K/BIS 2007 Hits Jackpot in Vegas

Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center May 7-10, the 26th annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS) hit the jackpot with the wares of its 1,100-plus exhibitors and a full slate of educational seminars, special events, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities attracting 44,154 kitchen and bath designers and dealers and other allied professionals from here and abroad. The latest K/BIS was filled with a bustle of activity throughout its three halls and more than 610,000 sq. ft. of designated exhibit space, with the New Product Pavilion, the NKBA Industry Trends Marketplace and the NKBA Center Stage offering interested design professionals the latest in product innovations and trends. (To see Kitchen & Bath Design News’ K/BIS show product coverage, click here.) One could see the show's great emphasis - and the industry's increasing awareness - of green design, energy efficiency and water conservation. Manufacturers and designers in the industry were clearly recognizing that there's a growing movement among consumers who want to help the environment, but don't want to sacrifice great design. (To read more about green design, click here.) This recognition and awareness could be seen in the wide range of products in response to the green movement, including appliances such as induction cooktops and water-saving dishwashers; low-VOC cabinetry; flooring offered in sustainable materials such as bamboo and cork; countertops and surfacing that are made from recycled and sustainable materials; plumbing fixtures such as low-flow toilets and water-saving showerheads, lighting products that use LED technology and color-corrected and longer-lasting fluorescent bulbs; related eco-friendly building products, and much more. In addition, health and wellness were also prominent at the show. (To read more about Healthy Kitchens, click here.) As many companies introduced new indoor air filters, tweaked their existing ventilation systems and unveiled a slate of products that promoted healthy living, such as air purification systems; water filtration and purification systems; steam ovens that are meant to inspire better eating habits; hands-free faucets that create a more hygienic environment; built-in refrigerators that feature pure water and air; hygienic stainless steel appliances, sinks and faucets; countertops with eco-friendly and hygienic sealants and Microban technology; showerheads and systems that feature aromatherapy and chromatherapy, and walk-in whirlpool baths that feature therapeutic hydrotherapy. Many products are also making design more accessible than ever before as the industry notices that Baby Boomers are getting older and demanding products that don't remind them of that fact. (For more on accessible design, click here, and read Ten Design Trends to Follow for Aging in Place and Adaptive Marketing.) There was also a slew of high-tech appliances that turned the kitchen into the digital control center of the home, such as those found in the Digital Entertainment Kitchen presented in the NKBA Industry Trends Marketplace. (To read more about this and other K/BIS 2007 news, click here.) Some of the other noteworthy product trends include: The continuing expansion of the appliance suite to include many more specialty products such as built-in coffeemakers and wine/beverage centers. The increase in the sophistication level of and attention to outdoor living. The demand for more transitional product designs than ever before that skew toward the contemporary and the Asian-inspired. The increasing amount of nature-inspired colors in both saturated and muted tones that are creeping into everything from faucet finishes to glass-paneled appliances. (For more products, visit the Product Gallery.) The same topics also punctuated the variety of educational seminars covering design, technology and leadership issues. For example, this year's conference tracks feature Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time and Sweet Dreams & Rude Awakenings: Lighting Details for Kitchens and Baths. Look for more information about this in the upcoming 6/07 and 7/07  issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News. And log onto Live Events, as well.(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 don’t forget to sign up for our eNewsletters that will cover other upcoming industry shows.)   The latest K/BIS was filled a bustle of activity throughout its more than 610,000 sq. ft. of designated exhibit space at the Las Vegas Convention Center.