KBIS 2015 Highlights

Blogtour Vegas was an eye opening experience for me.  I design and plan whole houses for a living. My focus is always on the interiors.  The kitchen and bath design for me usually focuses on space planning and aesthetics.  KBIS opened up my eyes to so much more and all the hard work and innovation behind the brands.

Getting to know a brands really creates a loyalty to the brands when you realize your interests align. We had the opportunity to get many of these type brand but I want to share the highlights with you.


I was blown away by many if the innovations at Thermador but most amazing to me was the Steam Ovens that they have integrated with the traditional oven range.


Only Thermador can create the first high-performance range with a built-in Steam + Convection Oven. Introducing the Pro Grand® Steam – a range that will change the way real cooks cook. This Ultimate Culinary Center™  features seven cooking options:  ExtraLow® simmering featuring our Star® Burners, 22, 000 BTUs Power Burner, Titanium Griddle & Grill, a large capacity Convection Oven,   Warming drawer and the industry exclusive Steam & Convection Oven.  The Pro Grand® Steam Range does what we’ve done throughout our history – set and define the new industry standard. Learn more about the features and benefits of our dual fuel ranges.


Forget about getting up early on holidays. You can cook a 14-pound turkey in just 90 minutes in the oven Combination Mode. Golden on the outside. Moist on the inside.


Food tastes better and loses fewer vitamins and minerals when cooked with steam. Plus, steam helps eliminate the need to use unhealthy fats and oils.


The Steam and Convection Oven trumps all the other ovens when it comes to texture, appearance, and, of course, taste. Multiple dishes can be cooked to perfection at the same time with no flavor transfer.


If you ask a professional chef about steam, you’ll quickly understand its power, especially when combined with convection. Food is crisp on the outside and moist on the inside, just like it was being served at a 5-star restaurant.


When properly reheated, some leftovers taste better than when they were originally served. Steam lets you reheat without losing any moisture, texture or flavor.

Zach Elkin of Thermador shared his passion for the brand…


the custom refrigeration columns are so versatile! 



A perfect mini kitchen set up…I have ideas for this…


We were then treated to a lovely lunch at the Las Vegas Country Club. 




Toto was kind enough to host a fabulous 3 course beautiful breakfast to acquaint us with the brand.  

I was so surprised by how they have truly changed the industry and are the leader for “People – First Innovation” and what a huge part they are doing for water conservation as they were the first company to introduce 1.6 GPF in 1985. 


TOTO has always embraced technology, pursued the highest levels of cleanliness, incorporated high aesthetic standards, protected the environment, and worked to improve people’s lifestyles. Because we continually innovate in all of these areas, TOTO has become the world standard of excellence for a quality bathroom experience.


I am also convinced we ALL need washlets after my time with Toto.  They can be added for as little as$500.  

Washlets are a highly advanced system in hygiene and comfort. Using a water-cleansing system that leaves you fresh and rejuvenated, the washlet utilizes a warm-water nozzle that you control in either the pulsating or oscillating mode. After cleaning, a simple and soothing hands-free drying system is employed, adjustable in temperature. Washlets also feature a heated seat, water-saving dual flushing system, automatic flushing and a remote control. 

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The Porsche design kitchen is HOT and so european. 


A perfect combination. 
Poggenpohl and Porsche Design Studio – both companies have been synonymous with unique design, functional perfection and innovative materials for decades now. Poggenpohl and Porsche Design Studio have already jointly developed the P΄7340 kitchen concept and have proven that a combination of the finest handcrafted production and state-of-the-art technology results in an outstanding product. The philosophy is now being further pursued with the P΄7350: the result is a pioneering kitchen architecture that emphasises both the horizontal and vertical in a new interpretation of classic kitchen lines.





The Aura product is perfect!  It looks like marble but can withstand all the abuse that marble cannot in a kitchen,

Aura has a magnetic attraction. Fabulous veins are clearly drawn on a soft truncated white background evoking natural rock formations. As if thousands of years of hidden beauty became alive in a unique elegant surface.




Kairos proposes a very clear chromatic palette, truncated white and pale cold greys. Its natural veins harmonise with the most classical atmospheres as well in the most innovating. Elegant luminosity for any application.



This is not your Grandma’s laminate is an understatement.  It is chic, fun and extremely functional.


Be sure to check out their new quartz product too.



The edge options I think really elevate the look of these products.


Possibly the most exciting Wilsonart innovation in the Wilsonart X You

WilsonartXYou  [wil-son-art by you]  noun.

1. the perfect pattern

2. entirely custom; entirely you.

3. you supply your own camera-ready artwork, photos or illustrations and Wilsonart x You will create
a laminate that matches your vision; perfectly.

Amazing, right?

The possibilities are endless.




I hope you have enjoyed tagging along to KBIS 2015 with Modenus on Blogtour Vegas.

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