Our fantastic friend Susan Serra, CKD, CAPS, author of thekitchendesigner.org and scandinaviankitchens.com, as well as creator of the newly-launched Bornholm Kitchen, attended the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show a few weeks ago in Las Vegas, where she discovered a few exciting innovations in design worthy of sharing. Don’t forget to read Susan’s report on top kitchen trends for 2011.

Remote control countertop with remote control TV lift — an effortless and functional design solution for the kitchen by Häfele.

Innovations from the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in main interior design home furnishings  Category

Innovations from the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in main interior design home furnishings  Category

A top trend for kitchen sinks — covers that double as counter space to expand the kitchen-seen in the open position. By Schock Houzer.

Innovations from the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in main interior design home furnishings  Category

A super sleek sink edge closely integrated with the countertop, this patent pending process is by Karran.

Innovations from the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in main interior design home furnishings  Category

This example of Häfele’s Fineline drawer organizer is available with many options and configurations.

Innovations from the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in main interior design home furnishings  Category

A focal point however it is used, often in kitchen countertops for a strong, non porous surface, ThinkGlass displays a new pattern and color at KBIS.

Innovations from the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in main interior design home furnishings  Category

Stunning textured handmade tile, a work of art, by Regina Heinze presents a three dimensional design in earthy tones.

Innovations from the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in main interior design home furnishings  Category

LED lighting fits perfectly in any tile design by Belwith Keeler.

Innovations from the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in main interior design home furnishings  Category

Dramatic hand painted wallpaper by Vahallan Papers dramatically transform any space adding contrast, color, and texture.

Innovations from the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in main interior design home furnishings  Category

The Napoleon GD19 Vittoria gas fireplace is a dramatic and modern design with a river rock burner assembly and brushed nickel finish.