Highlights from the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS)

It was another exciting year down at the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show  at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry. The interactive event showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies, from surfaces to appliances and everything in between. This year’s show was bigger and brighter, featuring a myriad of new stone and surface trends to look out for in 2018.

Silestone by Cosentino Eternal Marquina with N-Boost Technology

The Eternal Collection is the first Silestone Collection to be released on the market with N-Boost technology. Silestone N-Boost achieves a greater intensity of color and surface brightness and makes cleaning and maintenance easier, thanks to the water-repellent property of the material. Shown here is Eternal Marquina, which is evocative of the Spanish Black Marquina marble.

www.silestone.com

Neolith Retrostone

Terrazzo surfaces continue to be a trend in kitchen and bath, and Neolith's soft Retrostone option is a nice counterpart to some of the crazy-colored options already on the market.

www.neolith.com

Bath Credenza

Dekton by Cosentino unveiled the DeKauri bath credenza designed by Daniel Germani, which was a true highlight of the show. Each freestanding enclosed bathroom is made from 50,000-year-old Kauri wood and features Dekton surfaces, Fantini Rubinetti faucets, and lighting from Juniper Design.

www.dekton.com

ANTOLINI Azerocare

Anyone with a polished marble or natural stone countertop can tell you that anything acidic (lemon juice, vinegar, wine) is natural stone’s worst enemy.  Anytime an acidic substance makes contact with a polished, natural stone surface, etching occurs and leaves a dull, white ring.   Antolini, an Italian company known for their exotic natural stone surfaces has come to the rescue with Azerocare, a treatment that is applied to any one of Antolini’s stone slabs in Italy before it is sent to the US.  Azerocare protects the stone’s polished surface for up to 11 hours after contact with acidic substances.  This is a game changer for the industry and for the way the designer specifies hard surfaces for the active home that is prone to accidents.  Stain resistance once came at a price, where perhaps the look was sacrificed for performance.  With Azerocare, the only requirement is that the surface must be polished, and at this time, honed finishes are not a possibility.  However, if a certain stone is used on both the counter and backsplash, a slab treated with Azerocare can be used on the counter and a non-treated slab can be used on the backsplash, as there is less of a need for stain resistance on a backsplash. To see the benefit of Azerocare in action, see below:

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