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Editor’s Picks: Design Chicago 2018

This past week we searched high and low for design trends at this year’s Design Chicago event! As we walked the halls of The Merchandise Mart, we noticed that design inspiration was everywhere. From countertops, tile, appliances, rugs, and more, here are our top picks from the Midwest’s best in residential interior furnishings, architecture, and interior design.

 

Smart Appliances

The number one misconception customers have about smart appliances is that they are too complicated. At the Experience &  Design Center, we learned that Bosch, Thermador, and Gaggenau appliances are well aware of this claim and are changing the game in smart home appliances. The days of having to download multiple apps to manage your different branded appliances are over! The Home Connect app brings added value to your smart appliance experience by giving you the freedom to manage, discover new recipes, diagnosis/troubleshoot and store all of your appliance manuals in one place.

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Tile

In the Ann Sacks showroom, we saw a glamorous array of prints, making it loud and clear that having fun with tile, and going bold with print is definitely in style.

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Carpet & Rugs

In the world of Stark Carpet Corporation, we learned two things, bold colors and animal print are a tried and true way to show some personality in your space. The options are nearly endless with carpets and rugs. They make great statement pieces and aren’t permanent so are easily changed out over time to introduce pattern or color to a room.

Carpet and rug trends

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Solid Surfaces & Compact Surfaces

At almost every panel we attended, solid surfaces and the newer category of compact surfaces were consistently a topic of discussion. They each offer their own specific benefits when it comes to countertops as well as a huge array of designs to catch any eye. Do quartz surfaces have a new competitor? Click here to shop our selection of solid surfaces.

 

Faucet

We discovered a lot of beautifully designed fixtures from the event, but Brizo’s Charlotte collection has our heart. The design is infused with clean lines and elegance bridging the gap between traditional and modern design.

Faucet Trends

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Hardware

Hardware is the jewelry to the home and Belwith Keeler had several new collections that create the perfect accents to your cabinetry and furniture. Jewel-tones, mixed metals and industrial details are all the rage when adding hardware to your space.

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Belwith Keeler – Verge Collection

 

We can’t wait to see these trends make more of an appearance in residential and commercial design in 2019. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for design inspiration.

 

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On Trend: Pairing Natural Stone and Quartz

When planning a new kitchen, or major kitchen remodel, pairing countertop and backsplash materials presents an age-old dilemma. Many designers swear by hard fast rules regarding how to make the perfect pairing, while others will say all the rules are meant to be broken!

It makes the most sense to start with your countertops. The countertop is the main hub of your kitchen and will most likely take up the bulk of your budget (other than cabinets!). Your desired style, budget and the way you plan to use it will go a long way in determining the best material for your countertop. Generally speaking, there are more limited color/texture options with countertops whereas backsplash options are virtually unlimited. Nail you countertops first, then you can get creative and make a statement with your backsplash.

Many homeowners desire the look of a natural stone material like marble, but either don’t have the budget or are turned off by its high maintenance nature. This is one of the main reasons many opt for engineered quartz for their countertops. Quartz is a non-porous material which makes it virtually maintenance free. No worries about staining from spilled red wine or highly acidic liquids. Based on advancements in the engineering process, quartz closely mimics the beauty of natural stone and is available in a large variety of colors. It is also more consistent in pattern than the natural stone making it versatile for both traditional and modern styles. As mentioned, this would allow you to get creative with your backsplash and have it define the ultimate style of the space.

Why can’t you have the beauty of natural stone and the ease of maintenance and versatility of quartz? You can, by pairing a natural stone backsplash with your quartz countertops.  It’s all about combining different colors, textures, and patterns to project the style statement you desire. For instance, pair beautiful vein cut limestone tiles with a limited pattern quartz countertop. Or add more texture by going with a stacked stone accented backsplash with quartz. To help inspire you to create your own unique combinations, let’s take a look at some examples:

Black quartz countertops with white and gray marble chevron tiles for a stunning look; feasbyandbleeks.com

LG Viatera Snow Strom Quartz countertops paired with gray polished marble subway time for a timeless look; lgviaterausa.com

Vein cut limestone tile kitchen backsplash with quartz countertops; Designer, Carla Aston; Photographer, Tori Aston

A freckled charcoal gray quartz countertop paired with an opulent gray marble mosaic tile; MSI Stone

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Tranquility HanstoneHave you seen our top colors? We’re introducing our semi-annual color round-up of our most popular countertop colors purchased by our customers. Scroll through to see what they’re loving.

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Coverings 2018: Editor’s Picks

This year’s Coverings showed both new and established trends. Here, part one of our round-up from this year’s show.

 

LaFence’s fresh take on wood look tile mixes effortlessly with classic and graphic patterns.

Patchwork tiles from Keros show last years trend is still holding strong. This look is great on entryway floors or on a backsplash.

A bathroom and outdoor kitchen clad in Keraben surfaces show the everyday consumer how to effectively use these their tiles for the most impact.

Ken Mason’s eponymous tile groupings highlight his penchant for the fresh and unexpected.

High lacquer small and large format surfaces use natural wood as the basis of inspiration.

A wall of new colors mimicking natural stone takes over the walls of Gruppo Romani.

Florim’s “outdoor” kitchen uses their materials on every surface, from countertops to tables to flooring.

Fincibec creates rustic, cool bathroom environments that can easily be recreated at home.

Fap’s new line of tiles mimics a nubby, grasscloth wallpaper, adding warmth to any interior.

Add a little glitz to the bar area with Equipe’s 3D gold metallic triangles.

Emil Groupe’s parquet inspired tiles offer a modern take on this classic style.

Shapes by Dune, shows just how transformative color can be in altering the style of any like materials.

Coem Ceramiche’s plays with lines using their various color ways to create a dynamic “striped” surface for wall or flooring.

For those that long for pattern, Cevica answers with an unusual mix of styles and colors.

K2, Ceramiche Koepe, small format tile, shows a range of textures and colors in organically inspired motifs.

Ceramic Vogue’s confetti comes in a range of color combinations that work perfectly in a shower surround.

Oxidation, a trend we saw a couple of markets ago, still held true this year with Sant’Agostino’s small format tiles. While their New Deco line provided a fresh take on terrazzo inspired surfaces.

Casa Ceramiche’s colorful and artful designs long to be displayed on a huge panel or in an outdoor setting.

Feel as if you’re always at a resort with Bati Orient’s globally inspired mosaics and tiles. Paired with an eclectic mix of wash basins they truly inspire design creativity.

Ape Group plays with graphics in both subtle grays and whites, then moves into classic blues with a Moorish point of view.

Aparici’s delicate motifs offer a retro-inspired look, while their unexpected tattoo like dog adds an unexpected shot of whimsy.

 

The ever popular Hexagon shape gets a graphic, textural update with fabric motifs done in metallics.

ABK’s “stitched” overcalled pattern has the look of patchwork cowhide and leather.

41Zero42 uses a range of pale neutrals and whites to create texture in contemporary settings.

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el Bagno at Salone del Mobile: Editor’s Picks

el Bagno, the bathroom, comes to Salone del Mobile every two years. Here, the latest forward-thinking innovations from this years show.

 

AXOR showcases ShowerHeaven with this overhead shower, the water undergoes a powerful enactment: from revitalizing water jet to soothing shower rain. Right through to soft PowderRain.

Ceramica de Vietri “Blu Ponti” highlights the colors of the sky and the sea in the thirty-three white and blue decorations that Gio Ponti created between 1960 and 1962.

Antonio Lupi’s disappearing sink hides all the components inside the wall.

Dornbracht presents LEG SHOWERATT, an automated contrast shower for invigorating leg affusions. The regenerative effect meets the highest aspirations of wellness and good health.

Alape’s sinks are now available in an array of cool and warm matte neutrals.

Duravit introduces purple into their standard white array, drawing off last year’s Pantone color.

Effegibi sets a new standard, offering an “anywhere” steam shower, complete with glass walls, base and ceiling, the standard shower is now a spa like steam room.

Falper’s floating stone sinks eliminate the unsightly drain hole, creating a seamless and modern integration into any bathroom.

Fantini’s lucite knobs in a range of hues appear clear and then colorful depending on the position.

Kreoo weaves together a beautiful basketweave and showcases stone inlay.

Florim showcases Millennial pink tiles in a contemporary setting.

Glamorous cut glass from GD Glass Designs adds an elegant element to any powder room.

Giulini G’s colorful faucets add a playful element to any space.

Graff presents Dressage, a collection of furniture with a strong handicraft and manufacturing element made using solid wood and DuPont™ Corian®.

Bisazza’s pinstripes mosaics offer a throwback feel to modern day bathrooms.

Cut stone and brass integrate flawlessly into THG’s new line of fixtures.

Scavolini reinterprets the at-home gym with a fully integrated vanity and work out area for the ultimate exercise space.

Ritmonio’s mix and match booth allows for easily switching out a standard lever for their stone inspired versions.

Moab 80’s organic bathtub design is a fresh alternative to the freestanding tub.

Lithea’s 3D stone wall tiles are an ornate and artistic addition to any room. They work in a variety of these materials, including marble, Carrara, lava stone and gray Tunisi.

Artful vanities surrounds at Laufen’s booth add a bit of whimsy to the bathroom.

Petracer’s “Boiserie” is a ceramic that mimics classic wall paneling. Its fresh interpretation of this style is a contemporary twist on the expected.

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EuroCucina at Salone del Mobil: Editor’s Picks

Every two years, EuroCucina comes to Salone with the worlds most innovative and forward-looking designs and collaborations for the kitchen market. Here’s Cutting Edge Countertops’ roundup of some of the most impressive offerings from this market.

 

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Smeg partners with Dolce and Gabbana to expand their artist-inspired culinary offerings.

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Abimis takes its notes from commercial kitchens, created a rounded edge frame in a super high polished stainless steel. The result: an extraordinary kitchen cooking area that can live indoors or out.

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Arclinea mixes a range of materials that showcase the effects of cold and warm materials and integrates LED lighting throughout.

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Bertazzoni introduces a new line of finishes, like antiqued copper, that add an old world charm to these modern appliances.

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Boffi’s floating glass cabinets bring an airiness to kitchen design.

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At Cesar’s booth, kitchens are naturally integrated into the work/living areas at home with seamless shelving and a continuous workstation.

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Cesar cabinetry goes bold with a supersaturated coral palette.

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Growing a garden of herbs and vegetables inside the kitchen at Comprex.

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Cosentino’s ultracompact surface Dekton showcases the new additions that expanded its versatile range of colors in 2018.

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ELLE Decor Italia teams up with over a one sponsors to showcase how millennials live. Here, a kitchen concept that focuses on easy access to supplies and a countertop that extends out for company and closes to hide the cooking area.

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Electrolux debuts Visual Garden. A refrigerator that lights up to show you the produce inside. Their goal is to eliminate food waste and help consumers lead healthier lives.

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The new Fendi Cucine was born from the partnership between the haute couture brand Fendi and the top brand Scic kitchens. It focuses on the new Cucine Home Professional collection, a  super-luxury furnishing line designed by architect Marco Costanzi.

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Franke’s Smart Deco range hood strikes a playful, colorful chord at this year’s EuroCucina. The new model boasts stunning shape and color that add a playful element of design to any kitchen. Cooking and living areas are thus combined to form a single living space.

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Gaggenau newest refrigerators are stainless steel throughout, providing excellent cooling and preservation.

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Ilve’s outdoor range is sleek and perfect for year-round entertaining.

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Ilve takes modern white and chrome and gives it a traditional twist in this European kitchen.

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Irinox continues to wow with their food preservation system that blast chills food and can warm foods for dinner.

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Compact living is all about efficiency. Integrating a stackable laundry unit into the kitchen saves on space and can easily be hidden by the wall of continuous cabinetry.

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Marchi Cucine inspires stunning kitchen design by playing with glass and solid pieces throughout.

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1, 2, 3…KitchenAid takes the sous vide trend into the built-in market. Here, the vacuum sealer sits in between the steam oven for cooking or the blast chiller for preserving.

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Neff brings the farmers market to Salone with a booth filled with global staples.

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Toncelli creates a magical bar cabinet with hiding spots and secret compartments throughout.

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Valcucine’s creates “garage doors” for the kitchen. Simply wave your hand and the kitchen disappears behind a wall of whatever art or surface you choose.

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Wolf continues to show how seamlessly their integrates appliances can stand up in any kitchen setting.

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Monolith Inception Kitchen Designed by Richard T. Anuszkiewicz

As a luxury kitchen specialist, it is always important for me to bring thought-provoking ideas and execution techniques to the market. At the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) last month, I showcased my latest forward-thinking design titled “Monolith Inception”.

The Monolith Inception kitchen was commissioned by Liebherr Refrigeration to celebrate the launch of their new column refrigeration series. The concept of the kitchen is derived from the definition of “Monolithic”, meaning, “formed of a single block of stone.” This idea can be found throughout the kitchen in the crisp contemporary geometries and the layered long linear planes.Monolith Kitchen

The overall palette evokes a masculine sense in dark and moody tones, think “Tom Ford Fashion”. Exotic and luxurious finishes run through the entire space. Two of the most talked about pieces in the kitchen where the dual refrigeration armoires. The first armoire was comprised of a striking poly-sheen eucalyptus wood. This high-gloss furniture styled refrigeration series has a drawer chest appearance on the bottom and includes a full refrigerator, full freezer, and full wine column.

 

The second armoire was more contemporary in its nature. A sleek full flat paneled aged-brass face with the finishing touch of a fine leather stitched handles. Its bespoke details like this that create an experience for your user. This second armoire had a full 30” refrigerator and full 24” freezer.

 

Another showstopper was my signature Autobahn cabinet inspired by the face of the Bentley grill. This super-car cabinetry complimented the Superiore Next series range with custom aged- brass accents. A pop of excitement was found inside the cabinetry with my trademark Richar Living Collection luxe red interiors.

 

The island was a multi-tiered element creating a wow factor with a cantilevered 6” thick Dekton by Cosentino countertop. This Kelya material from the Natural Collection ran throughout the kitchen and was in the perfect gray hue to compliment the deep wall color. I designed the custom kitchen table with Grouthouse lumber highlighting a subtle chevron textured wood pattern with a brass screw detail.

 

  

The bar showcased artisan caliber plumbing products by KALLISTA in Gunmetal and hand hammered polished silver. The Bradley USA “Chika” wall covering by Susan Jamieson of Bridget Beari Designs added a playful graphic detail and was further celebrated by the “Prost” neon sign meaning “Cheers” in German.

 

The final magic moment of the kitchen was the inception wine room inspired by the idea of a dream within a dream. This selfie-ready room was completely reflective and created the illusion that space infinitely continued.

 

  

A modified version of this design will be headed to the Architectural Digest Show March 22-25, 2018. Please keep up with me on social media @RichardA2Z or email me at info@RicharLiving.com for any further information. Photos copyright of Padgett and Company.

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TOP TRENDS FROM KBIS 2018

Last week was an exciting time in the kitchen and bath industry. More than 600 brands and companies filled the halls of the Orange County Convention Center in the great sunshine state to show off the latest kitchen and bath trends and innovations for the industry!

Even if you weren’t able in attendance you might have seen some of the magic unveil through your social media feeds. If you missed out, here is our roundup of need-to-know trends for the industry in 2018!

1. Finishes

Black matte, brushed gold and brass fixture finishes continue to be one of the most popular trends this year. We love the variety it brings to a room and the many styles it is showcased in.

 2. Florals & Pops of Color

Another trend that was prominent at KBIS was Florals! We’re looking forward to spring and the incorporation of flowers into many aspects of design. Along the same line, bright hues for a pop of color were also popular at the show! This can be done with backsplash, flooring, walls, and cabinetry! This trend really brings out personality and a fun energy that you are sure to love in your home!

 3. Smart Appliances

It’s 2018 and we are another step closer to the future of smart homes! This year the appliances category was all about incorporating innovative smart features. We saw interconnectivity between appliances in an effort to make home life easier and more efficient.

 4. Unique Back Splash/Feature Walls

Some of the most jaw-dropping designs at KBIS 2018 featured amazing backsplashes and feature walls. From backlit onyx to antiqued mirrored glass, this trend will certainly make a statement in your home.

 5. Angles Textures & Patterns

Last but not least, we saw a variety of textures, patterns and play on angles throughout the design work. This trend brings the wow factor and is sure to suit any architecture lover.

 There you have it, you are now all in the know! Now, it’s time to share and incorporate these beautiful design ideas!

Did you see something you loved at the show? We’d love to hear your take on 2018’s top kitchen & bath design trends!

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Top 10 K&B Design Trends for 2018

With 2017 coming to a fast close, we’re here to help you ring in the new year with our top 10 kitchen and bath trends for 2018! You didn’t think we’d let you be out of style, did you?

1.    Quartz:     

Granite has been a been a top seller for quite some time but quartz just took a hold of first place. As much as we love natural stone, quartz is a surface we love just as much! Quartz countertops are popular because not only do they come in an array of colors and styles that can resemble natural stone, but they’re also well-loved because of their durability and carefree maintenance. Sounds like a winner in our book!

 

 2.    Brass & Gold Toned Hardware:

Brass has been making its way into the trends for quite some time and the world has finally fallen head over heels for it! You can’t go far without seeing its marks anywhere and we are not complaining. This trendy metal finish can be used in quite a lot of features. From faucets to lighting, to rivets and even appliances this trend is sure to bring the look of luxury into your space!

  

 3.    Stone Sinks:

Ok, we aren’t going back to the primal times but, if they had these beauties of a stone sink, we might consider it. These hand-carved babies are crazy high on the trend list and that’s why we cannot go into 2018 without them! They come in a variety of styles so you don’t have to sacrifice not having a deep sink! A stone apron sink will easily be your new favorite feature in your kitchen.

  

4.    Bold Lighting:

Lights have come a long way and nowadays the bolder the better! There are MANY different choices you can go for. From pendant lights, to track lights, chandeliers to sconces, the choices are rather endless. If your space features a lot of lines, soften things up with orb lights. Just because your space is traditional doesn’t mean you have to go with boring light choices. It’s time to mix things up this 2018 and add something bright and bold to your space.

  

5.    Pop of Color:

Pantone recently released that violet is the color of the year for 2018, but that shouldn’t dismiss navy and sage being in the mix. While white and neutral kitchens have been a favorite for quite some time, people are getting bored and adding color where desired.

 

 6.    Two-Toned Cabinets:

This trend caught us by surprise but we are loving it! Who would have thought to purposefully use two different finishes on cabinetry? This look is on the rise and if you are remodeling, be the trendsetter in your neighborhood and go two-toned! It’s the perfect opportunity to play into that Pop of Color!

  

7.    Bleached Wood Cabinets:

If going two-toned is too bold for you, try the bleached cabinet trend. You still get the look of a bright, clean kitchen without having to go full on white. The appeal is neutral color, dimension, and texture.

  

8.    Bold Tile:

Goodbye, boring subway tile. Hello, texture and vibrant patterns and colors! When you are designing a room, start from the floor and go up. Choosing a bold tile floor or backsplash adds great contrast and breaks things up in a neutral space.

  

 

9.    Black Stainless Appliances:

Stainless steel is very popular finish in the appliance world but LG, Whirlpool & Frigidaire have released a new contender — black stainless steel!! These gorgeously finished appliances will definitely add a bold touch of luxury to your home!

  

10.    Smart Appliances:

A lot of automation has entered into our homes, from the rise of Google Home, Alexa, and Nest, we knew it wouldn’t be long until we saw these features in our kitchen appliances! And that’s why 2018 will be the start of the Smart Home Era. From Wi-Fi-connected dishwashers and ovens that start from the power of your voice or app, the future is defiantly here! 

So, let’s say goodbye to the old style of 2017 and hello to the new, bright, bold future of 2018!