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June 21st at #KBtribechat – What’s Trending in Kitchen Design?

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Element Designs.

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Eurocraft Cabinetry

 

Contemporary trends have grown from a very small segment of the kitchen industry, to the second most popular design preference. As a leading supplier of aluminum, glass and acrylic cabinet doors (and surfacing materials) to kitchen manufacturers across North America, Element Designs has witnessed this transformation first-hand.

Historically, design trends have always started in Europe and gradually made their way to North America over the course of a few years. Now, with the magnitude and speed of technology, design trends make their way to most markets often in just a few weeks. Staying on top of design trends is important to everyone in the industry, but it is especially crucial to our customers.

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Wellborn Cabinet’s new Aspire frameless line

 

Let’s talk about kitchen trends!

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.  The contemporary design trend is here to stay. What design elements are essential in today’s contemporary kitchen designs?

2.  What trends do you expect to have longevity?

3.  Is white forever? Or is gray the new white? What colors are trending?

4.  How have metals redefined kitchens this year?

5.  We love to see how materials can be combined to create unique designs. What are some of your favorite ways to combine materials and finishes?

6.  What is the best “on trend” kitchen you’ve seen? (let’s see pictures!)

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Personalization in the Kitchen

At the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, Thermador – the luxury appliance brand that offers real innovations for real cooks – is showing its solutions for ultimate kitchen personalization and demonstrating how its innovative built-in modular refrigeration and cooking products address every design, cooking, and entertaining style desired by culinary enthusiasts.

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When it comes to designing a kitchen, no longer is it a question of “Do you cook?” or “What is your style?” Rather, the question is becoming: “How and what do you cook, and what elements of design and performance best suit your lifestyle?”

Personalization is growing in importance as more activity takes place in the kitchen, with family and friends becoming active participants in the meal preparation. The cooking experience is now an integral part of any gathering, and culinary enthusiasts want their home to feature a ‘kitchen theater’ designed in a way that enables them to welcome more cooks in the kitchen and put on their best cooking performance. This often means larger spaces, multiple cooking appliances and thoughtful layout that places the appliances in locations that are most useful to the cook.

Thermador is a leader in personalization, offering innovative cooking and cooling appliances that address nearly every design and cooking style. For example, there are now more choices for the cooking surface with the recent launch of the Professional Grill feature for rangetops and ranges, and beginning in June 2015, Thermador will offer the only range and rangetop that can be installed with zero clearance against a combustible wall – the new 30” Five-Burner Pro Rangetop and 30” Five Burner Pro Harmony® Range. Thermador also originated the concept of built-in modular refrigeration with the Freedom® Collection line of refrigeration, freezer and wine columns, and made it possible to break up the traditional side-by-side installation to virtually any configuration a culinary enthusiast wants.

The return of the pioneering, industry-leading One-Two-Free® promotion provides outstanding value when welcoming Thermador into the home, featuring savings of up to $6,097. Those who purchase any Thermador range, or any cooktop plus any oven, qualify to receive a free dishwasher. Embracing personalization, this year Thermador offers more choices for free appliances when refrigeration is added to a One-Two-Free® package. Culinary enthusiasts may now choose from an array of appliances that best suit their personal cooking and entertaining style, such as: a free MicroDrawer® Microwave, a second free dishwasher, free ventilation or they may receive a 50 percent discount on a Built-In Steam and Convection Oven.

To begin planning the ultimate kitchen, visit Thermador.com and browse through the dazzling collection of innovative and powerful appliances that allow real cooks to shine in the kitchen.

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Thermador is sponsoring and hosting #KBTribeChat on March 25

to discuss kitchen design and take a look back at the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

Join us on Twitter from 11am-12pm PT/2pm-3pm ET

by adding #KBTribeChat to your tweets!

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Here are the discussion questions:
Q1) What trends were featured at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show that you are most excited about?
Q2) Are there any design details from the Architectural Digest Home Design Show already being used in your current projects? Share photos!
Q3) Thermador originated the built-in modular refrigeration concept. Do you see more clients separating fresh food and freezer?
Q4) Are you seeing a change in the way home owners utilize appliances inside the home?
Q5) What innovations did you see the Architectural Digest Home Design Show that will inspire your designs?
Q6) Thermador has unveiled solutions for ultimate personalization this year. How do you design for the unique needs of clients?

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Clarifying the Trends

A kitchen and bath industry design discussion!

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Q1) Are your clients looking for something their neighbors and friends don’t have yet? If so how do you give it to them?

Q2) Is black the new white for trophy kitchens? We’ve seen this reported a lot lately. What about gray?

According to Forbes, Christopher Peacock (luxury cabinet brand) and Newell Turner (the editorial director of Hearst Design Group) say that the open kitchen is going out of fashion. ““The wall has gone back up because nobody really wants to live in the kitchen all of the time,” Turner says. In its place he is starting to see kitchens that include some of the elements of the open kitchen, such as seating, or even fireplaces, but that return to the enclosed space it once was.”

Q3) Is the open plan kitchen is on it’s way out?

Unfinished business from last week’s #KBtribechat discussion:

Q4) True or False – There are differences between generations in what they want for their kitchens and bathrooms and how they shop for them. Please explain your view.

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on Wednesday, November 12th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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#ICFF 2014 #KBTRIBECHAT Follow-Up

Franke Luxury Products is sponsoring and hosting #KBTRIBECHAT as a follow-up to the 26th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), taking place May 17-20, 2014 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

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Franke’s Social Media Manager, Krista Rivers comments, ‘I’m anxious to hear what the industry is saying post ICFF 2014. With over 600 high profile, exhibitors at the show it is important for kbtribe to hear what caught the attention of the attendees – whether it be designers, architects, other brands or luxury homeowners.

Follow along on Franke’s ICFF Pinterest board, where a compilation of photos from the Fair are shared.

The questions to be addressed during the chat are the following:

• What exciting, new products did you find at ICFF?
• What booths were the best?
• What trends did you see?
• Did any ‘GREEN’ products catch your attention? If so, which ones?
• If you attended ICFF this year, will you attend again in 2015?

 

Join us on Twitter –  Wednesday, May 21st, from 2 to 3pm eastern time by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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About Franke:
Franke is the world’s largest manufacturer of kitchen sinks and is a privately held company specializing in the design and engineering of luxury systems for the management of air, water and waste. With sales of $2+ billion, the Switzerland-based Franke Group is also the global market leader in Foodservice Systems; manufactures Washroom and Beverage systems; and conducts industrial engineering operations at 66 companies in 40 countries. Franke Kitchen Systems product lines are marketed in North America by Franke Luxury Products Group. For more information visit http://www.frankeksd.com/ or call 1-800-626-5771.

 

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The Latest Trends for the Kitchen

Top Discoveries from the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show (March 20-23, NYC)

– a discussion about the latest discoveries and exciting new trends seen at this year’s Architectural Digest Home Design Show – hosted by Kim Lewis, Architectural Designer/Writer and sponsored by BlueStar and Prizer Hoods

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Each year, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City offers an amazing showcase of the latest products and trends for the home.

Join Kim Lewis and BlueStar to discuss all the great discoveries from this show.  What new products sparked your imagination?  What trends did you see that you will bring to your design work going forward? Did you see something that surprised you? What might you put to work for you and your clients immediately?

Plus, learn more about some of BlueStar and Prizer Hoods’ new products that were unveiled at the show.

Wednesday, March 26th

at #KBtribechat on Twitter

from 2 to 3pm EST

Host Kim Lewis:

Kim Lewis is an Architectural Designer and Writer / Blogger.  The Lead Designer of the hit TV show ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Kim designed more than 120 homes in 46 states.  Today, Kim enjoys design projects ranging from re-designing celebrity homes to pro bono assignments for Touch A Life Foundation in West Africa.  Follow Kim on Twitter and on Facebook.  Learn more about Kim at www.kimlewisdesigns.com

Sponsor BlueStar®:

Handcrafted in Reading, PA since 1880, BlueStar® cooking products are designed for discerning home chefs who demand restaurant-quality results in their own kitchens.  The BlueStar® product line features high-performance gas ranges, cooktops, wall ovens and hoods. BlueStar’s unique performance features include an open gas burner system that produces up to 25,000 BTUs of cooking power, precise 130 degree simmer burners, and oversized convection ovens with professional-grade infrared broilers.  Available in over 750+ colors and finishes, and with almost infinite configuration possibilities, BlueStar® premium cooking products offer virtually unlimited personalization options. For more information, please visit www.bluestarcooking.com.

Sponsor Prizer Hoods®:

Prizer Hoods®, Design That Performs. With luxurious and fully customizable designs, in a wide range of metal options, trims and finishes and almost endless color combinations, Prizer Hoods makes the ultimate statement in any kitchen. Each hood is handcrafted in Reading, PA with precision on state-of-the-art equipment to ensure consistency and quality.  Built to meet professional standards inside and out, Prizer Hoods combines high-gauge metals and commercial-style baffle filtration systems so anyone can cook like a pro.  The collection of professionally-inspired home ventilation systems combines world-class design with the latest in professional hood technology. For information, visit www.prizerhoods.com.

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Our Discussion Questions will include:

  1. For those in attendance, what was your overall perception of the show, especially as it relates to it’s mission of being an inspiration from the design perspective?

  1. What were the some of the biggest trends (design, form, function) as it relates to the kitchen that you saw at the Arch Digest Show?

  1. Specifically, what types of colors, metals, textures, finish options seem to be trending?

  1. What were some of the most exciting new products for the kitchen that you saw at the Arch Digest Show?

  1. True pro appliances continues to be a theme.  What were some of the offerings that caught your eye? (Ranges? Hoods? Fridge?)

  1. Customization, creating truly unique spaces, continues to be a hot trend.  What ideas did you take home from the show about how to craft unique designs and spaces?

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