KBH Industry News |  Oct. 2019

Monday, November 4

Thursday, November 21
Host: Royal Green Appliance Center
Topic: Panel Discussion - The Latest in Appliance Technologies

Monday, December 2

Thursday, December 12

KBIS in Las Vegas
January 21 - January 23, 2020

Stay Tuned for Chapter Programming for January 2020 and Beyond!
Discussing the Luxury Kitchen Customer at Dacor Kitchen Theater
NKBA Manhattan Chapter members met last month at the Dacor Kitchen Theater, located in the A&D Building, to delve into conversation around the luxury kitchen client. It is certainly no secret that today's affluent consumer's values and ideals are shifting, and we as design industry professionals must be poised and ready to adapt as needed. Attendees were able to garner insights from a study that Dacor produced, in conjunction with Architectural Digest and Conde Nast, so as to examine behaviors and trends of the evolving luxury kitchen customer. Complete with beautiful fare, it was certainly an informative evening.
If you haven't already seen the event photos, be sure to check them out on our Facebook page by clicking here!
President's Column | Toni Sabatino
Happy National Kitchen & Bath Month! Connectivity seems to be the word of the month! Our September Chapter meeting at Dacor touched on connectivity while profiling the new breed of luxury client and the CEDIA show displayed many new options for home connectivity while hosting members of the NKBA for Design Connection tours and a certified designer technology summit that I was grateful to participate in as a panel member. The Living In Place Institute was also represented at the show, and the benefits of technology to help us design safe, secure and comfortable homes that preserve the dignity of all was discussed as well.
Our Chapter has some new CLIPP graduates, too, as we just had a certification class at the TOTO showroom. I would like to congratulate them and applaud the investment they have made in their careers— Beth Forer, Doris Amsterdam Bachmann, virtual clapping and whistles are for you!!

We are planning our chapter meetups at KBIS and would love to include everyone who is going; please reach out to an officer if you plan to attend. As always, I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting! 
New at Royal Green Appliance
Royal Green NYC is excited to announce a new display to their Tribeca Location.  Sub-Zero offers a wide variety of cooling options for every home solution.
Living in the city Sub-Zero and Royal Green NYC know how important it is to utilize every inch of space. That is why Royal Green NYC chose to add to their already vast Sub-Zero display two new cooling options. From the Designer Series a 30” Built-In Stainless-Steel Refrigerator and 30" Wine Storage with Combination Drawers.
Stop by and visit their showroom to see this impressive cooling solution and see other cooling, cleaning, and cooking options from Royal Green NYC or visit us online at royalgreenny.com/by-brand/subz/Sub-Zero.html .
Gurri NY Launches Gurri Installation Tile + Stone + Slab – A Turn-Key Solution
Gurri NY is pleased to announce the expansion of its services with the launch of Gurri Installation ––  Premier Stone & Architectural Surface Material Installers + Contractors . The company is a division of the award-winning Gurri Design + Remodel , servicing the NYC Metropolitan Tri-state area since 1997. A new micro-website has been created for Gurri Installers + Contractors .
Working with premiere stone suppliers Gurri has access to the world’s finest architectural surface materials. Whether it’s precious quality natural stone – Marble, Onyx, Granite, Quartzite, Travertine, Sandstone, Slate, or man-made–engineered or sintered stone.
Gurri is known as expert installers and fabricators of contemporary wood, stone, slab and tile. The company will work with you, your interior designer or architect. The turn-key solution creates a seamless experience from selecting appropriate surface materials to final installation and all the steps in-between. More information is available at www.gurriinstallation.com . Or visit us in A&D Building suite #1086.
Kitchen and Bath Industry Twitter Chat will be bringing two exciting, not to be missed events to KBIS this January!

The Progressive KBtribechat at KBIS 2020 will be hosted by Rev-a-shelf, Brizo, Wellborn Cabinet and Signature Kitchen Suite. The tour will start in the Rev-a-shelf booth (N2562) at 1:30 pm. Enjoy networking in person with other industry pros while discovering the latest innovations and sharing on social media! Each exhibitor host has an insiders program planned with treats and fun surprises. Attend to get a KBtribechat tote and fill it with goodies from each host.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Progressive KBtribechat
1:30 to 3:00 pm PT
Event Timing and Hosts:
1:30 pm: Rev-a-shelf - Booth N2562. 
1:53 pm: Brizo - Booth N2332 
2:15 pm: Wellborn Cabinet - Booth N2905
2:40 pm: Signature Kitchen Suite - Booth C8101

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT
The Wednesday KBtribechat hour during Design & Construction Week will be hosted by Whirlpool Corporation in booth C7548. Make sure to be there! 

Upcoming November KBtribechat topics:
11/6 : #IgniiteCreativing
Hosted by Paula Kennedy CKD
11/13 : Dream Bathrooms
Hosted by Wellborn Cabinet
11/20 : Tile Trends - Hosted by @Coverings 
11/27 : No KBtribechat
KBIS Announces the Return of Design Milk/Modenus Talks Lounge
For the fourth year, Jaime Derringer, CEO of Design Milk and Veronika Miller, CEO of Modenus Media are excited to bring three days of programming to the KBIS NeXT Experience in the South Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 21-22, 2020. The refreshed lounge will feature the Signature Kitchen Suite wine bar.
Programming will focus on design related topics including wellness, color and style trends, sustainability, integrated technology and business discussions around skilled labor, marketing and diversifying revenue streams. Additionally, the morning of day one will feature a special How-to-KBIS presentation for new-to-KBIS attendees and day three will feature a series of hands-on workshops. KBIS exhibitors are invited to sponsor and participate in sessions of their choice (based on availability) for an hour of up-close and personal conversation with design professionals, influencers and other KBIS attendees.
Top 3 Reasons to Become a Thermador Star® Partner
Trade Professionals—look to the stars for exclusive benefits and exceptional rewards with the Star® Partner Loyalty Program. The Thermador Star® Partner Program delivers exclusive perks specifically designed for trade professionals and their clients.
1. The Ultimate Promotions
Every kitchen you design has the potential to inspire. Being a Thermador Star® Partner gets you a first glimpse at information on special trade-only promotions throughout the year. Plus, signup is fast, simple, and secure. Shining far beyond promotions, Star® Partner benefits include invitations to exclusive industry events and some of the biggest trade shows and gatherings of the year. 
2. Star-Worthy Sneak Peeks
Being a member of our Star® Partner Loyalty program will help you unlock exceptional. When you join, you’ll receive access to new products and Thermador news. As you design your client’s dream kitchen, you’ll want a first look at innovative products and features.
3. A Range of Exceptional Resources
With Thermador, you’ll have access to an exceptional array of offerings from the comprehensive Kitchen Design and Planning Guide and stunning Volume 6 Kitchen Lookbook. You’ll have a wealth of behind-the-scenes information right at your fingertips to help you design your client’s dream home.

Also, leverage NEW Text-4-Specs to gain quick access to Thermador spec information! Text a Thermador model number, Lookbook, or Design Guide to 21432 to receive information straight to your phone.

Visit https://starpartner.thermador.com/ , fill out the short form, and you’ll be on your way to enjoying all of the benefits of being a Star® Partner. Take advantage of the resources we have to offer, help your clients build the ultimate dream kitchens, and make working with Thermador an even more rewarding experience.
Hastings Tile & Bath to Distribute Luxury Air Dryer
Hastings Tile & Bath is proud to announce that they are now the exclusive U.S. importer and distributor of the Valiryo Full Body Air Dryer. Combining luxury, practicality and sustainability, the award-winning Valiryo Full Body Air Dryer is the first of its kind.
Ideal for hotels, resorts, gyms, spas, wellness centers and home bath suites, the Valiryo Full Body Air Dryer is cost effective, easy to install, eliminates the use of towels and offers hot and cold air therapy. Available in two finishes—matte white and matte black—and using the same amount of power as a hairdryer, this waterproof, antimicrobial drying system is promised to last 70-years with zero maintenance.
For more information, please contact Hastings Tile & Bath at hastingstilebath.com .
NKBA Design Party - TONIGHT!
Interior Design Managing Director Helene Oberman and M Studio principal Megan Siason, AKBD, will lead a panel discussion on Maximizing Opportunities: How an Emerging Designer Can Win. Drinks and light bites will be served.
WHEN : Today, 10.24 | 6:00pm
WHERE : Porcelanosa Flagship Showroom
202 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Introducing Vitrea VTouch Pro
Smart homes just got smarter, simpler and affordable with VTouch Pro , the future of home automation. Because of its unique ability to simply replace regular electrical switches, VTouch Pro’s innovative use of wireless technology gives you all of the benefits of a typical home automation system without the need for expensive infrastructure, renovations or complicated, wired installations.
At the swipe of your fingertip, you can control the lights, blinds, arm your security system or control your HVAC through an app on your favorite mobile device. Should your device ever malfunction or you just prefer not to use one, controlling these features of your home can be done simply by touching the VTouch Pro switches.
Now you can also upgrade your interior design with VTouch Pro’s digital elegant glass touch switches which give you the benefit of functioning through a central controller. 
NKBA Manhattan's Own Julie Schuster & Dawn DeLuca Named as 2019 Innovators by Kitchen & Bath Design News
Congratulations to NKBA Manhattan's own Julie Schuster & Dawn DeLuca for being named top Innovators by Kitchen & Bath Design News! Innovators come from all avenues of the design world, and they are the lifeblood of the kitchen and bath industry. For that reason,  Kitchen & Bath Design News  is proud to present its third annual Top 50 Innovators list, honoring kitchen and bath professionals who have won the respect of their peers and the industry at large through their creative talents, leadership skills, business acumen, community involvement and professionalism  (see related  Editorial ).
Nominated by industry professionals and then reviewed by the  KBDN  nominating committee, the 2019 Innovators reflect a diverse cross section of the industry, from technology experts, aging-in-place specialists and design authors to cutting-edge marketers, top-tier educators, business gurus and more. Whether creating unique podcasts or re-imagining design for universal appeal, these kitchen and bath pros are advancing the industry and providing inspiration not only for their clients and peers, but for future generations to come.
Each comes from a different background, yet all understand that innovation is a calling, one that drives them to constantly strive for new, better and more efficient ways of understanding space, communicating their vision and creating designs that maximize the home’s value, aesthetic appeal and functionality. They strive for excellence in business, design, education, technology and community service, and in doing so, they raise up the industry so that it remains ever changing, ever growing and ever improving.

Congratulations again to Julie & Dawn!
Be sure to check out news from National at the all-new NKBA.org
THANK YOU to the sponsors of NKBA Manhattan Chapter:

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 .
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