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What Comes Next?
Design professionals and industry manufacturers have slightly
differing views on what’s on the horizon for kitchen and bath
design. Some believe there will be more implementation
of technology as more options and products become available,
just as has occurred in the home automation and security
sector. Following DXV by American Standard’s launch of the
first-ever 3D-printed faucets a few years back, some are
predicting additive manufacturing will be the next big thing.
With wellness and biophilic design principles influencing what
is happening in other parts of the home and even commercial
projects, some speculate that a connection to the outdoors
might play into these spaces. Kelly states, “Introducing kitchen
and bath spaces that integrate the outdoor living components
not only adds value to a home, but to our wellbeing.” She
suggests there could be more kitchens spilling out onto patio
spaces for grilling, lounging, and further entertaining. “And, I
have never had anyone deny the luxury of an alfresco shower
off the master bath whenever possible,” she says.
If designers and leading manufacturers seem to agree about
one thing, it’s that travel—whether to see international
influences and hospitality trends or learn what’s new on
is a Brooklyn-based design journalist
who previously held positions
at Architizer, Architectural Record,
Interior Design , and Contract magazines.
Now a freelance writer and editor,
she most recently contributed to
Metropolis, The Wall Street Journal Off
Duty, Surface, Architectural Record,
Design Milk, and Brownstoner.
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a trade show floor—is critical to
keeping kitchen and bath designs
fresh. “We keep our designs
interesting by traveling the world,
connecting with vendors in our
industry, and attending trade
shows,” says Kelly. “Understanding
the products available, while
monitoring the pulse of our clients’
needs, helps us continue being
problem solvers, while creating what
our clients envision.”