Welcome to the Kleber & Associates blog! Here’s the latest on KBIS 2012 Show Report

Amid a backdrop of strong earnings reports by PulteGroup, Ryland and Meritage Homes – while coinciding with the NAR’s pending home sales index rising to its highest level in nearly two years — the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show was notably upbeat. Yet despite the growing confidence, I could not help but recognize the absence of innovation and product development from a majority of proud exhibitors. That said, I am appreciative for those brands that seized the opportunity this week to deliver leadership with a wealth of dramatic new finishes and color trends…
Ann Sacks unveiled what can be best described as an “epic” surface in authentic petrified wood… with the glory of once-living wood, fossilized in its pure form with an exotic beauty that was actually millions of years in the making.

Berenson debuted the Susan G. Komen (SGK) hardware collection, offered in an exclusive pink finish. Each of the five different product lines was inspired by a breast cancer survivor (Nancy, Dierdra, Betty, Laura and Brenda). All five of the women were at the Berenson booth during the show to answer questions and share their survival stories. The company will donate a minimum of $25,000 to SGK from this collection’s proceeds.

Demonstrating the growing trend away from the industry’s oft-over-used metal finish, Danver displayed their premium stainless steel cabinetry in a variety of nature’s own tones, including organic custom colors and wood finishes as well as a wide variety of their newest product additions, including EcoSmart Bioethanol Fireplaces, Walpole Pergolas, Evo Flattop Grills and Glastender Bartending Stations.

Cambria, the only family-owned, American made producer of quartz surfaces in the United States displayed their latest designs: Laneshaw and Armitage, demonstrating faithfully the dynamic natural beauty of marble and granite, while improving upon the look of “Mother Nature” with superior strength and performance.

Known for their distinctive collections of kitchen and bathroom fixtures, Danze introduced a brand new Tumbled Bronze finish for its Antioch™ and Eastham™ collections. Featuring a warm tone with vibrant chocolate and bronze highlights, the color is applied to the faucets, and then each is placed into a drum with stones and tumbled – giving the product a natural and unique look.