The 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is two weeks away! As we look forward to the show’s fresh, new location in New Orleans this year, we took to Twitter to ask attendees what they would look for in a Deep South kitchen and bath design. For the most part, designers agreed that combinations of classic and contemporary styles are the hallmark of Southern charm and the show’s host city. A collection of New Orleans–inspired products is in the slide show at left. Keep reading to see what designers had to say about the concept.

Senior products editor Lauren Hunter asked: What are some signature touches you’d look for in Deep South K&B design?

“Definitely ornamental iron, yes?” replied Veronika Miller, CEO of @Modenus, a top interior design resource in the U.S. and U.K. We agree. The French Quarter’s iconic wrought iron balcony balustrades would be a classic look to incorporate into design. Urban Ironcraft will be at the show with its Victoria vanity base showcasing just that look.

Iron Design  Reminiscent of iconic New Orleans wrought iron, the Vicotira vanity base features twisted square legs and an intricate quatrefoil pattern backed with sheet metal. Victoria is one of a collection new vanity bases from Urban Ironcraft. Choose from seven durable finishes and three different widths. 
Urban Ironcraft | 800.316.4240 | urbanironcraft.com
Iron Design Reminiscent of iconic New Orleans wrought iron, the Vicotira vanity base features twisted square legs and an intricate quatrefoil pattern backed with sheet metal. Victoria is one of a collection new vanity bases from Urban Ironcraft. Choose from seven durable finishes and three different widths. Urban Ironcraft | 800.316.4240 | urbanironcraft.com


Lighting is another entry point for wrought iron. Try a fixture like this one, LaFitte, from New Orleans–based lighting manufacturer Bevolo, which will be exhibiting at the show.

From the Forge  From the maker's French Iron Collection, the Lafitte Chandelier is made of hand-forged iron and features beautiful scroll work. Available in flat black or rust finishes, the chandelier measures 24.5 inches high, 34 inches wide, and 16 inches deep, and also can be ordered in custom sizes. 
Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights | 504.522.9485 | bevolo.com
From the Forge From the maker's French Iron Collection, the Lafitte Chandelier is made of hand-forged iron and features beautiful scroll work. Available in flat black or rust finishes, the chandelier measures 24.5 inches high, 34 inches wide, and 16 inches deep, and also can be ordered in custom sizes. Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights | 504.522.9485 | bevolo.com


Additionally, the folks at @Bevolo noted, “we would use more wrought iron and brick work for Deep South K&B design.” We wonder what that fixture would look like with a backdrop of a wall faced with Eldorado Stone’s Hartford Brick? (Eldorado Stone won’t be at KBIS, but did recently exhibit at the International Builders’ Show.)

Authentic Accent  Available in two colorways, Hartford (show) and lighter Riverbed, TundraBrick veneer is a classically-shaped profile with defined surface character. Slightly squared edges are chiseled and worn as if they'd braved the elements for decades. TundraBrick is roughly 2.5" high and 7.875" long. Eldorado Stone | 800.925.1491 | 
eldoradostone.com
Authentic Accent Available in two colorways, Hartford (show) and lighter Riverbed, TundraBrick veneer is a classically-shaped profile with defined surface character. Slightly squared edges are chiseled and worn as if they'd braved the elements for decades. TundraBrick is roughly 2.5" high and 7.875" long. Eldorado Stone | 800.925.1491 | eldoradostone.com


New Orleans native Angel Robinson, a stationery designer, blogger, and owner of @Write Robinson said, “NOLA has always loved the modern and traditional mix, especially nostalgic since Katrina.” As a relatively modern convenience, we think a pot filler could “fill” that bill — especially with traditional styling like this one from Brizo.


Miller also noted that she’ll be interested to learn how designers combine classical with modern design requirements. Stationery designer and blogger Tamara Stephenson, who tweets from @nestnestnest, agreed, saying, “juxtaposition makes it special.” Though this will be Stephenson’s first KBIS and first trip to New Orleans, the combination of “classic bones and contemporary access/lighting” intrigues her.

And nothing says “classic” better than black and white together. Canyon Creek Cabinetry will showcase its Brentwood cabinetry shown in this black-and-white kitchen design chock-full of modern and traditional design elements.

Classic Aesthetic  Black and white makes for a classic kitchen combination. This design features warm crème paint with chocolate antiquing, paired with a burnished Ebony stain to soften the look. The Brentwood recessed-panel door style features mortise-and-tenon construction, and is available in seven wood species, plus three additional species for the Brentwood Solid style with a heavier door. 
Canyon Creek Cabinetry | 800.228.1830 | canyoncreek.com
Classic Aesthetic Black and white makes for a classic kitchen combination. This design features warm crème paint with chocolate antiquing, paired with a burnished Ebony stain to soften the look. The Brentwood recessed-panel door style features mortise-and-tenon construction, and is available in seven wood species, plus three additional species for the Brentwood Solid style with a heavier door. Canyon Creek Cabinetry | 800.228.1830 | canyoncreek.com


Cabinet and door hardware can be another easy way to bring a touch of Southern charm to kitchen and bath design. New at KBIS, Vicenza adds the Louisiana-inspired Fleur de Lis design (below, left) to its line of “cabinet jewelry,” and Omnia introduces its Prodigy collection (below, right) — to which we say, that glass knob looks pretty smart.

Vicenza Designs’ new Fleur de Lis line incorporates the symbol of New Orleans, for which it is named, into handcrafted, lead-free pewter knobs, pulls, door handles, and bathroom accessories. Twelve finishes are available, including gold, nickel, oil rubbed bronze, and pewter. 
Vicenza Designs | 
www.vicenzadesigns.com.
Vicenza Designs’ new Fleur de Lis line incorporates the symbol of New Orleans, for which it is named, into handcrafted, lead-free pewter knobs, pulls, door handles, and bathroom accessories. Twelve finishes are available, including gold, nickel, oil rubbed bronze, and pewter. Vicenza Designs | www.vicenzadesigns.com.
Sparkling Value  Made from forged solid brass, the Omnia Prodigy collection was inspired by some of the maker's most popular designs and designed with affordability in mind. The collection includes everything from sleek finishes to a sparkling glass knob and an assortment of concealed screw roses. Prodigy marks Omnia's first foray into the moderately-priced hardware market, making the collection work for even more designs. 
Omnia Industries | 800.310.7960 | omniaindustries.com
Sparkling Value Made from forged solid brass, the Omnia Prodigy collection was inspired by some of the maker's most popular designs and designed with affordability in mind. The collection includes everything from sleek finishes to a sparkling glass knob and an assortment of concealed screw roses. Prodigy marks Omnia's first foray into the moderately-priced hardware market, making the collection work for even more designs. Omnia Industries | 800.310.7960 | omniaindustries.com


So, if you were to design a New Orleans kitchen or bath project, what would you include in your Deep South design? Learn more about these products and a few others through the slide show above, and let us know what we missed. Email lhunter@hanleywood.com, or find us on Twitter at @LaurenHunter_HW or @RemodelingMag. —Lauren Hunter, senior editor, REMODELING.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: New Orleans, LA.