Whether it's countertops fashioned from warm woods and metals, lighting that touts energy-saving options or cabinet storage that features innovative designs, the most dynamic products of 2010 have the ability to enhance and differentiate any space.
This is according to the Kitchen & Bath Design News' annual list of the most-asked-about products. The products were selected by tallying KBDN reader requests for more information made throughout the year – nearly 2,000 inquiries that were received by the magazine over the past 12 months.
Of note, many of the products on the list incorporate sustainable, eco-conscious materials such as lyptus and bamboo, natural stone and LED lighting. These types of products not only appeal to the eco-conscious designer, but provide long-term savings opportunities that can be passed on to the client.
Personal style also plays a key role with regard to this year's top products. The five different countertops featured (four of which placed in the Top 10) all provide aesthetic flexibility for designers.
Likewise, hardware was strongly represented, as four companies made the list. Styles range from leather combinations to sleek contemporary and three-dimensional options.
Of course, personalizing a space goes beyond aesthetics to include functionality. The call for storage – represented by the medicine tower that took top honors – illustrates the need for designers to provide rooms that maximize space and minimize stress for busy consumers.
This year's favorite storage products also included a maintenance storage unit that increases safety and convenience for the bath, as well as a cutlery drawer accessory for the kitchen.
As the call for more personalized product options increases, this year's most-asked-about products offer a clear glimpse into the future of product development – a future where dynamic style and intuitive function are not only possible, but predominant.
KBDN's 2010 Most-Asked-About Products showcase items that have captured the interest and imagination of kitchen and bath dealers and designers this year. On this and the following three pages, KBDN looks at some of the most innovative kitchen and bath products from 2010.
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