Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nick's KBIS Quick Picks - Highlights

Winding down my posts on the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas... This is six of seven featuring the fun from KBIS! 

Being back in Las Vegas for KBIS was fantastic- it's easily my favorite city for the show. Plenty to do close by after show hours are done!

Here are some of my favorite moments from the show floor:

KraftMaid consistently sets itself apart as a trendsetter. The success of cushion close drawers as a standard option has now begat the Whisper Touch Hinge. Cushion close drawers AND doors... Genius! 

Available Fall 2011. Can't wait to have these in the showroom as a standard option!

Cambria(the only American quartz surface company) launched its Waterstone Collection and one color stole the show for me. With its white background with swirls of tan and gray, Torquay Quartz evokes a posh and continental feel. For those of us that fall all over Carrara marble, this is the perfect solution(sans temperment of marble). It's 100% more stunning in person... the pictures do no justice.

Also with a showstopper, Silestone had its Integrity sink on hand for ogling. The 16"x20"x6" single bowl sink is available in 10 colors and offers an integrated solution for quartz. 

Kohler had a massive booth full of tons of goodies... Amid the lovliness, The Whist lavatory in dusk was one I could have stared at for hours. The depth of the glass was stunning- and wasn't so over the top that it could be used in practical, residential settings.

Kallista featured sinks designed by Mick de Giulio... Boy, were they something?!

Never would have expected to look up and see him standing there...

Mick was on hand, explaining and demonstrating the features of his Kallista sink line.

Everyone knows I'm a sucker for some chewy ice. Scotsman had its Brilliance Nugget Ice Machine(the rockin' residential version) front and center for everyone to see. I asked for samples and was obliged. It really was a great part of the show. Now I have to figure out how to fit one of these things in my kitchen...

New Ravenna Mosaics made its first trip to KBIS and it was AWESOME to meet the great folks who are at the forefront of tile trends. The WEFT backsplash was nothing short of stunning- the leaf pattern is faint and almost invisible, until you realize it's there. The patterns are breathtaking!

Hope you were able to live a little vicariously through my camera lens if you weren't able to attend KBIS this year! 

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