Greater Goods

While environmental concerns have had the most significant impact on products being developed for the kitchen and bath market in the past year, other issues are also influencing hot product trends. Convenience and ease of use are instrumental when it comes to the latest appliances, storage options and fixtures, and eliminating bacteria is not just for the germ-phobic anymore.

The 540 exhibiting companies at the 28th annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS) proved that they were spot-on with regard to the latest trends. They displayed new and updated products that met the needs of the almost 29,000 attendees – and often exceeded what could be conjured up by even the most imaginative customer.

The four-day conference and exhibit, held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, showcased a wide range of kitchen and bath products that meshed beauty with high technology.

Low-flow faucets, recycled-content countertops and cabinetry fashioned from FSC-certified wood were found at every turn, in keeping with the “green” trend. The buzz from the swine-flu outbreak made water and air purifiers – as well as surfaces that combat microbes – an instant hit. And appliances that made food preparation and household functions healthier – while using less energy – were in continued demand. Outdoor kitchens were also a hot trend for their ability to expand the kitchen space without changing the existing footprint.

On this and the following four pages, KBDN showcases just a few of the latest products on display at this year’s K/BIS.

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