Each year, a buzzword emerges from the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show & Conference (KBIS) that defines the products and trends currently associated with the kitchen and bath industry. At the 47th annual event, the one word that encompassed everything being seen and discussed was “value.”
The “value” being showcased at April’s three-day exhibit at McCormick Place in Chicago was not focused on cost as much as quality. And that quality touched on several different trends – functionality, durability, convenience, ease-of-use and, of course, beauty.
Kitchen and bath designers have acknowledged that today’s clients are more educated and discerning than ever before, conducting enormous research before making a major purchase. Manufacturers are busy creating products that meet the needs of both designers and consumers. Today’s products need to not only reflect what the customer wants, but include added functions to help close the sale.
Almost 700 exhibitors across 300,000 square feet presented attendees with the latest products and services keeping pace with and setting trends in the kitchen and bath industry. Cabinets that optimize storage, appliances that are multi-functional, countertops that provide visual depth and durability, and plumbing that meets the latest water-saving demands and enhances the design were all front and center at KBIS, providing the 37,000 attendees with new and innovative ideas to incorporate into their designs.
On this and the following four pages, KBDN showcases some of the latest products on display at this year’s KBIS.
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