The show, which was held at Chicago's McCormick Place, featured over 850 regional and national suppliers showcasing their wares across more than 40,000 feet of exhibit space, according to Hackettstown, NJ-based show co-sponsor, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).
A new location Las Vegas was also announced for the 2005 K/BIS, which will take place May 10-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Following that, the show will rotate between Chicago and Las Vegas, rather than returning to Orlando, show sponsors noted.
Among the kitchen and bath product categories highlighted at the 2004 K/BIS were cabinetry; solid surfacing, laminates, nature and engineered stone, ceramic tile and related countertop materials; plumbing fixtures; appliances; sinks and faucets, and decorative and functional hardware.
In addition to a revamped set of keynote speakers and professional development courses, roundtable discussions and special events, some of the highlights of this year's K/BIS included:
Kitchen & Bath Design News' publisher, Eliot Sefrin, presenting the 2004 Student Scholarship awards at the NKBA Board of Directors Gala. The NKBA's 2004 Design Competition award winners were also highlighted during the gala.
A New Product Pavilion spotlighting some of the most innovative new products on display, all in one location for easy one-stop viewing.
The NKBA Business Meeting and Luncheon, which featured keynote addresses from Gary Uhl, Robin Levien and Marc Sadler, all from American Standard. The program looked at the effects that social factors have on design in the U.S and Europe; the public's feeling of security; the development of more "grounded" works of design and the process of creating new products, among other topics.
For additional information on future shows and conferences, contact the NKBA at 687 Willow Grove St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840; tel: (800) 843-6522 or (908) 852-0033; Web site: www.nkba.org; or visit www.kbis.com.