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Show-stopping 2012 kitchen and bath technology

by Patricia Davis Brown
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

I recently attended the 2012 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Chicago. You might think it would be all about cabinetry and finishes. Not anymore.

It's all about technology for the home.

The showroom floor looked every bit as glitzy and glam as a car show -- but instead of the hottest wheels from Detroit, the latest in plumbing and kitchen appliances were on display for all to behold. Some of the featured stars of the show were Kohler, Sub-Zero Appliances and, as always, the fashion-forward company, Brizo.

Patricia's 2012 KBIS best of show

  1. Kohler introduced their VibrAcoustic® hydrotherapy bath tub. "Huh?" you ask. Kohler uses light, sound and vibration to give bathers the most therapeutic bath experience imaginable. I enjoyed my personal tour and was able to get in this state-of-the-art tub and take it for a spin. WOW! It was like no other bathing experience I've ever had. I was transported, as if I were "feeling the music" at Studio 54!
  2. Sub Zero stepped up to the plate giving designers what we really want -- French-door, integral refrigeration. Thank you, Sub Zero, for hearing us! That's right. We asked for it, and we got it. Consumers buy French door configurations 10 times more than any other. Before launching this new model, Sub Zero tested it for four years to make sure it sealed properly and would not compromise their integrity as the leader in keeping foods fresh.
  3. Brizo never disappoints when it comes to awesome faucet designs. Of course, they have aligned themselves with the hottest fashion designer on the planet, Jason Wu. He introduced his new faucet designs, and they were all about black. Leave it to Jason to set the trend, making Brizo the company to watch for the latest in faucet fashions.

I love keeping up with the newest home products, and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show always satisfies my technology craving. This year it once again has provided me with plenty of the latest and greatest trends to offer clients. Who wants to be the first to own a VibrAcoustic® tub?

About the Author

Patricia Davis Brown is the owner of Patricia Davis Brown Designs, llc. A design firm specializing in whole house interiors. In 2010 Patricia took her brand national by launching www.ProfessionalKitchenandBathPlans.com. Her virtual design company uses Skype to work with clients all over the world on their room designs. She took this concept further by starting a home furnishings site, www.PDBHomeStore.com where her clients and anyone anywhere in the nation can shop for their home furnishing needs. She is also the creator of www.DigThisDesign.net, a design blog that talks about all things design. If you are interested in Patricia's network of Interior Design Services then visit her flagship site at www.PatriciaDavisBrownDesigns.com

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