May 9, 2007 - Live Blog From Vegas - K/BIS Day One
Greetings From Las Vegas!Amidst all the neon and “ding-ding-ding” of the slot machines, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show began its first day at the Las Vegas Convention Center. First off, let me tell you that the convention center is not an easy place to get around, and the layout on the show floor is not the most intuitive. But we plug on so we can see the latest and greatest our industry manufacturers have brought to show us.
But the star of the show seems to be what Everpure calls “the new bubbly” - the Exubera combination chilled/carbonated water dispenser. Booth visitors are treated to samples of Italian soda - carbonated water and flavored syrup - to test out the new product.
Bet On Red
But that wasn’t the only company showing red in bathroom fixtures. I also saw a red airbath tub from Aquatic, and a neat, red bath vanity with white vessel sink from Italian company Latoscana.
The 'Green' House Wins
He also discussed how to design sustainable bathrooms and kitchens - radiant floor heat is definitely a component of the green home. Here are some of his tips for sustainable bathroom design:
- Provide good exterior light
- Use low-flow fixtures/1.6 gpf
- Operable windows
- Good ventilation
- Use solar hot water system
- Install radiant heating in floor
- Use tankless water heater
- Avoid cabinets with particle board
- Use sustainable harvested woods
- Use green countertops
- Use recycled glass, ceramic flooring
- Use safe cleaning products
- Use low-voltage lighting
Spa Experience For This Show-GirlFor some of us media types, the culmination of the first day of the show is the Moen Spa Press Event. Each year at K/BIS, Moen invites the media to an off-site location (this year at the Las Vegas Country Club) to enjoy shoulder/neck massages, foot massages, parafin wax treatment for the hands, and this year, beauty makeovers. All this plus food and drink - my favorite being the chocolate fountain. It’s a great way to end the first day of the show - too bad they don’t offer that treatment every day of the show!
Stay tuned for more products and demos from K/BIS in Vegas...
Kelly Faloon, Managing Editor, PM