New Products and Trends Heat Up the Orange County Convention Center
With freezing temperatures gripping most of the country, the prospect of sunny Orlando as the venue for KBIS 2018 was even more enticing than usual this year. And attendees were not disappointed – by the balmy Florida weather OR the fabulous exhibits from many of the industry’s most exciting companies. With 600 brands filling two halls, the show was buzzing with interest as thousands of guests admired exhibits, discovered new products, and attended parties and presentations. KBIS is always a wonderful opportunity to network and admire the “latest and greatest” of what’s new in the kitchen and bath industry. Here’s a sampling of some of the products and companies that caught our attention during the three-day show.
Lenova NovaGranite Apron Front Prep Sink and TKO Faucet
Known for their beautiful sinks, Lenova used KBIS to unveil three new models of their innovative Ledge Series of kitchen sinks. The collection is most notable for the engineered platform ledge that converts the sink to a food prep center when accessorized with an optional stainless-steel colander, roll-up grid drainer, and bamboo cutting board. Lenova now offers the Ultra Ledge sink in 46” and 60” models for the ultimate in a professional-quality work-station. Ledge is also available with a 9” apron front that blends traditional styling with a contemporary vibe. And finally, Ledge is now available in NovaGranite, a proprietary mix of 85% crushed natural granite that gives the look and durability of solid stone.
Lenova Cabinet Depth –
9″ Apron Front Ledge Sink
Another stand-out from Lenova at the show – their TKO Touch Faucet. A tap of the wrist or forearm on the body of the faucet activates this battery-powered model. With a pull-down sprayer and two beautiful finishes, this sleek faucet offers smart design features such as automatic shut-off and integrated sensors to indicate water temperature. www.lenovasinks.com
Atlas – Bradbury
Atlas Homewares is always on the edge of fashion-forward design. They delivered on that reputation by displaying three new trendsetting collections at the show. The Bradbury line has a chic industrial vibe that is very “now” with exposed hardware and an interesting juxtaposition of curves, lines and angles. It takes the classic aesthetic up a notch, successfully mixing vintage and contemporary styles. The Oskar Collection is all about fun and offers circular knobs and curved pulls that compliment a variety of decors. The knobs have grooved borders that add an extra touch of style, while the handles are notable for their smooth lines and coordinating ends. The Kate Collection pays homage to a refined sensibility, bringing an elegant luxury to any design space. The square pulls have a brushed texture with contrasting border that adds visual interest and a hint of glamor, while the complimentary pulls echo that look with squared ends that cap long rectangular handles with a graceful curve. www.atlastothetrade.com
Victoria + Albert
Vetralla Collection by Victoria + Albert
The new Vetralla Collection by Victoria + Albert caused a buzz at the show as people admired its simple yet elegant silhouette with a double-ended design and deep bathing well. Its gently angled sides are perfect for a relaxed recline during a luxurious soak. Vetralla is well suited for modern bathrooms where space is limited. It measures a compact 58 ¾” x 29 1⁄8″ x 22″, making it the smallest bathtub in Victoria + Albert’s inventory. Vetralla 2 is sized at a more generous 65″ x 28 ¾” x 21 5⁄8″, perfect for family bathrooms. Both tubs are available in seven distinctive external finishes, including a dramatic Gloss Black and a more neutral Stone Gray. As with all Victoria + Albert’s baths, they are made using the brand’s exclusive material, ENGLISHCAST®; a unique blend of Volcanic Limestone™ and high-performance resins. www.vandabaths.com
Du Verre Hardware often infuses its collections with dramatic flair through its partnerships with leading artists. Their latest collaboration with Clodaugh was on display at KBIS, including three new hardware lines that highlight her use of eco-friendly materials and natural elements. The Primitive Collection features a bold, geometric pattern that is a Signature Clodagh motif. It is offered in Oil Rubbed Bronze, Polished Aluminum or Satin Nickel. The Tribal Collection was inspired by African weaving sticks and translated into sleek and modern hardware. Finish options include Antique Brass, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel or Polished Chrome. Stacked is a modern, tactile and luxurious collection that is available in Oil Rubbed Bronze or Satin Nickel. All three collections are made from recycled aluminum. www.duverre.com