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Cefla Finishing, the leading supplier of finishing, decoration, and digital printing solutions, recently welcomed attendees into its finishing laboratory in Charlotte, North Carolina, for an exclusive Focus Event on entry-level automation.

More than 40 attendees were given a tour of Cefla’s manufacturing, service, and parts departments during this invite-only event. Attendees then participated in an open forum with our sales team about the challenges they face with finishing. Later that afternoon, Cefla’s different entry-level solutions were showcased using the pressurized Prima P and Unidry work cell and the non-pressurized Prima and FL-12 batch oven.

Visitors had the undivided attention of their Sales Area Manager and worked closely with Cefla LAB and Service teams on the technical aspects regarding their needs. The goal was to showcase different levels of automated/manual options making our technology more feasible for small/medium companies. Also on display was iBotic, an automated spraying robot with two arms working simultaneously and independently on pieces of different shapes and thicknesses. Attendees witnessed complete finishing solutions in action, with applications relevant to a multitude of end markets. Guests also benefited from direct access to Cefla’s technical experts, sales network, and in-depth discussion on the many benefits of automation.

Visit the Cefla Finishing website at www.ceflafinishing.com for more information.

Genesis Products has entered an agreement to purchase Funder America, Inc., announced January 31st at the start of the 2023 NAHB International Builder Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Their combined product offerings are on display at booth W1800  in the West Hall. The acquisition, expected to close during Q1, positions Genesis to meet the high demand for Thermally Fused Melamine (TFL) panels and broadens Genesis’ expertise as a leading supplier of laminated panels, components and panel processing. Funder America is one of the oldest, largest and most diversified TFL panel and component manufacturers in North America with 50 years of experience.

“Adding TFL manufacturing to our capabilities brings us one step closer to being the most comprehensive supplier of laminated components and panels in North America. We are passionate about leveraging the breadth of our offering to better serve OEMs, distributors and retailers across the country,” said Jon Wenger, CEO of Genesis.

“As an independent TFL producer, Funder has the ability to work with any board or laminate to serve the unique and constantly evolving needs of our joint customers. Our products and capabilities are naturally aligned to be stronger together,” said Peter Funder, who will continue to lead Funder as a division of Genesis after the acquisition.

Funder’s TFL panels and components feature decorative surfaces with enhanced visual appeal, that also exhibit excellent scratch and wear resistance. They are available in a variety of sizes, thicknesses, textures, and designs; an offering that complements industries Genesis currently serves, including kitchen cabinets, closets and shelving, RV, office and healthcare furniture, and more.

In addition to TFL, the following Funder offerings are now available from Genesis:

  • High capacity shelving and panel processing

Durable and fully kitted ­- an ideal choice for designers or specifiers of commercial furniture, store fixtures, closets or cabinets.

  • Exclusive Kora Paintable and Stainable Paper

Achieves the look and feel of hardwood with reduced prep time and environmental impact. Paint-ready with no primer; accepts most stain types.

  • Wood Powder Coating technology

Powder coating MDF with new and different shapes, contoured with various edge profiles to meet today’s demand for flexibility and fashion design. It features exciting new colors and finishes in a durable end product.

Wenger added that the Funder locations in North Carolina, Florida and Arkansas “will greatly expand our national footprint.”

Dackor–which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2023 as a manufacturer and distributor of continuous surface solutions for a wide variety of markets such as Kitchen & Bath, Healthcare, Retail, Office, Sign, Wall, Home and Refurbishment–featured two new designs at KBIS.

D197 Rogue Valley Pear and D198 Pelee Island Pear are part of Dackor’s RhinoHz collection with added durability ideal for desk tops, store fixtures, retail displays, kitchen and bath cabinet doors and other high traffic surfaces. These super durable topcoats and broad range of textures provide peace of mind against scratching and everyday wear and tear.

Visit www.dackor.com for more information.

Wilsonart, a world-class innovator of engineered surfaces, is blending beauty and performance in nature-inspired, real-world ready surface introductions, debuting at the 2023 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). With new designs across six collections including, Wilsonart Quartz, Wilsonart Solid Surface, Wilsonart THINSCAPE Performance Tops, The LUJO Collection, Wilsonart Interiors and New Leaf Performance Veneers, Wilsonart delivers the ultimate portfolio of residential and commercial offerings for every taste, space, and budget.

“Wilsonart provides beautiful, hard-working, on-trend solutions for every surface. With more than 1,000 designs, we deliver your vision with High Pressure Laminate, durable Quartz, Solid Surface and more,” said Danielle Mikesell, global vice president of marketing and design at Wilsonart. “Our portfolio is all about choices. Through the power of engineering and ingenuity, our designers have taken inspiration from nature to create innovative surfaces that make spaces come alive and meet every functional, aesthetic, and budgetary need.”

New Wilsonart surfaces debuting at KBIS 2023 include:

Wilsonart Quartz

Snow resting on frigid branches. Ethereal clouds on the sea horizon. Wilsonart Quartz reflects exquisite scenes of nature like never before with 10 new designs inspired by the world around us. Ranging from Soapstone to the coveted rare beauty of deep-veined Calacatta marbles, these new styles offer elegant and tranquil looks ideal for any space. Reflecting current residential trends, the expanded Quartz collection also includes a new natural matte finish that will be available on select designs within the portfolio.

Wilsonart Quartz provides incredible strength and versatility, allowing design professionals to reimagine their style story without limits. It maintains its brilliance even in the most well-used areas. All Wilsonart Quartz designs are extremely durable, easy to maintain and clean, and are stain resistant. Wilsonart Quartz also is a recent recipient of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Declare label, which details the material health composition of building products to help inform consumers about the safety of the products they use every day. Wilsonart’s 10 new Quartz designs and natural matte finish will be available in late Spring 2023. For more information about Wilsonart Quartz, visit www.wilsonart.com/quartz.

Wilsonart Solid Surface

The Wilsonart Solid Surface collection captures nature’s movements and hues in six new modern designs. Blurring the lines between engineered and natural materials, the collection’s dynamic designs take realism to a new level, providing the looks of authentic marble, concrete and stone with scale, definition and variation you won’t find anywhere else. New hues range from warm taupes, charcoal greys and metallic dusts to a full range of cool, bright and soft whites. Capturing the look of concrete, the new Masoned Concrete infuses a patina of comfort and tactility, with its soft linear movement. To add a soothing yet transformative nature that will lend a creative touch to enhance your décor, is the new Calacatta Perlato. The soft and pearlescent silver-gold veins of the design appear to dance in the light.

Virtually seamless and non-porous, Wilsonart Solid Surface offerings are naturally resistant to fade, heat and most stains, and do not support the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria – making them ideal for use in residential and commercial kitchens, baths, laundry rooms and more. These surfaces are also durable, repairable and thermo-formable, and can easily be cleaned with just soap and water. Wilsonart’s six new Solid Surface designs will be available in early 2023. For more information about Wilsonart Solid Surface, visit www.wilsonart.com/solid-surfaces.

Wilsonart THINSCAPE Performance Tops

On the heels of growing demand for its European-style, ultra-thin countertops, Wilsonart is adding three stone designs – Soluna, Sea Line Mist, and Pietra Noir – to its THINSCAPE Performance Tops collection. Featuring delicate and refined movement, the new offerings range from neutral hues to never-before-seen dark stone looks typically exclusive to natural stone or high-end materials.

Wilsonart THINSCAPE Performance Tops deliver minimalist styling that pairs well with modern spaces by combining on-trend aesthetics with sleek engineering and everyday durability. Performance is not sacrificed in the countertop’s ultra-thin and stylish profile; instead, it offers exceptional durability with resistance to impact, scratches and moisture. THINSCAPE Performance Tops are ideal for kitchen countertops, bath vanities, laundry room worktops and commercial applications in hospitality, office and retail environments. Wilsonart’s three new THINSCAPE designs will be available in early 2023. For more information on THINSCAPE Performance Tops, visit www.wilsonart.com/thinscape.

Wilsonart Interiors

Wilsonart Interiors is a curated collection of Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) designs and finishes that bring sophisticated style to the inside of cabinets, drawers and open storage spaces – making them as beautiful as they are functional. Inspired by natural woven textures, this collection adds a sense of refinement, dressing spaces from the inside-out with a new level of detail. Not only does Wilsonart Interiors provide a solution for interior storage areas, but it can also be applied to open shelving in a kitchen or other central gathering areas. Designs and finishes are readily available in coordinating Wilsonart® High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and Edgeband.

Whether looking to create a nature-inspired theme with eco-friendly materials or a mid-century look with clean lines, Wilsonart Interiors offers designs that coordinate with today’s most sought-after styles. Its modern looks allow for personal style statements that are more beautiful and unique than ever before, with three structures of textile designs – Linen, Tabby and Tessere – in colorways that make the coordination and selection process a breeze. The collection’s colors incorporate the most usable neutrals while mixing warm and cool tones for an added layer of complexity, making it easy to find the perfect fit to coordinate or contrast. Wilsonart Interiors is now available. For more information on Wilsonart Interiors, and coordinating HPL, visit www.wilsonart.com/interiors.

The LUJO Collection 

Wilsonart is redefining luxury woodgrains and thoughtful design cohesion with the expansion of The LUJO Collection from Wilsonart Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL). With 14 new designs that highlight the beauty of oak and walnut, the collection opens the door for personalized coordination for cabinets/case goods, cabinet interiors, doors and closet systems. Designs and finishes are available in coordinating Wilsonart High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and Edgeband.

The LUJO Collection embodies the definition of luxury and features tones like Quiet Whites, Golden Blondes, Forest Browns and Earthy Black to transform dream spaces into reality. From Gloss Line, Timbergrain and Ridgewood finishes that offer sophisticated beauty from every angle to vivid oak and walnut styles that infuse spaces with natural warmth, the premium possibilities are virtually endless for residential and resimercial kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, laundry rooms and living rooms. The new LUJO designs are also available in coordinating HPL. For more information about Wilsonart and The LUJO Collection, visit www.wilsonart.com/lujo-collection.

New Leaf Performance Veneers

New Leaf Performance Veneers is expanding its high-performance veneers collection with two new coveted classic species – Rift Cut Walnut and Plain Sawn Birch. Combined with five new on-trend stains, the New Leaf Performance Veneers line now offers more versatility and style options than ever before. The new Rift Cut Walnut structure is a premium veneer look with a relatively straight grain that displays a sophisticated and constant linear effect. Its fine and moderately course texture, medium pores and uniform grain allow for soft contrast balances across the panel making it a beautiful veneer in all stains. The Plain Sawn Birch structure offers a fresh and versatile look playing into Scandinavian design trends with cathedral and straight grains. The medium density woodgrain has a beautiful contrast of sapwood and heartwood while displaying a smooth quality and uniform graining across finishes and color choices.

Accompanying the new walnut and birch finishes are five new in demand stains that bring an expanded range of variety to New Leaf’s offering, including Crème, Latte, Cocoa & Lava, and Espresso. Ideal for cabinetry, wall paneling, wainscoting, doors and other applications in both commercial and residential settings, every New Leaf Performance Veneer is available in Semi-Gloss or Matte finish. Additionally, the recently launched Matte Grain texture is available for select designs and provides a beautifully understated open-grain finish that highlights the organic richness of wood’s unique equalities. New Leaf’s two new species and five new stains will be available in early 2023. For more information about New Leaf Performance Veneers, visit  www.newleafveneers.com.

“Our high-performance introductions elevate residential and commercial design by offering endless inspiration and cutting-edge products to enhance all of life’s moments – beautifully, efficiently and sustainably,” said Mikesell.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), owners of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) opened the 2023 live event with the highly anticipated National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design + Industry Awards on January 30, at the Encore Ballroom, in the Encore Hotel, Las Vegas Hotel.

The sold-out annual awards ceremony recognizes the design professionals and projects that are setting the bar for the way we live, work and entertain in our homes.  Each reflects the purpose of the Association – envisioning a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful, and functional kitchen and bath spaces. The program was generously sponsored by Beko appliances (platinum sponsor), 2020 Design Software, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery, and Vent-A-Hood (diamond sponsor), Hettich and Home Depot (gold sponsors), photo booth sponsor Duravit and special mobile bar sponsor, Perlick.

NKBA’s CEO Bill Darcy and EVP & CSO Suzie Williford hosted the ceremonies, presenting more than 30 awards during the evening, including the NKBA Student Design Competition winners as well as the NKBA Innovative Showroom Awards Competition winners.

NKBA 2023 Kitchen & Bath Design Competition Winners:

BEST OVERALL KITCHEN

Sarah Robertson, AKBD, Founder and Principal, Studio Dearborn

BEST OVERALL BATH

Mary Maney, CKBD, Crystal Kitchen + Bath

PEOPLE’S PICK KITCHEN

Henrietta Heisler, Owner and Director, Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc

PEOPLE’S PICK BATH

Emily Miller, CKD, Kitchen and Bath Concepts

SPECIALTY KITCHEN

  • First Place
    • Rebecca Foster, Interior Designer, Welton Design Group
  • Second Place
    • Douglas Walter, CMKBD, Doug Walter Architect
  • Third Place
    • Lance Stratton, Principal, Studio Stratton Inc.
    • Co-Designers: Kate LeCount and Tom King

SMALL KITCHEN (Under 300 sq ft)

  • First Place
    • Sarah Robertson, AKBD, Founder and Principal, Studio Dearborn
  • Second Place
    • Svetlana Tryaskina, Principal, Estee Design Inc.
  • Third Place
    • Nar Bustamante, President, Nar Design Group

LARGE KITCHEN (Over 300 sq ft)

  • First Place
    • Lori Kurnitsky, Designer, Bluebell Kitchens
    • Co-designer: Michele Plachters
  • Second Place
    • Marla Nazzicone, Owner, Marla Nazzicone Design Inc.
  • Third Place
    • Lori Kurnitsky, Designer, Bluebell Kitchens
    • Co-designers: Olga Carlson and Michele Plachter

POWDER ROOM

  • First Place
    • Lori Carroll, Lori Carroll & Associates
    • Co-designer: Kat Saucedo
  • Second Place
    • Jaque Bethke, Principal designer, architect, and engineer, Jaque Bethke
  • Third Place
    • Jaque Bethke, Principal designer, architect, and engineer, Jaque Bethke

SECONDARY BATH

  • First Place
    • Gina D’Amore Bauerle, Partner and Interior Designer at D’Amore Interiors
  • Second Place
    • Nichol Hollinger, CKBD, and Senior Interior Designer, Henrietta Heisler Interiors, Inc.
  • Third Place
    • Nancy Finneson, CKBD, DeMane Design

PRIMARY BATH

  • First Place
    • Mary Maney, CKBD, Crystal Kitchen + Bath
  • Second Place
    • Kendall Ansell, Owner, Kendall Ansell Interiors
    • Co-designer: Katelyn Woods
  • Third Place
    • Sandra Diaz-Velasco, Principal Architect, EOLO A&I Design

The 2023 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), owned by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and the destination for kitchen and bath design professionals, reveals the Best of KBIS 2023 winners.

The awards, which recognize the most innovative new kitchen and bath products presented at KBIS, were announced from the KBIS NEXT Stage, February 1, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Sponsored by Luxe Interiors + Design, the largest network of regional shelter magazines across the country, Luxe Interiors + Design, Style Director Katheryn Given hosted the awards ceremony.

“The Best of KBIS Awards is one of my favorite parts of KBIS,” said Suzie Williford, EVP of Industry Relations and Chief Strategy Officer, NKBA. “It’s amazing to see these high-quality, innovative products for both the kitchen and bath spaces. Each year we continue to be amazed by how many brands apply for consideration, and the tough choices the judges must make in picking out the BEST of the applicants! Our industry is thriving, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce you to the Best of KBIS winners!”

The Best of KBIS 2023 Awards recognize products in eight (8) categories. The Best of KBIS 2023 Winners Are:

Best of KBIS – Bath Gold: inFINE Column Shower by S.G. sri

Best of KBIS – Bath Silver: The ABSTRA Collection by Kohler WasteLAB

Best of KBIS – Kitchen Gold: Baveno Kitchen Sink System by BOCCHI

Best of KBIS – Kitchen Silver: FOTILE Insert Self-Adjusting Range Hood

Best of KBIS – Connected Home Technology Gold: MOEN Smart Sprinkler Controller and Smart Wireless Soil Sensors

Best of KBIS – Connected Home Technology Silver:GE PROFILE 36-inch Touch Control  Induction Cooktop

Best of KBIS – Impact Award (Judge’s Choice): inFINE Column Shower by S.G. sri

Best of KBIS – Best in Show: Baveno Kitchen Sink System by BOCCHI

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