Of all the rooms within a home, kitchens and bathrooms are among the hardest-working—a trait that applies to manufacturers who equip them as well. At last week's KBIS, otherwise known as the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, more than 600 such suppliers flocked to Las Vegas to showcase the fruits of their recent labors. The multiday event, which coincided with the International Builders’ Show, highlighted a slew of upcoming products and trends. Connectivity and whole-home integration continued to play a major role across categories, while decorative details—from textured faucets to dark palettes—were a clear focus. Here, AD PRO rounds up five trends and product launches spotted at the 2020 fair.
Delta's Glass Rinser will be available in seven finishes exclusive to the trade. Photo: Courtesy of Delta
Faucet features your clients didn't know they needed.
As seen in many neighborhood taprooms and coffee shops, countertop glass rinsers are now entering the home. Delta’s new edition uses high-pressure water jets to rinse every ounce of residue inside glassware, baby bottles, and more. The Glass Rinser, which can be installed into a new or existing water supply line, comes in chrome and SpotShield stainless-steel finishes at select big-box retailers, but come this summer, trade customers will receive exclusive access to seven additional finishes. Fixtures are keeping up with smart home technologies, too. The U by Moen Smart Faucet, for example, syncs with digital voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home to receive volume and temperature commands ranging from "dispense one cup of water" to "run water at 90 degrees." Good news for designers of all tastes, the technology is available in a number of styles throughout the brand's faucet designs.
Brizo's Kinstu Collection Hand Knobs, shown with the mother of pearl insert.
ll-black modular appliances from Fisher & Paykel's Minimalist Collection Photo: Courtesy of Fisher & Paykel
Black's big bid.
Dark black finishes are still gaining traction in the kitchen. Beyond appliances, such as Bosch's previously launched black stainless-steel suite, black is now spreading throughout the rest of the much-used room. At KBIS, Caesarstone introduced three ink-hued quartz surfaces in its new Dark Collection, while Brizo opted for a more shadowy gloss with its new Brilliance Black Onyx finish, available for the wabi-sabi-inspired Kintsu Collection. Also of note was Fisher & Paykel's all-black kitchen suite, the soon-to-be-available Minimal appliance series.
Tubs that are taking a stand.
The freestanding tub has become an essential element in any high-end bathroom, but new debuts and exciting collaborations showcased this product in even more sculptural forms. Fair attendees got a first look at Kallista’s hotly anticipated collaboration with Workshop/APD. The New York–based design firm cited clay sculpting techniques as the inspiration for the scallop-relief exterior of its Argile Freestanding Bathtub. Elsewhere, American Standard launched a new freestanding tub in its Studio S Collection, which was specially designed with a cascading interior to add extra lumbar support.
Rohl's Graceline Pulldown Kitchen Faucet, designed by Michael Berman Photo: Courtesy of Rohl
Metals meant to be mixed.
Metal finishes are picking pairs, whether it’s on faucets, hardware, or coffeemakers. The combinations, encompassing gloss, matte, polished, and burnished treatments alike, provide an eclectic take on monochrome fixtures—as seen in Rohl’s Michael Berman–designed Graceline Pulldown Kitchen Faucet, which adds a new matte black and satin gold combination to its spring offerings. Elsewhere, retro appliance maker Smeg is launching two new metallic combinations for its electric kettle and toaster sets: copper and gold, both of which come with chrome accents and are available exclusively through Williams Sonoma and Bloomingdale's, respectively.