The annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, the largest event for these two important home spaces, took place entirely online for the first time ever. That was not without its issues; while the educational sessions got great reviews, the virtual exhibit hall quickly crashed, preventing attendees from visiting most of the booths.
Nevertheless, through exhibitors’ sending advance materials in the days and weeks before the show, and wisely hosting product spotlights and videos on their own platforms, the industry’s top product and trend watchers got to see the latest and greatest new KBIS releases for themselves.
Here are six of these leading design industry influencers sharing their favorite products debuting “at” the 2021 virtual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in their own words. These pros are:
- Alena Capra, CMKBD, interior designer and SoFlo Home Project TV Host;
- Leslie Carothers, CEO of Savour Partnership, a long-time design industry consultant and innovator;
- Janice Costa, leading design industry magazine editor and creator of the new trade resource platform KB Designers Network;
- Susie Feia, DesignHounds influencer and co-owner of residential design/build firm, Feia Construction;
- Eric Goranson, certified kitchen designer, industry speaker and host of the syndicated home improvement radio program Around the House with Eric G;
- Keia McSwain, president of the Black Interior Designers Network and principal of Kimberly and Cameron Interiors.
You can read about the trends they spotted at KBIS 2021 in this piece, posted earlier this week.
“Home organization has been something so many of us spent more time than ever doing this past year. The key to organizing a kitchen (or any other area of the home) is to maximize the storage space. Enter, the rev-a-shelf Maxx drawer. I love the fact that this allows you to take advantage of every bit of space within a drawer box. The junk drawer just got the biggest upgrade ever! There truly is a place for everything with this product!”
Capra also liked these products:
Signature Kitchen Suites’ Built-in Undercounter Convertible Drawer Refrigerator allows you to change temperatures from refrigeration to freezing to wine preservation.
BlueStar by Design appliances customized with the image of clients’ choice.
“This product allows you to expand the square footage of your home by creating a completely enclosed screened-in area that keeps bugs out, but allows air to flow in.”
Carothers also liked these products:
BlueStar by Design customized appliances
LG’s WashTower stacked laundry set with accessible controls (See full details below.)
“Wellborn’s Workflow with Flair concept was brilliant – a five-foot-long self-contained, super-organized office space that could fit in a closet, in a niche in a bedroom or on a wall in a hallway. Kitchen organizers like spice racks and cutlery drawers are repurposed to hold office supplies, while a shelf can provide a seated or standing laptop area. There’s even a fold down door shelf that tucks everything out of sight when not in use to keep the workspace private.”
Costa also liked these products:
Forza’s 48” Professional Gas Range with multicultural cooking versatility and dramatic styling.
Sharp’s IoT Easy Wave Open Microwave Drawer Ovenith sleek style, versatile cooking modes, hands-free voice control and Amazon connectivity.
Beko’s 36” French Three-Door Refrigerator with fingerprint resistant finish and produce preserving blue light technology.
“This single-unit wash tower takes up less square footage than side by side appliances. But, unlike other models of stacked washers and dryers, it can handle ultra large loads. This innovation will give me more flexibility in designing a client’s laundry room, as performance isn’t sacrificed for space. Plus, the controls are positioned at the center, making it easy to operate. The WashTower features built-in sensors that use technology to determine the best settings for your clothes. It also uses the power of steam to remove common household allergens in fabrics. It’s the perfect solution to recommend to my clients with health issues or allergies!”
Feia also liked these products:
BlueStar by Design customized appliances
Kohler Tone Faucet for the kitchen with hands-free operation via voice control and smart home integration, featuring trending mixed metal finishes.
“Dupont premiered their latest countertop material with Corina Endura high performance porcelain countertops. This gives you the ultimate durability that can withstand a hot pan, and being non-porous, it does not promote the growth of mold and mildew. They have also made it easier to fabricate, and that has addressed one of the issues of earlier products on the market today.”
Goranson also liked:
Samsung’s BESPOKE Refrigerators with custom configuration of finish and features.
Signature Kitchen Suite’s 36” Dual-Fuel Pro Range with sous vide, steam and convection cooking functionality.
“Kohler’s new Moxie showerhead comes in polished chrome, matte black, and brushed nickel. It’s an Alexa or Bluetooth-enabled world tour wrapped in one compact showerhead! I don’t know how I was showering before it! It’s a must-have.”