Roaming By Design has a treat for you today. Andie Day, an award-winning interior designer who has been featured on NECN’s television series “Dream House,” has submitted a guest post sharing with us her trend-spotting take on the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), which ended yesterday. The founder of Andie Day LLC’s Design for Life™ admits to being electrified and inspired to see how many of the companies present are evolving in a variety of ways: KBIS 2010 exhibitors filled the halls with important product releases that will improve quality of life for homeowners. And speakers—including keynote Sergio Zyman, former CMO, Coca-Cola; Dennis Snow, former Manager, Disney Institute; and David Kohler, President & COO, Kohler Company—shared priceless advice for growing a business and connecting with consumers. I’ve summarized some of the tips & tricks for those who weren’t able to be there!
- Consumer fear, which has informed purchases, is dissipating slowly. As the market rebounds, consumers are regaining confidence in the economy and this confidence seeps into their purchases.
- Consumer mindset is infused with a sense of practicality. Consumers are concerned with cost, value, and ethics, often using the internet to compare prices and do research on companies that they may purchase items or services from.
- Businesses need to define winning on their own terms and decide if they’re in business to survive or win. Status quo won’t cut it in this economy; you must develop the mindset of a “Winner” and commit to yourself to be the best at whatever it is that you do.
- Businesses must reinvent unique selling propositions and practices that leave clients feeling the “wow” factor. Make the customer’s experience memorable in the most cost effective way possible. Upgrade the experience and minimize the cost.
Design Trends I am thrilled to report that the companies included in the trend report embrace sustainable design practices and ADA compliant products that make the home safer while also being stylish and appealing. As Baby Boomers continue to migrate to the city, they gravitate toward products that replicate hotels and spas they love. The new line of Robern vanities and medicine cabinets are really breathtaking. What’s not captured in the photos above is the luminosity in the glass at front and sides. Take a close look and note the built-in lighting in the vanity. Drawers can be outfitted with various storage configurations including a spot for a hair dryer. The medicine cabinets eliminate the “swinging door” hazard and are designed to hold a small TV, refrigeration and offer a power source for small appliances
I’ve heard about Aquatic’s newest tub, The Ava Bath, over the last couple of months and was glad to have a chance to view a functioning model. As compared to a walk-in bath, its sleek and modern design doesn’t look institutional. The tub fills rapidly and drains into a holding tank in 30 seconds allowing the user to exit the tub quickly.
I’m extremely impressed with Delta Faucet’s hot-off-the-press Transfer Tub. It’s attractive, fits into the footprint of a typical 5’-0” tub and is designed for ease of use for all ages. I’m convinced this will become one of their best sellers. Here’s another beauty (can’t believe that I’m saying this about a toilet) that has a sleek, urban appeal with high functionality. Toto’s Neorest 600 features an automatic open and close lid, three cleansing modes and hands-free automatic flush. It’s Tank-less, which means it’s easier to clean and offers a water saving 1.2 gallon per flush. It’s human nature to resist change, especially when it affects our everyday lives. But change can often be good, or even for the best. Innovative design products can reinvent our lives, to grant those with busy schedules, safety concerns, or medical problems a second lease on life.
I thank Andie for her fantastic reportage since I didn’t make it to the show this year. I had the pleasure of getting to know her during a trip to New York last fall when Brizo faucets flew a group of bloggers to the city for Jason Wu’s runway show. Now, we’re both members of #Blogger19 on Facebook and I’m happy to be included in such fine company there! To see another trendsetting company’s products (Hansgrohe’s) in Heathrow’s new Terminal 5, visit the International Design Examiner page here.