Walking through the NKBA Design Idea Center is always fun. NKBA has partnered up with Meredith Corp.’s five bath/kitchen/home consumer mags for the past few years to give K/BIS attendees different looks for different lifestyles, as illustrated by the magazines’ readerships.
This year the vignettes were: 1) Hostess Extraordinaire, which included a butler’s pantry and mudroom to accommodate a family with teenagers; 2) Organizer-In-Chief, which included a lot in interesting storage space; 3) Savvy Young Professional; which was a bathroom with a shared bath in the middle, and his/hers bathrooms at each end; 4) Future Thinker, which included a lot of universal design/aging-in-place features; and 5) Mother Starting Out, which a included hardwearing surfaces and flexible living spaces for a growing family.
Other observations on the final day of the show:
It hasn’t been easy, and many of these efforts were brought on by state and federal legislation. But today’s consumers have a myriad of water-conserving and energy-saving products for their plumbing and heating needs to choose from - products that were all over the three halls of this year’s K/BIS.
Well, that’s it for this year. Maybe I’ll see you at next year’s show - May 1-3, Atlanta.