Getting Inspired at KBIS 2015

At Woodmaster Kitchens, we always aim to stay on top of the latest kitchen and bath design trends in order to bring new ideas and product innovations to our customers.  The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) conference is an excellent opportunity to connect with vendors and other designers to share ideas, learn about the newest products available, and to give back to the design community by sharing our knowledge with our colleagues.  KBIS is the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) annual event and we attended the conference held January 20-22, 2015 in Las Vegas both as a contributor and a participant.

The show had plenty of bathroom remodeling and kitchen renovation ideas to keep us inspired.  Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

Shower with porcelain surface resembling marble.

Phenomenal Porcelain: These incredible porcelain surfaces resemble large slabs of stone, and can be incorporated into countertops and shower enclosures. The sheets of porcelain can be used on countertops, walls, and floors, and are extremely durable, non-porous, and scratch-resistant.  Best of all, these surfaces emulate natural marble so closely that you cannot tell the difference, like the beautiful shower pictured to the right.

Let it Slide:  Is space an issue in your kitchen design?  Or, perhaps you are just looking for an innovative way find a balance between leaving open spaces in your kitchen layout and having enough room for food preparation?  The Richelieu hardware company is offering a heavy-duty track system to create an ingenious sliding countertop that can save space in small areas, as pictured below. The countertop sits on top of the island cabinetry, and when required for food preparation it slides out and reveals the concealed cooktop while creating an overhang to use as a table top.

Richelieu track system with sliding countertop.
Richelieu track system with sliding countertop.

For the Martini Lover: Beverage centers and undercounter refrigerators are becoming ever more popular, but Perlick refrigeration has taken the undercounter refrigerator to the next level with the ultimate solution for the Martini drinker’s bar.  Their specialized undercounter Martini refrigerator is designed to hold the bottles of gin, vodka, and vermouth at a slight angle to reveal the labels, along with a shelf for the olives and condiments.  Best of all, the refrigerator includes special racks to keep the Martini glasses chilled! This is the perfect addition to a kitchen design for a martini connoisseur or anyone who does a lot of entertaining, as pictured below.

Perlick undercounter Martini refrigerator.
Perlick undercounter Martini refrigerator.

Flexible Cooking: Viking presented a wide range of new products at KBIS this year, but we were particularly impressed with their new induction cooktop prototypes.  Their single and double induction cooktops are flexible enough that they can be put where you require the cooking space, whether that is in the island or next to the sink.  They can be used with other types of cooking systems such as gas, and there is even an induction wok cooktop available to hold your favorite wok.

While we gained insight into the kitchen and bath design trends for the coming year at KBIS, Woodmaster Kitchens also shared our knowledge with the community.  Raffael Brugnoni participated in “Voices of the Industry” by presenting the topic 10 Top Reasons Why Businesses Fail to Grow.  His topic was well received at the show with about 60 people attending the talk, and was followed by a lively question and answer session.

Education is important to us at Woodmaster Kitchens, as it allows us to provide our customers the best service possible with the latest design trends, products, and techniques available.  Contact us today to find out more about these exciting trends or visit our design gallery pages for more inspiration.