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February 8 at #KBtribechat: Connected Convenience: How technology is helping in the household

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances.

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The KBtribechat questions:

1. If you could automate one kitchen task what would it be?

2. From leaving the oven on to leaky dishwashers, what do you worry about when it comes to kitchen safety? How could technology assist?

3. Moving from the cookbook to the iPad. How can technology help you better execute recipes?

4. What issues have you had with servicing your appliance and how could technology have made the process flow more smoothly?

5. Amazon Echo is said to be leading the way in voice assistance. How have you used voice commands in the kitchen? If you haven’t, what’s stopping you from getting an Echo or competitor?

6. How can technology help you bring more organization to the kitchen?

7. Amazon Dash automatically reorders supplies. What household supplies do you always run out of or what do you always buy too many of?

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Progressive #KBtribechat at #KBIS2017 in Orlando

KBIS Checklist:

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• 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?

LIVE TWEETERS: Snap your favorite @SKSHome products now & share! Feel free to post to Instagram as well!

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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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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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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 29, 2015 at #KBtribechat: The Connected Kitchen

How smart do we want our kitchens to be?

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Q1.) What items in the kitchen would you like to be able to control from a phone/tablet?

Q2.) Can we go too far? Explain!

Q3.) What “smart” features would you like to see innovated/made available for the kitchen?

Q4.) Are your clients wanting smart home features designed in? Why or why not?

Q5.)  What does the future kitchen look like – tech wise?

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