Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Design & Construction Week - 2015 Overview

Last month at Design and Construction Week in Las Vegas I saw some fabulous products.  It's so much fun and so productive to go to this event.  It allows me to be aware of the top products on the market as well as the most innovative one.  And I often get to see things in their conceptual stage and not quite ready for the world yet.  It's a whirlwind of an event and my Fitbit showed that I walked around 28,000 steps a day.  There was much to see and so little time to see it.

My Top Five Items of the Show:

Freestanding Tubs:
Bath tubs took center stage this year.  There's always a dilemma for homeowners on whether or not to keep the bathtub. I think that you should have one bathtub in the house because they are very functional for bathing children and for relaxing.  So, the current trend is to make the tub the focal point in the room.  Several hand painted tubs were on display.

Top Zero Seamless Stainless Steel Undermount Sink:

By far one of the best items presented at the show was the seamless undermount sink.  In the US we tend to do undermount sinks in the kitchen where there is a joint between the countertop and the underside and after time junk can stick in that joint area.  But this is a seamless undermount sink. Very sleek. Very clean lined.   I want one of these.

Opti-myst Fireplace:

DCDimplex has a fireplace that's not fueled by gas or wood, but by water.  Using ultrasonic technology, the water creates mist  and in doing so creates the illusion of flames and smoke. Very cool.

Urban City Designs:

Custom stone work that's really only limited by your imagination.
Whether you want to dress up the kitchen with a unique backsplash or add pizazz to the entryway with a tiled dome or a medallion at the center, these tiles will make a statement in any room. And the metal chair you see in the picture was made by them just for the event.  It was very comfortable. I love the chair. They could sell this chair, but it was just a place for the person manning the booth to sit for the event..

Diamon-Fusion Nanotechnology:

This Diamon-Fusion process makes surfaces easier to clean by making them more water and oil repellent.  Think about the shower glass here.  You have a beautiful frameless shower but is susceptible to soap scum and hard water stains.  Well, DFI is a protective coating on the glass that has a barrier against hard water mineral deposits, environmental pollutants and weathering.  They gave me a sample to use on my car window.

There were five big tradeshows/events going on in Vegas during the same week as the Design and Construction Event.  The place was hopping. 

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