Design and Construction Week 2016

We’re back from another successful Design and Construction Week in Las Vegas and recapped some of our favorite trends and new products. Did you attend the show? We’d love to hear your favorite finds!

Color: Color in the kitchen is not going away, and this year, manufactures introduced softer and pastel colors to their product line-up. From La Cornue’s pink range to the pastel refrigerators by Smeg and Blue Ombre Wall by Thermador, these products are sure to be a hit with designers looking to make a colorful splash in the kitchen.

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Black and Mixed Metallics: In addition to the Springy hues, there were also a lot of new products introduced in brushed metallic and one of our favorite colors of the season – Black! Delta’s masculine black faucet and the brass and copper faucets and shower head by Brizo and Oak Hill (DXV) were a few of our favorites.

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Texture – We were very impressed by the gorgeous patterns and textured tiles that were at the show this year. Dekton introduced their new color collection and Ann Saks showcased the Kelly Wearstler textured tiles. The Nebbia by Caesarstone resembles a geode-design and will hopefully make its debut in our Showroom!

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Technology – LG’s previewed their new Drying Units for the high-tech laundry room, Kohler showed off their Dream Spa Shower which features one to twelve outlets for mood lighting, music and more, and Toto contributed to the Tech in the Bathroom with its Neorest products that help conserve water and electricity, and features an integrated nightlight. We got a sneak peek of the Nearest products during #KBTribeChat!

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A few other highlights from the show – how cool is this She Shed display by Electrolux? A female twist to the traditional, Man Cave.

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And we were excited to receive one of the “30 Most Innovative Products” from Beautiful Kitchens & Baths Magazine for our new Lux Island! It wad even featured on the local Las Vegas morning news!

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Thanks all for reading!

-Zephyr

 

Zephyr Upgrade My Hood Photo Contest – Winners!

We have announced our Upgrade Your Hood Facebook Photo Contest winners! Participants were asked to take a photo of their current ventilation hood, upload the photo to Facebook with a short caption on why they needed an upgrade, and get their friends to vote. We had 64 entrants, and garnered more than 3,400 new Facebook fans! Below are the winners and their prizes!

Photo Contest Prizes

  • Grand Prize Winner with the most votes: Zephyr and Build.com select from the Top 10 most voted entries. Winner receives a new Zephyr hood. Any style. You choose.
  • 1st Place Winner with the most votes: A new Zephyr hood from the Essentials Collection.
  • 2nd Place Winner with the second most votes: A new Zephyr hood from the Essentials Collection.
  • Five Runners Up: Element Portable Gas Grills

Grand Prize: This Hood Is For The Birds!” – Karen (289 votes) **Selected from top 10 photos with the most votes by Zephyr and Build.com**

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1st Place: “20 Years, at least!” -Madeline (978 votes)

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2nd Place: “Meet my 30 yr old range hood. What once was white is no longer! This puppy is a house original and leaks grease over the stove every time i use it. In desperate need of a #zephyrupgrade #olderthanme#houseoriginal” -Audessa (952 votes)

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Runner Up #1: “See that old stainless steel thing in the ceiling, top upper left? That’s the original range fan, circa late 1940s. You ask, what good does it do? Good question! Hardly any good at all, if any.” -Dusan (932 votes)

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Runner Up #2: “1989 Model” -Marlene (629 votes)

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Runner Up #3: “Extremely plain and boring, total snoozefest! I need an upgrade.” -Linda (547 votes)

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Runner Up #4: “My house was built in 1956 and I really think this stove hood has been in place since that time. No matter how much I scrub, it will not come clean. As you can see, it has even been on fire! Yikes!” – Karen (462 votes)

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Runner Up 5: “This is my new remodeled kitchen (still have to do backsplash tiles), I would love relegate the microwave to the garage for a #ZephyrUpgrade – they can make their popcorn there!!!” – Kathy (397 votes)

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You can see the rest of the photo entries here!

Design & Construction Week 2015 Recap

We were back in Vegas for the 2015 Design & Construction Week, which combined the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and International Builder Show. It was a huge show with more than 3,750 exhibitors, 125,000 attendees and a lot of exciting new trends on the horizon for 2015.

One design statement that we LOVE is mixed metallics throughout the kitchen and bath. Long gone are the days where kitchens are all stainless steel and monochromatic. Consumers are gravitating toward mixed metals such as rose gold, copper, black and gold. This adds character to the kitchen and gives homeowners more opportunity to express their personal style. Check out some of these shiny new products: Canyon Creek Cabinets backsplash made out of pennies (such a cool, timeless design!),  Kohler’s gold toilet flush (love this little gold accent), Gold Elba basin by Bagno Design, a sparkly gold range hood by Prizer Hoods, and hardware by Aquabrass in every mixed metallic imaginable. 

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After CES, we definitely had technology on the brain so it was great to see how kitchen and bath manufacturers are incorporating technology into their product design. This mirror by RYVR features a TV screen so you can get ready for your day while simultaneously watching the news. Toto developed a self-cleaning washlet with its new Actilight technology that self-sprays to clean bacteria and features a UV light that is activated once the lid is shut that triggers the decomposition process of waste particles. And LG launched a TechTop wireless charging surface that lets you easily charge your phone by placing it on top of the surface; no outlet necessary.

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Luxury through detail was another big trend we noticed at the show. From gorgeous tile displays to intricate hardware, manufacturers were definitely paying close attention to the little details that make good design so important. We loved this Kallista by Kohler display… Our dream bath!

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Space-saving appliances are gaining popularity as consumers move to urban areas or scale down a bit for their second homes. Millennials are also buying their first homes and are looking for energy efficient, compact appliances with advanced technology features. Bosch launched a 24″ oven and 18″ dishwasher, the Halo Soaking Tub is the perfect size for the mini-luxurious bathroom and the GE Boxie washer and dryer combo is stylish yet functional for small spaces.

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Did you attend the show this year? What trends caught your eye?

WestEdge Design Fair Recap

We had the opportunity to check out WestEdge last week at the Santa Monica Barker Hangar. It was pretty cool being at an airport hangar and hearing planes soar overhead! This was the first year for WestEdge so although it was a tad on the small size (in terms of exhibitors and attendees), we’re looking forward to watching this show grow over the years and hopefully exhibiting in the future.

Below is a recap of some of our favorite finds!

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If you follow our Facebook or Instagram feeds, you may have already seen this ingenious product: The TopBrewer by Scanomat. This sleek brewing system is essentially turned upside down – with the brewer system cleverly hid underneath and a minimal swan neck faucet that can be built into your countertop. The system is controlled by your iPhone or iPad; an app lets you select the temperature, coffee strength, size, etc. Brilliant!

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We were enamored by these designer light fixtures for the home by David Trubridge. WakaNine LLC distributes these pieces of art and recently launched the Koura 750, a new size in the Seed System family. The designer pulls inspiration from his experiences in nature, such as snorkeling over coral reefs or photographing Australian flowers.

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Let us introduce you to Freddy by Irinox… the only domestic appliance that shock freezes and cooks, thaws and proofs, blast chills and heats. Freddy is the first domestic appliance that combines hot and cold functions and is designed to preserve the nutritional characteristics of food, both raw and cooked. It can also be used for cooking food previously vacuum packed with ZERO (another product by Irinox).

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Smart design always catches our eye – and that was the case with these Jee-O showers from Purificare. They are freestanding showers in stainless steel that can be used outside in the garden by the pool or sauna. Maybe it’s the sleek design, or the concept of a backyard big enough for an outdoor shower (not one of the luxuries in SF!), but we really loved these products and the Danish reps that we met in their booth.

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And finally, we had to round out our recap with a little appliance love… If you haven’t seen a La Cornue range in person, we highly recommend you hop over to your local dealer and check out these products. The French company launched new signature brass burners with 30 enamel and metal finishes and 12 trims. Each Château range is available in multiple oven and cooktop configurations with two types of ovens that can be specified: gas for “wet” heat (perfect for roasting) and electric for a “dry” heat (perfect for baking). In addition to the technology and power, we love the color options and intricate detail on these products. Gorgeous!