The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, otherwise known as KBIS, is held in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) each year. The inspiring and interactive platform is an essential event for the A&D community, which attracts professionals from all over the world.
For the last 50 years, KBIS has been “the voice of the kitchen and bath industry.” This year, the event took place from January 9 to 11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, where it hosted more than 600 leading brands in the industry, including over 100 new companies. The massive event spanned across two halls and was held during the same time as the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), as part of the fifth annual Design & Construction Week.
“There really is no substitute for the personal experience of seeing, touching and visioning all of these products first hand,” said architect, Ed Spelman, of Ed Spelman Architect in New Smyrna Beach, FL.
“I believe it is important to have hands-on experience when recommending or specifying products as a designer,” added kitchen designer, Fiora Franco, of 4D Concepts in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. “KBIS provides this and so much more by having hundreds of vendors under one roof.”
Amongst the sea of manufacturers for kitchen and bath staples was also a range of tile manufacturers, such as Daltile and Florida Tile. “We’re really seeing things starting to move further away from white,” explained April Wilson, director of brand marketing for Dal-Tile Corp. “People don’t want all-white kitchens and bathrooms anymore. What we’re seeing with room scenes manufacturers are putting out and what designers are doing is a lot deeper, more saturated, moody hues. Things like dark navy and black, or forest green and teal, which are being paired with a warmer, mellower color to make it feel a little cozier. Designers are also integrating that with white. White is not out.”
Other manufacturers are seeing similar things, according to Chris Cross, branch manager for Emser Tile. “Subway tiles continue to grow,” he said. “Blue is coming back, but so is ombré.”
“We see a regeneration happening,” added Tressa Samdal, director of marketing for Florida Tile. “When we say that, we don’t only mean with things being revived and redone in a new and interesting way, but it’s also the influence of all of the generations. We’ve never been in a time where we’ve had so many generations influencing each other — through social media, families, communities, etc. — which is a really cool thing that’s happening.”
The next edition of KBIS will be held from February 19 to 21, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. For more information, visit kbis.com.