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KBIS Introduces the All-New KBISNeXT™ Experience

Sep 29, 2016



KBIS Introduces the All-New KBISNeXT™ Experience

KBIS, An Experience that Educates, Inspires & Connects, is the Kitchen & Bath Industry’s

‘Must Attend’ Event

(Alpharetta, Ga.) – September 29, 2016 – The 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS)the destination for kitchen and bath design professionals, today  introduced the all-new KBISNeXT™ Experience, a grouping of new, select locations within the North/South Building of KBIS, each with its own unique programs and events that together provide 2017 attendees with the ultimate KBIS show experience. KBISNeXT™ experiences will educate, inspire and connect our industry in a way that only KBIS can.

KBISNeXT™ Experience Locations:

  • NKBA Presents the KBISNeXT™ Stage Sponsored by HomeAdvisor
  • The Backyard, an extension of the Outdoor Products Area
  • Design Milk® X Modenus® Social Lounge
  • Virginia Tech FutureHAUS; Bedroom of the Future

NKBA Presents the KBISNeXT™ Stage Sponsored by HomeAdvisor. In 2017, the two former stages will join to create one destination – the KBISNeXT Stage. The stage will offer thought-provoking and inspiring programming, and showcase the industry’s latest trends and insights shared by leading kitchen and bath experts. Stage programs are scheduled throughout all three days of KBIS, taking place January 10-12 in Orlando.

The KBISNeXT Stage will host several programs throughout the show, including the NKBA’s 30 Under 30 presentation, and the highly anticipated Design Bites™ sessions hosted by HGTVs Jeff Devlin and This Old Houses Kevin O’Connor. The stage area will also feature portfolio reviews, showroom critiques, awards ceremonies, and a series of panel discussions and speakers sharing the latest trends for the kitchen and bath, including such topics as Airbnb design, outdoor living, designing for downsizing, color trends, and more.

“The NKBA is proud to present the KBISNeXt stage, where important topics like industry research, home technology and design trends make the stage a “must see” for all our attendees,” said NKBA V.P. of Industry Relations Suzie Williford. “Additionally, the 2017 class of “30 Under 30” industry professionals will take the stage for their presentations and showcase the future leaders of the Kitchen & Bath Industry.  Our sincere thanks to HomeAdvisor for their support in bringing this stage to our show.”

“The programs and sessions being developed for KBIS 2017 will tackle those questions we hear our industry members asking most often, with new topics that challenge industry members to think about their business and customers in new ways,” said Brian Pagel, VP Kitchen and Bath Group, Emerald Expositions. “We’re honored by the partnership we’ve developed with HomeAdvisor and their commitment to support such a high level of valuable content for our KBIS attendees.”

The Backyard™ and Outdoor Products Area

The Backyard is a new destination for KBIS 2017; an outdoor space for attendees to relax, grab a bite to eat and discover some of the hottest new products in outdoor living. The space will host cooking demonstrations throughout the three day event, cocktail events, entertainment and other outdoor living programs that are sure to make this spot a favorite for 2017. The Backyard is an extension of the Outdoor Products Area located inside on the show floor that will once again bring attendees a collection of new products for grilling, entertaining and living well in a home’s outdoor spaces.

Design Milk® X Modenus® Social Lounge

New for 2017, Design Milk and Modenus are co-launching the first ever Social Lounge for bloggers, social influencers and design VIPs to connect, chat and (re)charge. The Social Lounge is located in the North/South Building and will feature a series of talks and discussions on topics around blogging, social media, trends and the business of design. Entrance into the social lounge is by invitation only.

Virginia Tech FutureHAUS; Bedroom of the Future

Returning to KBIS 2017 is the Virginia Tech FutureHAUS; this year debuting the Bedroom of the Future. The two room prototypes will be exhibited in January 2017 at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando and demonstrate the future in integrated home technology.  This exhibit will be part IV of the Virginia Tech FutureHAUS master plan model which will be ultimately installed on campus at the Corporate Research Center.  Current sponsors include DUPONT and California Closets.  The prototypes will exhibit the following features: the “Closet of the Future” with California Closets, the Home Office Smart Wall, and Bedroom and Office Interiors.

To learn more about any of the programs or events occurring as part of the KBISNeXT™ Experience at KBIS 2017, visit

Connect with us via our social channels; on Facebook at, Twitter at @KBIS2017 and on Instagram @KBIS_2017.

KBIS is owned by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.


About KBIS
KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50 years.

Early in 2013, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced an agreement to co-locate the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Nev. in February 2014 under the banner of Design and Construction Week®. The mega-event will return Jan. 10-12, 2017, in Orlando. Kitchen and bath brands that have participated in both shows can continue to choose to exhibit in the KBIS or IBS hall. One pass will provide access to both exhibits. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events. For more information on KBIS, visit

KBIS is operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of large business-to-business trade shows in the United States, producing more than 80 trade shows and over 100 face-to-face events in total, including conferences, summits and other events. Emerald Expositions connects more than 335,000 sellers and buyers each year and operates within the U.S. in 10 end markets (Gift, Home, General Merchandise and Manufacturing; Sports & Apparel; Design; Jewelry, Luxury & Antiques; E-Commerce; Creative Services; Licensing; Healthcare; Military; and Food).


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

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week ® (DCW). With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of 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 kitchen and bath spaces. The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, marketplaces and networks. For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.





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