Contemporary Transitional Responsive Home designed by Bobby Berk. Photo courtesy of Pardee Homes.
As a Designer, it’s my job to be concerned about the aesthetics of a space. But that is not the whole story. Because when good Design meets cutting edge Innovation, the results are not only exciting, they are transformative.
Fortunately for me, I have seen some incredible state-of-the-art technology on my recent trip with Modenus, to KBIS2016 in Las Vegas with BlogTourKBIS. What an opportunity! Truly fantastic to be able to see what is on trend for 2016 in terms of technology and innovation for the kitchen, the bathroom, and the entire home. Total game changers!!
Before the KBIS2016 show began, we were treated to a tour of three different specialty builder show homes. The first two were the Responsive Homes built by Pardee Homes, and designed by the very talented Bobby Berk.
The Kitchen, Great Room and Dining Room all have access to outdoor living space. Photo: Pardee Homes
These two incredible show homes were specifically built and marketed for the Millennials now entering the housing market. These Responsive Homes are focusing on great design, high-tech amenities, multiple connections to the outdoors, outdoor living spaces and nearly net-zero solar power. The floor plans are unique and customizable, and the spaces can adapt as the homeowner’s living needs change.
Fabulous kitchen in the “Contemporary Transitional” Responsive Home. Photo courtesy of Pardee Homes.
Located in the Inspirada Community in Henderson, Nevada (just outside of Las Vegas), both Responsive Homes are incredibly innovative and are equipped with electronic controls for temperature, lighting and home automation. The homeowners can easily manage the home’s energy use and comfort from anywhere via tablet or device.
The next spectacular show home we were privileged to be invited to, was The New American Home, built by NAHB (National Association of Home Builders), Designed by Element Design Build. This home was built to showcase and demonstrate the most innovative concepts, materials, designs, construction techniques, green building standards, and energy efficiency, with the goal that these ideas can be used and incorporated into any home, and that they are equally as important as the aesthetics of the space. It is the official showcase house of the annual International Builders’ Show.
Stunning and modern, this Butler’s Pantry features appliances by Thermador. Photo: New American Home
One of two Master Suites in the New American Home. Each comes equipped with a full coffee & breakfast bar. I would seriously never leave my bedroom….
The New American Home is also showcasing their innovative design and technology by utilizing energy efficient appliances, low VOC paints and adhesives, chemical-free wood cabinetry, a whole-home automation system, lighting control systems, dual flush toilets, low-flow shower heads & faucets, native & drought tolerant plants, and a weather-sensitive irrigation system. Amazing!!
All of the appliances in the New American Home kitchen and Butler’s Pantry were supplied by Thermador, an iconic American appliance brand, showcasing the wide array of innovative cooking, cooling and cleaning appliances and how they can be personalized and customized to each home owner’s style of entertaining.
Thermador – I think it’s more like Therm-ADORE!! I was so impressed by this brand’s level of creativity and innovation! I have never been more excited by a dishwasher in my entire life! I so love how Thermador has been able to completely and fully integrate all of their appliances, so that they appear SEAMLESS in the kitchen area. No tell-tale framing around the refrigerators or dishwasher!
I mean, how sexy is this dishwasher with that blue light?? Perfectly integrated Thermador Sapphire Dishwasher.
The Sapphire Dishwasher also has a flexible third rack and storage options, as well as a unique 20-minute cycle. This dishwasher can be also be fully customized to reflect whatever design aesthetic I am looking for, with innovations to enhance the experience of entertaining, ideal for clients that love to host friends and family.
I love how the refrigerator and freezer are completely concealed! Photo courtesy of Thermador.
A brilliant way to save space with the built-in MicroDrawer Microwave. Photo courtesy of Thermador.
Thermador (seriously Therm-ADORE!) is celebrating its 100th birthday, and this year is launching some truly groundbreaking appliances. Thermador has provided a number of unique ways to not only save space, but to also provide personalized, high-performance, luxury, and innovative products for my clients. From the 60″ Pro Grand Range Collection, to the Frameless Freedom 36″ Induction Cooktop, and the Masterpiece Series Steam and Convection Oven and Warming Drawer, as well as the Wine Reserve Refrigerator, and Under Counter Refrigeration, the entertaining possibilities are endless!!
Beautiful TOTO bathroom suite showcasing the NEOREST Collection. Photo courtesy of TOTO.
You may think that there is not a whole lot to get excited about when it comes to toilets….but you would be wrong. Here comes the “potty talk”!! Seriously, I have never wanted to learn so much, or been so impressed with toilets as I am with the TOTO Neorest 750H toilet. Literally, an “intelligent” toilet!! Winner of the iF International Award for Design Excellence, this toilet has IT ALL. Intuitive sensor operation with automatic open/close AND automatic flush, integrated personal cleansing system, warm air dryer, heated seat, in-bowl catalytic deodorizer, as well as energy and water-saving features. It also has what has to be the coolest toilet innovation that I have ever seen – the Actilight Cleansing Technology. Not only is the bowl of the toilet coated in titanium dioxide (making it nearly impossible for anything to stick to the bowl’s surface), but there is also an integrated UV light in the seat lid that is activated when the lid is closed, creating a “photocatalysis” and thus breaking down and virtually eliminating all organic substances that could be in the bowl!! WOW! This results in a toilet that remains incredibly clean and fresh for MONTHS at a time. NO TOILET SCRUBBING, people!! Can you imagine??
Close-up of the NEOREST 750H toilet by TOTO. Planet-friendly innovation with a 1-gallon “Tornado” dual flush system. Photo courtesy of TOTO.
I mean, who wouldn’t love a toilet that has its own remote control?? Truly the Bentley of all toilets…TOTO has created the NEOREST Collection as an example of TOTO‘s Total Design. The perfect blending of ultra high-efficiency, ergonomic and inclusive design features, and an elegant sculptural form with clean, simple lines.
Distinctive luxury, indeed.
I don’t know about you, but my mind was blown by these ingeniously designed and brilliantly engineered products and spaces. Every one of them impeccably showcased innovation, design, luxury, stellar performance, and superior attention to detail.
It’s so exciting!! Truly groundbreaking. How fabulous to be a Designer and have so many possibilities that we can now use to make our lives, and the lives of others, more intuitive, more comfortable, and more integrated. How wonderful that this new and revolutionary technology can also be design-forward, luxurious, distinctive and also good for the planet. Brilliant!
Design + Innovation = Magic