MODE at KBIS 2017

Event review: KBIS 2017
Event Date: January 10-12, 2017
Event Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
Selection From Press Release: NKBA Reveals Top Design Trends and Economic Outlook at KBIS 2017 – By KBIS
Posted: January 16, 2017
Selection From Press Release: KBIS Sees Stellar Growth, Estimated 15% Increase in Attendance – By KBIS
Posted: January 24, 2017

The 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) welcomed designers, builders, dealers and suppliers along with 596 exhibitors to Orlando for what was one of the largest and most successful KBIS events to date. Early estimates report a 15-percent increase in attendance over the previous year; the fourth consecutive year of attendee growth. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) reports that the estimated market value for the kitchen and bath industry is at $134 billion. It also finds that each year homeowners remodel upwards of 10.2 million kitchens — roughly one in 10 of all households.

As always, new products, trends, and innovations were unvailed at the event. Here are just some of the highlights.

As the manufacturer of the quietest, most efficient range hoods in the world, Vent-A-Hood® did not fail to impress with their bold and informative display. New to this year’s KBIS, was their online Build-A-Hood system. With a few simple clicks, customers can build a 3D interactive range hood with their entire product line. For more information Vent-A-Hood products, click here.




With an impressive large display of their cast iron options, AGA made a clear and bold statement of why the culinary world loves them. Beneath the classic look of every AGA range beats the heart of a cast iron. The entire range is an outstandingly efficient energy store, steadily transferring heat from its core into its ovens and hotplates. Another advantage of cooking with cast iron is fewer intrusive cooking smells and flavor cross-contamination. Cook an entire meal with all the fixings at the same time in the same oven. For more information on AGA Cast Iron products, click here.



Displayed front and center was an AGA 30″ and 36″ Professional Range. Features include RapidBake Convection™ that dramatically reduces preheat time and the True Dual Flame™ double ring brass burners that eliminate center cold spots and provide the most even heating. For more information on AGA Professional products, click here.


New to the AGA Designer line, the sleek and stylish 48″ Mercury and Elise Induction Ranges made a strong impression among designers and cooking enthusiasts. The extra-large ceramic glass cooktop features 5 induction burners which can be used simultaneously. For more information on AGA Designer products, click here.



Marvel also showcased their new Professional Built-in Full Size Refrigerators. With its Dynamic Cooling Technology™, energy-efficient variable speed compressor, integrated ion air purifier, moisture-control evaporator, and a maintenance-free anti-clog condenser coil, optimal cooling ability is ensured. For more information on Marvel Built-In Full Size Refrigeration products, click here.


New to KBIS and new to the entire industry, Marvel introduced the first-ever glass door clear ice machine. The 15″ Marvel Clear Ice Machine with Arctic Illuminice™ Lighting is the quietest ice machine on the market and is engineered to consistently produce pure, clear ice with an immediate cooling and slower melt system. for more information on Marvel Undercounter Refrigeration products, click here.




Caliber Appliances, makers of award-winning grilling equipment, introduced their new line of Indoor Professional Ranges and Rangetops. The estate-scaled line of 36” and 48” all gas ranges and rangetops have been designed in collaboration with the country’s top architects and designers. As the first American manufacturer to offer customizable color and trim finishes on professional ranges, Caliber is heating up the industry with options customers are craving. For more information on Caliber Appliances Indoor and Outdoor products, click here.

KBIS will return to Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center January 9-11, 2018.
For more information on KBIS, click here.


Mode Distributing is the premier home appliance distributor in the western United States. With factory trained territory managers, elegant showrooms for hands-on instruction, and an outstanding sales support team, Mode Distributing provides the highest level of service for your building, remodeling or replacement projects. With showrooms located in Southern California, Northern California, and Colorado, Mode Distributing continues to expand its superior service across the country and provide world-class service that matches the level of its luxury products.

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Delicious Holiday Crostini

Blog Post: Easy Holiday Crostini Recipe By Leah Kalemba
Published by Marvel, December 9, 2016

aga-holiday-crostini-fullCanapés are perfect for holiday parties, and they’re quick and easy in your AGA. Flex your host muscles without breaking a sweat with this simple yet impressive crostini recipe!

1 baguette
1 package Boursin cheese
4 – 5 tomatoes
1 jar of sliced black olives
Basil leaves for garnish

Cut a small, narrow loaf such as a baguette into slices, about ½” thick.
Spread with a soft cheese such as Boursin.
Top with a slice of tomato and sliced olives.
Sprinkle with grated cheese and place on a piece of Bake-O-Glide on an AGA baking tray.
Place on the floor of the Roasting Oven (or 425°F in a conventional oven) and bake for about 8-10 minutes.
Serve spread with Tapenade and top with prosciutto and a basil leaf. Crostini can also be topped with prosciutto, mozzarella and chives.

Spread with pesto instead of Boursin.
Top with tomato slice, season and cover with goat cheese.
Brush both sides of the bread slices with olive oil and toast uncovered.

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 is a North American subsidiary of AGA Rangemaster, a premier international consumer brands group that manufactures and distributes some of the best known and loved kitchen appliances and interiors furnishings in the world, including prominent cooking and refrigeration brands, each with its own unique history.

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Verona Range Featured in Professional Builder Magazine

Excerpt From: New Designs For Building Homes Within Reach By Amy Albert, Editor-in-Chief
Published By Professional Builder, August Edition, 2016

1212212112In the debate about how best to deliver new homes to buyers who are just starting out or just moving up, the question of attainability tends to get lost. It’s an issue that expands beyond one generation to what may be one of the most pressing questions in our industry. In its most recent “The State of the Nation’s Housing” report, released in June, The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University confirmed that while income growth and demand for new homes are on the rise, so are income inequality and rent burden. The report maintains that efforts to provide affordable housing aren’t coming close to meeting the need, with far-reaching and dire long-term consequences. As a result, providing buildable, profitable, and affordable new homes is seen by many builders as beyond their grasp at best and at worst, too labor-intensive to make sense.

However, new prototypes are challenging that idea, merging time-honored configurations with up-to-date materials and contemporary design.

1458593290-timbercraft-tiny-home-2The tiny house movement, with its promise of a lightened financial burden and less material encumbrance, has captured the country’s imagination. The 100-to-300-square-foot homes we see in shelter magazines and on design blogs are fun, but their diminutive size makes them unrealistic for many potential homebuyers. The question remains: How to create new homes that are both profitable for builders and within reach for those with modest incomes?

For a long time, the answer lay in the attached townhome, with its lower costs for buyers and better margins for builders. Another solution lies in density. After considerable market research, the development team at KTGY asked: Instead of building 1,600-to-2,100-square-foot homes at five or 10 to the acre, why not build sized-down, single-family detached homes at 10 or more to the acre, ranging from 1,000 to 1,600 square feet and which hold great potential appeal for first-time buyers—an underserved market, to say the least. The homes in turn help create a niche and could help keep builders from losing market share to the resale market.

screen-shot-2016-07-28-at-1-15-43-pmBuilding at density isn’t a new idea. One of the most popular examples, the bungalow court, is thought to have originated in Pasadena, Calif., just after the turn of the 20th century. Soon after, neighborhoods built during the 1920s and 1930s throughout the country followed suit, fitting well within the range of eight to 10 units per acre. Among the various configurations were green courts, auto courts, and alley-loaded garages.

verona-24-range-electricverona-24-range-gasIn compact homes, every inch counts. Increasingly, manufacturers are on the trend, bringing out appliances and fittings that are scaled down, great looking, and hard-working. Fridges, wall ovens, and ranges that measure 24 inches in width, an 18-inch dishwasher, a 4-by-4-foot soaking tub, a 23-by-18-inch freestanding sink vanity, and an elongated toilet use small scale to big advantage.

One manufacturer that is stepping up to the challenge is Verona.

With all the power of a full size professional range, Verona offers a 24 inch gas or electric range that packs a punch for a small space kitchen. The 24 inch gas range provides a versatile selection of both high and low power sealed burners and a turbo electric convection fan that will evenly bake foods up to 25 percent faster than a conventional oven. The 24 inch self cleaning electric range is equipped with four flexible power vitro ceramic elements and a convection oven that takes on the most demanding baking and broiling tasks.

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EuroChef USA
 is the exclusive importer of ILVE and Verona brand cooking appliances in the United States. Since 2001, the EuroChef USA brands offer innovative Italian ranges, ovens, cooktops and ventilation systems that are internationally recognized and exquisitely designed to complement any kitchen. The EuroChef mission is to offer a unique collection of European professional appliances that are affordable, distinctive and of the highest quality. EuroChef USA prides itself on product excellence and the highest quality of customer service for customers around the country.

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AGA Introduces the Mercury and Elise

Press Release: Mercury and Elise Added to Collection of AGA Designer Ranges
Published by AGA, August 18, 2016

aga-eliseAGA Designer Range Series sets out to inspire designers, builders and home owners alike. From an amazing array of colors to a stylish selection of modern trims, AGA Designer Ranges offer something for everyone.

Whether you are seeking a more traditional-style range or looking for a sophisticated, contemporary design, AGA is the cornerstone of your kitchen. This luxury designer series is available in gas and induction cooktops and all models feature multiple ovens with a variety of cooking modes. They’re not only beautiful, they are built from the highest quality components and are rigorously tested so you can bake, broil, simmer and saute for years to come.

Now part of the Designer Series, the AGA Mercury and AGA Elise offer elegant simplicity with stately precision. Offered in either dual fuel or induction, these 48 inch ranges combine superior performance with a contemporary, sleek design. Both ranges are available in gloss black, matte black, white, ivory, stainless steel, and scarlet.

AGA Mercury 48” Range
Designed for perfection, the Mercury range is a fusion of uncompromising quality and innovative design giving you ultimate cooking perfection.

A statement of high design and superior performance, the dual fuel Mercury conveys a stately, contemporary design and is built from the highest quality components. With three fast heating ovens, the Mercury gives you over 6 cubic feet of cooking space – with each oven operating independent and separate from each other giving you 3 separate temperatures to produce some of the most complicated dinners.

The multifunction oven offers seven functions for flexible cooking which include Defrost, True European Convection, Convection Grilling, Fan Assisted Oven, Conventional Oven, Browning and Base Heat for slow cooking. The main oven boasts True European Convection – the optimal way to properly and evenly heat foods.

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For more information on the AGA Mercury, click here.

AGA Elise 48” Range
Simple and sincere yet effortlessly elegant, the AGA Elise satisfies the soul as much as the eye. The AGA Elise is a marriage of old-world sensibility with an edge of sophistication giving your kitchen a fresh look no matter the generation.

The AGA Elise creates the characteristic feel of an authentic French kitchen. Available in six colors, this stunning, luxury appliance gives your kitchen the welcoming ambience it deserves. Although modernist and contemporary designs are incredibly popular among French decor, traditional French country kitchens have never lost their charming appeal. The elegance and beauty of the AGA Elise color palette evoke that very feeling and visual depth in all stylings whether contemporary, modern or traditional.

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 is a North American subsidiary of AGA Rangemaster, a premier international consumer brands group that manufactures and distributes some of the best known and loved kitchen appliances and interiors furnishings in the world, including prominent cooking and refrigeration brands, each with its own unique history.

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