The New Modernists Design Trail


KBIS is proud to announce its inaugural New Modernists Design Trail, a new way of seeing KBIS with a focus on modern and trend forward brands and products. Brands were able to apply to be on the trail earlier this year and our team of three design professionals selected those brands they felt were best suited to help them create the modernist styles they are known for. Be it modern minimalism, maximalism or somewhere in between - we hope you’ll enjoy seeing KBIS from the Modernist’s point of view.

Introducing The 2019 New Modernist Design Trail 

The following brands were selected by this year's team of New Modernists as the brands they look toward to create their coveted design styles. 

KOHLER is proud to be included on the New Modernists Design Trail and will be featuring products within its Spectrum of Modernism theme. The Spectrum of Modernism concept showcases the range of styles that fall within the modernist aesthetic, ranging from simple and clean minimalism to rich and dense maximalism. Stop by the KOHLER booth, N2104, to see these products.


Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry 

NKBA Insiders, Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry co-founded Pulp Design Studios in 2007, growing the company into a major brand beyond interior design and with offices in Dallas and Seattle. With a forward-thinking approach to commerce and design, the duo has established a unique viewpoint that combines luxury design and a flair for the unexpected.

Today, Pulp Design Studios expertly encompasses the realms of retail, interiors, and product design, and the company brings a sense of adventure to the business of design.

We define modern as a look that's personal, adventurous, and includes unexpected moments, like unique one-of-a-kind pieces and original art.” 

- Beth Dotolo & Carolina Gentry


Vanessa Deleon  

Vanessa Deleon, a New York based interior designer, product designer, blogger, brand ambassador and lifestyle expert. Vanessa's innovative sensibility combined with a keen eye for detail helps her clients' inspirations and ideas come to life. Vanessa's designs attract and inspire a long list of A-list clientele globally. Vanessa has been featured in numerous publications, books and TV shows and was named “Rising Star of Interior Design’ by IFDA.

For me, style is like the spice of life, when we mix a bit of modern with a touch of glam, it just makes things more interesting!” 

- Vanessa Deleon


Jennifer Bertrand 

Jennifer Bertrand is best known as the winner of HGTV’s ‘Design Star’ drawing over 5 million viewers to her no-nonsense, accessible approach and then moved on to host her own show, Paint Over! with Jennifer Bertrand . Bertrand currently is the designer on Lifetime channels “Military Makeover” with host Montel Williams and has appeared in countless media outlets and is now also co-host of NKBA’s brand new podcast “KBTalks”. Praised as ‘engaging, expressive and funny’ by Hallmark, Jennifer currently travels the country as a national speaker for a variety of industry events and brands.  

Join us for more conversations about modern design and how to succeed at creating the coveted new looks:

KBIS NEXT Stage - South HallDesign Milk X Modenus Talks Lounge
KBIS Salon
February 19 - 10AMFebruary 19 - 4PM
Beyond the Trends:
Color is Relative
The New Modernists: Talk and Mixer
Sponsored by KohlerSponsored by Kohler
Moderated by:
Maria Killam, True Color Expert
Moderated by:
Modenus CEO Veronika Miller and Design Milk Founder Jaime Derringer
Vanessa DeLeon
Rachel Moriarty
Brynn Olson
Julia Buckingham
Vanessa Deleon
Beth Dotolo
Carolina Gentry
Julia Buckingham
The Leading Kitchen And Bath Design Event!

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