Next week I head out to Vegas for KBIS 2014. Under the banner of Design & Construction week, this year’s show marks the start of the three-year association with the NAHB’s International Builders’ Show, which will combine KBIS with IBS and IWCE.
It may sound odd, but I expect to take back more than just ideas on great home design at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. As the hospitality industry looks to attract the new generation of travelers (of which I am a part of), I expect to start seeing more focus on baths and more in-room kitchens. With the amount of traveling I do, I put a lot of value in the ability to cook inside my own room if I like and relax in a serene atmosphere at the end of the day. KBIS will bring several highlights to the floor on that front.
Take the conference session, Insight Into Design & Consumer Buying Habits. By evaluation inspirational design trends, the session will look at the consumer’s decisions and how budgets impact their views—a question that plagues every designer. Then there’s the session Why Green/Eco can Impact the Health of Your Client, where the science behind green design will be explained in detail. This trend in particular shows up again and again in hospitality, and with increasing costs, designers need to explain why it is important.
Beyond the many conference sessions, there’s the sprawling expo floor and numerous networking opportunities fit for Vegas—including the Opening Ceremonies with Cirque Fantastic, the 30 under 30 program for up-and-coming designers, and the Innovation Booth Awards. If you’re up for a look at another side of the industry, you’ll want to check out KBIS.