Of course, my trip to New Orleans for our fabulous BlogtourNOLA adventure was not just about touring the city and discovering its charms. We were invited to visit and report back from KBIS 2013, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. Many of our sponsors had fantastic new products and great booths to flaunt and I very much enjoyed my visit and learning about these. I should also mention the hospitable Press lounge hosted by the NKBA, thank God for their snack station and their inviting and gigantic white sofas and chairs!
For starters, I was extremely impressed by the Cosentino Group. Cosentino, a large Spanish Company, is famously know for its Silestone Brand, but I also discovered their Eco brand, and learned that they make sinks!
Through superior strength, incredible beauty and an unparalleled distribution network, Silestone is rapidly becoming the choice for discerning consumers. There are many advantages to using Silestone: since it is a surface that is manufactured from natural quartz, it’s highly resistant to stains and scratches, and has a low level of fluid absorption. Silestone comes in over 60 quartz colors for countertops, two textures (polished and suede) and several different formats, which make it extremely versatile, and can even be used in large pieces without requiring any joins. Silestone is perfect for use in a great many applications in the kitchen and bathroom.
I fell head over heels for the Nebula series:
Lyra in the Nebula series by Silestone. Photo via Cosentino.
I was surprised by how it closely resembles marble yet is extremely durable and resistant to liquids.
The latest Ismir pattern in the Nebula collection by Silestone. Note the discreet gold lines threaded throughout. Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch, Chez Elza.
We were lucky to meet with Silestone’s VP of Marketing, Lorenzo Marquez, who took the time to answer questions and present upcoming top secret creations. All I can say is “Wow!”
Integrated sink made of White Zeus:
Photo of Integrity sink by Silestone courtesy Cosentino Group.
Integrity sinks gives you the sensation of unity, of perfect integration with the rest of the elements of your worktop.
This most innovative product launch boasts all the remarkable characteristics of Silestone that make it the premier product on the market. These features include: high scratch resistance, durability and of course the highest performance in terms of design and guaranteed bacteriostatic protection.
An example of Silestone in the bathroom for the sink:
TOTO toilets are world class. We all know someone who needs a new toilet. “Mine won’t, hum, (whisper) f-l-u-s-h what it’s supposed to!” “I am tired of craning my neck to clean all the nooks and curves of my toilet pedestal!” Shhh…But really, guess what? We hear this time over and again, and TOTO has truly a response to every toilet dilemma!
Consider the wall mounted (extremely popular with designers and home owners alike):
The tag is self explanatory and showcases the advantages to a wall mount. No more huffing and puffing with your hair brushing the toilet lid (eek!) as you bend over and attempt to take out dirt from the sinewy pedestal…Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza
Then there’s the one piece toilet. A cleaning dream!
The Legato One piece toilet by TOTO. Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza
TOTO is unabashedly in love with its products, and they are perfectly justified in being so! Imagine a company whose commitment to environmental sustainability goes “beyond compliance.” Their high-efficiency toilets, faucets and showers lead the industry in water savings, and their expert engineering results in first-rate performance, reliability and customer satisfaction. I loved that they have a People First policy as their core principle, the people are central in their innovations.
TOTO also creates beautiful sinks and bathroom products such as this little favorite of mine:
The Maris semi-recessed vessel sink by TOTO. Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza
I have to share a snapshot of local Cape Cod based designer Linda Merrill under an umbrella, testing one of TOTO’s pulsating shower heads!
Dashing smile on designer Linda Merrill. Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza
Other impressive products I noted at KBIS 2013 were the trendy free standing tub fillers by Brizo:
Or the mother company Delta:
And the frenzy over stand alone tubs…such sculptural elements :
Two beauties by Fleurco line Aria, Vivace and Adagio. Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza
I could not resist this pièce de resistance, a miniature wall exhibit of Aria tubs:
And my pet peeve, exceptionally built shower doors:
Kinetic In-Line KS by Fleurco . Stunning shower door systems. Photo courtesy Fleurco.
Well, it’s time for me to renovate my bathroom, folks! When I do, I promise to document the redo here and share with my readers!
In the meantime, it is time to bid you farewell. A bientôt!