Today marks the last day of the 2011 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, where builders, designers and home enthusiasts take to Las Vegas to preview everything you'll want for your home in the next few months.
KBIS, for the uninitiated, is like Fashion Week for kitchens and bathrooms. Companies are presenting their new and best wares, looking to impress and inspire designers and design fiends alike. But while Fashion Week is all form, KBIS is heavy on the function. Every year, the companies introduce products that aim to make your life easier through Jetsons-style technology. Here's what's happening so far:
At KBIS 2011... The winners are announced!
The winners of the "Best-Of" awards, that is. 500 entries came in across 19 categories, ranging from the simple "Best Kitchen" to more specific ones like "Small Bathroom." That's one of the winners in the above photo -- Best Bathroom by Holly Rickert of Ulrich, Inc
. in Ridgewood, NJ.
At KBIS 2011... The stars are out:
Great kitchens deserve great chefs, right? The Food Network's "Cooking for Real" host Sunny Anderson
and "Top Chef Masters" winner Rick Bayless
are at the show, along with celebrity chef Curtis Stone
. Yum! Also attending: Designer Jeff Lewis
of "Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis", "celebrity carpenter" (who knew that was a title?) Ed Sanders of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
" and the always charming Eric Stromer
. Lastly (and perhaps, most surprisingly): Mariel Hemingway
, who will present on keeping families healthy through the best local food and products.
At KBIS 2011... New product introductions, galore.
There's the NanaWall Kitchen Transition
, a custom window-door combo that has the ability to turn your kitchen into an indoor-outdoor paradise.
Also new, Dacor's new Distinctive Series
, which focuses on affordable luxury in appliances. LG also has announced the new Studio Series
a line of energy efficient appliances, from microwaves to dishwashers. And Arne, over at Useful Spaces
, has been blown away by a SileStone
sink made of a single piece of quartz and the new Hybrid line of outdoor grills from Kalamazoo
. Grill with gas, charcoal or wood and have designated areas for fish, beef, chicken and pork. Genius! And just in time for good weather...
Want more? Keep checking in on KBIS's Twitter
And if you want more kitchen trends, check out...
2011 Kitchen Trends - Shelterpop
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