KBIS 2021…Design Bites Recap


The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, better known as KBIS in the industry, is THE place to learn about new and innovative products in the kitchen and bath world.  Normally, one of the largest industry shows, this year’s show was virtual, and although we didn’t get the opportunity to touch and feel, we were nonetheless wowed by some smart, well-designed products that I’m excited to share with you here! … As a member of DesignHounds, a network of design micro-influencers, I was selected to participate in Design Bites, a KBIS event where brands present a product that they’ve recently launched in the hopes of being crowned brand with the “biggest bite!” … Here are the 8 brands and their innovative, game-changing products that competed in this years’ KBIS Design Bites

 Wellborn – For this made in the USA cabinetry line, Reflective Modern is the new traditional.  Wellborn’s new Sapphire Blue is on-trend for today’s consumer demand for blue. Clean lines, stream-lined materials, and smart design that extend behind every door and drawer front, in addition to the many new colors and items that Wellborn has introduced will no doubt simplify our client’s life. 


 Signature Kitchen Suite – This company, that designs products for forward-thinking home chefs, has introduced 24″ convertible drawers. These drawers can be used as refrigerators, freezers, or both! … And they can be modified as needed, which means that they’re ideal in so many spaces … game room, theater room, mudroom … This is versatility and function at its best! 


 Miele – The G 5000 dishwasher series is a great selection for those looking to enter the luxury product market.  Miele knows that consumers want speed, efficiency, and perfect results.  This model includes a quick intense wash, an updated basket design, a pocket-handle model for more design flexibility, and a Slimline 18″ model with similar features.


 Control 4 – The Chime Video Doorbell is the first video doorbell engineered to work with all of the technology in your home.  Within the Control 4 app, a homeowner can unlock a door, open and close a garage door, turn on lighting, and more!  While in the home those interactions can happen on a TV if a cell phone is not nearby because everything is integrated into the smart home operating system. 


 Brondell – A healthy home products manufacturer, always searching for new technologies, they were recently introduced to AG Plus technology, which has been incorporated into their new air purifier effectively destroying 99.9% of the COVID-19 virus as proven in independent lab tests using live COVID-19 viral samples.  It’s one more tool that will help give us more control over our environment. 


 LG – The LG Washtower redefines laundry in half the space! … This year’s winner of the 2021 DesignBites “biggest bite” is a game-changer as the first single-unit vertical laundry solution that’s full-sized and fully featured, allowing freedom and inspiration to reinvent the laundry space and the laundry routine.  The center control panel is conveniently positioned in the middle of the unit giving comfortable access within reach for the first time … no step ladder needed! … And don’t forget the built-in intelligence and the TurboWash for large loads in under 30 minutes. 


 Kohler – The Tone kitchen faucet is rooted in a clean transitional form.  The clean lines and soft teardrop base give the Tone collection a fresh take on Mid-Century Modern style.  The Tone faucet comes in 5 configurations including a semi-pro, single handle standard pull-down, and upgrades for touchless and voice-control functionality.  Tone also introduces the beautiful two-tone finish that takes color blocking to a new level! … Available in matte black with brushed modern brass, and matte black with polished chrome, the classic finishes create depth and drama.


 Monogram –  The idea with Monogram appliances is to “Elevate Everything” … The Monogram Pro Range is the embodiment of dedication to craftsmanship and performance.  Three years in the making, this luxury range features soft close drawers, smooth glide full-extension racks, solid brass detailing, and task lighting with customization of brightness and color.  The Pro Range delivers an experience and they’ve taken craftsmanship and performance to the next level so that homeowners can be wowed, and they, in turn, can wow their guests! 


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