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Must Have Kitchen Products!

By Christine Cooney, The House Designers Staff Writer

This year's Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Chicago showcased some really great, innovative new products from household brands like Kohler®, Delta®, KitchenAid® and Sub-Zero/Wolf Appliance®. Also in attendance were fresh new faces such as kitchen designer Roger Shollmier who created and founded the The Galley, a real show stopper! There were over 500 exhibitors at this year's show showcasing their newest technology and designs.

Terrific new kitchen items include glass front appliances, 'smart' technology, eco-friendly products and luxury amenities in eye-catching colors. Here are some of our favorite findings from KBIS:
Super-Functional Workstation

We were very impressed with The Galley Sink, which is far more than an ordinary kitchen sink. Kitchen designer Roger Shollmier took the concept of the kitchen triangle to a whole new level and created one super-functional space. The Galley boasts built-in amenities including cutting boards, colanders, a drain rack and stainless steel bowls. These slide above and below each other on two tiers inside the sink making meal prep, serving and cleaning a snap. It's available in three sizes — 7', 5 ¼' and the 4' Mini which you can install indoors or outdoors (great if you have an outdoor kitchen space). This great new company gets extra points for manufacturing in the USA!
Model: Galley Signature Sink | MSRP: $3,895 to $6,995
Outlet of the Future

A really cool, innovative product and the People's Choice winner at KBIS is the U-Socket by Fastmac®. It's an AC wall outlet that features two USB power ports and carries a 5-star energy-efficiency rating. This USA-made outlet includes a smart sensor that recognizes when a device is fully charged and shuts itself down. You'll never have to worry about losing your USB power adapter again.
Model: U-Socket | MSRP: $24.95
Spice Up Your Kitchen Decor

Almost every faucet manufacturer had a splash of color on display, including the new Fuse™ Kitchen Collection by Delta® featuring a split-finish pull-down faucet in three attractive color options — Cracked Pepper, Chili Pepper or Snowflake White. This sleekly styled faucet in three colorful options — Cracked Pepper, Chili Pepper or Snowflake White. This contemporary styled faucet in Brilliance® stainless finish is loaded with innovations such as MagnaTite® docking, DIAMOND™ Seal Technology and Touch-Clean® Technology.
Model: Fuse™ Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet | 9158-SB-DST | Stainless and Cracked Pepper | MSRP: $399.55
Power of Steam and Convection

Enjoy the power of steam and convection cooking in one sleek appliance from Wolf Appliance®. The Convection Steam Oven is 25% larger than competitive ovens (1.8 cubic feet) and features precision cooking technology that makes great cooking easy. Unique technology senses the quantity, size, and shape of food once one of several automatic modes is selected, taking the guesswork out of cooking.
Model: Wolf® Convection Steam Oven | CSO24 | MSRP: $3,500
Active Living Collecton

Wellborn Cabinet® has updated its accessible cabinetry and created the Active Living Collection. This new catalog features 21 fresh new door styles, additional wood species and 65 new cabinets to meet the requirements of accessible living, and homes designed for aging-in-place. The Active Living Collection is available in Wellborn's Home Concepts, Select and Premier brands, as well as the Estate Custom Collection. The large selection allows you to design a kitchen and bath that fits your budget and taste, while addressing future needs.
Wilsonart HD® Gets Edgy

Wilsonart® HD® has added 14 new Mediterranean and South African-inspired designs to its laminate collection. Homeowners can now have the luxurious look and feel of natural stone, with the durability, performance and affordability of laminates. If you're looking for a seamless and contemporary look for your kitchen countertop, check out their two new decorative edges — the Cascade and the Crescent.
Model: Countertop: Bengal Slate 1857K-55 | Island: African Slate 1856K-55 with Cascade Edge
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