At January’s International Builders’ Show (IBS), the National Assn. of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Assn. (NKBA) made a groundbreaking announcement about their respective events for 2014 and beyond. NKBA’s traditionally spring-timed Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS, scheduled for April 19-21 this year in New Orleans) will be co-locating with IBS for the next three years at the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of a newly branded Design and Construction Week. While they will still operate as separate shows, the tandem timing presents obvious synergies, particularly for remodelers and others who currently attend both on separate itineraries.
Two other home-related winter shows that already happen in Las Vegas (and already share a location at Mandalay Bay) — Surfaces for floorcoverings and StonExpo for tile and other stone products — will join in for the 2015 and 2016 editions of Design and Construction Week, with shuttle service between venues keeping everyone connected.
As I got on a plane to head back to Las Vegas for World Market Center’s bustling gift and home shows less than a week after this announcement, I wondered if that organization, too, would join the Design and Construction mega-throwdown. While 2014 dates were already set (Jan. 27-31) and not concurrent with IBS/KBIS (Feb. 4-6), the next two years still seemed to be on the table, with Design and Construction Week happening Jan. 20-22, 2015, and Jan. 19-21, 2016.
Understandably, World Market Center’s top priority is not so much aligning with these events — whose attendees and exhibitors likely have minimal current overlap with the Las Vegas Market; more potential untapped interest in one another’s trends — but with staying out of the fray of the many dedicated, national home and gift events that are already shoehorned into each January. For lighting folks, those January 2015 and 2016 IBS/KBIS dates sound dangerously close to the usual start of the winter Dallas Market.
Home furnishings definitely has a place somewhere in the Design and Construction mix. At IBS, I already saw it in the Professional Builder Show Village full-scale homes on site, where Philips featured LED lighting in every possible indoor and outdoor configuration, and Furniture Brands enhanced the decor in other categories. It just seems like, for every possible synergy, there is an equal and opposite casualty — especially for anything trying to happen in January.