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KBIS Product Sightings 

Here are more (and no quick 1-2-3 roundup for me-too much to show you) truly fabulous finds that I'd like to share with you.

And, for the uninitiated...here's how I handle the products from KBIS. I'm not in a rush. Over several weeks' time, maybe months, I'll be bringing you products that I have found at KBIS that need to be noticed. Some will be newly introduced, some will already be in a product line for some time but deserve to be brought to the forefront. It is not only new products that should be mentioned!

First up is Texas Lightsmith, a little booth way at the end of the convention center in no man's land (that's where many of the best exhibitors are, scrunched together in a bunch of aisles).

Texas Lightsmith manufacturers lots of things - sinks, hoods, metal panels for cabinet door inserts, lighting, and more. I loved this display for apron sinks, but I'm sure these patterns can be used for other purposes.

Being a bit more of a modern girl myself, I particularly like the third up from the bottom.











Kohler's new stunning (I've been using that word quite a bit during this show) finish, Vibrant Moderne Gold, really took my breath away. You can find it on a variety of products, even on the very sexy Karbon faucet.


Blanco, one of my favorite "no brainer" sink recommendations, has just come out with Silgranite II. What you are looking at in the image is a Blanco representative simply wiping off the metal shavings from the fork that I used to try to sratch (VERY hard) the surface. The material already had one whole day of people taking out their frustrations ahead of me. I saw zero wear. Get this sink.


It's funny because my husband and I also talked about a motorized flat panel TV lift...and there it was at KBIS by Hafele! It holds up to a 27" tv and disappears via remote control. Our use for something like that was going to be in our otherwise lovely breakfast room which my husband, anyway (I don't care) wanted this type of mechanism, which would take the tv up into the attic.







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Reader Comments (4)

Love anything with "moderne" in it, of course it would be stunning! Seriously though, both Kohler and Dornbracht are doing gold finishes and I saw pics of quite few black kitchens at KBIS. Are the 80s back?

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermodernemama

No, don't go down that road! Moderne kitchens were middle gray glossy laminate with white corian tops, mirrored backsplash, and 8x8 gray floor tile with that subtle wear patchiness....on exactly the same spot on every tile. And, yes, I remember black as well, but not so fondly!

May 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

Those guys at Texas Lightsmith are awesome! They can do anything made from metal and can do blacksmithing work as well. Sinks, Lighting & Hoods. Nice guys!!!

One thing that makes thier hoods unique is that they can do the underside (baffle filters, lighting and liner in copper as well. Most companies do the underside in stainless which makes for a strange contrast.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermike

Nice people too, Texas Lightsmith. I have spoken to them about a project. Thanks for your endorsement!

May 11, 2009 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

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