Eco-Friendly Design, Aging-In-Place Options, Integrated Technology Mark 2008 DIC

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA)/Meredith Corp.’s Design Idea Center (DIC) returned to 2008 the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference for its third year.Dubbed “Your Kitchen and Bath, Your Way: Designs for Every Lifestyle and Life Stage,†the 10,000 sq.-ft. DIC showcased eco-friendly design ideas, aging-in-place options, integrated technology applications and organization and storage solutions. The DIC also featured products, appliances and materials from a variety of manufacturers and designers, including sponsors Armstrong, DuPont Surfaces, Kohler, KraftMaid and Sub-Zero/Wolf.Here’s a “glimpse†of each vignette that was on display at the NKBA booth in the South Hall: Hostess Extraordinaire (Kitchen and Bath Ideas): This kitchen was designed a space to accommodate all of the activity associated with the hub of the home. Recognizing that a mother of teenagers is part chauffeur, part chef, part counselor, and yet, someone who also loves to entertain friends in her “spare†time, the teen-friendly kitchen has the ability to morph into an ideal entertainment space where adults enjoy gathering. The overall design also included a functional mudroom/laundry room, butler’s pantry for serving and banquette for ample seating near the prominent flat screen TV. Organizer-in-Chief (Better Homes and Gardens): Dubbed “Everyday Easy,†this super-organized and eco-friendly kitchen was designed to help make life easier for busy families. Innovations include a recycling center, recycled-content countertops and flooring and a mudroom with customizable, pull-out cabinets for everyone’s “stuff.†Savvy Young Professional (Traditional Home): This vignette was designed to be “the ultimate bath suite†made especially for young professionals: a new generation of educated, affluent and brand-savvy consumers who embrace a modern interpretation of traditional design and are confident investing in the creation of a home environment uniquely suited to their personal lifestyles. The floorplan consisted of a central spa-like shared space flanked by two private baths. Sumptuous appointments, such as a free-standing whirlpool/soaking tub and Murano glass chandelier, express this couple’s distinctive idea of luxury, while equal emphasis is also given to cutting-edge technology. A “fully loaded†steam shower in “his†bath and a “to the nines†dressing table in “her†bath further underscore the theme of customization and personalization. Mother Starting Out (Country Home): This stylish kitchen, mudroom and laundry/multi-task room work hard for the young family. The overall design featured DuPont Corian countertops, laminate floors that mimic reclaimed wood and glass-front cabinets. A technology station, flexible built-in seating and an island with a second tier of countertops that doubles the work area rounded out the space’s function. Future Thinker (Midwest Living): This kitchen and bath was designed with this fact in mind: 78 million Baby Boomers are heading toward new phases in their life journey, and many are looking to stay in their homes for years of cooking, entertaining and active living. Integrated, wider traffic patterns, accommodating cabinet design, sit-down workspaces and lever controls, along with other amenities were featured in this design concept. Did you walk through the DIC? What did you think of the displays? Of the design concepts and products you saw? For more breaking news also visit the Top Headlines and Live Events sections.     Shown are the kitchen and mudroom from the Kitchen and Bath Ideas DIC vignette. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kitchen and Bath Ideas Shown are the kitchen and mudroom from the Better Homes and Gardens DIC vignette. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens Shown are the his and her bath areas from the Traditional Home DIC vignette. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Traditional Home Shown are the kitchen from the Country Home DIC vignette. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Country Home Shown are the kitchen and bath from the Midwest Living DIC vignette. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Midwest Living