KBIS: Closets, gold & tech innovations
Cabinets & closets made a really big showing at this year’s show.
SHOW RECAP | By Denise Butchko
You may have already heard that cabinets made a really
big showing during Design and Construction Week 2017 (aka
KBIS and IBS). And even if you haven’t, that translates to
closets being included in many of those cabinet displays.
There were also aisles of gold, blues and grays as well as
tech insights and new devices around every corner. Some
of the most fascinating tech ideas were in the Virginia Tech
FutureHaus, which you can read about at Woodworking-
The closet appearances, of course, were the most interesting
from my perspective. For starters, the expansion of cabinets
of all sorts is a great sign. Now just add a closet line to many
of those cabinet exhibits and suddenly there’s a trend.
The takeaway is that closets continue to be on the leading
edge of higher-end design. All kinds of companies, lots of
them European, have incorporated a closet line into their
offerings. And many are “repping,” and not manufacturing,
The most dominant elements are 24-inch deep panels and
modern looks that resemble Poliform or have backing and
brackets that support the sections. So if you’re speaking with
clients and they want their closet to look “just like this one,”
be sure you’re designing a comparable system versus a 14-
inch deep, 84-inch high system.
One of the companies I noticed this year at KBIS/IBS is
Hans Krug, a ;ne European cabinetry line with U.S. locations in New York, Seattle and Charlotte, North Carolina.