VEGAS, BABY! THE 2014 INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS SHOW
This year’s International Builders Show (IBS) in Las Vegas wrapped up last week. Primarily targeting building industry professionals, IBS 2014 was co-located for the first time this year with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), offering a combined 1,700 exhibitors for an eye-popping, idea-expanding experience for more than 75,000 attendees from across the globe. The International Window Coverings Expo was also located on another floor of the same conference center.
Here’s why you care: with its hot trends, new products, and futuristic concepts, the IBS can give you fantastic insight and inspiration for your next project. This is true whether you’re a building industry professional (designers, architects, builders, 3D renderers, K&B professionals, etc.) or a regular person dreaming about what your current home space can accomplish… or how your next dream shelter will look and function.
Concepts Made Real
The New American Home is a concept home built especially for the show in a Las Vegas development. Reminiscent of the contemporary elevations so beautifully crafted in Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie home architectural style, the New American Home delivers a modern interpretation of the classic ranch, set in a contemporary style home with stunning desert view. Sleek lines softened with natural materials and a layout that seamlessly blends the indoors and out, this home boasts functionality and design meant for today’s multigenerational family and forward-thinking lifestyle.
What’s exceptionally buzz-worthy about the home is its commitment to sustainability, universal design (an elegant term for aging in place), and contemporary styling. Take a virtual tour by clicking here.
Hot New Trends & Products
Where to begin? With 1,700 exhibitors and numerous educational sessions, new trends and products were evident everywhere. Businesses of all sorts love to do mashups of their favorites so I thought I’d share a few with you:
- Let’s start with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) — the host of the show — and their “best of” winners. Categories include the best products in home technology, kitchen and bath, indoor living, outdoor living, window & door, most innovative building, and their coveted “Best in Show.” Get details, winners, and manufacturer links by clicking here.
- A sustainable product roundup from Green Building & Design Magazine gets excited over products ranging from reflective shingles to zero volatile organic compound (VOC) paint.
- Here’s what impressed the LA Times.
- A video from the Wall Street Journal highlights ribbon fireplaces, cabinets made of lighter colored metals, and an all-in-one range with seven (yes, seven!) components including a steam oven, convection oven, and warming drawer.
Products weren’t the only thing trending. There were dozens of educational sessions each day that ranged from feeding designers’ and homeowners’ dreams to down-to-earth practical advice for builders and contractors. Some of the sessions on my show planner included:
“Evoking Buyers’ Emotions through Home Design”
“Love Living in Your Kitchen”
“Design Trends for 2014 & Beyond”
“Survey Says: Home Trends & Buyer Preferences” (valuable information to keep home improvement investments in step with what’s marketable).
“High Performance by Design: 12 Design Tips to Transform Any House Plan”
Creating the Future
Dreamers, builders, designers, and imaginations of all shapes and sizes are welcome at the IBS. Sometimes, it’s neither practical nor possible to build a tangible, real-life, three-dimensional prototype of a product or design idea. This is where 3D renderings take center stage. If you feed someone like myself the concept, I can create a true-to-life image so your concept comes to life.
I was especially looking forward to visiting one particular exhibit at IBS because one of my 3D renderings was being used as the booth backdrop. Well-known lighting experts Kichler Lighting wanted to show off the emotion, beauty, and ambiance their lighting fixtures and products could create in a home. But how could they demonstrate a house full of lighting style in an exhibit floor booth? Kichler’s solution was to have me create a detailed rendering of a home, cutaway to reveal the interior, showcasing Kichler Lighting both inside and out. They used the image, blown up to 8’ x 8’, as the backdrop for their booth. It was designed to capture attention and instantly help other design professionals visualize Kichler products in their own creative inspirations.
Over the years, I’ve helped many other professionals and companies convey their ideas and products for commercial purposes using 3D renderings, including this concept created for a Seattle builder for a home show last year. The result is an innovative, eye-catching, and effective way to capture the attention of the businesses’ prospective customers. As for the IBS, it was certainly exciting to know that this technology is being embraced as a way to visualize and create the future of tomorrow’s design.
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So, has this information about IBS helped whet your appetite for the show? Are we on for IBS 2015? Next year’s show will be in Las Vegas from January 20–22, 2015, and will once again be partnered with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. Show registration opens September 2, 2014. Let’s go to Vegas, baby!
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[NOTE: Today's post was intended to be a review of my visit to the 2014 International Builders Show in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, my trip was cancelled at the last minute due to weather-related difficulties. This would have been my first visit to the IBS, so of course I'm disappointed that it didn't happen. So instead I decided to highlight all the things I was looking forward to. And now maybe you, like me, can start planning to attend next year's show.]