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2021 Design & Construction Week Converts to All-Virtual Event

Posted on 12 October 2020 by cradmin3

Due to health and safety concerns and ongoing travel restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) have regretfully announced that the 8th annual Design & Construction Week® (DCW) featuring NAHB’s International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS) will no longer be an on-site event. Instead, the two groups are planning a robust, all-virtual event.

Design & Construction Week was scheduled to take place on Feb. 9-11, 2021, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The new all-virtual DCW 2021 will still take place the week of Feb. 8 with extended programming.

“Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of our exhibitors, attendees and the thousands of onsite workers who support the premier event of the residential construction industry, we feel the only prudent course is to make this year’s show a virtual event,” said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke, a custom home builder from Tampa, Fla. “We have plenty of great virtual educational programs, innovative products, services and workshops on tap, and we are very excited about the 2021 show. It’s an opportunity to set a precedent for the industry by producing a dynamic virtual trade show, and we look forward to a very successful Design & Construction Week.”

“This difficult decision comes following months of lengthy conversations with NAHB and Emerald,” said Bill Darcy, CEO of the NKBA. “The safety and well-being of our attendees, partners, exhibitors, site workers and staff has always been our top priority. As we now cross the 16-weeks-out mark, it was time to transition to 100 percent focus on a virtual event. An all-virtual Design & Construction Week will be a different experience, but with it comes new opportunities to reach an even larger audience that would not have been able to participate on-site, for any number of reasons, including on-going travel restrictions. We pledge to transform KBIS into an exceptional show experience for everyone. And we will be back live — bigger and stronger — for DCW 2022.”

Registration for the virtual DCW event is free for all NKBA and NAHB members and, as with the in-person shows, attendees will have access to KBIS and IBS exhibitors and programming. The new virtual format will allow participants to see the latest product launches and cutting-edge housing and design innovations, hear from the top leaders in the industry, and take part in online education courses, from wherever they are in the world.

Design & Construction Week will return to Orlando as an in-person event Feb. 8-10, 2022.

Further details on the virtual offerings will be forthcoming. For more information on the International Builders’ Show, visit  www.buildersshow.com, and for information on the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, visit www.kbis.com.

You may also be interested in this article: IWF Announces Virtual Trade Show

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Design & Construction Week Draws 85,000 Attendees

Posted on 11 January 2018 by cradmin

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the International Builders’ Show (IBS) were held January 9 to 11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. This year’s shows brought one of the highest turnouts in recent history.

Design & Construction Week, as the combined events are known, drew more than 85,000 attendees, and 60,000 of those were registered for IBS.

“Each and every year, a tremendous amount of work goes into making IBS an extremely valuable, can’t-miss event for anyone in residential construction,” said Geoff Cassidy, NAHB senior vice president of exhibitions and meetings. “And once again, the show was an incredible success with a palpable enthusiasm reflective of the momentum in the homebuilding industry.”

This year also marked an expansion of space for IBS from 569,000 sq. ft. to 583,000 sq. ft., and more than 1,500 exhibitors were available to demonstrate and display all the latest products and technology for homebuilders, which includes the countertop industry. Increased foot traffic was widely reported by the exhibitors.

“The show is back, and we were extremely busy all week,” said Vicki Frye, director of corporate marketing for Ply Gem. “People are eager to know what’s new, so we had a lot of fun showing them a wide variety of real products for real projects, from entry-level and do-it-yourself, to higher price-point homes.”

Attendees at the shows were able to view and interact with product demos, network with peers and attend more than 140 educational classes and presentations by industry experts.

“After attending just two [education] sessions, I already found exactly what I came for,” said Walt Schumm, a custom home builder and president of C.D., LLC in Crestwood, Ky. “I’ve made several new connections with whom I think we’ll strike up business relationships. Plus, it’s really interesting to see a huge presence from Asian and European vendors on the show floor. The products they’ve got on display are just unbelievable.”

KBIS Awards and Honorees

Although no one from the countertop industry was a Best of KBIS 2018 award winner, several great products were chosen:

  • Best of Kitchen: Gold – Tresco Lighting by Rev-A-Shelf
  • Best of Kitchen: Silver – FlexWash + FlexDry by Samsung Electronics
  • Best of Bath: Gold –  Grid by Kallista
  • Best of Bath: Silver – D-KAURI designed by Daniel Germani for Cosentino
  • Best of Smart Home Technology – Front Load Washer with QuickDrive by Samsung Electronics
  • Best in Show – Grid by Kallista

In addition to product awards, several kitchen and bath showrooms were honored, including the following:

  • Independent Retail Showroom Locations (1-5 showroom locations): Small – K2 Kitchens & K2 Kitchens Design Group
  • Independent Retail Showroom Locations (1-5 showroom locations): Medium – Häfele America Co.
  • Independent Retail Showroom Locations (1-5 showroom locations): Large – Empire Kitchen & Bath
  • Multi Location Retail Showrooms (6+ showroom locations): Medium – Miele
  • Multi Location Retail Showrooms (6+ showroom locations): Large – Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery – Naples
  • Overall Award Winner – Empire Kitchen & Bath

Design & Construction Week 2019 will be held in Las Vegas from February 19 to 21.

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MIA+BSI Joins IBS and KBIS for Design & Construction Week 2017

Posted on 17 November 2016 by cradmin

mia bsi natural stone institute logoMIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute is a supporting organization of the fourth annual Design & Construction Week (DCW).

Founding partners, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) will continue driving the possibilities of home forward as the co-location of the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS) moves to Orlando, January 10-12, 2017. DCW will bring together more than 80,000 design and construction professionals in the largest gathering of the residential design and construction industry.

MIA+BSI members will enjoy discounted registration for the event, while the organization’s leaders will participate in the Design & Construction Week Executive Roundtable to discuss issues and trends in the US housing market and exchange ideas with other industry thought leaders.

“MIA+BSI is thrilled to be a DCW Supporting Organization. We look forward to the networking and education opportunities offered by this event. Our members will benefit greatly from attending Design & Construction Week,” said MIA President David Castellucci.

“We have seen explosive growth in Design & Construction Week over the past few years, primarily due the draw of having so many big industry players all in one place,” said NAHB CEO Jerry Howard. “The support of MIA+BSI only further bolsters the prominence of this event. DCW has become the premier event for our industry, and we expect the 2017 show to be the best year yet.”

“NKBA is thrilled about this collaboration, bringing so many industry representatives together in one location creates huge value for everyone involved,” said Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO. “This is ultimately a huge win for consumers, as we lead the way in connecting the industry.”

Show dates include:

  • NAHB International Builders’ Show: January 10-12, Orange County Convention Center
  • Kitchen & Bath Industry Show: January 10-12, Orange County Convention Center

Registration is open at designandconstructionweek.com—registered attendees will have access to both trade shows held during Design & Construction Week.

You may also be interested in viewing other upcoming trade shows on our Calendar of Events.

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Organizers: Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas Draws More Than 110,000

Posted on 14 March 2016 by cradmin

According to show organizers, more than 110,000 housing industry professionals attended the third annual Design & Construction Week, held Jan. 19 to 22 in Las Vegas. The mega-event included the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builder’s Shower (IBS), the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the International Window Coverings Expo and The International Surface Event (TISE), which is a combination of StonExpo, TileExpo and Surfaces. In total, Design & Construction Week boasted more than 3,750 exhibitors and 1.2 million net sq. ft. of exhibit space. Organizers noted an increase in international exhibitors, along with crowded education sessions for industry professionals. The 2017 event will be held Jan. 10-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in
Orlando, however, TISE will not be part of the 2017 event, instead remaining in Las Vegas the week after.

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National Association of Home Builders Elects 2016 Leaders

Posted on 05 February 2016 by cradmin

NAHB logoThe National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) held a board meeting and elected senior officers for 2016 during the International Builder’s Show (IBS) in Las Vegas. NAHB’s Chairman of the Board this year is Ed Brady. Brady has more than 25 years of experience in the home building industry and is president of Brady Homes, based in Bloomington, Ill. Granger MacDonald, a Texas-based builder and developer with 40 years of experience in the home building industry, was elected as the 2016 First Vice Chairman of the Board. MacDonald is chairman and CEO of the MacDonald Companies. Louisiana-based custom home builder, Randy Noel, was elected as Second Vice Chairman of the Board. Noel has more than 30 years of experience in the home building industry and is president of Reve Inc., a custom home building firm that has developed more than 1,000 custom homes in the greater New Orleans area. Greg Ugalde was elected as Third Vice Chairman of the Board. A Connecticut builder and developer with more than 20 years of experience in the home building industry, Ugalde is president and chief legal officer of Torrington-based T&M Building Co.,Inc. NAHB Chairman for 2015, Tom Woods remains as Immediate Past Chairman. Woods is president of Woods Custom Homes in Blue Springs, Mo., and has more than 40 years of experience in the housing Industry. The NAHB’s Chief Executive Officer is Jerry Howard, from Washington, D.C. Howard leads a staff of more than 240 working out of the National Housing Center in Washington. He has served as the association’s CEO/EVP since February of 2001. Previously, Howard was NAHB’s chief tax counsel. NAHB represents the interests of the nation’s housing professionals through advocacy, education and research with more than 800 affiliated state and local home builders associations that include more than 140,000 members across the country.

You may also be interested in this article about ISFA’s On Demand Solid Surface Training Program.

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Updates From Design & Construction Week

Posted on 18 January 2016 by cradmin

dcw-logo (1)Design & Construction Week is only one day away, and 2016 marks the second year we will be attending the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the International Builders Show (IBS) and The International Surface Event (TISE).

We will start the event early Tuesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, leaving the day primarily for KBIS while Wednesday will be back and forth between KBIS, IBS and TISE. Then, on Thursday, we spend the entire day at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to meet with some of our favorite suppliers and equipment manufacturers at TISE.

This year, I will personally be keeping you updated on each day’s events, giving all of you who can’t be there a sneak peek at some of the latest products in countertops and countertop fabrication. I will also be attending several presentations, such as Green Homebuyers, Green Home Trends and Water Conservation on Tuesday, Best of KBIS Awards on Wednesday and Affordable Sustainability hosted by Ed Begley, Jr. on Thursday.

Stay tuned at the end of each day for a new update on all the latest from KBIS, IBS and TISE.

DSC_1989Tuesday, January 19 – KBIS

Although we didn’t make the opening ceremony fetauring Jay Leno, the day started early enough with a visit to Wilsonart, checking out all of the new and exciting products they have to offer this year. Wilsonart’s theme, Explore New Surfaces, is not entirely about new surfaces, but new combinations, such as mixing their new quartz countertops with wood or stone-inspired laminate backsplashes and vertical surfacing, as can be seen in the photo below.

From there we explored the always-lavish Kohler booth, and the introduction of their new kitchen sinks and faucests, which included a single-basin sink made of ultrapolished steel designed by Kelly Wearstler under the DSC_1991Ann Sacks brand.

Directly afterward, we set out to speak with Tim Blair, president of Native Trails, who gave me a personal tour of their new sustainably manufactured sinks that incorporate jute fibers into a concrete base.

Next, we said hello to Cathy Morgan and the folks at Federal Brace, who have developed some of the most innovative countertop supports and brackets on the market today.

After Federal Brace, it was time to visit the presentation on Green Home Trends, where we learned some important information for our sister website GreenSurfaceResource.com. Be on the lookout over there for further details on what the future has in store for sustainable homes.

DSC_2018One of the most impressive new designs at the show this year came from Silestone by Cosentino. Their new Silestone Plus quartz surfacing repels liquids and provides “enhanced color” and “increased luster,” and I was personally impressed and intrigued by the process witnessed in the demonstration.


Wednesday, January 20 – IBS

Wednesday was not as fast-paced as Tuesday was, but we still managed to meet up with DSC_2081several of our favorite suppliers, mostly at IBS, but as scheduling would have it, there was a enough back and forth between the North and South Halls to put in another 15-mile day.

Our first stop was a visit to our friends at IceStone to say hi and check out the latest additions to the company’s line of recycled glass surfacing, and from there, we went straight to the eye-catching displays offered by Italian stone dealer Antolini. Antolini displayed several unique pieces, including a few filled with amazing fossils, the most impressive of which was Jurassic Brown “Extra” Polished Finish. The company’s floor-to-ceiling natural stone design was equally as impressive.

DSC_2062After Antolini, it was time to catch the first and only presentation of the day back at the KBISNEXT Stage. This presentation was about indoor air quality and provided some interesting material for our readers at GreenSurfaceResource.com.

Despite the company’s recent troubles and our detailed reporting of its stock collapse, we had a fantastic meeting with Caesarstone, and it looks like things are finally picking up. It was great to see everyone in such a positive light, ready to put the past behind them. This year, Caesarstone has been focusing on lights and whites. Among the notable new colors we saw were Statuario Nuvo, Calacatta Nuvo, Vivid White and Statuario Maximus Honed.

DSC_2075Our last stop on the show floor for the day was one of the best we had at the show this year. Neolith/TheSize had several new designs of its sintered compact surfacing, many of which were based on solid earth tones, natural wood and marble. These slabs are available in several formats, sizes and thicknesses for use as DSC_2078countertops and vertical surfaces. We watched a quick display of how these surfaces can be used as stovetops and how they resist heat and open flames.

After Neolith, we took the shuttle over for our first look at TISE where we met with a few dealers of eco-friendly flooring products and fellow media personnel. We also had a talk with our friends at the Marble Institute of America who were celebrating their partnership with the Building Stone Institue (BSI).

Shortly after our meeting, we all headed down to the banquet hall for the MIA+BSI happy hour with stoneworkers, stonebuilders and stone dealers from around the country. At the happy hour, I had a few great conversations with Kevin Cole and Paul Wisnefski of ISFA,  and then I met Ted Pitts and Harry Hollander, founders of one of our closest supporters: Morware. This year, Harry and Ted brought their entire crew, including Patrick Foley, host of the StoneTalk podcast, Jason Pliml in marketing and Kathleen Teodoro in support.

Thursday, January 21 – TISE

Thursday was our last day in Las Vegas, and we were more than happy to spend it at TISE with some of our favorite equipment dealers from years past and a couple of new ones. We were thrilled from the get go because we ran across a new safety product called CarryMate, a device that provides handles for lifting and carrying slabs with a reduced risk of back injury.

After discussing CarryMate, we had a talk with Laser Products Industries about its templating system and then the vacuum-lifting equipment from Wood’s Powr-Grip. At that point, the presentation from CMS Brembana caught my eye. This international company DSC_2085was one of the first to manufacture a CNC machining center for stone working in the 1980s.

From there, we strolled across the aisle to see the good people at Lackmond, and I had a very enlightening discussion with Ted Skaff, Vice-President of Marketing. Lackmond has been manufacturing diamond stone-cutting tools for more than two decades, and its products have evolved over time to meet the needs of the industry.

After talking with Lackmond, we met with Chemical Concepts, who was primarily promoting its CounterBalance countertop support brackets and Chem-Set line of adhesives and fasteners.

We had a busy morning on the floor, so we took advantage of the Press Room Luncheon before heading back out to meet with our friend Stephanie Kadlec of Park Industries. Park Industries had several of their state-of-the-art machines on display, including the Fusion CNC Saw/Waterjet DSC_2082and the Saber 5-Axis CNC Saw.

Next on our schedule was BACA Systems, an old friend and sponser. Marketing Manager Debbie Gettings said the company has had an extremely busy year, but as always, everyone was happy to take time out of their regular workdays for the show, promoting its Robo SawJet. The Robo SawJet is an impressive piece of machinery, and the company says it can save fabricators 20 percent on material and 70 percent on labor.

After meeting with BACA, we headed over to one of the most hyped presentations of the week: Affordable Sustainability hosted by Ed Begley, Jr. and sponsored by Bostik, who has an eco-friendly adhesive that is said to be one of the best in the industry.

DSC_2087Finally, our last meeting was with Craid Horsley at Daltile, who has a wide range of countertop options available for fabricators, including granite, One Quartz Surfaces, natural quartzite, marble, limestone and travertine.

Of course, we met with a lot of other companies – far too many to name – and learned more than we could ever share. Thanks to everyone who took time to speak with us and share industry knowledge. We wish we could mention you all (and we will try to get all of the great info up on the site eventually). Even though the show consisted of long days with 10 to 15 miles of walking on each, all-in-all, we had a great time being there and presenting you with a lot that is new for 2016. Stay tuned in the coming months for further product news gathered from Design & Construction Week.

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Registration Now Open for TISE 2016 in Vegas

Posted on 09 September 2015 by cradmin

Online attendee registration for The International Surface Event (TISE) 2016 in Las Vegas is now open. TISE encompasses three shows: StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, SURFACES, and TileExpo. The show opens on January 19 as an education-only day and the exhibit floor is open from Jan. 20 to 22. Once again this year the show runs in conjunction with Design and Construction week, in which several other builder shows, most notably the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the International Builder Show (IBS), are in the same city at the same time. For more information visit the TISE website.

You may also be interested in this article on Marmomacc 2015.

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2015 Kitchen and Countertop Trends Come Into Focus

Posted on 23 April 2015 by cradmin

12-3-115-2015_ConnorsKitchen_f-1-716x1024 KBISLast October, we ran a piece looking at the early and forecasted kitchen trends for 2015, and it proved to be one of our more popular themes. Now that 2015 is well underway, some of this year’s trends are clearly coming into focus, and we’d like to share what we’ve learned. However, right from the start, I’d like to mention that we are trying to do a little forecasting of our own, but we need your help to do so.

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That being said, let’s now check out the top kitchen trends of 2015 with the help of some of the most trusted sources in the kitchen and bath industry.

Cabinet Trends

In February, Kitchen and Bath Business (K+BB) revealed six kitchen cabinet trends for the coming year. According to RnRMarketResearch.com, demand is set to rise by 6.6 percent in the U.S. through 2018, and 80 percent of this demand is for kitchens. Among the trends for cabinets are the following:
Laminate cabinet K+BB

  • Color will begin to make a comeback in the form of soft, muted trim and accents.
  • European laminate mimicking natural wood will be popular.
  • Cabinets with motion or touch sensors are coming onto the scene.
  • LED lighting is being used for accents and functionality.

In March, Kitchen & Bath Design News reported on the Houzz Kitchen Trends Study released at the end of 2014. According to the results, the top priority in a kitchen, at 65 percent of responses, is that it should be “easy to store and find things.” However, when it comes to design, it was said that “stylish and beautiful” is the most important consideration. In addition, white is the most popular color choice (49 percent), followed by medium wood (20 percent) and dark wood (13 percent).

Kitchen & Bath Design News also released this video concerning The Latest Research in Kitchen Trends.

Best in American Living Awards

The Best in American Living Awards (BALA) is one of the top indicators of kitchen design trends in North America, and the winners were announced earlier in the year at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, which I had the pleasure of attending. The awards represent the most creative and innovative designs for single-family and multi-family homes spanning all sizes, styles and communities.

Past Basket NKBA“While each award winner was unique, there are certainly a number of common themes among these honorees,” said Stephen C. Moore, the chairman of BALA 2014 and senior partner of BSB Design Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa. “Homes are being designed with relaxation in mind, as this year we saw an overall simplification in the designs with cleaner lines and more natural elements.”

Highlights of BALA 2014 include the following:

  • All-white kitchens – White is trending not only for cabinets but for everything else as well, with the exception of appliances, of which stainless steel is the undisputed ruler. White cabinets with white countertops, backsplashes and trim are very popular now.
  • Dual-island kitchens – One island is no longer enough. Back-to-back islands and side-by-side islands are thought to be more casual and creative than traditional kitchens.
  • A blend of natural and contemporary – Designers are starting to blend natural materials with the contemporary. One popular combination includes stainless steel, glass and natural wood.
  • Wine rooms and bars – Small nooks for relaxing at home with adult beverages are being incorporated into and just outside of kitchens.

Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) also released its annual Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report following the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) this January. According to this highly respected organization, contemporary kitchens will lead the way in 2015. More than half of designers are expected to produce contemporary kitchens, closely followed by transitional styles. Shaker-style kitchens are among the most popular single design.

Other highlights of the report are as follows:

  • Kitchens will have an overall contemporary feel with a fusion of styles and colors. White, gray, black and blue will be the most popular colors for the year. “I am seeing lots of white painted kitchen perimeters with espresso stained islands and dark stained kitchen perimeters with light colored painted islands. Lots of painted white kitchens with light countertops and espresso islands and painted gray cabinets,” said Christine Shorr of Morris Black Designs in Allentown, Penn.
  • European-style cabinets with a focus on accessibility are popular. More than 90 percent of designers are including pullout and rollout cabinets, and 40 percent expect see these styles increase in popularity.
  • Tables are being replaced by islands and countertops. Countertops and islands are replacing the kitchen table as the hub of a home. Among the specific designs increasing in popularity are furniture-styled dry bars.
  • Kitchen home offices call for expanding technology. Nearly two-thirds of kitchens are used as home offices in 2015, and because of this, technology is finding its way into the room, such as charging stations, TVs, LED lighting and “convenience appliances.”

Countertop Trends in 2015 (and Beyond)

With the amount of information we here at CountertopResource.com are exposed to on a regular basis, we are often able to see things from 10,000 ft. as well as from ground level, and there are certainly some that we can report directly:

  • Quartz surfacing continues to grow in popularity. More and more companies are entering the field, whether it is a major player like Wilsonart bringing on a new line of quartz or a new, smaller import from Asia, engineered stone has a strong foothold and will continue to be among the most popular choices.
  • Sintered compact surfaces are making their way into the picture. Both Cosentino with its ultra new Dekton and TheSize with its Neolith products are coming on strong. Once fabricators get used to the ins and outs of these new materials, hold all bets, because they have some great qualities.
  • The marble look – Nearly every quartz, solid surface, laminate and just about any other countertop material being made today has released a new color/pattern that mimics marble with a white base color and dark/black veining, and with the cost of actual marble and the ease at which it is stained or scratched, these options will allow homeowners to have the look without the troubles.
  • Lighting – It seems lighting is increasingly coming into play surrounding countertops, whether it is backlit translucent materials (which are also becoming more common among quartz and solid surface producers) under-cabinet lights that highlight the counter surface or edge-lit tops, light is playing a bigger role in the countertop world.
  • Green, and I’m not talking about the color. The amount of “eco-friendly” materials used for countertops and other surfaces that are finding their way to the market is growing at an amazingly fast pace. It is astounding what they make surfacing materials out of now. On the coasts, where homeowners seem more environmentally conscious, we will see this trend continue to develop. And ultimately, as the next generation gets into the housing market this bang will boom! (Watch for a big announcement later this year from CountertopResource.com in this very arena).
  • European thick or thin – We’ve noticed trends toward sleek thin countertops with no drop edges at all that are only 1/2-in. thick alongside of countertops with huge edge drops making them appear 6 cm thick. Both of these trends hit the European scene in previous years, and U.S. designs seem to be following.
  • Curves (especially with solid surface) – Designers are recognizing thermoforming capabilities and taking advantage of them. It’s not hard to find examples of these types of high-end kitchens in places like ISFA’s Countertops & Architectural Surfaces magazine.
  • Mixed materials – This trend has seemed to hold on for several years now. It is not uncommon to see a variety of materials all being used in the same space in a sort of fusion that wows. Tile backsplashes with quartz countertops and an exotic granite island can really make a showing.
  • Smart Kitchens – We are all certainly aware how appliances today can be controlled by an iPhone app, but we are starting to see some of these technologies being built right into countertops. If you haven’t seen the wireless built-in tablet/smartphone charging stations that have been developed, you aren’t paying attention. You might not get a lot of orders for them this year, but Starbucks is installing them in most of their stores, and that is going to pave the way for this and other direct add-ins to countertops.
  • The wooden look – Another trend that is emerging (or maybe re-emerging) seems to be the wood look, whether it is actual wood, reclaimed wood, wood-patterned laminate or wood-textured concrete, there are definitely more options to appeal to consumers and designers who want a natural feel in their kitchen designs. You don’t have to look far to find numerous examples.
  • Beyond the ordinary – The last countertop trend I want to throw out there (because I could go on and on) is the trend for something beyond the ordinary. Recycled glass based materials, bright throw-back laminates, eye-catching pops of quartz surfacing, unique veined solid surface and exotic granites are all becoming more common for those who want their kitchen to reflect their personality and be a sort of centerpiece for their homes. It isn’t all uba tuba, neutral-colored HPL and tan solid surface with slightly darker particulates these days.

Kitchen Trends Fading in 2015

Earlier in the month, Kitchen Bath Trends by Whitehaus Collection reported on several trends that are being abandoned this year. According to the article, Trends to Ditch in 2015, those seeking kitchen remodels are being recommended to forget about the following once-popular design ideas:

  • Chevron prints
  • Bare windows
  • Mirrored walls, furniture and fixtures
  • Tile countertops
  • Over-the-range microwaves
  • Kitchen desks (Along with kitchen tables, these are being replaced by additional countertop surface.)

Tell Us What You Know

It looks like 2015 is shaping up to be quite a year in the world of kitchens and kitchen countertops. Although we have scoured the nation to bring you the latest reports and what we have seen and heard at the shows and on the streets, your input is invaluable. Let us know what trends you have noticed in the comments below or by taking our Countertop Industry Survey.

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IBS, KBIS, TISE (StonExpo) Continue Vegas Co-location in 2016

Posted on 05 March 2015 by cradmin

According to news releases, the International Builder Show (IBS), Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and The International Surface Event (TISE – StonExpo) will all return to Las Vegas as part of Design & Construction Week in 2015. The 2016 event(s) will be held Jan. 19 to 21. This comes on the back of the recent shows for which turnout was reported to have included more than 125,000 builders, dealers and suppliers, more than 300 members of the media, and 3,750 exhibiting brands to cover more than 4.7 million net sq. ft. of space.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) announced their respective trade shows, IBS and KBIS, will continue to co-locate together through 2020. NAHB and NKBA will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events. Future show dates are Jan. 10 to 12, 2017, and Jan. 9 to 11, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

You may also be interested in this article on the upcoming Coverings 2015 stone and tile show.

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On the Floor at KBIS 2015 and TISE

Posted on 17 February 2015 by cradmin

DSC_0090It’s been three weeks since the end of Design & Construction Week, but if you are anything like us, it has taken this long just to get back into the swing of a standard work week. For the second year in a row, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) was co-located with the International Builders’ Show (IBS), and this year the two shows held at the Las Vegas Convention Center were joined by The International Surface Event (TISE), which was hosted by the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, also in Las Vegas.

For us here at CountertopResource.com, this was an exceptional event because it is the first that I personally had the pleasure of attending. I had a fantastic time meeting many of our longtime readers and clients in person for the first time and chatting with representatives and owners of some of the most prominent companies in the countertop industry. Not only was the show interesting and exciting on a personal level, it marked an upswing in overall attendance and the industry in general.

Design & Construction Week was held this year from January 20 to 22. It was the 51st annual event for KBIS, and including attendees and exhibitors at IBS, 2015 was a “banner year.” More than 500 exhibitors were on the floor in both the North Hall and South Hall while IBS was held in the Center Hall. The addition of the South Hall provided an extra 500,000 square feet of floor space for exhibitors and on-floor programming. Overall, 3,750 exhibitors spread across 4.7 million square feet of floor space participated in Design & Construction Week.


In all, more than 125,000 dealers, designers, suppliers and builders participated in the event, which is an increase of 5 percent over last year. In addition, more than 300 media representatives were on hand to cover what is the largest platform devoted to the kitchen & bath industry in North American. According to the Las Vegas Review, Design & Construction Week helps to make January one of the busiest months of the year for the Convention Center.

“Everything about this year’s show lived up to the promise of bigger, better and bolder,” said Bill Darcy, CEO of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). “We were thrilled not only by the turnout but by how many innovations were introduced by exhibitors this year. We couldn’t be happier that the industry sees KBIS as the platform to successfully launch new products.”


Brian Pagel, vice president of the kitchen and bath division of Emerald Expositions, the company producing the show, also released a statement about the event. “KBIS 2015 and our participation in Design & Construction Week was a huge success. We are incredibly excited about the future of these events given the prospect of a stronger housing market in 2015.”

At KBIS 2015, I was able to get a few sneak peeks at some of the latest technologies and designs from a few of the most prominent surfacing manufacturers in the world. Formica had two new collections on display, and Wilsonart announced the company was introducing a new line of quartz surfacing (although I kind of had the scoop on that a little bit early.

A few miles away at the Mandalay Convention Center, TISE was being held in conjunction with Design & Construction Week. Last year, the event included SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, and this year, it was co-launched with the all-new TileExpo, which brought together professionals from the stone, tile and flooring industries.


At TISE, I was in awe at some of the state-of-the art machinery that was brought out to display. One of the most prominent and impressive of these was the RoboSawJet from BACA Systems. However, Park Industries also made a distinct impression with the STORM Multi-Blade System and the HydroClear 90 water treatment system. Finally, I would be negligent if I failed to mention that ETemplate Systems walked away with the 2015 StonExpo Technology Award for its ELaser 3-D and 2-D measuring system.

Back at KBIS and IBS, representatives from the NKBA and the National Home Builders’ Association (NHBA), announced that the two shows will continue to co-locate through 2020, and KBIS 2016 is scheduled for January 19 through January 21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I am already excited for what this event will bring, and I hope to see you all there.  And apparently TISE will once again be going on in conjunction with the other shows! I think it will be another one to remember…

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