Just a few of my favorite things from the show floor at KBIS today – not necessarily new, not necessarily world changing, just a few things that caught my eye or made me happy.
First, beautiful LED pendants from WAC Lighting – dimmable, dainty, energy efficient, and many of them reaching the 40 lumens per watt requirement for high efficacy lighting that we California designers struggle with. Yippee, LEDs will change my world!
Perhaps not quite so world changing, but still a healthy and sustainable choice, these gorgeous textured glass countertops from ThinkGlass. They can be up to 6 (yes SIX) inches thick, and seamless up to 84″ by 126″. They look absolutely gorgeous with colored LED lighting underneath, glass is 100% recyclable, and you’ll get LEED points for using it.
Talking of glass, Fischer & Paykel were cooking up a storm at their booth this afternoon. This innovative cooktop combines super-controllable gas burners with smooth, easy to clean glass.
When not in use, both the potsupports and the control knob retract back into the surface – combining the best features of ceramic and gas cooktops.
The 36″ cooktop has just three burners – beautifully spacious for the chef, but will it be enough for homeowners more used to six burners in the same space?
On the subject of knobs, I couldn’t resist the ones on the Majestic ILVE Italian dual fuel ranges – and there are plenty of them to admire, too!
No knobs at all were a feature of many of the moving parts at the Hafele booth – an island counter that slides to one side to reveal a pop-up TV, another that raises and lowers to accommodate all users, remotely operated up-and-over doors, and a pullout pantry that glides open smoothly and silently when you knock on the door. And all of them with remote controls! These high tech gadgets help to make kitchens designed for aging in place and universal design both possible and beautiful – changing the world one small solution at a time.