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

 

CES 2015 Recap

Another Consumer Electronics Show has come and gone so we thought we’d round-up a few trends, innovative (and silly – a selfie brush?!) products and highlights from the show. Did you attend? What were your favorites?

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Whirlpool: The connected kitchen continues to be a top trend in the industry and we were impressed by the interactive backsplash that Whirlpool had on display. It acts as an unobtrusive “command center” that displays recipes and posts real time social media feeds as well as weather and news updates. It can also connect to other appliances to indicate when the laundry is done drying. Pretty cool!

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Long gone are the standard white appliances and the trend in pattern and color is making its way to your washing machine! Whirlpool also showcased magnetic interchangeable fronts for the washer and dryer that lets consumers match their laundry room decor and color palette.

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4K HD Resolution

There was a big jump in resolution this year with Sony, LG and Samsung all showcasing the latest in 4K Ultra High Definition resolution. And with regard to TV’s, thinner and sleeker the better.

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Nortek Security and Control Showcased Broan QT showcased its bathroom fan with built-in speaker for music streaming. So you can literally take your music everywhere you go!

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We’ve seen 3D printers make a huge splash this past year, but the quality displayed at CES this year was amazing. These printers can make clothes, shoes, and eyewear!

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Selfie Brush. Enough said.

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You know those times when you need to wash a few items but don’t want to put on an entire load? LG introduced its Washing Machine in a Washing Machine. For only half full loads. Brilliant. Convenient. And energy-efficient.

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LG Stainless Steel refrigeration with black coating for avoiding those pesky fingerprints.

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Samsung Chef Collection, featuring Tri-Level refrigeration.

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Wearable Tech includes watches, bracelets, arm bands etc. and features tracking info related to health and fitness. Other wearable tech gadgets include devices that have small motion sensors to take photos and sync with your mobile device.

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Green products and technology were a huge hit. Check out this cell phone case made from completely recycled materials!

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And a few other booths we had to check out…

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Fuel Cell: The electric car of the future.

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Zephyr Launches Lucé with ICON Touch™ Controls

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We’re excited to announce the launch of our newest kitchen wall ventilation hood: Lucé with ICON Touch™ Controls!

The Lucé features sleek stainless steel married with subtle ambient lighting in Cloud White, Deep Blue and Amber. The LED colored lighting wraps around the permitter of the hood and adds a soft element to the cooktop at night.

We’re especially excited to launch the ICON Touch™ Controls, which seamlessly integrate into the hood’s stainless steel canopy (an industry first!) and allow users to easily control the 5-speeds, delay-off function, auto reminders and Airflow Control Technology.

A futuristic hood for the most discerning home chef, the Lucé with ICON Touch™ makes a bold statement in the kitchen with its minimal elegance, smart technology and competitive price ($1,299).

Click here for more info.

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Let’s Talk Tech: 2014 CES Round-Up

We attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) every year, not only to check out the latest and greatest in tech toys and products – but to also get inspiration for our own product lines. This year, the show had improved wearable tech, curved displays and enhancements in home connectivity. Here’s a round-up of some cool products from the show…

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Curved TVs and phones: Samsung and LG introduced huge high-definition TVs with curved screens and the option to control the shape of the TV (flat or curved) with the touch of a button. Samsung says that along with the HD content, the curved capability will create a truly immersive experience for the consumer.

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Smart appliances/the “connected” kitchen was another big trend. Dacor introduced a cooktop with an interface using Google’s Android operating system and Lynx displayed it’s SmartGrill – a voice-controlled gas grill that remembers pre-set grilling times and temperatures. And for all those crock pot lovers, Belkin expanded their Wemo product line with a new Smart Slow Cooker that enables you to turn off or change temperature time settings from your smart phone. Whirpool displayed the concept of an interactive touchscreen cooktop that can showcase recipes, social media updates, news and more.  Pretty clever!

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There was a lot of buzz around 3D printing, a great tool for small businesses, entrepreneurs and DIY’ers. 3D Systems  launched the “Cubejet” – a desktop printer for under $5,000 that delivers vibrant full-color, high-res parts for a wide range of modeling and real-use products.

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Wearable tech: From smartwatches to fitness bands that send you text messages and tell you when it’s time to work out -these devices seem to be the must-have fashion statements for spring.

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Do you cook with gas? Tips to stay healthy in the kitchen.

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It seems that we’re always hearing about outdoor air quality with regard to pollution, toxins and global warming – but what about inside the home? A recent study conducted by Berkeley Lab scientists tested the way indoor air quality affects human health – from cognitive ability to personal comfort. And, for those that regularly cook with gas, you might be surprised to see these results! Here are a few tips to prevent poor indoor air quality while cooking. Some of these may seem pretty obvious, but it’s a good reminder to think about the air we’re breathing every day in our homes, especially when cooking with gas.

– Always turn your kitchen fan on
– Cook on the back burners
– Use highest fan setting
– Clean grease traps periodically
– If you don’t have a hood, open windows

Surprising Facts:

– Emissions of nitrogen dioxide in homes with gas stoves exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of clean air in an estimated 55 percent to 70 percent of those homes.

– Cooking represents one of the single largest contributors, generating particulate matter (formally known as PM2.5) at concentrations four times greater than major haze events in Beijing.

– The population-wide health impact of indoor pollutants is on a par with that of car accidents, and greater than that of traditional concerns like secondhand smoke.

You can see the full study here along with an article, The Kitchen as a Pollution Hazard, published in The New York Times on July 22, 2013.