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KBIS Virtual Programming Continues, Exhibitor Booth Experience Postponed

Posted on 11 February 2021 by cradmin

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the destination for kitchen and bath design professionals, today announced changes to the KBIS Virtual experience. Because of technology issues that could not be resolved in a timely manner, the show floor experience featuring the KBIS exhibitor booths has been postponed. The NKBA and KBIS are investigating alternative solutions that may allow the exhibitor experience and booth activations to be relaunched. The situation evolved rapidly, and rectifying the challenges at-hand proved more complex than anticipated. Access to KBISConnect.com has been closed. However, KBIS Virtual programming continues as scheduled and can be accessed at https://nkba.org/kbis-2021-conference/.

“After a deep dive into the exact sequence of events and consequences that occurred, we have learned that these are unresolvable technical difficulties,” stated Brian Pagel, EVP, Emerald, which produces the show. “The servers that house the platform are down, requiring that we close access to the exhibitor booths. Looking forward, we remain committed to exhaust all efforts to ensure a successful future experience. We understand the gravity of the situation for our exhibitors and attendees, as the KBIS platform is critical to accelerate their business for the year.”

Suzie Williford, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer of the NKBA, which owns KBIS, stated that the NKBA Voices From the Industry conference and Design + Industry Awards event, as well as the KBIS NeXT Stage and Pavilions programming, will continue as scheduled, but will move to NKBA.org. Updated communication with event reminders and links will be sent to all attendees.

“The kitchen and bath and design and construction industries are healthy and vibrant, despite all the challenges of 2020, leading into 2021,” Williford added. “Businesses are still strong and we look forward to celebrating together in Orlando, Fla., in February 2022.”

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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.

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2020 Best of KBIS Awards Accepts Entries

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2020 Best of KBIS Awards Accepts Entries

Posted on 08 October 2019 by cradmin

Entries are now being accepted for the 2020 Best of KBIS Awards. Awarded annually at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), Best of KBIS recognizes the most innovative new kitchen and bath products of the year. KBIS 2020 takes place January 21 – 23, 2020, at the Las Vegas, Convention Center.

“Each year our exhibitors raise the bar with amazing new kitchen and bath product designs and innovations that transform how we live in our homes,” said, Amy Hornby, KBIS show director. “The Best of KBIS Awards is a measure of excellence for the industry, showcasing the ‘best of the best’ and we can’t wait to see what’s new for 2020.”

The Best of KBIS Awards are sponsored by Luxe Interiors + Design.

Entry Information

To be eligible for consideration, all products must have been introduced after February 19, 2019. To enter, exhibiting manufacturers must complete a Best of KBIS submission form and submit a minimum of two high-res (300 dpi) images. Products may be entered in multiple categories, but do require an individual entry form and submission fee for each category.

Best of KBIS 2020 Awards

  • Kitchen – Gold
  • Kitchen – Silver
  • Bath – Gold
  • Bath – Silver
  • Outdoor Living
  • Technology
  • Best in Show
  • Impact Award (Judge’s Choice)

The deadline to submit products for consideration is December 6, 2019.

More information and entry instructions can be found at https://www.kbis.com/show/best-of-kbis

Judging

In December, a judging committee comprised of five design professionals will narrow the entries to 50 finalists. These 50 finalists will be judged onsite at KBIS 2020 to determine the winning products. Each finalist will have five minutes to present their product to the judges during an in-booth visit.

All Best of KBIS Awards entries will be showcased during KBIS on a digital wall located in South Hall near the KBISNeXT Stage and included in a flip book to be emailed to attendees the first day of the show. Additionally, submitting brands receive a Best of KBIS Entry tag on their profile page when the show opens, an in-booth Best of KBIS Entry sign to recognize a submitted product, plus a listing for each entry in the Best of KBIS page on kbis.com.

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KBISNeXT Stage Announces Line-up

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KBISNeXT Stage Announces Line-up

Posted on 27 September 2019 by cradmin

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), has announced the lineup planned for the NKBA presents KBISNeXT™ Stage. A cornerstone of the KBISNeXT Experience and one of the show’s most popular destinations, the KBISNeXT™ Stage delves into provocative industry topics and brings a whole new energy to the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, throughout the three-day show, January 21-23, 2020. More than 15 programs, including four awards events, 50+ industry-leading voices and personalities, and topics ranging from health and wellness and resilient design to business development make up the 2020 roster.

The KBISNeXT™ Stage is free to all registrants. Following is a preview of the sessions scheduled for the 2020 KBISNeXT Stage:

Panel Discussions and Presentations

Death to Neutrals? Fearless Design and Bold Business
Color is back and brighter than ever. Learn from designers who aren’t afraid of mixing it up to make a BIG impact! Think big to stand out. Tap into fearlessness to find your niche, develop your personal design aesthetic and grow your brand.

DesignBites
Ten of the most innovative kitchen and bath brands take the stage for a rapid-fire introduction of their newest product launches. Plus, where are they now? Host Kelli Ellis celebrates the 5th anniversary of DesignBites with a look back at some of the program’s most successful participants.

The Dawn of a Decade
Five things you need to know about the next phase of living at home. We’ll be diving into the future of design, technology, wellness, AI and how they intersect to impact our lives and businesses.

The Design Connection 101 — Behind the wall
We’re changing the conversation between designers and home-technology integrators. Here’s what you need to know to plug in and leverage relationships with the supporting industries to grow your piece of the project pie.

A Conversation with Matthew Quinn
Join Chelsie Butler, executive editor of KBB Magazine, and KBB’s “Person of the Year,” Matthew Quinn, principal of Design Galleria and the Matthew Quinn Collection, as they dish about design and his newest projects, programs and partners.

Power in Partnerships — Building Relationships Between Brands and Designers
The KBISNeXT Stage is jumping into matchmaking! We’ll discuss partnerships between brands and designers. Learn how each side can benefit, as well as what to be cautious of when looking to build impactful relationships.

Zero Waste Kitchens: Upcycle and Recycle
Why toss perfectly good appliances, cabinetry, countertops, faucets and lighting fixtures? Keeping these out of landfills is one of the core goals of responsible building, according to the US Green Building Council. So what do you need to know to extend the life of a former project? Learn from the designers who are breathing a second life into gently used kitchens.

The Fine Print
It takes more than a watermark to protect your business, your ingenuity, your style and your profits. Safeguard your work and agreements with tight contracts. Learn how to successfully market your work online and avoid the theft of your intellectual property.

Be the Boss, Build your Brand
Strengthen your skills as a leader in your organization. We’ll share new strategies to help you get the most from your team, nurture an entrepreneurial environment and retain top talent. Potential new clients have many options when selecting whom to trust. To increase your project win rate, you need to know how to set yourself apart in a saturated market. We’ve assembled a high-powered panel of pros who are doing it right.

Avenues to New Revenue: A Road Map to Improving Your Bottom Line
Tap into new revenue sources and learn from successful designers who have launched retail initiatives using online, social and brick-and-mortar methods.

How to Win at Wellness
We’ve curated the top five projects that highlight purpose-driven design. Learn how the masters have tapped into the tech, wellness, and Living In Place markets to drive business growth. Avoid toxic design mistakes, because a truly healthy home starts from the ground up.

Resilient Design: Good Design Saves Lives
From severe weather, wildfires and flooding, resilient design has become a hot topic in design and construction. What steps can we take to mitigate the risk of living in disaster-prone areas?

NKBA Designer Finds
These savvy design pros have scoured the KBIS show floor and are bringing their top finds to the stage! Come see and hear what they discovered.

The Evolution of Social — Social Leaders Group
It’s 2020. Social media should be an important part of your marketing strategy, but getting it right is more complicated than ever. We’ll explore the new rules for content, search, tagging, voice and platform best practices.

Awards and Recognition’s

The winner goes to….the much-anticipated Best of KBIS Awards and Best of KBIS Booth Awards are back once again to honor the game-changing brands and products of the kitchen and bath industry. Also, back after a successful debut in 2019, the 30s Choice Awards makes its return. These NKBA movers and shakers will present awards for the products that inspired them most at the show. New for 2020 is the NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Recycled Kitchen Awards. The NKBA and KBIS will celebrate the brands and designers who partner to keep gently used kitchens part of the design formula.

Also new for 2020, Houzz is the title sponsor for the KBISNeXT™ Stage.

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ASID and Emerald Expo Announce Strategic Partnership

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ASID and Emerald Expo Announce Strategic Partnership

Posted on 08 April 2019 by cradmin

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced a partnership with Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of B2B trade shows in the U.S., with the goal of bringing thought-provoking new content and enhancing participant experience. The partnership will impact the full roster of Emerald Expositions’ design-affiliated trade shows and conferences (including GlobalShop, HD Expo, BDNY, ICFF, CEDIA Expo, Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, and Environments for Aging Expo & Conference) by focusing the Society’s presence and offering custom programming.

“There is a natural synergy between ASID and our design portfolio,” says Joe Randall, Executive Vice President, Emerald Expositions. “ASID has always taken a collaborative approach in their mission to educate designers and clients on the power of design. Through our comprehensive network of trade shows, publications and match events, Emerald serves the full spectrum of built-environment design professionals and technology integrators representing residential and commercial markets. We welcome this expanded partnership with ASID and are proud to provide the platforms where key industry issues like functionality, wellness and sustainability can be actively addressed.”

Instrumental to the forging of this partnership was the existing and independently held agreement between ASID and National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA), owner of the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), also produced by Emerald Expositions.

Along with integrated marketing and outreach efforts, the enhanced relationship between ASID and Emerald affords the ASID community access to exclusive show-related benefits and leading industry publications. ASID and Emerald Expo will launch new roundtable discussions with subject-matter experts and design leaders in each sector that will help shape the future of practice. ASID will also coordinate “Impact of Design” awards at each show, focusing attention on products from exhibitors that contribute to the health and well-being of clients and/or emphasize sustainable design practices.

Additionally, at each show, ASID will showcase a space that demonstrates the impact of design – a concept space created to uniquely provide an immersive experience on the power of design. The first space debuted at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), North America’s largest trade show dedicated to all aspects of kitchen and bath design.

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Federal Brace Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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Federal Brace Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Posted on 03 January 2019 by cradmin

Celebrating 10 years of uncompromising craftsmanship and unmatched quality in residential and commercial products, Federal Brace announced the details of their capital anniversary celebration.

Federal Brace provides complete solutions to consumers’ needs with a large selection of designer support brackets specifically crafted for granite and other solid surface countertops. Federal Brace has become the standard for innovation with a product line crafted exclusively in the USA.

“Growth through helping people has always been core to our belief” stated Federal Brace President, Scott Toal. “For the past ten years we have enjoyed working with our dealers, distributors and clients, both commercial and residential to develop solutions that truly help people with heavy surface support. As we celebrate our ten year anniversary we could think of no better way than to show our appreciation to the valued customers whom we have been honored to serve.”

To mark this 10 year milestone, Federal Brace’s official anniversary celebration will kick off at KBIS in Las Vegas, Nev. (February 2019) at booth #SL3829. KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends & technologies.

During KBIS, Federal Brace is giving away a Grand Prize and three second place prizes. The Grand Prize consists of one double occupancy grand premier hotel room for three nights/three days at the Four Seasons Hotel, Washington D.C. and a three course dinner for two at the Four Seasons Hotel, Washington DC, with a bottle of wine chosen by the sommelier at the Bourbon Steak restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel, Washington DC. Three second place prizes include a Nest Thermostat, an Echo Dot, and an Apple Watch. Federal Brace Sweepstakes rules can be found at bit.ly/CelebrateFederalBrace

Any orders placed during the KBIS Show with Federal Brace at $250 or above will receive a 10 percent discount.

In celebration of embarking on its second decade of business, Federal Brace will also be executing several promotional and informational initiatives throughout 2019 in support of their 10th anniversary.

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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.

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TheSize to Launch New Additions to Neolith Collections at KBIS 2017

Posted on 04 November 2016 by cradmin

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Castellón, Spain manufacturer of sintered compact surface brand Neolith, TheSize, plans to expand its range of premium surfaces with new product launches at the 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), in Orlando, Fla.

Among the new surfaces being introduced are:

Taj Mahal (Classtone Collection), is representative of the multidimensional Indian Quatzite. With light cream as its backdrop and a combination of clear flakes to emulate the natural crystallization of multiple pink quartz layers, it embodies natural quartzite; to enhance the design further, the fine integration of subtle brown and grey veins add just enough diversity, while still keeping it in the neutral color family. Slabs are in a polished finish and 12mm thickness.

Blanco Carrara (Classtone Collection), has been designed after studying dozens of natural Carrara marbles found in Italy. Two versions will be on offer; one a more subtle portrayal of the veining and the other, a prominent, high-contrast version. Blanco Carrara is available in two thicknesses, 6mm and 12mm, and in two finishes, polished and antique.

Nero Marquina (Classtone Collection), is inspired by marble from Spain and features bright white veining on a pure black backdrop through an exclusive technique to achieve the stark contrast and distinct fine lines. Available in Polished and Silk finishes and in 6mm and 12mm thicknesses.

Zaha Stone (Fusion Collection) offers a contemporary twist on Iranian Gray Stone, incorporating a richer, industrial grey tone, with white veins etched onto the backdrop in contradicting directions. It also pays tribute to the late Zaha Hadid, a true inspiration to the architectural community. Available in 6mm and 12mm and in Antique finish, the Persian inspired stone is the statement piece of these new introductions.

Concrete Taupe (Fusion Collection) differentiates itself from its predecessor Beton with an all over brown wash of color and warmer tone. The décor suggests that a natural rusting has occurred but with the addition of micro flakes to add the slightest sparkle. It is available in 6mm.

Aspen Grey (Fusion Collection) offers a dark grey matte inspired by natural Aspen stone. With countless micro elements scattered throughout, the slab suggests movement with a sense of ornateness and character. Aligned with the same Neolith Digital Design (NDD) technology used to develop its Pierre Bleue décor, Aspen Grey’s color is present through the entirety of the slab. Available in 6mm and 12mm in soft-touch silk.

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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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