Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2010

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April 19, 2010

This weekend, an estimated 35,000 designers, manufacturers, retailers, and press descended on Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center to see the latest, greatest, and greenest in kitchen and bathroom products, fixtures, and appliances at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Dwell's associate editor Miyoko Ohtake toured the floors and made the following finds.

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  The annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) exhibition was held at this year in Chicago at the McCormick Place Convention Center and kicked off April 16.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    The annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) exhibition was held at this year in Chicago at the McCormick Place Convention Center and kicked off April 16.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  Inside the convention center, an estimated 35,000 attendees filled the North and South halls.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    Inside the convention center, an estimated 35,000 attendees filled the North and South halls.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  Delta had an ample display of its best-known products, faucets, on the show floor but was also highlighting universal design in its collection.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    Delta had an ample display of its best-known products, faucets, on the show floor but was also highlighting universal design in its collection.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  One of Delta's universal design-minded bathrooms featured sleekly crafted handrails, an adjustable-height shower head, and a fold-down seat.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    One of Delta's universal design-minded bathrooms featured sleekly crafted handrails, an adjustable-height shower head, and a fold-down seat.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  Moen also showed off its faucet lines.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    Moen also showed off its faucet lines.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  Hanwha, creator of HanStone Quartz and Hanex Solid Surfaces, displayed an innovative use of solid surfaces that become a wrap-around, conch-like shower.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    Hanwha, creator of HanStone Quartz and Hanex Solid Surfaces, displayed an innovative use of solid surfaces that become a wrap-around, conch-like shower.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  Toto had its lineup of low-water toilets on display as well as its washlets, sinks, and faucets.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    Toto had its lineup of low-water toilets on display as well as its washlets, sinks, and faucets.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  In Blanco's collection was a new sink combination that features a built-in composting bucket (left), which could also do double duty as an ice bucket and wine cooler.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    In Blanco's collection was a new sink combination that features a built-in composting bucket (left), which could also do double duty as an ice bucket and wine cooler.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  Another highlight of Blanco's booth was this handcrafted sink and streamlined pull-out faucet.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    Another highlight of Blanco's booth was this handcrafted sink and streamlined pull-out faucet.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  Liebherr's claim on the refrigeration market is its ability to keep food fresh longer. The freezer drawers, rather than wire racks, help keep food cold and reduce the loss of cold air whenever the freezer is opened.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    Liebherr's claim on the refrigeration market is its ability to keep food fresh longer. The freezer drawers, rather than wire racks, help keep food cold and reduce the loss of cold air whenever the freezer is opened.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  Fisher & Paykel, known for their dish drawers, also had on display their new under-counter convection ovens.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    Fisher & Paykel, known for their dish drawers, also had on display their new under-counter convection ovens.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  Lutron displayed its variety of lighting systems and products, from LED dimmers to colorful plug plates. The plates are available in over 24 colors.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    Lutron displayed its variety of lighting systems and products, from LED dimmers to colorful plug plates. The plates are available in over 24 colors.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  Lutron's booth also featured its "eco-solutions," such as its occupancy sensors and integrated lighting to promote behavior changes such as keeping the lights on at 80-percent instead of 100-percent illumination, a difference that is not noticeable by the human eye.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    Lutron's booth also featured its "eco-solutions," such as its occupancy sensors and integrated lighting to promote behavior changes such as keeping the lights on at 80-percent instead of 100-percent illumination, a difference that is not noticeable by the human eye.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  Kohler introduced a new matching sink and toilet in their artist collection, which feature a light design and gold accents.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    Kohler introduced a new matching sink and toilet in their artist collection, which feature a light design and gold accents.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  The all-black Xenon bathroom collection by Samuel Heath stopped many a passerby.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    The all-black Xenon bathroom collection by Samuel Heath stopped many a passerby.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  GE displayed a new washer and dryer designed to respond to grid demand and peak hours. The appliances will ask you if you can wait until non-peak hours to do your laundry in efforts to reduce demand on the grid and save you money if your utility charges more in peak hours.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    GE displayed a new washer and dryer designed to respond to grid demand and peak hours. The appliances will ask you if you can wait until non-peak hours to do your laundry in efforts to reduce demand on the grid and save you money if your utility charges more in peak hours.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  GE Monogram's ovens, like many new ovens, featured roll-out racks that extend all the way out for easier use.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    GE Monogram's ovens, like many new ovens, featured roll-out racks that extend all the way out for easier use.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  Hansgrohe collaborated with Duravit to create its PuraVida collection of chrome and white chrome fixtures and bathroom furniture.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    Hansgrohe collaborated with Duravit to create its PuraVida collection of chrome and white chrome fixtures and bathroom furniture.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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  In addition to its eco-line, Cosentino displayed its new Integrity sink that creates a uniform look with the counter and is available in over 80 colors.  Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake
    In addition to its eco-line, Cosentino displayed its new Integrity sink that creates a uniform look with the counter and is available in over 80 colors.

    Photo by: Miyoko Ohtake

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