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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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