New York City–based kitchen and bath specialists look to industry events, outings, and educational opportunities that cover emerging trends, products, and ideas to keep them current in the most competitive design market in the U.S. Toward that goal, the NKBA Manhattan Chapter devotes itself to providing its members with valuable experiences that foster professional development and long-lasting, quality relationships within the kitchen and bath community, since its charter in 1999.

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2020 Chapter Officers


Toni Sabatino
Toni Sabatino Style
18 Northwest Dr
Northport, NY 11768
(516) 972-5455 cell

Programs Chair

Julie Schuster
Julie Schuster Design Studio
11 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10023
(646) 295-0018

Communications Chair

Charlotte Barnard
The Engineers Daughter
2 Charlton St
New York, NY 10014
(917) 843-1778

Membership Chair

Benoit Laroche
Richelieu Hardware, Ltd.
7900 Henri-Bourassa West
St-Laurent, PQ H4S 1V4
(514) 336-4144


Felicitas Oefelein
F. O. Design
80 Lorraine St. #1
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(212) 825-0964



Manhattan Chapter Events

What’s New What’s Next: 2020 KBIS Recap

This meeting has been cancelled.

Wednesday,  March 18, 2020 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Sub-Zero/Wolf Showroom
150 East 58th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10155

This chapter meeting is also a CEU event, “Designing Kitchen Islands” (.1 CEU)

This course discovers the advantages and challenges of island types available for kitchen design projects, analyzes specification standards for kitchen island design, compares and contrasts kitchen island accessory options, such as storage, countertops, lighting, and specialty appliances that enhance the kitchen island space, and identifies emerging trends in kitchen island design.

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What’s New What’s Next: 2020 KBIS Recap

Thursday,  February 20, 2020 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Lineadecor Showroom
900 Broadway, Ste 605
New York, NY 10003

Manhattan Chapter Meeting and CEU presentation.

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Panel Discussion: The Latest in Appliance Technologies, Finishes & New Product Lines for 2020

Thursday,  November 21, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Royal Green Appliance – Tribeca
280 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

Panel Discussion: The Latest in Appliance Technologies, Finishes & New Product Lines for 2020 (.1 CEU)

Join the NKBA Manhattan Chapter at Royal Green Appliances’ Tribeca showroom for a panel discussion covering the latest in appliances technologies, finishes & new product lines arriving in 2020. Panelists include Susan Cozzi of Monogram Appliances and Mitch Weissberg of Royal Green Appliances Moderated by Traci Shemonoski, business development director for Royal Green Appliances.

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Small Kitchen Design


Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Fisher & Paykel Experience Center
150 East 58th St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10155

As the market ebbs and flows with urbanization, apartment living and space restrictions, lifestyle and demographic changes, the effective small kitchen is becoming a powerful tool for design and influence. (.1 CEU)

Things being considered include:
• Right sizing appliances and adding value without compromising performance
• Spatial design and client’s lifestyle
• Innovative spaces where clients can enjoy social and practical kitchen aesthetics

This course will cover current trends regarding influences of the small kitchen and how to address clients’ needs when specifying a small kitchen project. We will explore the common characteristics and constraints of smaller kitchens and review solutions to maximize utility, comfort and design.

Learning Objectives:
1. Articulate current trends in kitchen sizing and how they impact client choices
2. Clarify the definitions of kitchen space and the opportunities each affords a client
3. Deliver insights in appliance opportunities for smaller spaces
4. Suggest innovative ideas to create kitchens that deliver excellence regardless of size
5. Adapt clients wants to fit their practical space without compromising design integrity or aesthetics

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The Heart of the Home: The Connected Kitchen

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

BSH Design Center
150 East 58th St., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10155

Explore the Connected Kitchen and its relationship to the luxury interiors market, learn about ecosystems and their importance, and enjoy a live demonstration of Home Connect products and partner integration.

Presentation by Johannes Ochsner.

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The How-To for Universal Design and Aging in Place

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Cosentino City – Manhattan
150 East 58th St.
New York, NY 10155

Presented by the Living in Place Institute. Followed by a panel discussion featuring John O’Meara, Maria Stapperfenne & Dawn DeLuca.

This event qualifies for .1 NKBA CEU.

Let’s Talk KBIS 2018 with Veronika Miller from Modenus

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Sub-Zero Wolf
150 East 58th St.
New York, NY 10155

An interactive conversation-based presentation of highlights from KBIS. KBIS is, of course, all about products and innovations but it is also about thought leadership with important takeaways for audiences at the KBIS NeXT Stage and the Design Milk X Modenus Lounge. Veronika will review key trends that were identified by Modenus’ team of 24 Designhounds as well as key discussion topics and resources from the stage and lounge including Design Business 101 (Blogging and Affiliate Marketing); Global/Remote Design and Good X Home, a new Modenus platform that supports wellness and sustainability in design.

NKBA Manhattan November 9 Chapter Meeting

Thursday, November 9, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Meet world-reknowned designer Victoria Hagan at the Miele Experience Center.

Mingle with friends while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Thank you to our hosts, Architectural Digest and Miele.

Kitchens That Nourish the Soul — The Feng Shui Way

Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
222 East 59th Street, Fifth Floor
New York, NY

Join your colleagues for Kitchens that Nourish the Soul—The Feng Shui Way.

  • Learn the Five Element manifestations of energy
  • How these different manifestations influence one another
  • The predominant energy of the kitchen
  • Ideal placement of the kitchen in the home
  • How the harmonious energy of the cook infuses the kitchen (and food!) with good energy
  • Methods for creating auspicious energy in our own kitchens

Presented by Julie Schuster, CLIPP, Principal, Julie Schuster Design Studio.

Julie holds a B.S. in Business, as well as a degree in Interior Design from New York School for Interior Design and a degree in Feng Shui from Metropolitan Institute for Interior Design, a Gold Level program endorsed by The International Feng Shui Guild.

NKBA Manhattan Summer Social

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

It’s finally here, what you’ve been waiting for all year! The Summer Social, our chapter’s highly popular annual event to celebrate summer and the kitchen and bath industry we love.

Mingle and enjoy delicious refreshments and cocktails at the showrooms of our hosts, TOTO and HAFELE.

Kips Bay Decorator House Breakfast

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:00am – 10:30am
125 East 65th Street
New York NY

Join your chapter members and colleagues for a morning tour of the beautiful 2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House while enjoying light bites, graciously hosted by MIELE.

April 2017 Chapter Meeting – Earn 0.1 CEU

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Explore the sustainability of stone as a building material, starting with environmentally friendly quarrying and manufacturing techniques. From there, learn about the characteristics that make different stones unique, the ways to best use each for a long lasting application, and techniques to appropriately maintain their beauty, ensuring long lasting performance and beauty.

  • How Stone is Quarried and Processed Sustainably
  • Different Stones and Their Characteristics
  • The Care and Maintenance of Natural Stone
  • Timeless Uses of Natural Stone in Architecture and Interior Design

KBIS 2017 Recap

Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm
DXV Showroom
15 West 20h Street
New York, NY 10011

Attendees are eligible to earn .1 CEU at this chapter meeting.

Kosher Kitchen II

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
B/S/H/ Experience and Design Center
A&D Bldg., 9th floor
New York NY

Why is this kitchen different from all other kitchens? Join NKBA member, owner of Regency Designs & Interiors, Rochelle Kalisch, CKD, to discuss preparing the Kosher Kitchen for the most challenging holiday on the Jewish calendar: Passover!

The “wise” student will learn to tell the difference between products and preparations that are merely Kosher and those that are Kosher for Passover.

The “wicked” student will learn not to ask for ham on matzoh at Bubbe’s house.

The “simple” student will ask “Why do we observe these rituals?”

And the student “who does not know the questions to ask” will learn how to prepare their kitchen in 50 square feet, what types of china, linen and glassware to use; and how to make a reservation at a Passover Hotel to avoid the tumult!

Kosher refreshments will be served.

Winter Social

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Join colleagues and friends for this festive gathering to cap off the year!

MTI Baths Cocktail Hour

Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Booth #808
MTI Baths
BDNY at the Jacob Javits Center

Enjoy friends, refreshments and networking at the show during this festive cocktail hour hosted by MTI Baths. You must also register for the show.

October 20 Chapter Meeting at Fisher & Paykel

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Fisher & Paykel Experience Center
150 East 58th St., 3rd Floor
New York City

Join colleagues at this fun and entertaining event as you learn all about the creative trends in food, cocktails, tablescapes and floral arrangements for your next holiday celebration. Presented by Brian Quinn Events, hosted by Fisher & Paykel.

September 28 Outing and Education

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 9:30am – 6:30pm

Join colleagues for an inside look at developments and innovations in plumbing at the American Standard, DXV & Grohe Research and Development Center. Participants earn .1 CEU.

September 15 Chapter Event

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

This presentation will help understand the demographics behind the Micro living trend and the challenges of designing in a small footprint.

It will give awareness of all the design elements required to create a successful living environment.

It will make us understand the economics of micro/mutifunctional living.
Attendees will earn .1 CEU. Sponsored by Richelieu. Hosted by AKDO.

NKBA Manhattan Chapter Summit Social

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Join colleagues from the NKBA, IFDA and IDS for the annual Summer Social, generously hosted by our sponsor Thermador.

Design Unleashed – June Chapter Meeting

Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
InHouse – Kitchen – Bath – Home
200 Lexington Avenue Suite 1511
New York City, NY 10016

Earn .1 CEU. Dinner will be served. Raffle for Pet Prizes.

Kips Bay Breakfast

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 @ 9:00am – 10:30am

Kips Bay Breakfast at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House sponsored by Miele.

Meet + Greet + Treat

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Members: Enjoy a relaxed evening of networking and socializing as you catch up with colleagues at one of the most beautiful venus in the super-hot Flatiron neighborhood. Cash bar, treats are on us, and do bring your business cards.

Turn Up the Light presented by Ayre Lighting

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Please join us for the March chapter meeting, “The Technical Aspects of Lighting & The Design Aspects of Lighting.” Professionals will earn 0.2 CEUs during this presentation by experts from Ayre Lighting at the beautiful Grande Central Showroom and enjoy refreshments and networking with colleagues.

Designing Dream Kitchens

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Please join us for a festive evening and 0.1 CEU-credited panel discussion, Designing Dream Kitchens, featuring design specialists Robert Bakes, Bakes & Kropp; Joy Young, Townhouse Kitchens; Dave Burcher, InHouse Kitchen Bath Home and NKBA Manhattan VP of Professional Development; Alexi Knight, Korts & Knight, and moderator Kent Brasloff, NKBA Manhattan Chapter Immediate Past President.

Start the New Year Smart!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Cosentino City Center
150 E. 58th St. Ste 399
New York City, NY

Please make plans to join the NKBA Manhattan Chapter for the first chapter meeting of 2016. Enjoy Spanish wine and treats while catching up with friends, and earn the first CEU of the year.

This course explores a cutting-edge surfacing technology, ultracompact surfacing. You will gain insight into how this surfacing material possesses the same characteristics of natural stone while providing unmatched color and design flexibility.

NKBA CEU Credits: 0.1 CEU