(Sarasota, FL. April 16, 2010) The very sleek and urbane Chicago Illuminating Company set the stage for an exclusive event hosted in Chicago by Jennings and Company along with NINE leading manufacturers of luxury kitchen and bath products. Dating back to the 1900’s, the sophisticated loft venue with towering beams and 50 ft ceilings set the stage for this European inspired, boutique product unveiling that kicked off KBIS in high style.
The event attracted over 350 of the biggest players in the Kitchen and Bath Industry. The guest list included leading showrooms from across the country, architects, designers, representatives, dealers, leading manufacturers and the national press. It was the perfect venue to mingle with customers and media in a casual, party like atmosphere. The most prominent showroom owners in the country could be seen throughout the evening enjoying music, food and libations while networking with the journalists and reporters in town for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.
Sponsors of the event included Bear Creek Glass, Diamond Spas, Lasertron, Lenova, Metaltec Innovations, MTI Whirlpools, Novellini, Victoria & Albert and Vogue UK.
Some new products that were unveiled included a Cristal glass bath lounge chair from Novellini; Bamboo sinks from Lenova; Laser engraved Stainless steel doors from Lasertron; Hand-blown glass sinks from Bear Creek Glass; Stainless steel and bronze sinks from Diamond Spas; artistic 3-dimensional metal and glass sculptures from Metaltec; Victoria & Albert’s new Ravello tub and sink; new towel warmers from Vogue UK and MTI Whirlpools’ Transitional Vanity and Elise and Intarcia tubs.
Some of the most significant kitchen and bath showrooms including Smolka & Co., Klaff’s, Millers Fine Decorative Hardware, Kiva, Hydrology, Westhiemer Plumbing and Union Hardware were also in attendance.
There were over 50 press attendees from leading publications like KITCHEN & BATH BUSINESS, LUXE INTERIORS + DESIGN, HOSPITALITY DESIGN, KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGN NEWS, THE WHOLESALER, THIS OLD HOUSE, PHC NEWS, QUALIFIED REMODELER, Book Author Gale Steves, OLD HOUSE JOURNAL, RESIDENTIAL DESIGN & BUILD, HOME PORTFOLIO, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, as well as Danny Lipford, Host and Executive Producer of the nationally syndicated television show Today’s Homeowner and home improvement contributor on The Weather Channel and The Early Show on CBS.
Check out our photo album from the trip.