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February 15 at #KBtribechat – It’s In The Details

Adding Personality to a Kitchen!

What touches can make a kitchen extraordinary?

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This is the work of kitchen designer Toni Sabatino.

At the next KBtribechat we will be sharing our ideas for making a design statement with:

Cabinetry
Countertops and Backsplashes
Major Appliances
Plumbing Fixtures
Lighting
Flooring
Furniture
Artwork
Color

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The same kitchen from a different angle – the work of kitchen designer Toni Sabatino.

A combination of select elements can add up to a kitchen design that is beautiful beyond ordinary…..but it’s easy to go overboard!

Each space is unique, which emphasizes how important it is to hire a design professional and to make all decisions well in advance of construction.

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January 4 at #KBtribechat – Why Natural Stone?

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by The Natural Stone Institute 

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In a marketplace crowded with new, often manmade options for kitchen and bathroom surfaces, why do designers and consumers continue to choose natural stone? We know that natural stone is one of the world’s oldest building materials, but since designers and architects continue to imagine innovative ways to use this classic material, natural stone is anything but outdated. Natural stone is durable, versatile, unique, and easy to maintain—not to mention environmentally-friendly. When treated properly, natural stone can last a lifetime, taking on different personas within a space. Variations in natural stone’s broad range of color, pattern, and texture are interesting and impossible to replicate. The intrinsic properties of natural stone cannot be mimicked, manufactured, or faked. Perhaps a better question would be: why wouldn’t you choose natural stone?

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MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute is an industry trade association serving over 1900 members in 55 countries who represent every aspect of the natural stone industry. Their new website features stories and photos that seek to educate and inspire visitors to choose natural stone.

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Join MIA+BSI at 2pm on January 4th for a discussion on why natural stone is the top choice for kitchen and bathroom applications.

The KBtribechat Questions:
1. What is the most interesting/innovative application you’ve seen accomplished with natural stone?

2. There are thousands of varieties of natural stone. Which are your favorite to use in kitchen and bathroom applications?

3. White stones are neutral yet unique. What accent colors do you prefer to incorporate into rooms with natural stone?

4. Natural stone is classic. How do you combine classic and contemporary elements to create timeless kitchen designs?

5. Natural stone adds elegance to the smallest spaces. What is your favorite way to add natural stone to bathrooms?

6. There are many misconceptions about natural stone. Which have you heard repeated most often (and why aren’t they true)?

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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?

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Connected Appliances: Your New Partner in the Home

A design discussion
Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

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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.

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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?

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September 7th at #KBtribechat: Natural Materials in Design

A design discussion!
Sponsored and Hosted by Elkay.

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Combining natural elements like stone, metal, wood, and glass is a beautiful way to bring interest into design and create visual appeal. And options are endless when blending home décor with nature. But where do you start? What’s it going to cost? And how do you make these very separate entities work harmoniously together?

For almost 100 years, Elkay Manufacturing has been making innovative products including sinks, faucets, cabinetry, bottle fillers, and drinking fountains. And, Elkay just introduced its new Elkay Quartz Luxe sink collection – taking natural quartz which is four times harder than granite and making it even better through exclusive manufacturing processes. Elkay now offers more quartz sink colors and models than anyone else in the market with its two quartz sink collections: Classic and Luxe. These Elkay Quartz sinks work hard while adding natural beauty to any style or décor.

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Join us to discuss the latest and greatest in bringing natural elements into homes through innovative designs, products and high-tech materials on September 7 at 2 p.m. ET!

Our KBtribechat questions:

• What is the biggest trend in design with natural elements? What of these are here to stay?

• When considering bringing natural elements into your interior design, which is most important to you: texture, color or finish? And why?

• Why is there such an interest in natural materials?

• Affordable ways to bring nature inside. Give us your best examples.

• How can you tie in natural elements to an already established style?

• What doesn’t work when incorporating natural elements?

• What was your most innovative use of natural elements to spruce up a room?

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Connected Kitchens Cooking Up a Storm!

Tech is on the menu in the heart of the home! Connected kitchens are bringing a new layer of food intelligence to help people eat and live better. In fact, smart home technology in the kitchen is changing the way we acquire, prep and cook food.

Join Whirlpool Corporation and Jenn-Air as they sponsor and host the August 17th KBTribeChat on the connected kitchen!

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Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances, has taken a leading role in introducing innovative connected appliances. Whirlpool Corporation studies the cultures, behaviors and needs of people of all ages around the world, and is responsible for creating products with purposeful technology.

Whirlpool Corporation’s purposeful connectivity anticipate the needs of consumers and their families and activates meaningful shortcuts and solutions so users can get back to what matters most.

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Whirlpool Corporation markets luxury appliance maker Jenn-Air.  Jenn-Air brand is committed to bringing cutting-edge technology into the kitchen. The brand continually explores how design, innovation and technology are intersecting to create greater connectivity in our lives. Through its new partnership with Innit, Jenn-Air plans to deliver another layer of intelligence to the kitchen, helping consumers achieve breakthrough levels of convenience, flavor and healthy cooking.

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On August 17, let’s stir up some conversation about this connected revolution.

Our KBTribeChat questions:

Q1. What “smart” technologies are trending in the kitchen?

Q2. What can connected kitchens bring in terms of functionality and convenience?

Q3. How does connectivity influence kitchen design?

Q4. How is connectivity changing home cooking?

Q5. What will be the most important element of the connected kitchen of the future?

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July 20th at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Islands

A design discussion – sponsored and hosted by Caesarstone.

Kitchens are more than just a place to cook – they’ve turned into the heart of the home.

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At Caesarstone, we aim to make the kitchen look, feel, and perform to the highest standard with the ultimate countertop. With colors inspired by marble, (like Statuario Maximus) or cement (like Sleek Concrete) you can achieve the look of your dreams with the durability of quartz!

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Our surfaces are ideal for kitchen islands: scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, heat-resistant, mold/mildew-resistant, long lasting, low maintenance, and requires no harsh chemicals for cleaning. That means these surfaces can stand up to even the messiest of families, while keeping your home safe, healthy, and green.

Our KBtribechat questions:

1. What materials and finishes are currently on-trend for kitchen islands? Countertops? Cabinetry? Hardware?

2. We’ve been noticing an increase in waterfall counters lately!  What unique island shapes/designs have you been seeing?

3. Do you like to match the island colors/materials to the perimeter or diversify? Why?

4. How do you design islands that increase efficiency and work in conjunction with the rest of the kitchen?

5. Islands often require choices (storage vs. seating; sink vs. cooktop). What are some tricks or tools that you use to identify what your client needs in their island vs. perimeter?

Caesarstone loves sharing interior photos submitted by our favorite Designers, Architects and Dealers! We promote your designs to our audience of over 450k with our Featured Designer Program! Submit your Caesarstone designs HERE.

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