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January 22, 2015
At KBIS and IBS, white, gray, and taupe held strong, as did a clear emphasis on conservation, sustainability, and universal design.
KBIS IBS kitchen bath trends

Typically known for its electric color palette, Caesarstone introduced a subtle array of new colors and finishes. Our favorite was the durable raw concrete lookalike.

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Bertazzoni's 36-inch Professional series range in Arancio is even more stunning in person, and brought the brightest color we saw to the show floor.

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Keiji Takeuchi's exhibition for Italian natural stone brand Antolini was an easy pick for best in show, stopping attendees in their tracks. "I wanted to make a museum out of stone," says Takeuchi, who was handpicked by Giulio Cappellini to design the booth. "This project was very much in the Italian style—when something clicks, it just works."

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From the new Ogassian Brise collection by Daniel Ogassian for Ann Sacks, a Japanese-style woven open screen block.

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Designed for small spaces, the 24-inch electric range was part of a tiny kitchen outfitted by Bosch that included a range hood, dishwasher, and stackable laundry all in a space just big enough for one person to operate comfortably.

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Among the new colors from Dekton by Cosentino—made from glass, porcelain, and quartz—is Irok, which plays well with blue, another trend we spotted at the show.

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Most of Häfele's new offerings, such as the LeMans Highboard corner storage system with low shelves for easy reach, had a universal design angle. Others included low cabinet shelves that extend automatically, and a closet bar on a pulley system that lowers clothing down to the user.

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According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, around half of their members reported installing an outdoor kitchen in a project last year. This is good news for outdoor grill brand Kalamazoo, which has branched out into the pizza oven game. This one heats to 800 degrees and cooks a perfect Margherita pizza in around three minutes flat.

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Deep, trough-style tubs dominated the bath brands; we loved the Archer from Kohler.

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We applaud the emphasis on sustainability and energy savings we saw articulated at the show. Kolbe Windows & Doors tops the list, with their windows snagging Energy Star's most efficient rating for 2015.

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Indoor-outdoor living remains an anchor of modern living. Marvin Windows and Doors has introduced the generously sized Ultimate Multi-Slide door, which pockets into one wall.

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The new espresso/coffeemaker from Miele has one foot in the future, with the latest self-cleaning technology and a sleek white-glass finish, and one in the past, with an analog clock. 

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Moen emerged strong with the technologically superior motion-sense STo faucet, ideal for users of all abilities.

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The compact P'7350 kitchen, a collaboration between Poggenpohl and Porsche Design Studio, wowed with its integrated lighting and attention to detail, such as mitered drawer edges.

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Metal is back in a big way. TheSize riffs on Cor-Ten steel with Neolith's Sintered Compact Surfacing, a natural, recyclable material composed of clays, feldspar, silica, and natural mineral oxides.

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Toto leads the way with water-conserving toilets that use as little as one gallon per flush. The Neorest freestanding trough tub, vessel, and 700h toilet show that good design and innovations in sustainability can coexist.

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We love this little powerhouse undercounter refrigerator from True Professional Series. Measuring only 15 inches wide, it provides an easy-to-reach option for small spaces and includes low-E glass, a festive blue light, and stainless-steel outside and in—an industry exclusive.

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Dacor's Discovery iQ cooking appliances can be voice- and touch-activated via the brand's new iQ remote app.

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Typically known for its electric color palette, Caesarstone introduced a subtle array of new colors and finishes. Our favorite was the durable raw concrete lookalike.

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