Whether you’re designing for indoors or out, these new products from some of the industry’s leading manufacturers will definitely add an edge to any residential project.

The annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and International Builders’ Show (IBS) wrapped up last week in Las Vegas, bringing a bevy of high-tech, high-design products before designers’ eyes. Even if you attended all three days, it’s possible that you missed a good number of these new contenders. After all, there were more than 2,000 exhibitors spread across four buildings and an outdoor area. Read on to see what standouts we’re spotlighting for your next residential new build or renovation. 

Voice-Activated Kitchen Faucets

It seems only a year or two ago, the idea of a “smart kitchen” meant mobile app–controlled ovens; Wi-Fi-connected, touch-screen refrigerators; and sensor-integrated sink faucets. While all these are still convenient, they’re not considered so cutting-edge today. Some of the kitchen faucets introduced at KBIS, however, could be game-changers.

U by Moen

The U by Moen. Not only does it respond to voice commands for running water at a desired temperature, it also disperses precise amounts down to the teaspoon. Another convenient feature is that it allows voice commands to override the handle position. For example, the handle might be in the "off

Not only does the U by Moen respond to voice commands for running water at a desired temperature, it also disperses precise amounts down to the teaspoon. Another convenient feature is that it allows voice commands to override the handle position. For example, the handle might be in the “off” position and turned toward the cold end, but one can refill a pot by simply saying “one gallon, 100-degree water” and get just that. A variety of models are available, ensuring a good fit for any kitchen style. 

Courtesy of Moen

Kohler Crue Collection

The Kohler Crue Collection. The mega company's brand introduced the Crue collection of sleek, gooseneck faucets that integrate motion sensors for hands-free operation. But the real story here is that the pull-down model is available with Kohler Konnect, the company's voice-activation app. No need to grab the measuring cup—like U by Moen, Crue can dispense precise amounts of water at desired temperature.

Kohler introduced the Crue collection of sleek, gooseneck faucets that integrate motion sensors for hands-free operation. But the real story here is that the pull-down model is available with Kohler Konnect, the company’s voice-activation app. No need to grab the measuring cup—like U by Moen, Crue can dispense precise amounts of water at desired temperature.

Courtesy of Kohler

Taking it Outside

Designing spaces for outdoor entertainment gets easier each year as manufacturers push their R&D teams to develop products that perform just as well outside as they do inside. Two great examples of this technological progress came from the surfacing material market.

Caesarstone Outdoor

Caesarstone Outdoor. Quartz has a fabulous reputation in kitchens and baths, due to its low-maintenance, high-durability properties, but it's typically discouraged for outdoor applications as prolonged UV exposure can discolor the material. Caesarstone's new Outdoor line combats this issue, rendering the material suitable for exposed outdoor kitchens as well as patio and rooftop elements. There are three colors available now: Midday 405, a white concrete look; Palm Shade 515, white with subtle veining; and Clearskies 406, a pale gray concrete.

Quartz has a fabulous reputation in kitchens and baths due to its low-maintenance, high-durability properties, but it’s typically discouraged for outdoor applications as prolonged UV exposure can discolor the material. Caesarstone’s new Outdoor line combats this issue, rendering the material suitable for exposed outdoor kitchens as well as patio and rooftop elements. There are three colors available now: Midday 405, a white concrete look; Palm Shade 515, white with subtle veining; and Clearskies 406, a pale gray concrete. 

Courtesy of Caesarstone

See the full story on Dwell.com: Trend Report: The Best New Products Found at KBIS and IBS 2020
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