Design & Construction Week 2015 Recap

We were back in Vegas for the 2015 Design & Construction Week, which combined the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and International Builder Show. It was a huge show with more than 3,750 exhibitors, 125,000 attendees and a lot of exciting new trends on the horizon for 2015.

One design statement that we LOVE is mixed metallics throughout the kitchen and bath. Long gone are the days where kitchens are all stainless steel and monochromatic. Consumers are gravitating toward mixed metals such as rose gold, copper, black and gold. This adds character to the kitchen and gives homeowners more opportunity to express their personal style. Check out some of these shiny new products: Canyon Creek Cabinets backsplash made out of pennies (such a cool, timeless design!),  Kohler’s gold toilet flush (love this little gold accent), Gold Elba basin by Bagno Design, a sparkly gold range hood by Prizer Hoods, and hardware by Aquabrass in every mixed metallic imaginable. 

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After CES, we definitely had technology on the brain so it was great to see how kitchen and bath manufacturers are incorporating technology into their product design. This mirror by RYVR features a TV screen so you can get ready for your day while simultaneously watching the news. Toto developed a self-cleaning washlet with its new Actilight technology that self-sprays to clean bacteria and features a UV light that is activated once the lid is shut that triggers the decomposition process of waste particles. And LG launched a TechTop wireless charging surface that lets you easily charge your phone by placing it on top of the surface; no outlet necessary.

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Luxury through detail was another big trend we noticed at the show. From gorgeous tile displays to intricate hardware, manufacturers were definitely paying close attention to the little details that make good design so important. We loved this Kallista by Kohler display… Our dream bath!

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Space-saving appliances are gaining popularity as consumers move to urban areas or scale down a bit for their second homes. Millennials are also buying their first homes and are looking for energy efficient, compact appliances with advanced technology features. Bosch launched a 24″ oven and 18″ dishwasher, the Halo Soaking Tub is the perfect size for the mini-luxurious bathroom and the GE Boxie washer and dryer combo is stylish yet functional for small spaces.

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Did you attend the show this year? What trends caught your eye?

CES 2015 Recap

Another Consumer Electronics Show has come and gone so we thought we’d round-up a few trends, innovative (and silly – a selfie brush?!) products and highlights from the show. Did you attend? What were your favorites?

Connected Kitchen

Whirlpool: The connected kitchen continues to be a top trend in the industry and we were impressed by the interactive backsplash that Whirlpool had on display. It acts as an unobtrusive “command center” that displays recipes and posts real time social media feeds as well as weather and news updates. It can also connect to other appliances to indicate when the laundry is done drying. Pretty cool!

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Long gone are the standard white appliances and the trend in pattern and color is making its way to your washing machine! Whirlpool also showcased magnetic interchangeable fronts for the washer and dryer that lets consumers match their laundry room decor and color palette.

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4K HD Resolution

There was a big jump in resolution this year with Sony, LG and Samsung all showcasing the latest in 4K Ultra High Definition resolution. And with regard to TV’s, thinner and sleeker the better.

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Nortek Security and Control Showcased Broan QT showcased its bathroom fan with built-in speaker for music streaming. So you can literally take your music everywhere you go!

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We’ve seen 3D printers make a huge splash this past year, but the quality displayed at CES this year was amazing. These printers can make clothes, shoes, and eyewear!

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Selfie Brush. Enough said.

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You know those times when you need to wash a few items but don’t want to put on an entire load? LG introduced its Washing Machine in a Washing Machine. For only half full loads. Brilliant. Convenient. And energy-efficient.

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LG Stainless Steel refrigeration with black coating for avoiding those pesky fingerprints.

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Samsung Chef Collection, featuring Tri-Level refrigeration.

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Wearable Tech includes watches, bracelets, arm bands etc. and features tracking info related to health and fitness. Other wearable tech gadgets include devices that have small motion sensors to take photos and sync with your mobile device.

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Green products and technology were a huge hit. Check out this cell phone case made from completely recycled materials!

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And a few other booths we had to check out…

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Fuel Cell: The electric car of the future.

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SPARK Award: Lucé Range Hood with Icon Touch™ Controls

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Zephyr’s Lucé with Icon Touch™ Controls received a 2014 SPARK Bronze Award in the Product Design category.

More than 27 countries participated in the SPARK Design & Architecture Awards that recognized products on “good design” that contribute directly to building a better place to live.

The Lucé was awarded for its powerful performance, HD LED lighting and the industry’s first fully integrated touch controls.

Featuring a sleek stainless steel body, the Lucé makes a bold statement in the kitchen with a strip of color-changing LED lights that seamlessly wrap around the hood’s perimeter. ICON Touch™ controls let the user easily control the hood’s 5-speeds, ambient color options, delay-off function, and auto reminders.

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WestEdge Design Fair and BlogTourCali

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October was a very busy month for us over at Zephyr! We attended WestEdge Design Fair and also partnered with Modenus for BlogTourCali, which were both incredible events.

WestEdge, which is held at the Barkar Hangar in Santa Monica, drew nearly 8,500 interior designers, architects, art directors, artists and design industry leaders. We love to attend these shows to see what’s new in our appliance world and also get inspiration from true design enthusiasts and artists. Highlights included cooking and grilling demonstrations, an outdoor lounge designed and furnished by Lotus Home, panel discussions on The Consummate Kitchen, Craftsmanship in the Digital Age, The Art of Entertaining in California, and Using Color for Maximum Effect.

Modenus is a comprehensive digital resource for design professionals and design enthusiasts that hosts blogger tours throughout the world around leading design events, such as WestEdge. This year, #BlogTourCali was comprised of 15 international design and lifestyle bloggers that were selected by Modenus based on their blog content, social media presence and credibility in the design industry. The group met in Santa Monica and traveled up the California Coast to Zephyr’s San Francisco Showroom for an event with our Cheng Collection designer, Fu-Tung Cheng.

We’ll be sharing more of the articles from the bloggers around these events soon, so stay tuned!

Below are some photos from the events. Enjoy!

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