ORLANDO, FL — Returning to an in-person format, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show is scheduled to be held February 8-10, 2022 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Part of Design and Construction Week, KBIS will once again be co-located with the International Builders’ Show.
KBIS and IBS, hosted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the National Association of Home Builders, respectively, are expected to feature over 800,000 net square feet of exhibit space and showcase more than 1,000 design and construction brands.
The combined KBIS and IBS events will offer diverse programming, both on and off the show floor, along with a range of new products, technology, demonstrations and networking opportunities.
Some of this year’s highlights include:
- The Kitchen & Bath Design + Industry Awards/Opening Party, dubbed “Night of Elegance,” is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Rosen Centre.
- DCW’s Opening Ceremonies, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, will feature keynote speaker Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
- Wednesday, Feb. 9 opens with the NKBA State of the Association, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The presentation will be followed with the State of the Industry keynote address by Ginny Clarke, Holistic Leadership Strategist and Former Director of Executive Recruiting at Google.
- The second day of KBIS closes with The Bash at Mango’s Tropical Cafe, from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., hosted by the NKBA.
EDUCATION & ACTIVITIES
The much-sought-out Voices from the Industry Conference will once again provide educational sessions and workshops, many offering continuing education units (CEUs). Over 80 hour-long informational sessions will offer attendees the chance to hear presentations from industry peers aligned to one of six tracks: Grow Your Business, Kitchen & Bath Specialty Training, Design, Management, Building/Remodeling and Customer Service. Several of the presentations will be hybrid, meaning the sessions can also be accessed online.
Education and information will also be provided through a variety of channels at the show, including:
KBISNeXT Stage, which will showcase the industry’s latest trends and insights shared by leading kitchen and bath experts. Programming includes DesignBites and a series of panel discussions on hot industry topics.
Wellness Pavilion, an area that showcases new and exciting wellness products and education covering themes such as biophilia, technology, lighting and more.
Discovery District, a portion of the South Hall devoted to emerging and international brands. At its center is the Discovery District Lounge, a place to sit, relax, recharge and network.
DCW Outdoor Living Pavilion, South Hall’s segment devoted to new products for grilling, entertaining and living well in a home’s outdoor space.
The ICFF Pavilion brings together brands that feature authentic design, contemporary design and high-end manufacturing. The area is focused on kitchen- and bath-
specific brands including fixtures, hardware, basins, tubs and vanities, as well as furniture, seating, flooring, lighting, materials and accessories.
NKBA Global Connect has an ongoing mission to expand KBIS and NKBA’s international impact, and it will offer curated International Delegation tours, an inaugural Pavilion in South Hall and the launch of the official German Pavilion at KBIS.
Design Milk X Modenus Talks Lounge, a collaboration between Design Milk and Modenus Media, is returning to KBIS for a fifth year and will be located in South Hall near the ICFF Pavilion. For 2022, #dmmtalks will focus on presentations and conversations around design business, emerging designers and artisans as well as networking breakfasts, luncheons and cocktail hours.
DesignBites “speed dating for brands” program returns, showcasing the latest product innovations. Situated on the KBISNeXT Stage, the presentation gives exhibitors the opportunity to share their newest products and programs in a three-minute presentation. ▪