For the second year in a row, NKBA Manhattan Chapter member Felicitas Oefelein with F.O. Design participated in the 2017 Monogram Designer Summit here in Louisville. Read her Facebook post to learn what Felicitas thought of this year’s Summit.
Written by Scott Powers, interior designer with J. Hettinger Interiors (shared in their March newsletter)
I Just returned from my second annual trip with Monogram Appliances.
The Monogram Designer Summit, held in Louisville, Kentucky, was a great opportunity to meet and mingle with approximately 80 designers from around the country in order to share and brainstorm new ideas for future products.
This year’s theme was Creating Empathy, standing in the position of others who may face different difficulties, and how we can be more caring and kind in our daily lives. I was very appreciative of being invited again, for the second time.
We were welcomed our first evening to The Louisville Palace in Louisville, Kentucky. The theater, which features Spanish Baroque décor, opened in 1928.
Our first full day was held at the Speed Art Museum, the oldest, largest, and foremost museum of art in Kentucky. The day consisted of various talks and exercises dealing with physical limitations and how we as a society deal with them. And for those that are dealing with some sort of limitation, how we can be more empathetic. This was a real eye-opening experience, and I am so glad I was asked to participate.
What a privilege it has been to be a part of this incredible design summit with Monogram. I appreciate the opportunity it affords me to become a more well-rounded designer and to pass this knowledge on to benefit my clients.
New Jersey-area kitchen and interior design Remya Warrior attended the Design Bloggers Conference in Los Angeles, C.A., earlier this month. On her blog Remya shared her thoughts about one of the conference sponsors, Monogram. As she said, “Technology is definitely the future and when a company makes a product that is practical as well as sustainable, then you have my VOTE.”
Read the rest of Remya’s blog and let us know what you think.
Margaret Charette with design firm Britto Charette attended the Design Bloggers Conference in Los Angeles, California, earlier this month and had the chance to see Monogram’s newest kitchen design concept. From touch screens that deliver step-by-step recipes to counter-top herb gardens grown by LED lights, Monogram is taking a look at how hi-tech kitchen design can create a healthier lifestyle.
Read Margaret’s thoughts on this new concept in her blog post and share your thoughts!
National award winning interior designer, Patricia Davis Brown, NCIDQ, ASID, CKD, CBD, was one of the attendees at this year’s Monogram Designer Summit last month. She shared her thoughts on the event and the need to consider what empathy, the theme of the 2017 summit, means to all of us on her blog, Dig This Design.
Read Patricia’s blog and tell us what you think!
Nancy Hugo, Certified Kitchen Designer and attendee at last week’s Monogram Designer Summit 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky, shared her thoughts about the theme of the conference – Empathy – on her blog, Designers Circle HQ. Take a look and let us know what you think!
Monogram is honored to be a sponsor for the 2017 Designer Bloggers Conference March 5-7 at The Beverly Hilton. This is the premier event for interior design bloggers and writers from around the U.S., allowing them to come together and learn from some of the world’s best thinkers, influencers and brands. While sophisticated styling and exceptional craftsmanship set Monogram apart…
Written by John Nichols, Monogram Marketing Manager
Each year I look forward to starting the year fresh, full of new ideas and excited about the possibilities in the year to come. There is one industry show that embodies everything I enjoy about starting a new year – the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). The show continues to raise the bar each year. It was once again co-located with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show as part of Design and Construction Week. This year’s show was held in Orlando, Florida, and, as expected, it did not disappoint.
Of course, there are always plenty of new trends and technologies announced and launched as part of KBIS. This year two themes stood out as being incorporated in the exhibits, product offerings, and the general buzz with the trade community.
The first theme was home control. Home control includes the advancements in home automation or making homes “smarter.” Manufacturers continue to find ways to incorporate smart technology into more products, simplify controls, and find more cost-effective ways to integrate it into their products. The primary way automation is being integrated into the home is through products that operate by gestures and proximity sensors, and especially, products connected through WiFi to operating systems and other products in the home. Ultimately, the idea is that products can predict your needs before you have to dictate or manually act to utilize a product. Some of the best examples I saw at the show, include:
- Pfister Auris – a voice-controlled faucet that offers filtered water and precise measurements of water at specific temperatures, which are perfect for cooking.
- U by Moen – creates a customized shower experience via your smartphone. You have the ability to start the shower, customize the temperature, and even get alerts when your shower is ready.
The second theme that continued throughout the show was kitchens moving toward cleaner designs that focus on efficient living. The clean designs focus on getting rid of clutter and competing lines, and hiding appliances with cabinet panels or cabinet configurations. These kitchens still infused life and fun into the kitchen design with use of color and combining finishes in cabinetry and countertops.
- Wellborn Cabinet showcased their Best of KBIS kitchen entry. They also launched their new line of Aspire cabinetry that is full-access frameless product.
- Häfele’s Tab collection of cabinetry hardware allows the clean lines of the cabinetry to be the kitchen showcase. The hardware can be top mounted on drawers and bottom or side mounted on swinging cabinets. With a variety of colors and finishes, some designs make the hardware almost invisible.
- Poggenpohl showcased a new line of chrome-plated lacquers in 14 colors, including green, gray, and blue that offers a clean look with a splash of fun.
- Masterbrand Cabinetry showcased their Omega brand of cabinetry that integrates different finishes into the kitchen.
Hopefully you enjoyed the show as much as I did. Maybe you got a few ideas or a new perspective. I might have come away with a new project – the show just about pushed me over the top on a kitchen remodel. I hope my wife doesn’t mind!
Join us on for the fifth stop on our cross-country modern design road trip with Dwell. Our first destination in May was Seattle, Washington; then we stopped in San Francisco, California; followed by Los Angeles, California; last month we were in Houston, Texas; and this weekend we’re traveling to Atlanta, Georgia!
The Monogram Modern Home Tour will continue its modern design road trip east to Atlanta where it will join Westside Provisions District on October 7th and 8th. The Monogram Modern Home will be open for tours, live product demonstrations and culinary tastings prepared by our tour chef on Saturday, October 8.
For accredited industry professionals, please join us on Friday, October 7, for a day of continuing design education. For additional details and to register for the CEU’s, visit the Dwell website.
Join us on for the fourth stop on our cross-country modern design road trip with Dwell. Our first destination in May was Seattle, Washington; then we stopped in San Francisco, California; followed by Los Angeles, California; and this weekend we’re back on the road and traveling to Houston, Texas!
The Monogram Modern Home will be heading east to Houston, Texas where it will join the Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show at Silver Street Studios on September 9 – 10. The Monogram Modern Home will be open for tours, live product demonstrations and culinary tastings prepared by our tour chef on Saturday, September 10.
For accredited industry professionals, please join us on Friday, September 9, for a day of continuing design education. For additional details and to register for the CEU’s, visit the Dwell website.