2007 WDSIPs Design Showcase Features High-Tech, Space-Conscious & Nature-Inspired Features

Las Vegas The “Digital Age” inspired the 2007 Design Showcase, presented by Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications (WDSIPs) and Home magazine. The Showcase, which was on display at on display at this year’s Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS), featured forward-thinking ideas, bold use of color and plenty of comfort.

Dubbed ‘Digital Dreams,’ it was produced by New York, NY-based WDSIPs’ Project Director/Writer Mervyn Kaufman and designed by Ingrid Leess of New Canaan, CT-based Ingrid Leess Interior Design with input from the American Hardwood Information Center. And the display was built by Dallas, TX-based Elevate Group.

The L-shaped kitchen was highlighted by a mix of colors and contrasts and provided a host of ergonomic features. For example, it had an ergonomic chef center with cabinetry by Armstrong and a center island with one side made for clean-up and the other made for snacking. Digital features included a Broan-NuTone video monitoring system, a Dell laptop, a 20" Sharp Aquos TV and a Sharp DVD player.

The adjacent, inviting, cozy family room doubled not only as a dining room, but also a fully equipped home office, a space-maximizing butler’s pantry/bar area. Digital features included a Dell desktop PC, LCD monitor and sub-woofer, a 65" Sharp Aquos TV and a Marantz DVD player.

The serene, nature-inspired bath showcased neutral tones in every area, including the shower, which featured a principal shower spray that extended dramatically out of a semi-arched fitting that ended in a huge, square spray surface. On two levels flanking shower handles were body sprays, turning the shower experience into a spa-like one.

The vanity, which was actually a wall cabinet set on legs, featured a 1-1/2"-thick, bull-nosed quartz surface and a round, stainless steel sink. The toilet was tucked away near the tub, with green hues in the form of towels, wall art and arrangements were paired with grass cloth wall covering, adding to the soothing ambience.

Digital features included electronically controlled shades and a TV tucked into a niche.

For more about the 2007 WDSIPs Design Showcase, log onto to the Live Events, Project Spotlight and Consumer Resources sections, as well as the Kitchen & Bath Confidential blog.

To read more visit the Live Events section and the Kitchen & Bath Confidential blog, and look for it in the upcoming 6/07 issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News.

(Be sure to log onto KitchenBathDesign.com for Kitchen & Bath Design News’ coverage of the 2007 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS) in Las Vegas. Log onto the home page to visit the Live Events, Top Headlines, Project Spotlight and Consumer Resources sections, and Product Gallery and the Kitchen & Bath Confidential blog. And don’t forget to sign up for our eNewsletters that will cover other upcoming industry shows.)

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