Well, I’m back from the 2013 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in New Orleans, and both my luggage and belly were over-stuffed. Here were some of my favorite finds from my fourth – and sadly, smallest – KBIS. Next week, I’ll tackle the show’s top trends.
Digital Glass Vanities from Robern
I absolutely loved the floating, digital glass vanities with LED lighting offered by Robern, always an industry leader. White and black glass have been a big smartphone/tablet-inspired trend for a few years, as I pointed out in my recent LivingKitchen post, and are part of this series. However, the ones that knocked me out were the wood prints. Real wood is often used in bathrooms – I’ve specified it myself for years – but this is so much more moisture-friendly! My only quibble with the style is that the grain on the side panels runs vertically, rather than matching the front, horizontal grains. I hope they change that in upcoming releases.
(Photo Courtesy: Robern)
Silestone’s Suede Finish
Regular readers know that I love engineered stone countertops for their durability and low maintenance. This new, matte Suede finish from Spanish manufacturer Cosentino’s huge Silestone brand was one of my favorite finds at the show this year. They will fit perfectly into a contemporary, family-friendly kitchen.
(Photo Courtesy: Silestone)
FYI, Cosentino was previewing a new countertop surface that I’m very excited about called Dekton, as it blends three of my favorites: engineered stone, porcelain and glass. It will have the best properties of those three, come out toward the end of the year and go where Silestone can’t — outdoors. Stay tuned for more info!
Moen’s Tension-Mount Curved Shower Rod
Moen really stepped up its game this year. I’ve always considered them to be a solid mainstream brand, with some nice offerings for mid-range projects and a great aging in place series. At this show, they brought both new style and innovation.
One of those innovations will be a real boon to apartment dwellers. Its new tension-mounted curved shower rod gives you no-hardware mounting (and no holes you need to fill later), with a good-looking curved shower rod for extra space and style. It ties in with their popular chrome, brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze finishes for a pulled-together look.
(Photo Courtesy: Moen)
Moen’s Hands-Free Faucets
Moen also expanded its line of hands-free, MotionSense faucets into four models and what I really like about them is that the handle stays in the vertical position when in sensor mode, rather than having to be angled out as all the others I’ve come across – including the premium model in my own kitchen – require. That creates a better look, in my opinion. It’s a small detail, but not an unimportant one. This transitional Brantford is my personal favorite.
(Photo Courtesy: Moen)
Brizo’s Champagne and Cocoa Bronze Charlotte Suite
I’ve written about the sensor version of this elegant Brizo faucet before, but what captivated me at KBIS 2013 was the new Champagne Bronze with Cocoa Bronze finish pairing. I like the blend of matte cladding with metallic that Brizo and other brands are using more and more. But I absolutely loooooved the champagne and chocolate pairing. Utterly delicious!
(Photo Courtesy: Brizo)
Formica Petrified Wood
I’m not a big laminate countertop fan, as it’s not a repairable, cuttable surface, but I thought Formica’s new Petrified Wood — part of its recent 180 FX series — was stunning beyond any of its competitors (or past releases). I can see specifying it for an affordable library, study or accent wall where it can look great and not get hard use.
(Photo Courtesy: Formica)
There were some other great products that I’ll be sharing in my next post on KBIS 2013 – Best Trends from the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, and that I included in my pre-show, Best of KBIS 2013 Nominees post.