Highlights From the 2012 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show
I had the opportunity to pop into the 2012 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show this past week in Chicago. The displays dazzled me for hours, and I found particularly interesting the innovations that could easily be incorporated into existing homes.
My pick of the show: the U-Socket, bringing order — and USB charging stations — to an electrical outlet near you. Read on for more.
First up, Kohler’s new Top-Mount Self-Trimming Apron Front Sink. It can easily be retrofitted into existing cabinetry and countertops, providing an authentic farmhouse-style sink with minimal disruption. Most apron sinks require a special base cabinet built to sink specifications, so the cost savings to add this specialty sink is likely significant.
Designed to reduce energy costs dramatically, the U-Socket has a five-star energy-efficient design that automatically senses the required wattage and outputs full power only if something is connected. It's made in the USA and can be installed by do-it-yourselfers.
Similar to granite in durability, easily resisting household stains and wearing like iron, this product requires practically no maintenance. No sealing or waxing is necessary and the color options are endless. Pigmented epoxy resin forms the base and multiple aggregates are added to produce a product as unique as your kitchen.
Ever thought about changing out your backsplash to suit your mood? Kitchen Palette has come up with an interchangeable option that fits behind a standard cooktop or range; it has a printed palette that can be changed out on a whim. Watch for new designs coming soon.Next: High Point Market Trends