(Alpharetta, GA) – December 22, 2014 – The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) introduces KBISNeXT™: a destination for discovering the next ideas, trends and innovations in the kitchen and bath industry, in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Center during its 2015 show, happening January 20-22, 2015.

“We’ve added an additional 500,000 square feet of exhibition space to the show floor which allowed us to develop an arena that offers thought provoking, inspired ‘on floor’ programming, as well as additional exhibit space. KBISNeXT™ is the next big thing; the next set of ideas; the next in contemporary design; and the next reason to attend KBIS,” said Brian Pagel, VP Kitchen and Bath Group, Emerald Expositions. KBISNeXT™ will feature the KBISNeXT Stage, Tech Bar, and the FutureHaus Kitchen, presented by Virginia Tech. It will also showcase more KBIS exhibitors, the popular Best of KBIS Awards and the show’s newest award program: the Innovative Showroom Awards. The KBISNeXT™ Stage will feature unique programming each day of the show, happening in the morning, at lunch time and during the late afternoon. Programs will include topics such as:

The Modern Family: Designing for Multi-Generational Living

According to a 2010 Pew Research report, 21.6% of Americans are living in multi-generational households; the highest since the 1950’s. This is The Modern Family – Millenials bommeranging home; Boomers combining families; Matures huddling in mother-in-law suites. How to design for this changing landscape? Join talented panelists Mitzi Beach Mitzi Beach, ASID, national speaker + educator on design issues for Baby Boomers, Richard Anuszkiewicz, CKD and 30_30 alum, Brittany Gardner, CKD, RID, and 30_30 alum, Brittany Gardner, CKD, RID, and 30_30 alum, and Laurie March, HGTV interior designer, and Pietro (Pete) A. Giorgi, Sr., CMKBD to learn how.

SEO By Design

Hear from Eric Enge, industry thought leader, co-author of The Art of SEO, and sought-after speaker as he provides valuable insight on digital marketing for the design community. Anyone with a website, blog and/or social media presence will benefit from Enge’s actionable advice on how to use content marketing to drive your business. Learn how to build a plan that is designed from the ground up to provide results. Topics such as obtaining killer links, community growth strategies on social platforms, connecting the dots between social media and content marketing and how to be popular with Google.

Design Around the World

From the United Kingdom to Italy, New Zealand and beyond, Veronika Miller of Modenus will moderate a panel discussion to compare and contrast the differences in “design around the world”. Hear from top international design brands and designers as they review the latest in design on the global stage.

Innovative Showroom Awards Announcement

KBIS, in partnership with Hearst Design Group, and the NKBA will announce and present the winners of the first ever Innovative Showroom Awards, followed by a panel discussion on what made the showrooms so unique. Designed to honor retail showrooms, serving the kitchen and bath industry, the awards honor showrooms delivering an excellent experience at the point of purchase. The public nominated their favorites and then voted to narrow down the list of finalists. A group of judges ultimately voted on the final winners. Don’t miss this big announcement and follow the action on Twitter at #KBISShowroom.

The Designer & The Builder – A Relationship Join K+BB, official show sponsor of KBIS, as members of their Editorial Advisory Board take the stage to present projects that exemplify best practices of designers and builders working together. This panel discussion will be led by Chelsie Butler, Editor in Chief, K+BB, panelists from the Editorial Advisory Board include: Amy Ahearn, CKD, CAPS; Toni Sabatino, Toni Sabatino Style; Phil Seaton, President, Seaton, Inc., Seattle; Raymond Wiese, CMKBD, The Wiese Company.

Modenus Talks – Leveling the Playing Field

After the economic breakdown many design professionals began to reinvent themselves and their business model in order to compete in a difficult market. Fast forward five years and these new business models are here to stay. Join the discussion as designers share their success stories as brand spokespeople, ambassadors and design partners.

VA Tech FutureHAUS Kitchen

Dive into a research project that explores a new and more efficient approach to the way we construct buildings. The VA Tech FutureHAUS proposes that buildings are manufactured utilizing an assembly-line process in a way similar to the manufacturing of cars and planes. See how building techniques and technology integrate with a panel discussion led by Joe Wheeler, AIA, Professor of Architecture and Co-Director for the Center for Design Research. Understand how the kitchen & bath designer will add value to the process and see a kitchen delivered via an efficient industrialized process integrating cutting edge technologies and innovative new materials.

He Said…She Said… Creating the luxury bathroom you both can enjoy!

The relationship between homeowner, designer and contractor can be tricky. Almost every “couple” has something seemingly trivial they bicker over during construction. Whether it be the layout of the “his” and “hers” sinks; should we have a wet room or separate shower and soaking tub; or what truly is “our” budget? Come listen to Brandon Smith of DCoopMedia and theTwentySIX, who will moderate this panel of industry professionals representing the views of the interior designer and the builder.

The Ultimate Foodie Kitchen

Whether designing for a professional chef or amateur at-home cook, indoors and out – there’s key factors to consider when designing a “Culinary Kitchen”. Join us for this panel discussion with Rebecca Reynolds of the Kitchen Design Network and New Canaan Kitchens along with Russ Faulk, VP, Design & Marketing, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, and special guests as they dive into what makes the ultimate “foodie” kitchen. Stay up to date on additions to the KBISNeXTTM programming schedule on KBIS.com.

About KBIS

KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50 years. Early in 2013, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced an agreement to co-locate the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Nevada in February 2014 under the banner of Design and Construction Week™. The mega-event will return Jan. 20-22, 2015, in Las Vegas with each show occupying a separate hall. Kitchen and bath brands that have participated in both shows can continue to choose to exhibit in the KBIS or IBS hall. One pass will provide access to both exhibits. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events.

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association with more than 60,000 members that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for 50 years. NKBA.org provides consumers with an inspiration gallery of award-winning kitchen and bath designs, as well as articles, tips, and an extensive glossary of remodeling terms. At NKBA.org, consumers can also find certified kitchen and bath professionals in their areas, submit questions to NKBA experts, and download the free NKBA Kitchen Planner and NKBA Bath Planner. To learn more, visit the NKBA Press Room at www.NKBA.org.

About Emerald Expositions

KBIS is managed by Emerald Expositions, a leading trade show producer. For more information, please visit www.emeraldexpositions.com.

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