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Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) Highlights

By Matthew


The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), January 21-23, is the largest trade show in North America, where each year over 600 leading brands come together to showcase new designs and innovations.  with the opportunity for both attendees and exhibitors to network, exchange ideas and build upon their businesses. Located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, KBIS is not only a learning opportunity but also a platform for both attendees and exhibitors to network, exchange ideas and build upon their businesses alongside one another.  Attendees include people from all trades: architects, dealers, hardware professionals and more. In conjunction with the business advancement aspect, events and concerts add a fun flair to the schedule, with big acts like The Doobie Brothers. While all exhibitors presented spectacular products, we wanted to provide a brief spotlight on some of our favorites:

Kick-off party in Las Vegas on January 20th. Posted on KBIS Instagram. @kbis_official

These products as well as the Sorrento, Amalfi, Verona and Positano Lines are a part of their Murano Collection which will be available in March of this year.  

Sorrento | Bianco Series Sorrento is also available in the Abalone and Beachcomber Series. Native Trails

Labelled as “The World’s Most Advanced Drinking Water System,” Zip Water was founded in 1947, but was just recently acquired, in 2017, by Culligan International, allowing the company to expand into the North America market. Zip Water prides themselves on the HydroTap, their filtration system that removes taste, odor, dirt, contaminants and heavy metals, as well as up to 97% of chlorine and 99.9% of microbiological cysts from tap water. The company is unrivaled in instant filtered boiling, chilled and sparkling water taps and demonstrated their success at the show this week. The HydroTap comes in four basic formats, with the Classic Style in particular having an adaptation for both the home and the office. Customers have the ability to select the type of water they would like from the faucet which could be any combination of boiling, chilled and sparkling for select models. Spotlighting a specific model, the HydroTap Cube BCS For Home (pictured below) comes in seven different finishes and even includes a child safety lock.

Fisher & Paykel were also among the brands who showcased new styles, innovations and advancements within their company. Having been designing products since 1934, Fisher and Paykel have sold products in more than 50 countries worldwide. They began in New Zealand with Maurice Paykel and Woolf Fisher and they haven’t stopped since. Their brand consists of five design categories which include: Professional, Integrated, Contemporary, Minimal and Classic. New introductions include the 48” Dual Fuel Professional Range, the 24” Integrated Wine Column, the 30” Wall Oven and the DCS Power Burner. Each new development invites its user into a new domain for cooking. Whether it is the Professional Range varying the number of burners or The Integrated Column Wine Cabinet offering a 91 bottle capacity, Fisher & Paykel are not slowing down to the increasingly industrialized world. These advancements will soon be available to the public, so be on the lookout for any announcements on their website or social media accounts!

Alongside new appliances and technologies, Fisher & Paykel also brought back their Social Kitchen feature at KBIS. Those who visited their booth were invited to try four signature tastes from New Zealand which included: Kawakawa tea, toasted Manuka honey marshmallows, Noble Riesling sherbert and gold kiwifruit syrup served over shaved ice.

The final shoutout in our KBIS highlights is from NATUFIA, the innovators behind the Hydroponic Home Kitchen Garden, in their effort to promote healthy and sustainable living. NATUFIA’s team consists of technologists, architects, botanists and chefs, who in a united effort, advocate for families to have the the ability to grow their own produce right in their own homes. NATUFIA sells their Demeter seeds online and emphasizes the absence of pesticides, herbicides or fungicides in their products. The Hydroponic Garden holds 32 pods and is built from high-grade stainless steel and ceramics. All of their seeds are non-GMO and certified organic, ranging from basil to lemongrass and lavender to thyme. The garden waters itself and controls pH levels to ensure optimal health for the plants. NATUFIA announced at the end of last year on their Instagram that they have a new partnership with the Four Seasons Kitchens in Leeds, UK.

The WHIT Kitchen in Lake Nona, Orlando FL Wellness Home on Innovation & Technology featuring the first NATUFIA Kitchen Garden in the USA (

After spending either an hour or the entire three days at KBIS, every attendee can agree that at least one booth snagged his/her attention, since there are different designs of kitchens. Be sure to follow your favorite companies/brands/products on their social media accounts, or maybe even subscribe to a newsletter on their website. Networking connections don’t need to end at the close of KBIS, in fact, that is where they begin!

The Guide to Polish Design: Retracing 100 Years of History, Design & Culture

By Matthew


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As we get ready to dive into another decade of design achievements, innovations and trends, we wanted to take a look back at one of our favorite design launches of the past year: the groundbreaking Guide to Polish Design. Curated by design historian and critic Krystyna Łuczak-Surówka, and organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, it retraces the past one hundred years of Polish design history through a meticulous selection of rare images and videos, many of which can now be seen by an international audience for the first time.

An interactive digital project, the guide is the first of its kind, allowing the online world to experience the very best that the past century of Polish design has to offer. A living archive, the guide features rare and valuable images highlighting more than 100 objects from 90 celebrated Polish designers. It represents a historic initiative for the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as it leverages for the first time an exclusively digital platform to extend its reach to new audiences eager to discover the country’s rich design heritage. Having the power to gain a widespread international audience, this guide provides everyone the opportunity to embrace and interact with the stories, objects and experiences that have shaped Poland.

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(From left to right: Girl Sitting Figurines designed by Henryk Jędrasiak, 1958, produced by Ćmielów Porcelain Factory; Bambino Gramophone designed by Bogdan Ciesielski, Bernard Kowalski, and Jerzy Radwański, 1963, produced by Łodz Radio Factory; CALLA LILY Vases designed by Jan Sylwester Drost, 1970s, produced by Zabkowice Glass Works; RM58 Armchairs designed by Roman Modzelewski, 1958, produced by VZÓR in 2012).

This digital compendium is divided into eight different chapters, each exploring the stories behind the designs, the biographies of their designers, and taking a closer look at selected objects, offering a glance into how past histories have permeated into everyday objects we encounter and use every single day.

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(From left to right: Z-312 Mantel Clock, 1970s, produced by the Predom Metron Factory in Toruń; Feathers chair by Jan Jurzatkowski, 1936, ŁAD Artist’ Co-Operative, Photo by Michał Korta, National Museum in Warsaw; Żabka (Froggy) Toy, designed by Małgorzata and Wojciech Małolepszy, 1987, produced by Studio MP; A goblet and cup, model no. 1761, designed by Michał Titkow, produced by the J. Stolle Niemen Glassworks Joint Stock Company, 1930s, Photo by Michał Korta).

Every detail and aspect of the guide was carefully and meticulously planned by Krystyna Łuczak-Surówka, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Bright Media, an award-winning Polish agency. As readers explore the site they are accompanied by melodic ballads composed by Wojtek Oleksiak, a Polish musician, adding yet another layer of Polish culture and excellence to an already intriguing work of art.


(Zakopane in winter- view from Gubalówka mountain. Photograph: T & S Zwoliński, 1938, courtesy of Tatra Museum in Zakopane).

The beginning of the guide reveals a moment after the first world war in which modern Polish culture and design were starting to take shape. Artists and designers sought inspiration in their new freedoms and shared experiences, transforming Polish visual identity through their crafts. The Zakopane style was one such expression that was born from this movement. Considered to be the winter capital of Poland, Zakopane appears fairytale-esque. It quickly became an escape for artists, writers and musicians from the city, who would travel to Zakopane to get a breath of fresh air, rest and ignite their new capacity for innovation. Created for the “city slickers” who fell in love with a small village-turned-sanctuary, the Zakopane style illuminated Polish culture and kindled a creative spark that would grow over the next century. Just one of many stories illustrated through this digital tour through time, the story of the emergence of the Zakopane style serves as an origin story for everything else that follows, from the runaway success of the RM58 Classic chair by Roman Modzielewski in the 1950s to the head-turning works of Oskar Zieta today.

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(The Willa pod Jedlami (House under the Firs), photo by SelectStar, First model House entirely designed in the Zakopane Style- inside and out, completed in 1903).

The masterful creation of this guide brings to light aspects of Polish history that are largely undiscovered in the rest of the world. It reveals the power of design as an expression of culture. The designs featured in the Guide to Polish Design have shaped Poland’s past and now its present as they live on through this trailblazing digital tome, an absolute must-scroll.


A Night with True Residential and Vanessa Deleon

By Michelle


Interior designer Vanessa Deleon of Vanessa Deleon Associates, an award-winning interior design firm based in NYC, hosted a party at her NJ home in collaboration with True Residential. As an ambassador for True, Vanessa’s home (including her stunning rooftop area) is decked out with an assortment of True refrigeration options—from indoor/outdoor undercounter units to 30” Dual Zone Wine Columns and more.


As coordinators for the event, the Novità team headed over to the party along with an impressive guest list of fantastic local designers, influencers, media, and other movers and shakers in the design world. Guests arriving from Manhattan were treated to a scenic ride across the Hudson river thanks to NY Waterway. Upon arriving at Vanessa’s home, guests were greeted with the smooth sounds of Acute Inflections, who strategically dressed in black and copper to match the kitchen’s True Residential custom refrigerator and general motif; they even prepared songs related to True refrigerators for an extra special touch! Everyone mixed and mingled before Steve Trulaske, CEO and grandson of True Residential’s founder, talked a bit about what makes the company so special. A family-owned American brand since 1945, Trulaske celebrated the company’s beginnings, its American-made products, and a long history of craftsmanship. Vanessa shared her positive experience with the company and its products, not only as an ambassador but as one very happy customer.


Vanessa followed up her speech with a floor-by-floor tour of her home, concluding at the fabulous rooftop where there was a sizable pool area with a mermaid lounging in the hot tub. The views from the rooftop of the city and the water made it the perfect setting for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. There were even more True appliances on the rooftop, impressing guests with two of True’s Dual Zone 30” Wine Columns in stainless steel with brass hardware prominently on display. Another big hit of the night was the Matte Black True 48 Fridge with copper hardware in Vanessa’s kitchen. The design of the kitchen seemed to be an extension of her matte black and copper True fridge. The unit’s customized color palette was carried out throughout the rest of the kitchen.



Talent runs in the family: Vanessa’s husband, Bobby Bournias, chef and owner of Brownstone Pancake Factory in Edgewater, NJ, took on the task of catering the night. Waiters passed a large selection of delicious hors d’oeuvres. Crowd favorites included a dish of braised short rib over polenta and of course, the mini apple pies! To end the night, Vanessa revealed some customized cake pops featuring an exact mini replica of her True Matte Black and Copper True 48” Fridge.


Photo courtesy of Crystal Ann Interiors

Some of the guests that attended the party with True ranged from interior designers and influencers to refrigeration industry experts and lovers. House Tipster even attended and filmed a recap of the event.


The interior designers that attended were David Santiago of Casa Santi Interior Design, Nicholas Moriarty of Nicholas Moriarty Interiors, Linda Wagner of Barrett Wagner Interior Design, John Douglas Eason of John Douglas Eason Interior Design, Holly George of Holly George Interior Design, Miriam Makram, Tim Roman of Imperial Kitchen & Bath, Diana Mosher of Diana Mosher Associates, and Crystal Ann of Crystal Ann Interiors.

Also in attendance were a variety of lifestyle and design influencers including Shauna Neely of Shauna’s Stage, Kate Rumson of The Real Houses of Instagram, and Crystal Ann of Crystal Ann Interiors.

This event was, however, not exclusive to those in the interior design industry. Ricardo Monge, artist and founder of Monge Art, also attended as well as Mike Asquith, project manager at ECS Homes. LuAnn Nigara, the voice behind A Well-Designed Business podcast, was also in attendance. Thomas Wolosik and Wendy Lien of House Tipster not only filmed the event but enjoyed the company of fellow design aficionados.


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