Retail Observer

February 2016

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FEBRUARY 2016 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 35 – PART 1 OF 2 – BATHROOMS W ITH N E ARLY 4 0 0 STU N NIN G PRO J ECTS CO M PE TIN G FO R TO P H O N O RS IN TH E 2 0 16 NKBA D ESI G N CO M PE TITI O N, AN ECL ECTI C M IX O F KITCH EN AND BATH CO N CEPTS , ST YL ES , AND M ATERIALS V ENTU RED TO CA PTU RE O U R I M AG INATI O N . IN TH E FO L LOW IN G PAG ES , S E V ER AL W IN NIN G KITCH EN AND BATH D ESI G NS W IL L STAND TESTI M O NY TO TH E O UTSTANDIN G TAL ENT AND CO M PE TEN CE O F NKBA M EM B ER D ESI G N ERS . T his year witnessed a flurry of contemporary style kitchen designs with a highly functional yet minimalist look. Integrated appliances, deluxe pull-outs and organization products, LE D lighting, and sleek, textured finishes stood out as common elements in the winning designs. As for baths, a play on patterns, floating ceilings, freestanding tubs, and a sense of drama were some of the many elements that made a statement. This year's winners have touched on a number of themes including Arts & Crafts Heritage, Lakehouse Living, Classic Vintage, European Flair, Theatrics, and more, all while catering to the present-day sensibilities of their clients. Each project evokes a different mood and ambience—ranging from high drama to complete serenity—kindling a unique reaction to the character of the space as defined by the designers. Chosen by an expert panel of NKBA-certified designers, the winning projects will go on to serve as exemplary spaces that will set the trends for the year ahead. —Ash Sukumar

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