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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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May 23rd at #KBtribechat – The Kitchen Hidden in Plain Sight

Hosted by Toni Sabatino
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This photo of Florense | Kitchens + Furniture was taken by Toni Sabatino

I have noticed kitchen design that becomes interior design with a kitchen happening in it. Open floor plan living with the full integration of appliances, storage, prep space and seating into the larger living environment is not new, but technology and innovative design are taking it to a new level. Sleek tall walls with pocket or sliding doors are hiding appliances like never before. Appliance manufacturers are creating more options for personalizing with modular refrigeration and cooking appliances.

 

My recent visit to Euro Cucina at Salone Del Mobile with Designhounds, Digital Community Network of Design Experts, a platform by MODENUS Media, was a real eye opener as display after display featured this integrated arrangement. Tall walls and large islands dominated with integrated closets, storage, even laundry. It seems this new luxury environment is high performance and understated. I am interested to see what our design community thinks of this concept. Will the integration of simple high performance goods and technology move from the Tesla and into the home?

 Our KBtribechat questions:

1. The open floor plan is a popular living solution. Do you think clients would embrace hiding the kitchen in the space? Explain!

2. Appliance integration with furniture styling like the refrigeration armoire has been popular. Are you familiar with modular appliances on furniture with legs? How would you use this design?

3. Are you familiar with the use of induction hidden below porcelain slab counters hiding the “cooktop” elements from view? What other design ideas do you have to hide kitchen appliances from view?

4. Do you see solutions that could hide the kitchen in a space oozing old school elegance but still having ultra modern hidden conveniences? Please share!

5. Besides the main kitchen, what rooms/areas are particularly good for a hidden design?

6. Do you find yourself desiring / or designing hidden spaces for electronics and integration hardware in the home? How do you hide them?

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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?

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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?

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Home Fashion Influences on Kitchen and Bath Design

A Design Discussion
Hosted by Toni Sabatino

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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!

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Design by Toni Sabatino

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on Wednesday, May 6th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Design by Toni Sabatino

Design by Toni Sabatino

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