Curves are Sexy
Curves are sexy may not be what you thought I would take away from the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS 2022). Not only have curves found their footing in furniture, but they are also hot forms in kitchen and bath design. From cabinets and hardware to sinks and faucets, curved shapes dominated the design details at the Kitchen and Bath Industry tradeshow.
Although I am not big on trends I do look for themes. Metalwork, black, honey bronze, and curved details are trending themes. Wood is making a comeback as is color. Here are some of my favorite finds from KBIS 2022.
Finds from KBIS 2022
In the Bath
Curved forms were everywhere. One of my favorite faucets was found in the House of Rohl, in their new APOTHECARY collection, designed for them by Xander Noori. It’s forms are based on vintage apothecary bottles.
The gentle arc of the spout just spoke to me.
Over at Thompson Traders, curves were also a featured shape. Taking a cue from nature, they displayed a beautiful tub sporting an artisanal hand hammered copper design inspired by a turtles’ shell. The display was topped with beautiful lighting fixtures from Beacon Lighting. More curved sinks are in the background.
Touring the New American Home, I spotted this beautiful oval vessel sink with gently sloping sides. Curved details were repeated in the faucet and the hardware. Black is still a hot theme as well as the warm honey bronze hardware finish.
In the Kitchen
I was impressed with Monogram. The vignettes created by Richard Anuszkiewicz for Monogram were inspiring. The attention to detail and innovation in design was beyond anything else I saw at the show. Look at the cabinet door details.
Café Appliances showed several themes in their space. Here they featured curved doors trimmed in black as well as arched wood veneer panels. How about those disco ball lights?
Finds from KBIS 2022: Heavy Metal
Back at Thompson Traders, this handmade copper sink is a must-have for any bar area.
Back at the Monogram booth, furniture and cabinetry featured nailhead detail on leather. Behind those gorgeous drawer fronts are dishwashers. Can we talk about the hardware?!
Sustainable Finds from KBIS 2022
Sustainability is a strong theme across all facets of home design. Almost all of the exhibitors showed offerings that promised a more sustainable future. Appliances account for a large portion of landfill issues. I found Beko had 2 impressive offerings. First, their washing machine tub is made from more than 60 recycled plastic water bottles.
Did you know 40% of the food produced ends up in landfills? Food preservation should be a discussion for every kitchen. Beko has trademarked their Harvest Fresh crisper system in their refrigerators. Using LED light systems to replicate the sun cycle, prolonging the life of stored produce. Now that is a must-have kitchen feature.
If you would to learn more about any of the products featured here, please let me know. If you missed my last post about the New American Home 2022 click here to take the tour.
Be sure to look for future posts about more themes I found at the show.
Sharon L. Sherman CKD, ASID, NCIDQ, CID
Sharon is the founder of Thyme and Place Design, headquartered in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She’s been practicing kitchen and bath design for the past 40 years and is a Past President of the American Society of Interior Designers – New Jersey chapter.
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Her award-winning designs and editorial comments have been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Design Milk, Bergen NJ magazine, Kitchen & Bath Design News, Woman’s Day, Country Decorating, Design NJ, New Jersey Home Magazine, 201 Magazine, The Best of Bergen, Savvy Living, The Vue, The Record, The Star-Ledger, and Aspire as well as several books.
Her blog “Tips from the Trade” appears in digital form on DesignNJ.com and KBBonline.com. She has also appeared on HGTV’s My Big Amazing Renovation and episodes of House Smarts with Lou Manfredini. In 2022, she was a featured *Voices From The Industry* speaker at the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s international convention.