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January 31 at #KBtribechat – Designing for Manufacturing and Bringing Product to Market

Hosted by Toni Sabatino and Kim Vance.

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Baden Haus – Retro Collection

What does it take to design a product line? How do you bring it to market? Do you find yourself dreaming up product to suit a market niche and wonder where to get started? Join cohosts Toni Sabatino of Toni Sabatino Style, designer of the Retro Collection for Baden Haus and Kim Vance, designer and mastermind behind the Whyte and Company line of colored sinks, and founder of Thistle, a marketing agency dedicated to the interior design industry, to chat realities and misconceptions. Using your resources to create product is a dream but what is a realistic return for residual income?

Bobby in Blush

Whyte and Company sink


The KBtribechat questions:

Q1. Do you find yourself designing one offs due to lack of available product to suit your design project needs?


Q2. As a designer, how big of a factor is social media and personal branding on your attractiveness to  manufacturers for licensing?


Q3. Timing is everything! How important is networking for being in the right place at the right time?


Q4. People tend to think designers get rich with product design.  What is your conception of percentage of earning in product design?


Q5. Manufacturers: What attracts you to designers for product collaboration?

Designers: Do you look at company culture when considering alignment with a manufacturer?


Q6. What role does marketing play, and how can you be sure your product is represented the way you want it to be?


Q7. White-labeling  your own line versus licensing with an existing brand, which do you think is the most beneficial route to take?


Q8. Do you think that having in-depth product knowledge of the type of product you want to design is necessary before trying to design product for that industry?


Q9. Do you see mainly see designing product as more of a way to make additional income, an interesting artistic project or a way to bolster your brand?


Q10. What are the first steps you need to take in order to reach out to brands that you want to be aligned with?

Join this Twitter conversation 

on Wednesday, January 31

from 2 to 3pm eastern

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets! 

Here’s a link to the transcript for this KBtribechat.


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Home Fashion Influences on Kitchen and Bath Design

A Design Discussion
Hosted by Toni Sabatino


Design by Toni Sabatino

To me, interior design is the ultimate in styling. I have enjoyed the trend over the past few years of seeing luxury kitchens and baths become fashion statements. The style of the home offers an intimate look at the inhabitant, and I think it should fit the homeowner like a custom suit. Our industry has followed the clothing industry, offering everything from vintage menswear, to glitz and glam, to hippie chic, including houndstooth tile, glamorous crystal lighting and cabinet hardware and organic textures like bamboo cabinets and flooring. I view this as a major opportunity for the kitchen and bath designer to create something really special for the client and bulild an amazing portfolio. As I look at a space and start my inspiration process, I ask myself: How can I create a space that makes the client feel amazing and “dresses” them well? Here are some questions I think about as I invite you to share your thoughts on the “Fashion of our Kitchen and Bath Industry.”

Q1 Do you feel home fashion trends are influenced by the clothing industry or the other way around? Please explain!
Q2 Where do you get your initial inspiration for project style and color?
Q3 Do you see commonalities in how a client dresses and what makes them comfortable in a space?
Q4 Do you find that a client who wears lots of jewelry or a nice watch will spend more on “bling-y” faucets, lighting and hardware?
Q5 Softness and romance are fashion forecasts; do you see those replacing modern in home design?
Q6 What are your favorite home fashions? Show pics!

by  Toni Sabatino

Design by Toni Sabatino

Join this Twitter Chat discussion

on Wednesday, May 6th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Design by Toni Sabatino

Design by Toni Sabatino

Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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