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August 15 at #KBtribechat – Peace of Mind Solutions for Health

A kitchen design discussion

Hosted by Toni Sabatino

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“Wellness” is a term that you hear quite often lately. Peace of mind
adds to good health. What can we do with kitchen design to promote a
sense of well being? Some of my thoughts are good ventilation,
thoughtful storage and a simplicity of materials for low VOC and easy
clean. More thinking takes it a step further with wellness being related
to how we eat and how that relates to appliances and food prep. I would
like to see your thoughts around this trend of wellness in the home.

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My KBtribechat questions: 

What kind of design image does the term wellness inspire in the kitchen?
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How does the design of the kitchen ease the burden of preparing fresh
food? Do you find usefulness in things like sinks with accessories such
as cutting boards and colanders and herb savers in the frig?

Are clients interested learning about current technologies? I install
more steam ovens and very few microwaves as the nutritional value of the
food is much better. Do you find yourself educating your clients about
benefits of steam cooking for creating healthier meals? Induction
cooking for cleaner air?

I think lighting has a major effect on our sense of well being. Please
share any kitchen related lighting ideas, especially for those urban
spaces that limited natural light.

Do you find yourself looking for the healthiest choices in materials?
Are you considering the VOC emissions when determining the performance
of a product? What are some of your favorite products when thinking
about “healthy kitchens” and why?

Do you think of living in place or aging in place concepts when you
think of wellness? What design features and specialty appliances, tech
or gadgets do you find work best for people of any ability?

Less clutter generally creates more peace of mind. Show your best
storage solutions for ease of use.

Technology that counts your steps, calories and other health relates
features is everywhere. How do you say tech playing a role in the
kitchen?

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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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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 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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October 11 at #KBtribechat – The “Not So Ordinary” Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Timeless Style

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by Elmira Stove Works.

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They say there’s nothing new under the sun. Certain styles or trends always come around again in some form. We’ve seen this play out in fashion recently with the resurgence of 90s era clothing and hairstyles. The same can be said of kitchen styles. While stainless steel appliances remain popular, there has been a move towards incorporating more character into the kitchen through appliances and finishing touches that give a nod to the past while still appearing fresh and current.

Available in traditional “retro” colors along with custom options, vintage-inspired appliances are surprisingly versatile and can complement just about any design idea and style preference. Brightly-hued options are ideal for adding a bold pop of color to space while softer, more subdued shades create a subtler, more refined look. Either way, these fun (and functional) appliances, when paired with other kitchen elements, can deliver the perfect recipe for statement-making style.

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Adding an element of nostalgia to a new or remodeled kitchen is just one example of the many ways to create designs that earn high marks for both style and substance.
Let’s start a dialogue about updating the kitchen in new, fun and unexpected ways!

Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Q1: Kitchen design is trending toward more color & softer lines. Where do you see this trend going? Is it here to stay?

Q2: Are designers getting more creative and bolder in the use of “non-standard” appliances and colors? Let’s see photos!

Q3: How can designers help homeowners add color to their kitchens and appliances, and feel comfortable doing so? Explain!

Q4: Do you prefer “neutral with a pop of color” or “bold color with neutral accents”? Share images.

Q5: Show us your favorite ‘vintage with a modern twist’ kitchen design.

Q6: What interesting ways have you seen retro appliances incorporated into kitchens? Photos, please!

Q7: If you could build your dream kitchen, what would it look like?

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Progressive #KBtribechat at #KBIS2017 in Orlando

KBIS Checklist:

• Phone charger ✓
• Comfy shoes ✓
• Get ready for Progressive KBtribechat chat Jan. 10th!

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The countdown to KBIS 2017 is on and once again we’ll be hosting an exciting progressive KBtribechat right from the show floor! Join the KBIS 2017 team on January 10th at 2:00pm to chat about everything from technology-driven style to exciting hardware finishes and water-saving design!

We have some new faces joining us this year. We know you won’t want to miss hearing from Signature Kitchen Suite, Emtek Assa-Abloy and TOTO!

The chat will get started at 2:00 pm on the dot in the Signature Kitchen Suite booth (#W309), move along to the Emtek booth at 2:20 pm (W1311) and finish at the TOTO booth at 2:40 pm (W1329). For those of you who can’t join in person, make sure you’re following the hashtags #KBtribechat and #KBIS2017 on Twitter and Instagram. See you there, tribe!

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Here are the questions:

Q1: How does technology help YOU in the kitchen? Cleaning? Cooking guidance? What’s your priority?

Q2: How do think tech integration with kitchen appliances is impacting consumer choices? Is there a new level in luxury?

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Q3: Brass has seen a hike in popularity. What are some surprising ways you’ve seen this metal make a comeback?

Q4: Split styles/ finishes are becoming more popular. How important to you is the ability to mix & match hardware?

LIVE TWEETERS: Snap your favorite @Emtek_assaabloy products now! Share on Instagram too!

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Q5: More than function, the plumbing category has seen a burst of sophistication. How is style changing products?

Q6. Water conservation is top of mind in bath fixture design. Has this shift impacted which products you specify?

LIVE TWEETERS: Snap your favorite @TOTOUSA product now & share!

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We have a group Pinterest board for Progressive KBtribechat sharing. Let us know if you’d like to be included.

Special thanks to our 2017 Progressive KBtribechat sponsors: @SKSHome, @Emtek_assaabloy, and @TOTOUSA!

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