Brizo’s Kintsu Collection took the overall Best of Show prize at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show last week in Las Vegas, but seven other brands received awards in the Best of KBIS 2020. Kintsu is a bath collection that blends Scandanavian simplicity with Japanese design.
Owned by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), KBIS draws over 600 exhibitors and 31,000 attendees during Design & Construction Week, which also co-locates with the International Builders’ Show . From January 21 to the 23rd, convention-goers saw the latest--and sometimes unconventional--offerings in the kitchen and bath market. The Best of KBIS hosted by Houzz Pro recognizes the most innovative new products in kitchen, bath, smart home, and outdoor living.
“The Best of KBIS Awards continue to shine a light on the breadth of innovation launched here at the show,” says Amy Hornby, show director for Emerald Expositions. “We are proud to provide the platform that brings well-deserved recognition to those raising the bar within the kitchen and bath industry.”
Here are the Best of KBIS 2020 award winners:
Kintsu Bath Collection by Brizo
Best of Show: Kintsu Bath Collection by Brizo
Scandanavian simplicity meets Japanese design: While the Kintsu Bath Collection by Brizo focuses on balance, its products also feature unique touches such as customizable inlays on broken geometric sink handles and wine glass holders on the floor mount tub filler. Finishes include black onyx, gold, chrome, and nickel.
Plum by Plum
Kitchen Gold: Plum by Plum
Plum by Plum
Want a chilled glass but don’t want to risk spoiling the entire bottle? Plum by Plum is the first residential appliance that automatically chills and preserves wine. Users can pour one glass at a time from Plum, and the device keeps the bottle good for up to 90 days.
Miele G 7000 Dishwasher by Miele Inc.
Kitchen Silver: Miele G 7000 Dishwasher by Miele Inc.
The Miele G 7000 Dishwasher uses detergent disks to dispense the optimal amount of detergent, according to the company. Its three racks are independently mobile and include movable segments for increased flexibility. The dishwasher also features smart technology as users can start, stop, and program automatic start times through the Miele app.
GE UltraFresh Front Load Washer by GE Appliances
Bath Gold: GE UltraFresh Front Load Washer by GE Appliances
The GE UltraFresh Front Load Washer is the “first and only” with GE’s UltraFresh Vent System
with OdorBlock. With a wide gasket that reduces moisture and integrated airflow, the machine reduces odors, and it also features Microban technology to further reduce bacteria. Users can choose the 1-Step Wash + Dry that eliminates the need to dry loads under two pounds in the dryer. The washer comes in sapphire, white, diamond grey, and satin nickel and holds up to 50 ounces of liquid detergent.
Wall Recessed Linear Floor Drain by Drains Unlimited
Bath Silver: DUW Series – Wall Recessed Linear Floor Drain by Drains Unlimited
Unlike other recessed drains, the Wall Recessed Linear Floor Drain by Drains Unlimited is built into the wall so it is nearly invisible. It features a single slope drain and can work with any tile format. With a removable tile in-lay grate, the drain is simple to clean, and its stainless steel build is rust resistant.
U by Moen
Smart Home Technology: U by Moen Smart Faucet by Moen
The U by Moen Smart Faucet lets consumers control the faucet via voice commands, the app, or the standard one-lever handle. With the wave of a hand, turn on the faucet hands-free via the motion sensor. The company says the users can tell the faucet to precisely measure water, set a temperature or use personalized pre-sets such as “dog bowl.”
Kalamazoo Shokunin Kamado Grill by Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet
Outdoor Living: Kalamazoo Shokunin Kamado Grill by Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet
With its rectangular shape and large depth, the Kalamazoo Shokunin Kamado Grill is ideal for cooking on an offset flame. Users can choose between three different positions for the fire below, meaning the unit can be used as a smoker, oven, or grill. With its cross-ventilation system, the grill can draw smoke across the food to give it a smokey flavor.
Rainfinity by Hansgrohe
Impact Award: Rainfinity by Hansgrohe
The Rainfinity suite by Hansgrophe features new spray modes and a unique concave sprayface on its showerheads. The collection includes two handheld showerheads, an overhead showerhead, and wall-integrated controls. Finishes include matte white, brushed nickel, and chrome.
Meet the Judges:
Shannon Ggem, Principle, Ggem Design Co., Los Angeles, California.
Garrison Hullinger, President, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Portland, Oregon
Ashlee Richardson, Lead Designer and Project Manager, Nar Design Group, Sacramento, California
Sarah Robertson, Founder and Lead Designer, Studio Dearborn, Westchester County, New York
Rebecca West, Owner and Interior Designer, Seriously Happy Homes, Seattle, Washington