The 2010 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show is underway! Filling the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, KBIS attracts kitchen and bath product manufacturers from all across the country and beyond. Nowhere else can you see so many faucets, bathtubs and cabinets on display under one roof. The reflection off all the chrome is almost blinding. Although not quite as massive as IBS, covering all the cool new products at KBIS is still a daunting task. I'm almost a full day in and I feel I've only scratched the surface, which is itself a respectable accomplishment, given all the scratch-resistant surfaces that are on display here.
Some head-turning products include Maax's new Purfect and Mechanix Series of shower doors, one of which features a sliding door on rollers that has the smoothest opening and closing operation you've ever experienced. The picture left is of a Maax shower enclosure with its jets running full blast. It makes my hotel shower look like lawn sprinkler.
I checked out some stunning handmade sinks at the Linkasink booth.
And I have to mention Rev-A-Shelf, whose booth was hopping. Their blind corner pull-out storage systems were very popular. It helped that they were installed into clear glass cabinets to enable booth visitors to fully appreciate the shelving operation. Look for images of those products later.
So it's back out to the floor for me. Check back on Twitter for more photos and updates.