KBH Industry News |  Sept. 2019
UPCOMING EVENTS

COUNCIL MEETING
Monday, September 9

What's New, What's Next
at New York Design Center
Thursday, September 12

CHAPTER MEETING
Thursday, September 19
Host: Dacor Kitchen Theater
Topic: The Transformation of the Luxury Kitchen Consumer (.1 CEU)

CLIPP CERTIFICATION CLASS
Hosted by TOTO Gallery
September 19 - 20

EVOLUTION OF COLOR EVENT
Wednesday, September 25
Host: PPG at the Shed, Hudson Yards

COUNCIL MEETING
Monday, October 7

DDB Fall Market at D&D Building
Wednesday, October 16

CHAPTER MEETING
Thursday, October 17
Host: Fisher & Paykel Experience Center
Topic: Small Kitchen Design (.1 CEU)

COUNCIL MEETING
Monday, November 4

CHAPTER MEETING
Thursday, November 21
Host: Royal Green Appliance Center
Topic: Panel Discussion - The Latest in Appliance Technologies
Remembering Merita Haxhaj-Kelmendi
On June 14, 2019, we lost a dear friend, loving wife, amazing mother, NKBA Manhattan colleague & an incredible person,  Merita Haxhaj-Kelmendi .
                                           
Merita was an integral part of the Gurri Design & Remodel company from its beginning days to the latest marketing of the company. A naturalized U.S. citizen, Merita was born in Plave, Montenegro, and resided in Prishtina, Kosovo. In 1993 she moved to Brooklyn, NY, met her future husband Sami Kelmendi and raised three beautiful children. Eventually the Gurri company moved to Manhattan with an office in the A&D building on East 58th Street.
                                                                     
At 49-years-old, Marita left us and this world on June 14, at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan from complications of stomach cancer.
 
In memory of Merita Kelmendi, please consider making a donation to  The Geri & Me Fund,  benefiting the nurses of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Click here to learn more: http://bit.ly/MSK_GeriMe_ Merita -Contribute
President's Column | Toni Sabatino
Fasten your seat belts for a fast-paced fall season!
We hope you enjoyed the summer break and are ready to back back into the education groove with our chapter. Up next on September 19 and 20 are two full days of learning available with NKBA partner, the Living In Place Institute, serving up 16 CEUs and a CLIPP certification to enhance your knowledge base and business. The classes will be located at the TOTO showroom in NYC’s Flatiron District, and there are still some seats available. Please contact louie@livinginplace.institute to reserve your space.
Come on over to the Dacor Kitchen Theatre in the A&D Building on the 19th after the class and join us for refreshments at our chapter meeting featuring a CEU discussing luxury clients.
CEDIA Expo is also happening in September, and our industries continue to cross pollinate, sharing information, ideas and best practices for business. We will be reporting from the show floor on social media in regard to technology products and trends that are having a major impact on our business.
Be sure to follow along with @thenkba @dawndelucaondesign,  @tonisabstyle and @cediaexpo for reports from the show floor. We also are looking forward to reports from Maison Objet happening this month in Paris. The first NKBA Global Connect Summit will be happening in the UK in early October.
KBIS 2020 registration is now open, and excitement is building! We look forward to seeing you at some events and hope you consider bringing a guest. Guest fees are waived for the fall membership drive. - Toni :)
New MasterCool Refrigeration Now Available from Miele
Royal Green is excited to share that Miele has just come out with its new MasterCool refrigerator lineup. Miele’s exceptional MasterCool series is a modular range of fully-integrated cooling appliances that can be combined in your ideal configuration.
Designed for maximum visual impact, this elegant, state-of-the-art fridge represents the ultimate in high-end refrigeration and is beautifully crafted from superior quality materials and the highest grade components. 
Miele refrigerators, freezers, and bottom mounts will still focus on optimal preservation by accurately controlling three factors. Precise temperature control is key to keeping food fresh. Proper humidity allows different varieties of food to be kept for long life and optimal freshness. And efficient air circulation is key to eliminating conditions that compromise the integrity of food. Come see the new Mastercool on display at Royal Green Appliance in White Plains. 
Lineadecor Introduces New 2020 Collection:
X-Matt Lacquered Kitchens
Lineadecor’s latest introduction for their new 2020 collection is X-Matt coatings, which have received the Interzum Award: Intelligent Material & Design 2019 in the “High Product Quality” category. In 2018 Lineadecor took home second place in the “Coating/Finishing” category of the XiaXylexpo Innovation Awards for their degree of innovation and extreme originality. But what is X-Matt?
Design and performance are the key decorating concepts of X-Matt material. In line with the need for functionality and convenience of use, materials become ultra-resistant as well as of great aesthetic impact. Lineadecor’s X-Matt kitchen offers an ultra-matte, anti-glare, high performance, sophisticated velvety soft-touch finish as well as high level of environmental awareness. X-Matt products also mean very low VOC and SVOC emissions, in compliance with the French A+ class. They caress and respect human health, protect the environment by meeting the highest product standards that come into contact with also children. For more information, visit the Lineadecor USA website at  www.lineadecor.us .
Know What Your Project Needs? Leather. Seriously.
True project customization is here with Häfele’s all-new dECOLeather® Recycled Leather Veneer (RLV). This program allows designers to create custom leather doors, drawer fronts, shelves, liners and countertops made to exact specification in a variety of unique colors and textures for any space: kitchens, bath, closets, mud rooms and more! For a limited time, get $50 off your $500 dECOLeather purchase! Offer ends September 30, 2019!
Cabinetry and closets can now be swathed in Paloma Grey Crocodile, Antique Black Walrus or your choice of many other stylish options. RLV itself is a beautifully styled, durable product which offers years of appeal and amazement.
To learn more about Häfele’s dECOLeather® Recycled Leather Veneer, click here or visit Häfele’s showroom in the heart of Manhattan located at 20 W. 22 nd St., Suite 201 New York, NY 10010.
NKBA Manhattan's Dawn DeLuca, Toni Sabatino & Danielle Karr to Be Featured at CEDIA EXPO 2019
TechCollider at the Design + Connection Pavilion 

As the industry leader in connecting the design and technology communities, CEDIA Expo is excited to debut a new, informal lounge speaker series at September’s conference in Denver, Colorado. Taking place on Sept. 13 within the Design + Connect Pavilion (booth #1960) on the CEDIA Expo show floor, Tech Collider at the Design + Connect Pavilion aims to educate designers, architects, integrators, and technologists on ways to navigate a successful and impactful relationship.

1:00 - 2:00pm -- Tech Collider: Healthy Home Automation 
Designer Barbara Barton – a Certified Living in Place Professional, and architect Doug Walter (AIA) take the floor at the Design + Connect Pavilion to talk through their experience working together to design and build today’s healthy home. Running the gamut from ground breaking to key turning, Healthy Home Automation will cover aspects of a home and how they affect someone psychologically, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Barbara and Doug’s talk takes place at 1:00 p.m. on Sept. 13.

2:00 - 3:00pm – Tech Collider: Building Business between Designers and Integrators 
KBB’s Erinn Locke and CE Pro’s Jason Knott are joined by designer Dawn DeLuca and integrator Shalom Illouz to talk through how designers and integrators can come together, build a working relationship, and deliver exceptional results to their clients. Topics of discussion include how to speak each other’s “language”, what products make sense for both parties, and how to handle the sales process (read: money!). Building Business between Designers and Integrators takes place at 2pm on Sept. 13. 


Women in Consumer Technology: “Technology + Design-Build Teams = Winning!”

CEDIA Expo is once again welcoming Women in Consumer Technology to its September conference for “Technology + Design-Build Teams = Winning!” , a special TechTalk on the intersection of modern technology and design. The Women in Consumer Technology-sponsored TechTalk will be moderated by Danielle Karr , architect and designer program manager for Control4 , this 50-minute panel conversation will include Stace McGee, principal at Environmental Dynamics, Inc.; Sara Gutterman, co-founder and CEO at Green Builder Media; Joe Whitaker, CEDIA board member; Toni Sabatino , owner of Toni Sabatino Style; and Brian Pagel, senior vice president of Emerald Expositions.
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