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The Best of KBIS 2021: Innovations in Kitchen and Bath Design

Updated: Apr 14, 2021

Part of our core commitment to clients here at Julie Schuster Design Studio is to always deliver the very best of what the interior design industry has to offer. The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry in the United States and has been for over 50 years.

Presented in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), 2021’s show made a digital pivot and transformed to an inspiring, virtual platform to showcase the latest industry products, trends and technologies. While some aspects of this year’s show weren’t executed entirely as planned (e.g. technical issues blocking access to exhibitor booths), the event was nonetheless overflowing with innovative new products and leading-edge designs that deserve to be highlighted here today.

In a show of this size, it's impossible to catch everything. Nonetheless, here are a few standouts from my perspective:

TandemLED is seamless way to change the mood and feel of your space through variation in lighting brightness and hue. This tunable lighting solution has a versatile range from “warm white” (2,700K) to “daylight white” (5,000K), an in-between “soft white” (3,000K) to a “cool white” (4,000K) – all with wireless remote capability. Using a smart device or voice control, lighting temperature can be modified to match activities, improve circadian rhythms and add ambiance. Seamless to install as a retrofit and for kitchen renovations – no electrician needed!

As someone who specializes compact bathroom design in New York City, James Martin’s Boston Collection of Bath Vanities was love at first sight. It is very special when a collection delivers a totally new look that is modern as well as warm and functional – that's real innovation! The slim silhouette makes it perfectly suited for small spaces.

True Residential are leaders in refrigeration, offering luxury side-by-side refrigerators, freezer columns, wine cabinets and under-counter refrigeration solutions all in custom colors and finishes. In 2021, it’s all about blues and greens (hello enhanced Water Element!). True Residential’s Juniper Range is a great way to incorporate color into your new kitchen – perfect for new renovation projects or elevating your current kitchen décor.

This Tone Kitchen Faucet Collection from Kohler has clean lines and a soft teardrop base, offering a fresh take on mid-century modern style. This inviting design, where minimalism meets warmth, makes for an easy fit in any space. Paired with thoughtful functionality, the Tone Collection is a dynamic beauty. Touchless ON/OFF capacity makes it ideal for Living-In-Place design projects and kitchen upgrades.

The Dart Canyon Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink from Elkay reflects Elkay’s passion for innovation, by providing better everyday solutions to the Americans with Disabilities Act community and beyond. What's not to love about a Universal Design solution that is great for people with mobility limitations, functions at this high level and is beautiful to boot?

A must-have for the wine connoisseur, Dacor’s 24” Integrated Wine Dispenser and preservation system stores up to four standard bottles of wine, keeping them fresh for up to 60 days without any loss of flavor or natural aroma. Given its appearance, size and integration capability, it can mesh well into any kitchen, bar, entertaining space or home design. The appliance can be purchased in either “Graphite Stainless Steel” or “Silver Stainless Steel”, allowing for a cohesive design with your existing space.

Luxury is all about customization, and customization it is at the heart of what makes BlueStar by Design unique. With over 1,000 contrasting colors and finishes, BlueStar is bringing it home with fabric-inspired appliance customization providing customers a truly bespoke space that fuses restaurant-grade performance with extraordinary design.

For more information about leading-edge kitchen and bath products and how to integrate them into your home, drop us a note. We can’t wait to share more from the forefront of kitchen and bath design!



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