DESIGNHOUNDSKBIS 2019 DESIGN TRENDS

DESIGNHOUNDSKBIS 2019 DESIGN TRENDS

I recently went to the KBIS  (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) as an invited MODENUS #DesignhoundsKBIS Influencer. KBIS has gotten bigger and bigger each year….it featured 600 vendors at the Las Vegas Convention Center this past February.  KBIS is THE kitchen and Bath show in partnership with the NKBA  (National Kitchen and Bath Association). This year proved that kitchen and baths are ever evolving….. 

As a Design Influencer on the KBIS floor, I was in a pack of #Designhounds scouting out the latest cool finds, design trends and inspiration for my own design projects. I really appreciated the opportunity to learn more about our generous sponsors and happily endorse and share some of my fave finds/design trends from KBIS, Caesarstone, LampsPlus, Mr. Steam, Thermador, Thompson Traders, Wellborn Cabinet and more….

And the drumroll for the Design Trends of 2019:

SMART HOME

Smart home technology is entering more and more areas of the home with an ease of integration. This ease is being seen in our appliances. Our fridges, ovens, coffee machines, wine columns are starting to connect to Alexa and to our tablets or phones. Ultimately making our busy lives easier and a great way for the aging boomer market to live better.

Thermador’s Home Connect is your gateway to “exceptional culinary experiences.” With the Home Connect app you can control your home appliances when you are out and about or from your own bed. Wouldn’t a cappuccino all ready for you in the morning sound appealing?

The Qanto lift from Wellborn Cabinets proved that smart technology for interior kitchen cabinetry is now here. The lift solves storage solutions for the modern home. The Qanto can store anything like appliances so they can be hidden when you are not using them and provides more space for cooking on your countertops.

Samsungs refrigerator Family hub is the new way to manage your groceries, entertain your family and connect like never before. Send notes to your kids, write notes on your calendar, post images from facebook all on the face of your refrigerator door!

INTEGRATED LIGHTING:

Lighting is now more than ever being integrated into  fixtures, appliances, mirrors and steam showers all thru LED lighting technology.

Lamps Plus, a leader in the lighting industry showcased a variety of light and mirror  styles from traditional to contemporary but mainly highlighted their LED lighting for indoor and outdoor.

Experience Mr. Steams ChromaTherapy systems…it allows you to transform your steam shower environment with different colored lights.  Different colors like blue, red, green can affect your mood in different ways. Color can be healing and Mr. Steam has paved the way for the bathroom shower experience.

Thermador’s Star sapphire offers real dish care solutions with cool vibes of light for entertaining guests in your home!

HIDDEN APPLIANCES

Appliances are starting to be hidden and not be visible in our kitchens. Kitchen cabinetry is acting more like furniture. See how Thermador customizes their panels and the refrigerator is hidden behind.

Pelick refrigeration hides their refrigeration drawer in a makeup table and cloning their cabinetry in veneer leather.

MIXING METALS

From door hardware to lighting, the combination of black with chrome, nickel or brass was HOT.

Schuab INC  were showing  combo black and brass door hardware:

Thompson Traders showcased this stunning copper hood in their new matte black finish with brass accents.

LIVING WELL

Over the years, I have learned a lot about Steam and its benefits for our bodies and mind.  It helps with respiratory health, skin care, holistic health,  physical wellness and so much more. Believing in the power of steam, I have incorporated one of Mr. Steam showers in one of my own bathroom design projects.

 

Did you know that copper is self healing and has healing powers for the skin…. Copper plays a key role in the synthesis and stabilization of skin proteins. So how about taking a soak in Thompson Traders copper tub? Or wash you face in their new black matte copper sink, beautiful!

IS IT REAL?

Is it concrete? Is it real stone? Is it real leather? Today’s technology has transformed the ability for natural materials to have look a-likes in more durable and maintenance free ways…ultimately to make our lives easier.

Caesar stone showed their new Metropolitan line which encapsulates the look and feel of fine concrete with the durability and ease of maintenance that Caesarstone quartz surfaces is known for. Composed of 93% of quartz, the counter looks like concrete and stone without the worries of real concrete and stone.

 

Formica was showing sustainable recycled leather veneer and Compact surfaces too has the look of stone but is laminate. I was amazed at the corners and how the technology of color core has removed the ugly laminate seams from countertop edges.

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All in all….Fun was had!

 #designhounds #designhoundsKBIS #KBIS2019

Design, Appliances and a Food Network Star

Design, Appliances and a Food Network Star

Design, Appliances and Food, oh my! I attended a Monogram Appliance event at the AJ Madison appliance center in Brooklyn NY.  Food Network Star Christian Petroni was there cooking up all different kinds of pizzas in the Monogram Pizza oven! 

Growing up with an Italian grandmother from Naples, Italy, I remember she would always call her sauce, “gravy.” . I asked him if he called it sauce or gravy and he said sauce! 

We tasted many different kinds of pizzas: Margarita, kale, and mushroom pizza. The veggies were first prepared with simple ingredients – garlic, olive oil, and salt and then baked in the Monogram pizza oven for 5 minutes. Add sauce and fresh mozzarella..You too can do this in your home, the pizza oven is ductless.

Besides the awesome Monogram pizza oven, Monogram has a convertible refrigerator….with a push of a button you can switch the bottom freezer into a one touch convertible fresh food refrigerator or beverage center. See the video clip below:

I really loved the Dacor line which I am specifying for one of my projects now. I really love the sleek lines of the Modernist line and the refrigerator is smart. If you connect to the app, you will know what you need to shop for when you are in the super market! The cameras inside the fridge spies on your own food!

I learned about a new line called the Cafe Series, which is a boutique series for GE. Customization is there for the client who wants a designed look without digging too deep into your pocketbook, The face and handles come in several different finishes. Thumbs up!

Oh! There is a button for HOT water in the Cage refrigerator! I haven’t see that before!

DIFFA Picnic by Design 2018

DIFFA Picnic by Design 2018

It was my seventh season participating in one singular sensation….the DIFFA Picnic by Design fundraiser that celebrates design, food and fun to help further the fight against HIV/AIDS. This years soiree was hosted on the Lounge and Terrace at the Viacom building in Times Square inviting 20 top tier designers and brands to creatively re-imagine a staple in New York City culture… Broadway shows! Guests viewed and bid on more than 20 Broadway-themed baskets filled with over-the-top experiences and accoutrements. Donations raised an impressive $60k for organizations across the country working to support those affected by HIV and AIDS concluded Executive Director Dawn Roberson.

Inspired by the Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen, my basket design imitates the paradox of a world where we feel so interconnected yet so isolated. The show is about a socially anxious teenager who tells a big lie that spirals out of control. On social media, we are all looking and seeing how much fun everyone else is having. The basket plays off the main character’s striped shirt who is looking thru this virtual window.

I cant thank enough the following brands who donated the following items below: Robert Allen, Lee Jofa, Eileen Fisher,Horne, and Abalon!

Custom Made stage set basket made with Robert Allen Inc donated fabric Stellar Solid Indigo fabric.

Custom made blanket: Kravet/Lee Jofa donated fabric Periwinkle #400-50,

(2) Custom Made fabric setting: Kravet donated fabric #4005-5

(2) Custom made napkins: Eileen Fisher donated fabric Indigo scraps

Plates: CB2

Porcelain Cups: Abalon by Anna Bridgewater are actually porcelain candles! Aret they gorgeous with the indigo and gold. Thanks Anna!

Cutlery: Horne Goa Gold Plated and Resin Blue handles

Authentic Playbill: Dear Evan Hansen playbill signed by original cast

CD and Book: Dear Evan Hansen

 

Don’t you love the combination of Gold and Indigo? The Pollack porcelain pot handmade by Anna Bridgewater is a stunner.

Guests were going gaga over the Horne cutlery too featuring blue handles and gold.

Thank you to Doug Garfinkle, Vice President of Kravet showrooms for purchasing my Dear Evan Hansen basket!

Thank you to all Picnic by Design sponsors: KBIS, Kravet Inc/Lee Jofa, Robert Allen Duralee Group, Blanco, Catskill Provisions,Hunter Douglass, Interior Design, POZ Magzine, Studio TK/Teknion, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

2017, WHAT A YEAR!

2017, WHAT A YEAR!

2017 has been an incredible year for me professionally. First the honor of being chosen to design a room for the DXV / American Standard’s “Modern Collection!”.  I’m very grateful for DXV’s support of my creative vision and the opportunity to be the first to showcase their luxurious Modulus collection. The most exciting part has been seeing the design used in DXV’s national/international AD campaign shown as full page ads so far in Luxe Magazine, Elle Décor, Vanity Fair and Metropolitan Home, where Editor in Chief Newell Turner selected my space to put in their first issue back on the stands after a decade hiatus. The experience to work with the DXV brand has been a dream come true!

Another exciting surprise happened when Editor in Chief Cindy Allen purchased my DIFFA Picnic by Design basket design and featured it in the SNAPS section of Interior Designs October issue. Crazy! The design modelled elements from the DXV modern bathroom, using natural materials and moss. Even more crazy was to be invited to meet Cindy at Interior Design headquarters and get some chat time! I even and took a snap with her myself!!

In the next coming months, I invite you to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel Michele Alfano Design TV: “Smart Design for your Home.”  I will be showing how you can use smart devices to improve your everyday living experience in your home!!

Cheers!!

Michele

HBD Me + New Website!!

HBD Me + New Website!!

Happy Birthday to me and to my new website –  Michele Alfano Design!!  I am so excited! It is making its debut, bringing an architectural eye on interior design. Be it a building, a space, a chaise, or a garment, forward-thinking design succeeds when it fosters a point of view, layers a story, invites participation and is memorable. Trained as an architect, my experiential approach brings a Tailored • Emotional • Intelligence to life beckoning spaces to make you think, feel and want to touch. So like a stage set, my design posts will constantly unfold meaningful design to heighten your experience of everyday living. So – welcome!