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Significant Savings and Vast Selection For Bed Bath & Beyond Trade Members

The online retailer’s exclusive program offers numerous perks to design pros.
Image courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond.

By Dianne M. Pogoda

Online retailer Bed Bath & Beyond’s exclusive Trade Program is a one-stop shop for designers and other specifiers looking to raise the style quotient while sticking to clients’ budgets.

Trade Program Members save 25 percent every day on a bigger-than-ever assortment of furniture, décor, rugs, appliances, fixtures and more. What’s more, trade pros get a free Welcome Rewards membership, which earns them 5 percent back on every purchase. Welcome Rewards also includes three free returns each month for in-store credit, and a 60-day extended return period allows clients to live with a piece and ensure it works well in their space.

The Rewards package also offers double rewards for reviews, bonus rewards for recommendations resulting in purchases, and three free price matches per month. And shipping is free on every order placed on a Trade account.

Bed Bath & Beyond Trade provides beneficial tools for busy pros and small business owners. The program aims to help make the design and selection process smooth and seamless. Designers may create a personalized design page to organize projects, share work, shop and update in real time. The design profile is hosted on the Bed Bath & Beyond platform and is shareable to a member’s social media, website, and/or directly to clients. Personalized support from dedicated expert Trade Specialists provides members with peace of mind — there’s always a friendly, familiar voice ready to help!

The Bed Bath & Beyond Trade program is free to join, and applying is easy. Provide a business name, contact information and additional business or professional verification, such as an employer identification number (EIN), to apply.

To learn more about this exclusive program for trade professionals and to join for free, click here.

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Member News: Miele and Bertazzoni Build, Kohler’s Latest Launch, Monogram’s Emmy, Chapter Updates and More

By Dianne M. Pogoda

Company News

Monogram Series Wins Daytime Emmy: Luxury appliance brand Monogram earned a Daytime Emmy award for its digital series “My Mark” featuring acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelson. The series celebrates individuals who use their passions to “elevate experiences.” Samuelson, recorded in his home kitchen in Sag Harbor, NY, was chosen for his dedication to culinary excellence and passion for mastering cooking techniques, which he spotlights using Monogram appliances. KBB has more.

Image courtesy of Kohler.

Kohler Unveils SR_A Line: Kohler Co. introduced its groundbreaking Kohler x SR_A bath faucet at the recent Design Miami expo. Formation 01 is the inaugural product collaboration between the plumbing giant and the industrial design studio of Samuel Ross. The initial launch comprises a limited edition of 299 authenticated faucets, available for sale after the expo. Visit Kohler for more.

Image courtesy of Bertazzoni.

Bertazzoni Opens Design Center in Canada: Bertazzoni, the Guastalla, Italy-based family-owned premium appliance maker, has opened a 428-square-foot design center with its exclusive Canadian distribution partner, Distinctive, at Trail Appliances in Vancouver. “Casa Bertazzoni” is modeled after the original experience and design center in Italy and designed by Vancouver-based Sarah Gallop. It is the brand’s fifth Design Center and features working kitchen vignettes that showcase the appliances through cooking demonstrations and hands-on experiences. Learn more here.

Miele To Build in Alabama: Premium appliance maker Miele has finalized the location of its first American manufacturing plant, in Opelika, AL. The facility is expected to come online by the end of 2024 and employ 150 workers in its first phase of operations, which will initially focus on ovens and ranges.  Miele said delivery time will be slashed from up to 10 weeks to just a few days, with many of the parts and raw materials also being sourced locally to reduce CO2 emissions. Including the new plant, Gütersloh, the Germany-basedcompany’s international production network will include a total of 16 locations: eight in Germany and one each in Austria, China, the Czech Republic, Romania, Poland and the U.S.  Read more here.

Chapter Update

Countertops in Chicago: The Chicago Mid West Chapter will host “Countertop Chronicles: Unveiling Surface Secrets,” a seminar designed to answer any question about counters and surfaces, on Jan. 23, 5 pm to 8 pm, at Starved Rock Wood Products, 1170 Milwaukee Avenue, Glenview, IL. Chapter president Denise Butchko will be joined by Mitch Gomes, sales director of MSI Surfaces, and Gina Saran, owner of Precision Stone Design, for the discussion, followed by a showroom tour, chef demo, food and drinks. Registration is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Go here for more.

Industry News

Millennials Want Houses: Despite the stereotype that Millennials prefer “experiences” to “things,” a nationwide survey found that 89.5 percent of 25-to-44 year-olds say owning a home is a part of their American dream, and fewer than 1 percent say home ownership is not important to them. Cleveland-based marketing and research firm Falls & Co. found that 76 percent prefer a single family home compared to 3.6 percent who would choose a condo. Only 16 percent are interested in a fixer-upper, while 13 percent prefer to buy new and 32 percent want a move-in-ready home. Topping the list of potential home improvements were the living room/great room, cited by 52.5 percent, and the kitchen, at 48.4 percent. Learn more here.

Gold’s Next Chapter:

Wellness design consultant and award-winning author Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, has published a bonus chapter to her 2020 book Wellness by Design (Simon & Schuster) focused on healthy living in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and some of the worst natural disasters in history. The chapter, “Lessons for How We Live Now,” offers tips on making homes resilient against storms, wildfires and power outages, information on what new technologies and artificial intelligence can mean for our homes and much more. The chapter is available for sale online only and is free with the hardcover book, audio or e-book editions. Access the new chapter from the “Checklists & Resources” page in the original book or through national online retailers. Click for more info.

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Year In Review: Milestones

2023 was full of important milestones, from the Mid Atlantic Chapter’s 60th Anniversary to the remembrance of industry leaders who passed away.
Bill Darcy, Global President & CEO, NKBA | KBIS, toasting to the association’s 60 years in the industry at KBIS 2023. Image courtesy of PWP Studio.

By Elisa Fernández-Arias

2023 was a momentous year at NKBA. The association celebrated 60 years in the industry, multiple member companies and individual members achieved 60- and 25-year milestones, and several important figures from the kitchen and bath industry left us too soon. As we look back on 2023, here are some of the most important milestones:

In Memoriam

The industry lost several NKBA members and influential kitchen and bath figures in 2023. 

Stephen “Mac” McDonald, a leading kitchen and bath industry figure, founder of Thurston Kitchen and Bath and longtime NKBA member, passed away on Jan. 23. After the founding of his company Thurston Kitchen and Bath in 1977, it and its subsidiaries grew to over 18 locations throughout Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. In Colorado, Mac was widely recognized as one of the leading figures in the regional kitchen and bath industry throughout his long and distinguished career. Learn more about Stephen “Mac” McDonald in his NKBA obituary here.

Ric Coggins, NKBA Chapter and National Leader who held multiple local and national posts, passed away on Jan. 31. Ric actively served in the NKBA since 2004 and was considered one of the Arizona Chapter’s greatest contributors. He also held several national positions, including various positions on the national advisory council, and in 2014 was elected to NKBA’s Executive Committee as National Vice President. After retiring, Ric remained very active in the Arizona Chapter, where he served as a consultant. He was involved in multiple aspects of the kitchen bath and home industry, including design, sales and marketing, for 49 years. Read Ric Coggins’ NKBA obituary here.

Bill Oesterle, the Co-founder and former CEO of Angie’s List, passed away on May 10. Oesterle co-founded Angie’s List in 1995 with Angie Hicks, currently the Chief Customer Officer of Angi Homeservices Inc., a Denver-based service that connects consumers with personalized solutions, service pros, and “fair and transparent pricing” for everything from house cleaning to major remodels. Oesterle became CEO of Angie’s in 1999 and during his tenure until his resignation in 2015, the company evolved from a hyperlocal business to a nationwide service with millions of subscribers. You can read Bill Oesterle’s NKBA obituary here.

Charlotte Ann Breidenstein, a former NKBA staff member who worked with the association for 28 years, passed away in December. Prior to her retirement in 2012,, Charlotte helped to develop NKBA’s Governance, Education and Conference Departments. To read Charlotte Ann Breidenstein’s NKBA obituary, go here.

The Mid Atlantic Chapter celebrates NKBA’s 60th Anniversary. Image courtesy of NKBA.
60 Year Milestone: the NKBA Mid Atlantic Chapter

The Mid Atlantic Chapter celebrated a significant occasion in 2023: just like the association itself, they celebrated their 60 year anniversary — being the founding chapter of NKBA! The chapter commemorated their special day with the association, throwing a Garden Party as one of the NKBA 60th Anniversary celebrations last year at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. More than 50 members came to the Mid Atlantic event to reminisce and celebrate not only NKBA’s 60th Anniversary, but the Mid Atlantic Chapter’s anniversary as well. Additional details about the celebration can be found here.

60 Year Milestone: Bradley Berkoff

Bradley Berkoff, CKD, a South Florida Chapter member, celebrated 60 years as an NKBA member in 2023. A kitchen and bath designer, he joined the association at its start — and has been with NKBA since then.

25 Year Milestones: Companies

Many NKBA member companies reached 25 years of membership in 2023 — they’ve been with the association almost half as long as it has been around! Here we spotlight some of these brands:

Kimble + Kimble LLC, in Harbor Springs, Michigan, run by David Kimble, AIA and Caroline Kimble, CKBD, Northern Michigan Chapter member, offers architecture and interior design services throughout the Northern Michigan area . Learn more about the company here.

Run by Steven Ramaekers, CR, President/Founder and Christine Ramaekers, CKD, Vice President, who are both Michigan State Chapter members, MainStreet Design Build in Birmingham, Michigan, was founded in 1991 and provides home remodeling to its clients. Find out more about the company here.

Patricia Davis Brown Design, LLC in Vero Beach, Florida, founded by Patricia Davis Brown, CMKBD, Florida Treasure Coast Chapter member, opened in 1992 and offers commercial and residential interior remodels and design services, universal design, custom furnishing design and more to clients in Florida. Learn more here.

Owned by Anita Colby, CMKBD, Northern New England Chapter member, The CabinetWorks is based in Stratham, New Hampshire and provides design services to the New Hampshire and New England regions. For more details on the company, go here.

Top Drawer Kitchens, in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, is run by Wally Bakely, CKD, Mid Atlantic Chapter member. The business has been in operation for more than 30 years, offering kitchen, bath and cabinetry design to both residential and commercial clients. Visit the company’s NKBA profile here.

60 Years of NKBA
Bill Darcy, Global President & CEO, NKBA | KBIS, toasting to the association’s 60 years in the industry at KBIS 2023. Image courtesy of PWP Studio.

The association itself reached a significant milestone in 2023: its 60th Anniversary! Starting off with ’60s-themed activations and a toast at the start of the year at KBIS in Las Vegas, the celebration continued throughout the year, with various chapters commemorating NKBA’s 60 years of leadership in the kitchen and bath industry. 60th anniversary chapter events include the SKS-sponsored Puget Sound and Olympic – West Sound, Northern New England, Northern California and Manhattan chapters’ events; Dacor-sponsored Manhattan Chapter event; and the Mid Atlantic and Georgia chapters’ events, which were not sponsored. The festivities will continue in2024 with the Southern California Chapter’s event, sponsored by Dacor, as well as events held by the Baltimore/Washington Chapter and the Chicago Chapter.

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Year In Review: Top 5 NKBA Webinars

From universal design to smart technology, these were NKBA’s top business and design webinars in 2023.


By Elisa Fernández-Arias

NKBA’s webinar program provides the K&B industry with free and insightful learning experiences as well as CEUs needed to maintain NKBA certifications. Available online throughout the year, the following were the top five webinars in 2023.

1. Five Things You Should Know About Universal Design

This July 2023 webinar, sponsored by Blum, explored universal design from new perspectives, including those from two Occupational Therapists, one Realtor and one Manufacturer of Bathroom Safety Products. Presenter Becky Wright, CAPS, Division Manager of Ponte Giulio USA, Carol Chiang, OTR/, CAPS, ECHM, CHAMP, CEO of Evolving Homes, Heather Brooks, Co-Founder and Content Creator of Customized Aging, and Janet Engel, Owner of Home Designs for Life, Ltd., Co., offered their perspectives and guidance on why Universal Design is better for every project.

2. Color: Understanding Undertones

This June 2023 webinar, sponsored by Wilsonart, educated participants on how to gain a deeper understanding of color, how to define color in three different ways and how to find solutions to color dilemmas. Led by Debbie Boggs, Co-Founder of Staging Studio, those who attended the session came away with the skills required to amaze clients with their ability to work with color and expertly combine hard surface selections.

3. Advantages of Large Format Porcelain Slabs in Kitchen, Bath, & Spa Applications

Presented by Jaclyn Isaac – Owner of Doni Douglas and Joy Klein – VP, Sales and Marketing TransCeramica & SapienStone of Iris Ceramica Group and sponsored by Geberit, this October webinar covered the topic of large format porcelain slabs. The segment took a deep dive into this surface type and its advantages, as well as how it fits into the K&B space, installation tips and how this surface plays a role in high end residential projects.

4. Winning Outdoor Kitchen Design

This November 2023 webinar, sponsored by Perlick, was an opportunity for participants to learn from Ryan Bloom, Co-Founder and President of Urban Bonfire, Inc., on how the design community can leverage the emerging outdoor kitchen industry to make their mark on outdoor spaces and grow their business in return, covering trends, best practices and more.

5. Balancing Technology and Design

This webinar from September 2023, sponsored by Hettich and presented by Holly Andre, Specification Sales of CEDIA, educated attendees on what it takes to successfully integrate smart technology in your projects, examples of how technology can enhance the lifestyle of homeowners and the critical considerations for service and support.

A full list of On-Demand design and business webinars can be accessed here.

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BORA Broadens Product Mix, Joins NKBA Global Connect

The premium appliance maker known for pioneering cooktop extractor systems is initiating a presence in North America.


BORA, a European manufacturer best known for its cooktop extractor systems, is broadening its scope — in appliances as well as geographic reach. To that end, the owner-managed company has joined NKBA’s Global Connect initiative to start building a presence in the North American market as it introduces innovative products to its lineup.

The German-Austrian company group has developed and manufactured premium built-in kitchen appliances with impressive design standards since 2007. Founder Willi Bruckbauer, a master carpenter, was frustrated by the lack of function and visual appeal offered by hoods available at the time, which were mostly loud, intrusive and unattractive. So, he set out to build vent hoods that were beautiful, quiet and still highly efficient, and founded BORA with the goal of developing a more aesthetically pleasing solution to revolutionize the kitchen as a living space.

Today, BORA is the epitome of  effective steam extraction and odor filtration in the kitchen. Its technology combines a custom cooktop and extraction system in one appliance, with personalized configurations that can include surface induction, gas, hyperglass ceramic, stainless steel teppanyaki grill and/or wok cooktop. The BORA exhaust system extracts vapors and cooking fumes with cross-flow suction that maximizes efficiency yet remains quieter than overhead vent hoods. It is suitable for installation in islands or perimeter kitchen countertops.

Besides its cooktop extractor systems, the company also offers a professional steam oven for residential use — the BORA X BO — and several other built-in appliances and accessories.

These are already sold in more than 60 countries and are marketed at a wide range of events, trade shows and in BORA stores. Over 550 employees in Germany and Austria are committed to developing and refining high-quality products. To ensure that products exceed the expectations set by partners and customers, the company focuses on using durable, high-end materials in the manufacturing process. The products are very easy to clean, and with their minimalist, timeless design, fit into any kitchen theme. This makes them immune to fleeting trends, and gives them universal appeal to the tastes of all countries or regions.

BORA has joined the NKBA Global Connect Initiative to learn about the needs and tastes of the North American market and to establish valuable contacts. BORA will be exhibiting at KBIS 2024 in Las Vegas, Feb. 27-29, in booth W2230 (West Hall). Learn more about BORA here.

Disclaimer: Please note that BORA products are not available in the U.S. market at the moment.

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NKBA Hosts Second Students of the Industry Night

The association again invited local college professors and students to learn about membership benefits and connect with industry professionals.
NKBA CEO Bill Darcy and Kelly Ann Ryan, NKBA Learning Programs Manager, with students and faculty from Northampton Community College and Mid Atlantic Chapter President Brianna Weiler, of New Hope Cabinets, Baths & Kitchens by Charles Weiler, at NKBA’s second Students of the Industry night on Sept. 27, 2023, at the association’s headquarters in Bethlehem, PA.

By Elisa Fernández-Arias

Last month, NKBA invited college students and professors from local colleges, as well as chapter officers, to its second of two Students of the Industry Night events this year. Held on Sept. 27 at the association’s headquarters in Bethlehem, PA, this event was an opportunity for students to discover more about NKBA student membership, learning initiatives such as badges and certifications, and much more. 

The event, attended by Northampton Community College faculty and students, is an example of the foundation NKBA builds to support students in the industry so that they can flourish in their future K&B careers. The students also had the opportunity to speak with Mid Atlantic Chapter President Brianna Weiler, of New Hope Cabinets, Baths & Kitchens by Charles Weiler, and two designers from Morris Black Designs, Christine Shorr, CKBD, Mid Atlantic Chapter member and Marissa Monte, Susquehanna Valley Chapter member.

The night started off with Kelly Ann Ryan, NKBA Learning Programs Manager, welcoming guests and introducing them to the association, explaining that NKBA is the world’s leading trade association for the kitchen and bath industry and owner of KBIS. She then outlined the benefits of joining NKBA as a student member, which is free thanks to sponsorship from Sub-Zero Group, Inc., and how entering the Student Design Competition, sponsored by Fisher & Paykel, can raise their profile. She also noted how students can continue to benefit from NKBA membership even beyond graduation.

The event ended with networking, where students had a chance to ask questions to and seek advice from Brianna Weiler.

“I was very excited to meet the Interior Design students from Northampton Community College and speak with them on a personal level. I could easily relate to them and wanted to share my experiences of being involved with the NKBA for nearly a decade, beginning as a student studying Interior Design and now as a Design Professional within the Kitchen & Bath Industry. I sincerely look forward to seeing the talent and creativity of these particular students when I join Asst. Professor Daniel Ebner in critiquing their design projects,” said Weiler.

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Member News: SKS Showcases Skyline Showroom, Elmwood Marks 50 Years, Miele Taps Tangredi, Chapter Updates and More

By Dianne M. Pogoda

Company News
Photo Courtesy of Signature Kitchen Suite.

SKS Opens Showroom Overlooking Manhattan: Signature Kitchen Suite, the luxury appliance brand in the LG Electronics portfolio, has officially opened its Skyline Showroom and Experience Center at its American “Innovation Campus” corporate headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Catering to builders, dealers, designers and influencers, this East Coast immersion hub invites guests to explore SKS’s core philosophy of being “True to Food” through immersive cooking demonstrations, interactive tutorials and hands-on experiences. The Skyline Showroom features two fully equipped kitchen and dining spaces showcasing the latest SKS appliance innovations, including the range with built-in sous vide and the 48-inch refrigerator. Cabinetry and furniture were designed by Molteni & Co. and surfaces by Porcelanosa. Learn more here.

Photo courtesy of Elmwood.

Elmwood Cabinetry Marks 50 Years: Elmwood, a high-end custom cabinetry maker, launched its 50th anniversary celebration in September. Founded in 1973 by Hans Neufeld and Henry Janzen, the company focused on custom craftsmanship during a time when modular cabinetry was emerging. It was acquired in 2016 by Cabico & Co., making Cabico Canada’s largest privately held custom cabinet company and North America’s third largest. Among the activations marking Elmwood’s half-century milestone is the “Five Looks, Five Decades” project that highlights five iconic looks in the company’s evolution. For more, visit the project page here.

Photo courtesy of True Residential.

True Opens in NYC: True Residential has opened a fully dedicated showroom in the A&D Building in New York. The 1,600-square-foot space showcases the brand’s signature refrigeration solutions in an interactive environment, including full-size, indoor/outdoor and undercounter models in a wide range of colors and finishes. The array includes refrigerators, freezers, columns and ice makers in various configurations. A fully functional chef’s kitchen for live programming includes Wunderwoods cabinetry, cooking and dishwashing appliances by Fisher & Paykel and countertops by Cambria. An outdoor entertaining vignette features a textured biophilic wall, a Caliber grill and a Dekton countertop. More info here.

LOTTE, Doyle Farris Enter Partnership: LOTTE Staron, a global provider of solid surface and quartz products, has formed a distribution partnership with Doyle Farris, a nationwide distributor based in Texas, for the complete range of Staron solid surface acrylic products and colors. LOTTE Staron is a division of LOTTE Chemical, based in Korea with U.S. headquarters in California and manufacturing facilities all over the world. It was founded in 1954 as the parent company of the Samsung Group, and it established its solid surface business in 1992. Doyle Farris is one of the largest manufacturers, marketers and distributors of acrylic solid surface sheet materials, sinks and lavatories in the U.S., with operations in more than 40 states. Click to learn more about LOTTE and Doyle Farris.

People News
Kenneth Tangredi, Vice President of Sales, Miele USA. Photo courtesy of Miele

Miele Taps Tangredi as VP of Sales: Miele has named Kenneth Tangredi Vice President of Sales in the U.S., reporting to Jan Heck, President and CEO of Miele USA. Tangredi is responsible for guiding and managing all domestic sales divisions for Miele USA, including major cooking and cleaning appliances and floor care, while collaborating with all company departments. Tangredi previously held roles in sales, leadership and operations at global brands including Fisher & Paykel DCS Outdoor, Samsung Electronics America and Dacor. For more on Miele USA, go here.

Bentham to Bluebell: Designer Paul Bentham has joined Bluebell Fine Cabinetry & Design in Wayne, PA. Bentham, a specialist in custom kitchen cabinetry, craftsmanship and mechanical engineering, joins the Bluebell design team with three decades of experience, most recently as a designer and contractor for Tailored Spaces Kitchen & Bath, a custom luxury design and remodeling firm. Bluebell, founded in 1985, specializes in bespoke design, construction and installation of luxury kitchens, baths and interiors. Learn more about Bluebell here.

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5 Takeaways from NKBA’s 2024 Kitchen Design Trends Report

Kitchens will be sustainable and include multiple layers of lighting, quieter appliances and health-focused solutions.
Design: Sarah Robertson, AKBD, Founder and Principal, Studio Dearborn | Photo: Adam Kane Macchia

By Elisa Fernández-Arias

Earlier this week, NKBA released its 2024 Kitchen Design Trends, a highly-anticipated report highlighting top trends in kitchen design over the next three years and featuring emerging categories and shifts in products, color, materials and space.    

Here are five top takeaways from NKBA’s 2024 Kitchen Trends report:

  1. Hard-Working Islands. An expanded focus has been placed on kitchen islands that serve as everything from a gathering place and storage to a cooking, prepping and entertaining space.  More than 57 percent of designers say their clients prefer an eat-in kitchen area instead of a formal dining room and 48 percent identified large islands as a top priority for serving and dining.
  1. Whisper Quiet. By eliminating noisy appliances and banging cabinet doors, designers are making the kitchen environment even more suitable for everything from entertaining and eating to work and learning. Sixty-five percent of designers said their clients want ultra-quiet dishwashers and 41 percent are ditching noisy trash compactors in favor of standard pull-out receptacles.
In addition to incorporating lots of natural light into their kitchen designs, designers say they’re using multiple layers of lighting to support different functions.
  1. Environmentally Conscious. Sustainability continues to be top-of-mind for both designers and homeowners, with a focus on:
  • Reduce: 51 percent are selecting long-lasting products to reduce the need for replacement.
  • Reuse: 44 percent say they donate old kitchen cabinets, while 37 percent donate old appliances.
  • Recycle: 53 percent allocate kitchen storage for recycling and 23 percent are creating kitchen storage for composting.
  1. Well-Curated Lighting. In addition to incorporating lots of natural light into their kitchen designs, designers say they’re using multiple layers of lighting to support different functions: ambient lighting to create various moods (85 percent), decorative statement lighting to showcase design elements (80 percent), and nighttime lighting for safety and aesthetics (69 percent). Light sensing, motion sensing, voice activation and programmable control options all play a key role in enhancing the functionality of kitchen lighting.
  1. A Place for Wellness and Nutrition. Kitchen design is focused on nutrition and healthy eating.​ Seventy-eight percent of designers say homeowners want more refrigeration space with better flexibility (e.g., columns, drawers, convertible) to accommodate healthy lifestyles, and 68 percent want appliances with integrated cooking functions like air frying and steam cooking.

To download the full 2024 Kitchen Trends Report, go here.

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Member News: Daltile and LG Recognized for Environmental Achievements, Fortune Buys Hardware Brands, Chapter Updates and More

Image courtesy of Daltile.

By Dianne M. Pogoda

Company News

Daltile Parent Recognized for Climate Action: Mohawk Industries, parent of leading tile manufacturers Daltile, Marazzi and American Olean, was named to USA Today’s “America’s Climate Leaders” list, owing in large part to its tile brands’ 17 percent reduction in their carbon footprint since 2018. Among their achievements: more than 99 percent of their tile collections contain recycled or reclaimed materials; the factories recover and reuse 84 percent of process wastewater; all tiles are made from exclusively natural materials with no plastics, VOCs, PVCs or formaldehyde; and they recycle an average of 68 tons of cardboard and office paper a year. KBB has more.

LG Earns Sustainability Honors: LG Electronics has been named the most sustainable home appliance brand in the 2023 “Green Builder Sustainable Brand Index.” The top ranking is based on data collected by surveying builders and consumers on how they regard a product and/or a company. Additionally, LG earned two 2023 Green Builder “Sustainable Products of the Year” distinctions, which recognize manufacturing, technology and sustainability innovations, for its LG Multi F MAX with LGRED° multi-zone heat pump HVAC system and LG Studio induction cooktop with a flex cooking zone. It was also named a 20223 Energy Star Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its energy-efficient, cost-saving models across a spectrum of appliances. Learn more about LG’s sustainable efforts here.

Image courtesy of Emtek.

Fortune Brands Acquires Hardware, Lock Businesses: Fortune Brands Innovations has completed its acquisition of the Emtek and Schaub premium and luxury door and cabinet hardware business, and the U.S. and Canadian Yale and August residential smart home locks business from ASSA ABLOY, for a purchase price of $800 million. Fortune said Emtek and Schaub have strong distribution networks with leading channel partners and will be a synergistic complement to the House of Rohl suite of brands, allowing the company to expand into adjacent product areas. Fortune’s growing brand portfolio includes Moen, House of Rohl, Aqualisa, Therma-Tru, Larson, Fiberon, Master Lock and SentrySafe. More details here.

Industry News

Survey on Aging in Place: An overwhelming 93 percent of American adults say they plan to age in place, increasing the need for accessible design and health-related home technologies, according to a new national survey from U.S. News & World Report. Among the report’s highlights, 49 percent of respondents who use the technology say general aging is their primary reason for adopting its use, but other reasons — like mobility, hearing or vision impairments and cognition — are close behind. Two of the most widely used technologies include medical or health-related apps (25 percent) and wearable medical or health-related trackers (17 percent), and 88 percent said assistive or health-related technologies have improved their quality of life. KBB has the details.

Image courtesy of The Pioneer Woman.

Pioneering Kitchen Furniture: Ree Drummond, “The Pioneer Woman,” has added to her Walmart collection with a line of kitchen, dining and bedroom furniture. The line features dining chairs and bar stools, a freestanding kitchen island, a hutch and rolling cabinet cart, a dining table and bench, a headboard and a vanity table, all under “The Pioneer Woman” label. Prices range from $158 for a pair of dining chairs to $478 for a hutch. More info here.

Events

Women’s Design + Construction Conference Set for October: Pro Builder and Pro Remodeler have combined their Women in Residential Construction Conference with Building Design + Construction’s Women in Design + Construction convention to form a new event this fall. Women in Residential + Commercial Construction Conference (WIR+CC) will take place in Nashville, Oct. 25 to 27, featuring three days of keynote talks, workshops, roundtable sessions, interactive panel discussions, networking events and more. Get further information here.

Chapter Updates

Soar with the Squirrels and Virginia State: Join the Virginia State Chapter on July 25 for the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball game and tailgate from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Diamond, 3001N Arthur Ashe Blvd in Richmond. The Squirrels, a Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, will take on the Portland Sea Dogs, a Boston Red Sox affiliate. Tickets are complimentary, courtesy of Richelieu’s generous sponsorship. A buffet tailgate and networking will take place at the Cross Timbers Party Pavilion from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by the game. More info and registration here.

Chapter Officer Nominations Are Open: Chapter leadership is a great way to influence the direction of your NKBA Chapter and a stepping stone to greater involvement in the association. Three officer positions are open for the current election cycle: President, Programs Chair and Communications Chair. To be considered, any NKBA member (excluding student members) may self-nominate. We are accepting nominations through July 31, and all elections are conducted at the chapter level. Access the chapter officer self-nomination form here, and learn more about the benefits of becoming a chapter leader here.