2011 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Preview
One of the industry’s biggest shows of the year is a short two weeks away. This year’s K/BIS will be held in Las Vegas and will host the world’s leading manufacturers of vitreous china, faucets, hardware, shower enclosures, countertops, bathroom accessories and more. Here are a few of the brands I’m most looking forward to checking out:

  • Dacor: The well-known kitchen appliance manufacturer is showcasing its new line of designer appliances at K/BIS. Joining the company’s luxury product lines is Dacor’s Distinctive series, which will feature cooktops, ranges and double wall ovens.
  • Blum: A leader in hardware and drawer solutions for kitchen cabinets, Blum will undoubtedly impress with its Age Explorer® demonstrations, revealing how ergonomics, aging and motion affects daily activity in the kitchen.
  • Century Hardware: With more than 60 collections of decorative hardware for the kitchen or bath, Century Hardware has drawer pulls, handles and knobs to outfit all cabinets and drawers in any style.
  • Hafele: Revealing its LOOX LED lighting system at the show, Hafele will demonstrate how LED lighting can not only save on energy, but strategically light certain areas of the home, such as under shelves or cabinets, behind panels or in drawers.
  • Amerec: No bathroom is complete without steam. Amerec’s rejuvenating line of steam generators brings simple luxury and relaxation to the home or commercial bath setting.
  • LG Hausys: Joining the 15 new sophisticated colors to its popular collection of quartz surfaces, LG Hausys will unveil its newest Viatera color straight from Korea at the show. Viatera combines natural quartz with advanced polymers to create a non-porous countertop material that is stain-resistant and hygienic. Currently completing work on a plant in Adairsville, Ga., LG Hausys will soon be the only manufacturer to produce both quartz and acrylic surfaces in the U.S.
  • Kichler Lighting: Awarded with a Top 10 new Green Product at last year’s event, Kichler Lighting is sure to showcase more from its line of decorative & energy efficient lighting products, from chandeliers to bathroom and outdoor lighting.
  • DANVER: Just in time for patio season, DANVER will have new patio heaters from EvenGLO on display at K/BIS in addition to its complete line of stainless steel cabinetry, grills and kitchens for outdoor living.
  • Houzer: The stainless steel sink manufacturer recently announced a co-branded initiative with Schock that will allow Houzer to be the exclusive distributor of Schock’s granite sinks. With a soft launch at K/BIS, the two companies will unveil their product offering under the sub-brand Schock Houzer.
  • RonBow: With a complete offering of bathroom products, RonBow can fit any home’s style. The company will display its wide range of sinks, lavatories, cabinets and countertops at K/BIS.