D Home — March/April 2018
Pulp Design Studios’ Co-founders share their favorite trends from this year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.
Smart home technology was the top trend at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Companies showcased new apps and platforms that can start your coffee from your car, reset your faucet, or even coordinate your day with Alexa. (1) Kohler Konnec lets you operate the kitchen faucet, control features of an intelligent toilet, adjust the lighting embedded in a bathroom mirror, run your shower, or automatically fill a bath to a certain depth and temperature all by using voice commands.
Every tone of gold was represented at KBIS; bronze, satin, brass, brushed gold and more. The satin brass refrigerator from 2)Liebherr with leather handles, designed by Richard Anuszkiewicz gave the ultimate luxe look and had everyone pulling their phones out to grab shots of this showstopper. 3) Fantini Rubinetti showed a bronze faucet called British Gold; mixed its metals with silver accented by satin brass for its bath faucet; and AmeriSink debuted brushed gold and bronze sinks.
The clear style winner at KBIS was sleek and modern, with flat-front cabinets, simple rod hardware, and streamlines faucets seen in almost every booth. (4) Kallista showcased and architectural faucet called Grid that was 3D printed, and the Levoir collection from Brizo took its inspiration from aerodynamic car designs. Thermador went even further by debuting refrigeration units that had no hardware at all, using a push-open system previously only seen in cabinetry design.
The most unique looks at KBIS were from companies who used furniture design to inspire their kitchen and bath products. True’s one-of-a-kind refrigerator looked more like an armoire and was shown in cobalt blue with brass hardware. Designer Daniel Germani reimagined the bathroom sink for (5) Dekton by Cosentino by placing it inside a stunning credenza that was created with Italian furniture maker Riva 1920.