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Global Connect Lounge Programming at KBIS 2024

Feb 16, 2024

Global Connect Lounge Programming at KBIS 2024
New lounge at 2024 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show to host international programming and events for North American attendees

Bethlehem, PA – (February 1st, 2024) —The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), representing nearly 50,000 North American kitchen and bath industry professionals, and the owners of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), announces the KBIS 2024 Global Connect Lounge Program at the Las Vegas Convention Center (South Hall SL-7105), on
February 27-29th, 2024.

International Brand Spotlight Presentations
New-to-the-market brands from New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Ukraine will present a series of brand spotlights on Tuesday, February 27th at 9:30-11:00 AM and Wednesday, February 28th, at 10:30 -11:30 AM. Each will share their brand stories and product innovations in 10 minute shorts.

Participants include:
Concelo Storage Solutions
Schott Specialty and Ceramic Glass
Dekker Specialty Worktops
SICAM Expo for International Components and Accessories
Ukraine Lviv Sector

International Events
Three panel discussions and presentations, featuring new-to-the-market brands introducing new cooking technology, lighting designs, and specialty European furniture accessories and components, as well as a taste of Eastern European culture will take place on the lounge floor.

BORA Happy Hour: The Thoughtful Kitchen – Healthy Spaces and Happy Places
February 27, 2024 (4:00-5:00 PM)

The BORA team presents an interactive discussion about The Thoughtful Kitchen, exploring ideas around: the kitchen is MORE than just a collection of cabinets and appliances – it represents the soul of the home and the people that live in it. Cooking is MORE than just preparing food – it is an activity that allows us to nurture, nourish and cultivate human relationships. Healthy living is MORE than just eating our vegetables – it requires thoughtful space plans, clean air, ease of maintenance to support emotional and physical wellness. Healthy bites and delicious drinks will be served.

UKRAINE Lviv Cluster Breakfast Session: Meet Ukraine! Manufacturers and Artisans Present a Selection of the Best Products and Designs from Ukraine
February 28, 2024 (9:00-10:00 AM)

A wide range of Ukraine-based presentations will be in the Global Connect Lounge for this year’s breakfast session at KBIS. From lamps, to marble, to fully-custom kitchens this session introduces Ukraine’s world of design.

The co-exhibitors for this session are:
– Garant, presenting modern and high-quality corpus furniture production.
– Pikart lights, bring elegant lamps made with brass and copper, aging recipes, and three-dimensional details.
– Furniture Park, presents as a comprehensive supplier of materials and services for the manufacture of furniture.
– WoodLuck comes as a workshop who gives back, producing from the hands of men who have undergone rehabilitation in Lviv centers.
– Aria, with high quality furniture products from both wood and artificial stone.
– ReStyle brings custom-made kitchens in a seamless all-in-one space for designing, production, and delivery of top-quality products.
– Zavadski presents chandeliers that preserve the best European traditions formed throughout centuries by leading artists, architects, and artisans for famous castles and villas.
– Viyar offers their services for all stages of furniture production– from the selection of components to the installation of ready-made products.
– Aluminium Decor System (ADS) presents a diverse range of products from wardrobe systems and interior mirrors, to facade systems and glass materials.
– Empire of Marble brings a diverse range of high quality marble for all corners of the home.

RICHELIEU – “Seeing the Light” – Exploring International Lighting Design Trends
February 28, 2024 (4:00 – 5:00 PM)

See what international brands are developing to “light up” interiors. This panel discussion, moderated by Sherry Qualls invites Global Connect member Elektra and their North American distribution partner, Richelieu, along with Domus lighting, to share the newest in lighting trends from around the globe.

Global Connect Roundtable Discussions

Two roundtable discussions, designed for new-to-the-market international brands, organization and association attendees will take place in the Lounge. Designed to help international kitchen and bath professionals better understand the North American kitchen and bath market, these discussions take a deep dive into market realities.

Understanding the Role of the Designer
February 27, 2024 (12:00-1:00 PM)

Moderated by Veronika Miller and featuring Global Connect Advisor, Jeanne Chung, North American kitchen and bath designers will share their business models and strategies for success.

Go-to-Market Strategies – Understanding Sales and Distribution Models
February 28, 2024 (12:00-1:00 PM)

Moderated by Sherry Qualls and featuring three Global Connect Advisors, Bill Butler, Jeremy Parcels, and Sam Rose, various go-to-market considerations will be discussed, helping to illustrate the many options for showing and selling products in North America.

“I’m so pleased to see the growth of the Global Connect presence at KBIS,” said Suzie Williford, Chief Global Relations Officer, NKBA|KBIS. “Not only do we have more international brands exhibiting, but also more new events and programs to connect attendees with the international kitchen and bath industry. The Global Connect Lounge is where our attendees and Global Connect members are sure to connect and begin new, productive relationships.”

The NKBA invites media, design professionals, showrooms, dealers, distributors, and sales representatives to attend. To learn more and register for events please visit:

About NKBA Global Connect:

The NKBA Global Connect goal is to expand the visibility of the NKBA and the Association’s premiere trade show event— the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) – internationally with design professionals, brands, influencers, and other industry constituents. The initiative offers resources and connections to help international brands enter the North American kitchen and bath marketplace. Access to industry experts, proprietary NKBA market data, North American design and construction insights, VIP events and networking programs gives NKBA Global Connect members a unique view into the market before they commit to launching. It is designed to facilitate discussion on conducting business and participating in trade development events in North America and, conversely, in Europe and beyond for North American brands looking to extend their global footprint.

About the National Kitchen and Bath Association and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show:

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the non-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week (DCW). With nearly 50,000 members in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful, and functional kitchens and bath spaces. The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead, and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creation of certifications, specialty badges, marketplaces, and networks. For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (1-800-843-6522).

KBIS and NKBA are registered trademarks at the National Kitchen and Bath Association.