We’re back from KBIS! Did you miss us?
Our designers are now home from Design and Construction week at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2015 held in Las Vegas at the end of January. Now that they’ve had a chance to soak their feet and answer their emails, they are ready to share the plethora of information and inspiration they garnered in 3 days of classes and displays.
KBIS 2015 featured classes in traditional and new lighting trends, approaching technical difficulties in challenging design requests, the art of storage, design through virtual visualization, using daylight in design, and many, many more. Abbey’s designers also visited hundreds of vendor booths and displays soaking up new ideas and pressing the flesh with colleagues and even celebrities. Yes, that is Mariel Hemingway with Lead Designer, Sherry Wohn.
What we took away…
So what were the latest trends? Sherry’s big takeaways for the latest trends are “Sleek seamless kitchen and bath designs with a focus on functionality and ultra organization and new water saving technologies and more effective energy saving features for the bathroom.” And with every conference comes the big must-have wow technology every designer wants. Sherry reports, “The new 3-D technology that allows customers to virtually walk through their projects is right around the corner.” Jimmy Nazem, General Manager at Abbey Design Center in Sterling saw geometry playing a role this year with “open and horizontal designs with plenty of white and cream shades.” He also encountered many Mediterranean style kitchen displays with “open shelving replacing upper cabinetry.”
Hmmm, it sounds like not all trends are consistent. Taking away upper cabinetry is not consistent with ultra organization and functionality. Trends aside, it still comes down to what are the goals and desires of the client? Avid cooks may think it important to have a place for everything hidden away neatly organized from dust and view while non-cooks may want a statement kitchen displaying their prized vessels for drinks and take out.
Everybody is different, every project is different and KBIS 2015 provided so many new inspirations for our designers to make each remodeling project special. So come and put us to the test. What are your goals for that new kitchen or bathroom you’ve been wanting to remodel? Let us make it special, different from all the rest, just for you and your family. Vive La Différence and Viva Las Vegas!