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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 2 at #KBtribechat – Nurturing Wellness

A Bathroom Design Discussion

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) In Japan smart toilets are everywhere, even in the public restrooms. They offer many desirable features. Do you recommend them for your clients? Explain!

2.) What shower area features can help nurture wellness?

3.) What are your top design tips for a spa bathroom?

4.) How does the term Zen relate to bathrooms and design? How can it help in nurturing wellness?

5.) Do you use feng shui principles when designing bathrooms? Explain!

6.) What wellness features to you recommend for today’s Master Bathroom?

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March 14 at #KBribechat – Why Tile?

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Coverings.

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Our KBtribechat questions:

• Q1) What tile trends are you seeing emerge for 2018 and beyond?

• Q2) Installing tile & stone is a precise process. What steps do you take in your business to ensure a perfect application for clients?

• Q3) Health and wellness are important factors today. How has using tile helped aid in the healthy design of a home?

• Q4) What tile trends or products are most requested by clients for their homes?

• Q5) In today’s busy world, tile offers a low-maintenance and durable alternative to other materials. How have you included tile in a recent project to increase durability?

• Q6) Tile at Coverings comes from all over the world. What cultures or global landmarks have inspired your use of tile?

• Q7) Coverings brings together the best of the tile & stone industry. What kinds of connections are you most excited to make at #Coverings2018?

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Wellness in Kitchen Design: Is Design Making Clients Fat?

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The Globe and Mail recently published an article “Is your sleek new kitchen making you fat? Modern spaces are not doing your waistline any favours” (Ellen Himelfarb, April 9, 2015) that claims that kitchen designers are “inadvertently helping to foster unhealthy habits.” and it is supported by two major influencers in the sphere of consumer habits:
The consumer behavioural and nutritional science researcher Dr. Brian Wansink (Ph.D. Stanford 1990), who authored “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think” and “Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life.”
The managing editor of Treehugger Lloyd Alter, who is also an Adjunct Professor of sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior Design (Toronto) and a well published writer in Azure, The Guardian, and Huffington Post.

Read the article here.

The fundamental premise that current kitchen design methodology lacks awareness of consumer eating habits and that designers are causing unhealthy lifestyles might go against all the principals, standards, and ethics that we are taught and/or learn as skilled professionals. The reaction is quite visceral and real. Have we, Certified Kitchen Designers, Interior Designers who work as professional kitchen designers, or associated industries contributed to un-healthy homes for our clients?

There is a new surge in the interior design and architectural field called “Wellness Design”. ASID has begun to shift their focus onto this topic and how they can help their membership and professionals become more nimble to the overall well-being of the end users – our clients.

Our discussion questions:

1.) Is the intent of kitchen design to make our clients fat?

2.) What is “wellness design” in kitchen & bathroom design?

3.) Do K&B professionals require more curriculum & CEU’s on consumer habits?

4.) Has the state of the industry distracted us from this important consumer change?

5.) What are some updates we can make to planning to resolve unhealthy habits in the kitchen?

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