Design trends come in all shapes and sizes, but squares stole the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in 2008. While squares are nothing new and sweeping curves are by no means on their way out, we couldn't help but notice lots of booths flaunting squares as their "new" shape. Here is just a sampling of the four-sided stuff we saw.
This new steam laundry pair from LG Appliances updates the old bubble-door look of their laundry sets with a rounded square door. The new shape adds some function too, making it easier to load more laundry in the 4.5 cubic foot drum.
Boxy hardware is a regular feature on cabinets, but it's making a statement on more appliance pulls these days. Sub-Zero debuted its new appliance pull shape-an elongated rectangle. The pull also features a delicate curve to soften the look of the BI-series refrigerator.
Sub-Zero BI Series
And of course we can't help but love good old square-shaped knobs. This hardware from Topex showcases a classic square look as well as a curved alternative while the new Buckle collection from Atlas Homewares features the popular boxy look of buckles that fashionistas prefer.
Square motifs in design can create a look that is either classic or contemporary. We saw both at design spaces hosted by Sub-Zero/Wolf. In Mick de Giulio's "living kitchen," designed more for hanging out than for fancy entertainment, we were impressed by this square sink and its removable cutting board.
Meanwhile, designer William P. Draper complemented delicate curves in his design space with contrasting grid-like designs on a backsplash and chairs.