The Greatest Show on Earth: KBIS

Benefits for Attending the largest Kitchen and Bath Show in the U.S.

By Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle, inc.

Studiobstyle Founder Barbara Schmidt and Integrated Marketing Strategist Maria Reitan will be speaking February 19 at 1:30 in the North Hall Room 229 - stop by to see us!

Studiobstyle Founder Barbara Schmidt and Integrated Marketing Strategist Maria Reitan will be speaking February 19 at 1:30 in the North Hall Room 229 - stop by to see us!

Over the past fifteen to twenty years, I have been attending the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) as an exhibitor, an attendee and as a member of the press. Each year I am asked why I attend and if it’s really valuable to my business.

 Truth be known that there was a time when the excitement around KBIS and most other industry shows waned. The economy forced a retooling and then the momentum and excitement was back. For the past several years, the show has grown and continues to be a vibrant meeting of manufacturers, builders and designers as well as the media.

 Specifically, here are some of the reasons I attend:rite here… 

New Product Launches

Most of the kitchen and bath industry launches new product in some fashion at the show. A lot of times this is a bit ahead of the curve as the products are in pre order for designers and builders.

Custom Designed Kitchen by Barbara Schmidt featuring  Northern Contours ,  American Standard ,  Window World MN , J effrey Court HD ,  Amerock ,  Northern Clay Center

Custom Designed Kitchen by Barbara Schmidt featuring Northern Contours, American Standard, Window World MN, Jeffrey Court HD, Amerock, Northern Clay Center

This is a great way for manufacturers to see if there is interest in the products before they actually create the infrastructure to bring the product to market. It’s a great time for manufacturers to involve designers, builders and editors in determining optional colorways and features before the product launch happens.

Industry Trends

Every year studiobstyle is asked to write up trend analysis for our various clients and several publications. I’m always amazed at how small the world is in manufacturing. Somehow trends happen in finishes, shapes, and services.

Interior Designer Barbara Schmidt features black  Weather Shield Windows  in a custom kitchen with  Decora Cabintets ,  Wilsonart  Countertop,  DXV  fixtures,  Jeffrey Court Tile  backsplash,  Hafele  Hardware

Interior Designer Barbara Schmidt features black Weather Shield Windows in a custom kitchen with Decora Cabintets, Wilsonart Countertop, DXV fixtures, Jeffrey Court Tile backsplash, Hafele Hardware

Big trends we saw last year was the matte black finish on faucets to windows. Matte black has continued to be a strong player in all surfaces in the home including cabinetry, wall color and light fixtures.

Our Clients = Our Inspiration

A lot of client relationships happen over phone calls, email and social media theses days but those platforms do not replace a handshake, hug and a “How are You?” with a smile. Our passion about the creative and amplification we build starts to happen as soon as we hear about a new product.

KBIS 2018 Opening photo credit: kbbonline

KBIS 2018 Opening photo credit: kbbonline

A lot of my inspiration happens at the show and I literally see creative in my mind as soon as I hit the show floor. If you are into design in any way, shape or fashion, this is your Disneyworld.  There is so much to get excited about!

Our Teachers

Not only do we spend time with clients and friends, we learn from industry peers and share our knowledge as well. This year, we diving deep into our own experiences with bstyle brandboost ™ and our shared value proposition for untouchable creative and amplification.

Featured Speakers Maria Reitan & Barbara Schmidt Feb. 19 North Hall Room 229 at 1:30

Featured Speakers Maria Reitan & Barbara Schmidt Feb. 19 North Hall Room 229 at 1:30

We will be speaking on Tuesday February 19th in the North Hall Room #blah blah at 1:30 p.m. We have so much to share from our last year of work – our best and biggest year ever – as well as incredible new projects for 2019. 

 

We hope to see you at KBIS 2019 and if you ‘d like a write up on your industry participation just drop us a line – we’d be happy to share.

Barbara Schmidt