Earlier this month, the ADVERTISEMENT team traveled to Florida to cover KBIS 2022 and its accompanying show, IBS from the ground. Not in the loop yet? Get oriented in our sample articleand see what you missed on days a and two†
Last week in Orlando, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, or KBIS, came roaring back after the COVID hiatus, with 375 vendors flocking downtown to display their latest and greatest wares. And this year, nearly half of those vendors were brand new to the show, with a total attendance of 9% from 2020.
Beneath those booths, some key themes came across loud and clear as the must-know kitchen and bath trends for 2022.
Kitchen and bathroom go for the whole house
Throughout the show, we learned from exhibitors how the product moves outside of where you would expect it, namely the kitchen and bathroom, and into areas such as the home office, living room and even the bedroom. For example, in their best-of-KBIS villa, Monogram demonstrated how a home bar setup (complete with a dishwasher and wine cooler) can sneak into the living room. Part of this is due to the rise of under-counter and panel-ready appliances, but we’re also seeing brands adapt the detail and style of products to a ‘whole house’ ethos. In Cambria, for example, a quartz surface took the form of an elegant gaming table; at Cosentino, a warm, Mediterranean shade of heat-resistant Dekton was used to create a fireplace surround. We’re also seeing some groups, like House of Rohl, expand into luxury hardware to aid coordination between cabinetry, furniture, and bath or kitchen accessories.
Devices embrace AI
While smart fixtures have slowly taken over the house, some are now taking it a step further by integrating AI into their programming. For example, GE Profile introduces washing machines with technology that automatically detects the dirt level of a load and adjusts soap, water and wash time accordingly. A “stain guide” feature in their Front Load 950 series also helps users figure out exactly how to treat stains in their bedding and garments. LG similarly introduced AI-powered wash units with their WashTower. Put a load of clothes in the washing machine and it will automatically transfer what it learns about the contents to the dryer for a frictionless cycle.
Wellness from all angles
As we’ve previously documented at AD PRO, more and more consumers are looking for spaces for mindfulness and serenity at home – and designers are more than willing to comply. A way to cultivate inner peace: designing a spa-like experience. When Gwyneth Paltrow’s immersive hammam-like retreat ADVERTISEMENTThe March issue of the March issue was not enough to convince you, look no further than the rooms of KBIS. There, everything from faucet and showerhead functionality to the finishes themselves provided opportunities for designers to improve.
For example, the positive influence of nature on well-being has led some manufacturers to think about how the outside can come in. Caesarstone has introduced a new style called Pebbles – a warm, monochromatic array reminiscent of small pebbles and dappled sunlight. House of Rohl also evokes nature in their Reflet Bath Collection, which uses double finishes and a ribbed texture to suggest the sparkling movement of water.