Consummate professionals never rest on their laurels. And the designers at award-winning Kimberly Timmons Interiors are emblematic of that devoted discipline. Indeed, 20 years after Kimberly Timmons-Beutner started her Denver-based design firm, KTI continues to create and deliver distinctive hospitality, residential and commercial projects by staying ahead of the latest design tastes and trends.
One of the main ways KTI stays on the cutting edge of creative designs is attending various regional and national industry conferences. Last month’s HD Expo 2017 in Las Vegas, the leading hospitality design event in the world, is a perfect example of KTI’s commitment to the trade.
The KTI team was actually part of gathering comprising more than 850 exhibitors, 275,000 square-feet of show floor space and thousands of attendees inspired by the latest ideas, designs and brands highlighting the hospitality industry.
For KTI design director Carissa M Thompson, NCIDQ, IIDA, NEWH, one of the more memorable exhibitors was the interior finishes company TRI-KES. With technology quickly shaping all facets of our lives, Thompson was fascinated by TRI-KES’ integration of virtual reality and how it’s poised to change the design industry.
For instance, several booths featured a virtual experience, including one that allowed you to watch a fully grown blue whale swim by, but the way TRI-KES used virtual reality was “amazing,” according to Thompson.
“I found myself fully immersed in a 3D setting of a two-level flat with dining area, living space and two-story windows that looked over the ocean,” Thompson added. “I could turn around 360 degrees from where I virtually stood and view the entire space, and at first, it was essentially a blank slate. What designers were able to do while standing there with the viewer on and controls in hand was essentially ‘paint’ on wallcoverings and fabrics on all the different components in these rooms.
“In the end, you had a fully ‘designed’ space with your selection of materials on sofas, ceilings, floors, tables and the like. And, with the click of the control, it could be changed to something else. It took the idea of traditionally rendering a design in 3D Max and blew it out of the water as you were actually positioned within the space. I could see this becoming the new upcoming tool that we utilize to present our designs to our clients – being able to show them virtually what their space will look like before ground has even been broken. Plus, it’s an incredibly fun way to create!”
For KTI design consultant LeKathryn Champine, NCIDQ, ASID, NEWH, the “absolute show stopper” was Couristan, who “dared to be bold” with black and white axminster carpets beautifully displayed with themes of skulls and roses and amazing textural elements added. “I would die for the client that would be willing to go there,” Champine said.
Champine said she always finds some of the most intriguing products from the “little guys,” who don’t have the flashiest booths and are generally located toward the back of the exhibition hall. This year’s find, according to Champine, was Astele Custom Furniture and Lighting, which featured an eclectic and unique collection of lighting, furnishings and even Bohemian style pillows.
“It turns out they were displaying a smaller version of a custom multi-ring light fixture that we are specifying for a high-end condo lobby in Cherry Creek (Colo.),” Champine added. “It was great to see the level of quality, so guess who got the bid?”
For Kimberly Timmons-Beutner, ASID, IIDA, two of her favorite products from the HD Expo were Wonderwall Studios and Global Lighting. Wonderwall is definitely a product Timmons-Beutner said she would use on a project and can’t wait to try out their uniquely sourced and designed wood paneling.
“Global Lighting had an amazing booth,” Timmons-Beutner added. “Lighting is such an important part of great design and staying on top of the latest trends and technology is so important in our industry.”
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