The 2017 NKBA Design Award winners reflect the essence of today’s kitchens and baths. New ideas emerge from the abundance of clean, contemporary projects with open concepts and ample room for entertaining coupled with fresh and exciting color schemes. The winning designs will inspire creativity, spark ingenuity, and fuel trends for years to come. Last month's issue featured bath projects that showcased the industry's talent and their fresh approaches to design. In this issue, we highlight the competition’s award- winning kitchen projects.
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FAIR TRADE DUO ATTRACTS MORE THAN 150,000 VISITORS FOR THE FIRST TIME: imm Cologne and LivingKitchen
The trade fair duo of imm cologne and LivingKitchen have achieved a record number of visitors this year. “We met our target and have broken the 150,000-visitor mark,” said Gerald Böse, president and chief executive of cer of Koelnmesse GmbH, who is delighted with the results. Roughly every second trade visitor came from outside Germany, with foreign trade visitors accounting for nearly 50 percent. “That shows we are right on track with our drive to internationalize the events,” Böse continued. Dirk- Uwe Klaas, managing director of the Federal Association of the German Furniture Industry, was similarly pleased with the gures. “The Cologne furniture show was a wonderful summit for interior decor. The German furniture industry is completely satis ed with imm cologne. It was the ideal start to 2017, which will no doubt be an excellent year for the industry,” said Klaas. On behalf of retailers, the President of the German Federal Association of Furniture, Kitchens & Furnishing Retailers (BVDM), Hans Strothoff, gave the following verdict: “The trade fair met retailers’ expectations. The quality of the exhibitors was high; a large number of new launches were on show, and visitors had a chance to experience attractive product presentations. This makes a visit to the trade fair well worth its while. And it’s why retailers also see the trade fair as a fantastic way to launch the 2017 furniture year.”
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By Robert Bruce Shaw
Workplace teambuilding activities have increased dramatically over the past two decades. And companies believe that when you bring bright, motivated people together for a common purpose, they’ll gel into a cooperative, innovative, productive force. In reality, teamwork rarely just “happens” and team members often clash and compete with—if not sabotage—one another, resulting in a big waste of time, money, and talent.
What separates the exceptions—teams that thrive, excel, and consistently deliver? An expert on team performance, Robert Bruce Shaw has dedicated extensive research, exclusive interviews, and up-close observation to identifying what outstanding teams do right—and differently. In EXTREME TEAMS: Why Pixar, Netflix, AirBnB, and Other Cutting-Edge Companies Succeed Where Most Fail (AMACOM; $27.95 Hardcover), Shaw reveals highly effective teamwork at work inside seven highly successful companies. These companies all share a track record of significant growth and financial success, the ability to out maneuver established competitors and prosper in the face of adversity, and a zest for experimenting with fresh, daring, sometimes daunting approaches to teambuilding and teamwork.
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About The Author
Robert Bruce Shaw is a consultant specializing in organizational and team performance. An in-demand speaker, he is also the author of Trust in the Balance and Leadership Blindspots. Shaw resides in Princeton, New Jersey. Publisher: Amacombooks