swimming against the current. Not smart. Through it all, many designers find that while designing kitchens is fun, it’s a lot of hard work and it takes a different set of skills than they have in their tool bag and if you make a few mistakes your profit margin plummets South of the Border along with your sanity.


Conversely, kitchen designers, while not trained interior designers, incorporate many aspects of interior design into their finished design projects. Many don’t charge properly and give valuable design time, they’re not buying product well enough to generate adequate revenue to make it feel worth it. So what’s the answer? Collaboration. We’ve been doing this for years and so should you.

The Kitchen Design Network Co-Founders, Rebecca Reynolds and Lori Gilder, own and manage their own design practices. On the majority of their projects they complete all aspects of the kitchen and interior design but have in recent years been asked to collaborate with designers who are not comfortable with designing or managing a kitchen renovation.

The KDN is stopping for next weeks KBTribeChat on Wednesday,  April 8th, to discuss how designers and vendors will benefit through collaboration with other design professionals. Enhance your profile, increase your bottom line and build your professional portfolio.

The Kitchen Design Network seeks to bridge the talents of both professional industries. The “new normal” is here to stay. So while we can’t be all things to all clients, we can say yes to new opportunities. Be savvy, smart designers and designers on both sides of the aisle will benefit because “Rising Tides Lifts All Boats”.

Our KBtribechat QUESTIONS:

1- What changes do you foresee in the Kitchen Industry that will alter how you do business/ generate revenue in the future? i.e., do you see manufacturers selling directly to consumer?

2- What changes would foster a more united industry among kitchen and interior design professionals? With vendors?

3 – What are the pros and cons of designer collaboration on Kitchen Design projects?

4 – What type of products or services would you like to see more of at KBIS?

5- Do you currently collaborate with a designers/architects on kitchen projects? How do separate the lines of responsibility?

6- What could the Kitchen Industry do to elevate the professional images of kitchen designers the way the interior design industry does for interior designers?

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on Wednesday, April 8th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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The Kitchen Design Network is extending an invitation to the KBTribe Chat community to submit 6-8 images of their best kitchen projects along with a head shot, a short bio and link to their site for inclusion in our curated invitation only designer directory which launches this spring. After May 31st, the directory will be by invitation only. Send your request to KitchenDesignNetwork@gmail.com and we’ll send you an invite from Drop Box to upload your images.

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Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat.


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Learning From Automotive Design!

On Wed, Jan 16th, 2013, we’ll be learning from automotive design via the North American International Auto Show! Mark Johnson FAIA will be hosting kbtribchat as we discuss exciting news from the expo floor that impacts our industry. We’ll be looking at design innovation that balances form and function, sustainability through energy savings and green materials, new technology and even some cool new apps! And yes, well include a few stunning new concept cars. Did you know our cars and kitchen appliances may soon be collaborating to optimize and reduce energy consumption? Don’t miss this informative and fun chat with the kbtribe!


Here is the transcript for this chat: Learning From Automotive Design!

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Color – For The Kitchen and Bath!

We are pleased to announce that Lisa M. Smith will be leading us in a discussion on Color for the December 5, 2012 kbtribechat. Join us on Twitter from 2 to 3pm eastern time.









Lisa M. Smith

The founder of Interior Design Factory, Ltd. a boutique design firm and blogger for DécorGirl.net  Lisa is known as the “color girl” and thinking interior designer. She combines her sensitive artistic abilities, and an appreciation of architecture with her no-nonsense business minded approach to create interiors appropriate for today’s inhabitants.  Traditional or modern the interior is always fresh and happy.

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