K/BIS 2008 Design Display Takes a Literal Look at ‘Green Design’

This year, everything seemed to be coming up “green†on the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS) show floor, and the 2008 Design Showcase was no exception. Now while many displays and products were green because of their environmentally friendly design, the Design Showcase highlighted “green design†quite literally.Indeed, the project’s principal designer Ingrid Leess was inspired by CaesarStone’s Apple Martini shade of natural quartz surfacing material. Leess, of New Canaan, CT-based Ingrid Leess Interior Design, started with color as her guide, and because of that green hue she saw last year, green became the theme of this year’s Design Showcase, which was sponsored by Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications (WDSIPs) and Merillat, which supplied the Merillat Masterpiece and Merillat Classic cabinetry for the combination kitchen/drop zone/mudroom/luxe master bath retreat.According to Leess, green is the color that “sets the tone,†and she used a variety of vibrant, yet complementary shades, including Apple Martini, which appeared on the perimeter of the kitchen. Mixing greens with an emphasis on organic shapes and a variety of materials, the designer was able to create, in her words, a “fresh†transitional style. To bring the design to life for this year’s K/BIS, Leess worked with Mervyn Kaufman, WDSIPs’ project director/writer, Paul Radoy, project manager for Merillat, and Nellie Ondrovick, an interior designer for the cabinetmaker. To read about the project more in-depth, look for the Design Update article in the 5/08 issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News. For more breaking news also visit the Top Headlines and Live Events sections.     Shown is the 2008 Design Showcase kitchen. Photo Credit: John Gould Bessler