It’s no secret that renovations, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, have been happening at a blistering pace during the pandemic. So it’s perhaps no surprise that cold, rainy weather couldn’t keep architects, interior designers and contractors away from this year’s KBIS and IBS events. (Even in Florida!) The on-field refrain among exhibitors was constant: “We just can’t believe how busy we are.
Indeed. While the crowds may not have reached the shoulder-to-shoulder levels of pre-COVID times, turnout from influencers and exhibitors was healthy. This year, a team of AD Editors scoured the show for the latest and greatest kitchen and bath products. From trendy finishes to the latest innovations in home technology, here’s (some) of what we’ve seen, one day. Be sure to check back tomorrow for more KBIS and IBS coverage.
Gwyneth Paltrow talks wellness
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Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines in the design world last week when she graced the cover of ADin its March issue and featured its Montecito home, complete with fireplace and spa, designed by Roman and Williams, with interior decor by Romanek Design Studio. Recently announced as a partner of Monogram, Paltrow took the stage at KBIS via Zoom, alongside AD100 designer Brigette Romanek and Monogram Creative Director Richard T. Anuszkiewicz, to discuss the continuing trend toward wellness in design.
“Wellness is a big part of the conversation for me because I want my clients to live their best life,” Romanek said during the panel. For Paltrow, a few things were essential in the layout of his home, such as the ability to socialize while cooking and the promotion of indoor and outdoor living. “We can all do little things in our lives to feel better, mentally, spiritually, physically,” she said. Romanek agreed: “A house should be a love letter to oneself.”
Spa sanctuaries, apothecary-inspired designs and more
Occupying a generously sized pavilion in the West Lobby, the House of Rohl family of brands launches a host of innovations in hardware, sinks, tubs and showers. Xander Noori, the design collaborator of a new bath line known as the Apothecary Collection, was on the stand to detail how the hardware’s carefully crafted silhouettes were drawn from the faceted outlines of antique bottles.
Proponents of a colorful, personalized bathroom will want to check out House of Rohl’s new architecture-inspired palettes, aptly titled Bathitecture. A collaboration with Wallpaper*, the three color families selected include the palette of Brazilian Modernism (defined by earthy reds, blues and greens, and evoking South American talents like Lina Bo Bardi), Belgian Minimalism (comprising cool, grays and pastels in muted) and American postmodernism (bold, poppy hues). Elsewhere in the booth, the Riobel Ode to Geometry bathroom collection offers aesthetically versatile fixtures that, despite launching this week, seem timeless.
This sense of versatility and ease carried throughout the show with one device in particular: the pot filler. Several manufacturers, including Perrin & Rohe and Rohl of House of Rohl, have spoken of the faucet’s “whole house moment”, noting its range from a professional kitchen unit to the knee-level spout of a pet station. to fill bowls or wash the dog.