KBH Industry News | April 2020
UPCOMING EVENTS

COUNCIL MEETING
Monday, May 4
ONLINE LEARNING WITH OUR
CHAPTER SPONSORS
 
While our Chapter Meetings are on pause, you can still earn your CEUs . Gold Sponsors are offering online courses to members. Below is a list of classes and times. To register.c lick on nkbamanhattan.org . Stay informed, stay current, and stay well!

Tues, 4/28 @ 11:00 am EST
New Zealand Design 
FISHER & PAYKEL

Thurs, 4/30 @ 11:00 am EST
5 Levels of a Smart Home   CONTROL 4

Tues, 5/5 @ 11:00 am EST 
Best Practices for Designing Kitchen Islands
SUB-ZERO, WOLFE AND COVE

Thurs, 5/7 @ 11:00 am EST
 My Home is My (Smart) Castle 
CONTROL 4

Tues, 5/12 @ 11:00 am EST 
Modern Cooking Technologies for the Luxury Client
SUB-ZERO, WOLFE AND COVE
ECO AWARDS—Inspiring Our Community Through Environmental Leadership
The Manhattan Chapter is pleased to announce this year we will be honoring our sponsors exhibiting best practices for environmental stewardship with our inaugural 2020 ECO Awards.
We look to inspire not only our sponsors but also our members to consider as well as reduce their environmental footprints. Check your email inboxes for submission forms this month. Deadline: 9/302020.
EDITOR'S NOTE :
Do you have news to share with fellow chapter members in the NKBA Manhattan Newsletter? Email Communications Chair Charlotte Barnard, at chabarnard@yahoo.com. Member and sponsor news will be published monthly, space permitting.
A DESIGNER'S LIFE IN THE DAYS OF CORONA 2020
observations by Felicitas Oefelein
Editor's Note: This column is a new feature for the Chapter newsletter, to share experiences from our members as they cope with work and life during the Pandemic. If you'd like to share your own experience, email charbarnard@yahoo.com

Dear Members,

Life has sure changed since our last CEU meeting at Lineadecor in February.
Let's use our monthly newsletter and share what we are up to, what new skills we might have acquired and how we are all coping. Here are my thoughts:
My proudest accomplishment to date: I have convinced myself to use my previously unused PELOTON bike daily—well, Monday to Friday and only 10 minutes! I don’t want to overdo it. Oh, and to compensate I stay in bed until 10 am every day now…My cat is very grateful.
I have also loaded Marco Polo and Zoom and am able to have multiple people on a video call via FaceTime and messenger. I have pretty much reached the limits of my tech abilities.
In addition, my apartment is stocked with wine, cleaning supplies and food, even cat-food to last us easily 2 months. Even the cat is getting tubby.
I have self dyed my hair (a shade of pond scum that was advertised as medium blonde) and then dyed it back to blonde.
I am in week 3 of a Deepak Chopra mediation class! NAMASTE
I feel healthy, and no one I directly know is in the hospital so I count my blessings.
My weekly volunteer runs with the Brooklyn face shield warriors are the the highlight of my days. I get to drive around picking up and delivering materials and assembled plexi shields all over Brooklyn, and in 3 weeks, 2,500 face shields have been produced this way.
I have had some time to think about life and the many things I am grateful for. It's funny how a situation like this makes you so much fonder of the things that are truly important.
Since I live alone I miss my friends, but I am also grateful for the neighbors I share a backyard with. Everyone seems to be watching out for one another. 
If one positive thing comes from this, it is how much more we connect and take care of each other. Shopping for one another, sharing what we have, and simply asking how we are doing. A beautiful sense of community has emerged in all kinds of areas of my life.
I have received calls and messages from friends I have not heard from in years! The environment has gotten a breather and the air is cleaner, animals have more spaces to roam .
My wish is that some of this remains long after we go back to normal.
In any case, it would be great to hear from you, our members. How are you doing? Please feel free to share how your life has changed. None of us are alone in this and it's great to speak out and relate and to get to know one another a little bit better.
I wish that all of you are doing OK, health wise but also financially.
Until we see each other again let's all make the best of it.
—Felicitas Oefelein, Secretary-Treasurer,
Manhattan Chapter
President's Column | Toni Sabatino
As New York continues to suffer through the virus, NKBA Manhattan wishes safety to our members, our community and the rest of the city, surrounding area, the country and the world. Our immediate world has changed, we have lost loved ones, our businesses are closed for the most part, many of our friends have lost jobs and we are concerned not only for our health but also the economy. We look forward to a time when we can get together and want to be a resource for the rebound when it happens. We are adjusting our calendar and will keep you informed as we monitor the situation. I wish you safety and sanity in the meantime. 
—Toni, President, Manhattan Chapter
SUB-ZERO, WOLF AND COVE 2019-2020 KITCHEN DESIGN CONTEST
Like many of you, we are adjusting our lives both at work and home. This different pace has afforded time to do those things we “never have time to do.” Perhaps, entering the 2019–2020 Kitchen Design Contes t is one of those tasks for you. In April, the entry site will be live—ready for all of your best design submissions. In the meantime, gather the images and information you need to start your submission. It is easier than ever to enter. We look forward to seeing your very best work.
Questions on how to get started?  Click here! You can also contact your local trade representative,  Bianca Olsson  for more information about the Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove 2019–2020 Kitchen Design Contest.
LEFROY BROOKS INTRODUCES A NEW TRADE PROGRAM
A new Trade Program from Lefroy Brooks, titled,  The VIP Alliance Program which truly benefits Designers in the form of a referral commission. (Yes, we believe designers should make money.)
Click  here  to learn more. Or for immediate assistance, contact 212-226-2242 x 4421, vguillian@lefrobrooksusa.com
VERSATILE & UPSCALE
NEW COLLECTION FROM HASTINGS

 Hastings new, multifaceted Underground collection has a unique ability to elevate and lighten a space with its considered balance of open and closed storage. The vanities are offered in distinctive styles and configurations, but are all marked by asymmetry and slim, matte black metal structural frames. Each design is available in three sizes and five styles in a dozen wood finishes, one cement-look finish and 36 matte lacquered finishes. Wall-hung units come with a framed two-drawer option; the framed single-drawer wall-hung units are available with smoked plexiglass shelf. A framed floor mounted leg stand is available with two drawers. The single-drawer option features the smoked plexiglass shelf. All models have matte white solid-surface countertops with optional towel bars, coordinating side cabinets and mirrors.
At Hastings Tile & Bath, A&D Building, NYC;  sales@hastingstilebath.com  800-351-0038; 212-674-9700;  hastingstilebath.com/#contact
DACOR ANNOUNCES 2020
STUDENT DESIGN CONTEST
From day one, Dacor has introduced meaningful innovations that have changed the way kitchens are designed and all luxury appliances are made. As a result, Dacor is celebrating innovative kitchen designs and their talented creators, through the Dacor National Design Contest .
Students will have the chance to compete to win a $10,000 scholarship! First runner-up will also be awarded a $5,000 scholarship.
Submissions will be judged by the Dacor De-sign Council, a group curated by Dacor for their body of work, innovations and expertise.
Submissions are accepted until July 31, 2020.
For more information and to register, click here.
FAMED ARCHITECT BRINGS
MODERN NOSTALGIA TO CUSTOM MONOGRAM REFRIGERATOR
Refrigerator door panels generally don’t top the list of eye-catching design elements in a kitchen – unless, of course, they’re custom-designed by renowned mid-century architect Jim Tyler . Tyler is behind the simple-yet-stunning Monogram refrigerator panel in the newly-renovated kitchen at the Kirk Douglas Estate in Palm Springs , Calif., revealed at last month’s Modernism Week. An associate and principal designer with influential modernist Craig Ellwood in the 1960s and 1970s, Tyler was working with the estate’s current owner, architect Diane Bald, on another mid-century property when Bald had the idea to collaborate on the Douglas estate. Bald had designed a full stainless-steel wall of Monogram Statement appliances there, and asked if Tyler could give it something extra. Though he’d never designed an appliance panel in his 65-plus-year career, Tyler took on the challenge. The result was a subtle, but powerful, moment in the kitchen.
For more information, visit:  www.monogram.com
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SERVE ON THE MANHATTAN CHAPTER COUNCIL?
Are you interested in playing a larger role in your Chapter and serving on the Council? The position of Recording Secretary/Scribe is currently open. For more information, contact Chapter President Toni Sabatino at tonisabstyle@gmail.com.
NOTE: You must be a current member of the Manhattan chapter to be eligible. This is a non-voting position, and you must be available to attend Council meetings on the first Monday of every month.
Be sure to check out news from National at the all-new NKBA.org
THANK YOU to the sponsors of NKBA Manhattan Chapter:

GOLD LEVEL
SILVER LEVEL
The National Kitchen & Bath Association is the ONLY professional organization that solely supports kitchen, bath and hardware with over 60,000 members in North America!
Learn more about the benefits of membership at nkbamanhattan.org/nkba-membership .
NKBA Manhattan Chapter | nkbamanhattan.org
The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, marketplaces and networks.