NKBA Presents KBISNeXT Stage

Hear What’s NeXT!

The KBISNeXT Stage is back at KBIS 2022 to host over 20 presentation and panel discussions and 4 awards programs. Hear from 60+ of the industry’s leading experts, cheer on your favorite products at the Best of KBIS awards, and network with your peers at happy hours.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Design Trends: Styles + Materials

What can we expect from kitchen and bath space in the next 2-3 years as consumer requirements for both areas evolve to fit changing lifestyles.

30 Under 30 Introductions

Join us as we welcome the tenth class of the NKBA’s Thirty Under 30 program. Danielle Bohn, CMKBD, NKBA Thirty Under 30 alumni, will introduce you to these amazing young professionals. Our 30s are outgoing, passionate about their careers, and excited to learn, grow, take on new challenges and network with new colleagues.Help us welcome them to KBIS 2022!

Women In Network (WIN) Mentoring Panel

Resulting from a one-on-one conversation with Cheri Phyfer, President of the Fortune Brands Global Plumbing Group, Suzie Williford, EVP of the NKBA determined it was time to codify a mentoring initiative for women in the kitchen and bath industry.  This group of women powerhouses will briefly share their stories as well as outline future NKBA WIN programming plans.

The Language of Luxury

Attend this panel for a solid set of takeaways that include how to find, engage, and nurture the luxury client. Position and market yourself and your business to speak the language that attracts and develops the ultra-high end client base. Special introduction by David Friedman – Co-Founder, Wealth Quotient to define the luxury conversation.



Which brand has the biggest bite in the kitchen and bath industry? Now in its seventh year, Design Bites showcases unique product innovations and designs on the KBISNeXT Stage. Billed as speed dating for brands, exhibitors get the opportunity to share their message in a refreshing, entertaining way.

Each brand has three minutes to pitch, followed by a two-minute Q&A. Darren Keefe, the dancing carpenter from HGTV and Discovery+ will host this high-energy event.

Wellness in Design

Join Monogram Luxury Appliances for an industry insider’s discussion between award-winning actor and global entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow and famed interior designer Brigette Romanek. Hosted by Monogram Creative Director Richard T. Anuszkiewicz, Romanek and Paltrow will discuss how luxury appliances are designed to seamlessly serve today’s wellness-focused lifestyle.


Work It: New business models, new revenue opportunities

Embrace the technology and alternative thinking that has emerged to not only enhance your traditional practice but develop new income streams. It’s the silver lining for your bottom line. Hear from the experts who have adapted and thrived as they share the ups and downs on the way to success.


Solutions for Converging Design: Urban meets suburban, commercial meets residential and work meets living

Things have changed. There’s no denying it. The design community has been quick to adapt with current projects, but what other new challenges and trends have emerged? Learn about lifestyle changes, space transformation and what new opportunities exist for residential design teams.


Shift Forward: A two-part session to understand societal shifts and to embrace diversity and inclusion in your business plan

Integrating Inclusivity. Business experts from inside and outside the kitchen and bath industry share insights on how having a working Diversity and Inclusion plan for a business creates new opportunities. Attendees can learn to identify unconscious biases, preferences, and traditions that are holding them back. Special introduction by (TBC)

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Design Trends: Products + Technology

The types of Products and Technology that will be at the forefront of kitchen and bath design in the next 2-3 years.

Responsible Design: Exploring the circular economy and how the KB industry needs to adapt

The concept of designing for permanence and adopting regenerative design practises can feel overwhelming…but necessary. Join this panel of experts to learn adaption strategies to build into your projects such as managing water, reducing carbon footprints, and selecting responsible products from manufacturers who are making a difference. The kitchen and bath industry can significantly contribute to a circular economy and it’s time we all did our part.

A Conversation with KBB Person of the Year

KBB executive editor Chelsie Butler dishes with Cheryl Kees Clendenon, the publication’s 2021 Person of the Year winner. Among many topics, the two will discuss what made the designer stand out among several exceptional peers, her advice for other industry professionals and lessons she’s learned throughout her career.

2022 NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Kitchen Recycling Awards

Sustainability in design sees its greatest impact through luxury kitchen recycling.  KBIS 2022 will host the 3rd Annual NKBA/Renovation Angel Luxury Kitchen Recycling Awards, celebrating design/build professionals who recycle their clients’ kitchens and repurpose recycled material.

Social Showdown: TikTok vs. Instagram vs. What’s Next?

Are you jumping on the TikTok bandwagon? Join a panel of experts who present advanced thinking behind popular social platforms to determine what’s right for you. Compare the benefits of Instagram and Pinterest and take away practical advice on your marketing mix.

Is the Home an Ecosystem? Unravel the confusion of wellness information into a solid plan

Understand how architecture, design and tech converge for health and wellbeing. What are the latest theories in wellness and how can you support through thoughtful design? Topics include sleep, air quality, biophilia, safety and security, and performance products.

Well Lit: The importance of lighting in every design project

How to design the perfect lighting scheme. Integrating lighting into whole home systems, coaching clients on new design possibilities and why it matters.
Multi use, multi family, multi age. How to design for the generational divide, fading generational wealth and polarizing design sensibilities. Identify what is important to each generation and how to bridge the gap.
This new “Shark Tank” style program gives all exhibiting brands in the Kickstarter Zone the opportunity to pitch their new business and strategy to three VIP industry veterans at KBIS.  The grand prize winner receives a check for $5,000 and the runner-up will win $2,500.  Join us as we award these up and coming exhibitors!
The KBIS Best Booth Awards are awarded to exhibitors who go the extra mile to produce an outstanding attendee experience.  This year, recognition will go to brands that best showcase innovation, creative product display, and thoughtful design.

Best of KBIS Awards + Happy Hour

The Best of KBIS is back! Sponsored by LUXE Interiors & Design, the industry’s premier awards program highlights the best new kitchen, bath, smart home technology, and outdoor living products that push the boundaries of design, technology, and innovation.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Design Trends: Space + Layouts

What can we expect from kitchen and bath space in the next 2-3 years as consumer requirements for other areas evolve to fit changing lifestyles.

Thirty’s Choice Awards

The NKBA Thirty Under Thirty class will identify major trends, product and design innovations and technology, sustainable business practices and emerging business models – and they shine in front of the whole industry.  The class is broken into teams and will award different exhibitors with a “Thirty’s Choice Awards” in one of six categories.  It’s always amazing what products the 30s find.  Make sure to join us as 30s alumni, NKBA’s Southern California Chapter President and VFTI presenter Joseph DeCasperis leads the program.

Tech Point: The possibilities for total tech integration with leading tech experts

As the ask for technology solutions increases, learn from the experts about seamless tech integration.  We’ve brought technology integrators from the CEDIA Expo world to KBIS to walk the show and identify the brands and products you need to know about.  Join this lively panel to hear their choices, how to use in your designs and how to position your business for the next wave of technology.

Best of Designhounds

Five influential designers from Modenus Media’s Designhounds Influencer Network present their favorite picks and trends they identified to wrap up three days of stage programming on the KBISNext Stage.