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Kitchens From KBIS09

I always love to look at kitchen displays at KBIS, naturally. It's a study in trends and an attempt to interpret where the looks are coming from, what is the message of the style. 

The message this year was one of diversity, appreciation of wood, deep, rich browns, the occasional black, but neutrals as a rule. Soft modern design, yes, and where traditional design was seen, the lines are ever cleaner than in recent years. 

The shift is toward simple, classic, classic modern, or a green theme as seen in the Jenn Air booth, designed by Fu Tung Cheng, always an inspiration. The name of the exhibitor can be seen when the mouse hovers over the small image. Is an Asian theme creeping into the 2009 design consciousness? I did get that sense.

But diversity and choice is king, that's for sure. I've witnessed THAT concept, as more and more manufacturers are widening their product lines to incorporate modern styling, if they were previously traditional, to cover more bases. One example, is the introduction of numerous Rohl products in a modern theme.

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Reader Comments (11)

Thanks for sharing these photos from the exhibit floor. It feels good to walk the show but without the tired feet. But there is nothing like being there to see, touch and feel.

One trend I like is shown in the JennAir Kitchen, (4th pic from the end). Notice the two faucets at the sink. Those of us who have a kitchen with only one sink/faucet know that it slows preparing/wash up tasks down when two cooks have to share one water source.

Can you tell if that is one large sink or two separate sinks? Great idea for a galley kitchen or any kitchen where an island sink is not possible.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie Burke

Laurie, well, you hit it. The triangle is dead, long live the triange! It's really all about what people want and where, right? And, no, I don't know, this was a quick walk-by shoot. Thanks for stopping by!

May 8, 2009 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

I like the Jenn Air kitchen too. I love a sink on the same countertop as the cooktop so I can dump the big pots in the sink as I finish cooking without carrying them across the kitchen.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermodernemama

That might be the new "ripple" sink by Elkay.

P.S. loved the Greene & Greene" island. Modern take on arts & crafts!!

May 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermike

I read your comment on The Skirked Round Table and was intrigued by your Scandanavian Art comment... where are you sourcing it? in America or Abroad??
Glad to have stumbled on your site by way of your comment, by the way!

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Antiques Diva

modernemama, I'll bet most people would agree, and it's important to visualize these situations when in the planning process!

mike, you're right about the modern take on arts and crafts. Why not update a theme? Good catch.

TAD, I don't think there is one piece that I have purchased in the U.S. Everything is purchased from over there, either in person (most of the time) or online, but an online Scandinavian source.

May 11, 2009 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

I think my favorite is the off-white Wellborn kitchen and the dark (is it cherry?) Wellborn kitchen. That GE kitchen is crazy...they really took a risk with that cabinet design. What do others think about it?

Tricia - Avolli

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTricia - Avolli

Love the asian theme, and the greene and greene craftsman style table of the GE kitchen. I think it would be interesting to live with a kitchen like that and see how it works since it breaks so many of the traditional kitchen standards.

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusie

Thanks for sharing these photos from the exhibit floor . l love that photos

July 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterahmed amar

Thank for Share.
Your Blog is Good.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbuknuk

Great pictures, I notice marble being used in some of the kitchens here.

Working in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island area allows me to see some great kitchen and bathroom projects.

The use of marble for kitchen countertops is becoming more and more a norm or a must here in the North East.

Marble is a beautiful rock that can be used for any type of surface. It's beauty and elegance make an attractive choice for kitchen tops, bathroom tops, shower walls and shower floors as well as floors around the home or building.

Marble is a stone that requires special attention for care and maintenance.

Marble is a calcite stone, it is made up of about 80% calcium making it very sensitive to salad dressing, wine, soda, lemon juice and other acidic liquids and general purpose cleaners.

On the average, home owners with marble in their kitchens or bathroom, need to have their countertops honed and polished every two to three years.

My advise is that unless you are truly in love with the beauty and elegance of marble, use granite instead.

Granite is not sensitive to acid nor general purpose cleaners and it is much more durable that marble.

November 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWilly De Castro

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