February 15, 2014
The KBIS Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas was back to its former strength, this year. The recovering economy, the Las Vegas setting and combining the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show with the Builders Industry Show all helped make the show a sellout.
The highlights for me were the gadgets. Hardware and cabinet interior convenience companies like Hafele, Revashelf, Blum, and Richelieu displayed some brand new and many improved versions of past conveniences. Lift doors, fold up doors, pull down shelves from upper wall cabinets are now better made and motorized. Pantry pull outs, sliding tall pantry doors, and pull out and slide pantry doors are also improved and touch activated as well as motorized. Island countertops that slide out to create island seating and to expose primary and secondary sinks are now also available. It was also exciting to see tables and benches that pull out of cabinet fronts creating an eat in kitchen for tiny apartments. Dozens of under cabinet lighting systems, under cabinet power strips, and pop ups provide more options then ever.
Pop up TV and pop up electric below:
My Three Favorites
There is now an electronic device that can be built into an acrylic countertop for charging your cell phone simply by leaving it on the countertop over the device. Another option available is an outlet and phone charger that builds into the back of a drawer.
I am also excited about a built in coffee system that fits into a wall or the front or side of a cabinet. It hooks up to your water supply, has an attractive stainless steel insulated pot and uses a very small amount of space. The best part is it retails for $399.
Kitchens are more exciting then ever. Imagine Julia Child having these options in her television kitchen.
And so as Julia said … Bon Appetit!