14 July 2009

Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) Trip Report

I had the opportunity of visiting the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach, Fla. yesterday, capping off a fun trip to the Ft. Lauderdale area. DCOTA, as it's commonly called, is a trade-only complex of home design-related showrooms. Most of the stops I made were specific to my kitchen and bath design specialization. Here were some of my favorite finds.


I'm absolutely in love with Allmilmo's latest offerings! This German cabinetry manufacturer's latest catalog is called "Modern Art" and it's a fitting title indeed! I loved their integrated room design concept that lets your kitchen disappear behind sleek veneer panels. I also loved the Wave components, that add texture along with style.

Wave in Black and White
(Look closely at the rippled ridge texture!)

Allmilmo will be introducing stone cabinetry soon, adding a whole other level of design to your kitchen possibilities.

Another great German cabinetry line - this one for the bathroom - is Keuco. I wasn't familiar with their products before, but discovered them at DCOTA's Designer's Plumbing Studio, an incredible treasure trove of fixtures, fittings, bath furniture and accessories.

Shown here is their Edition 300 series
(and their very cool towel hooks, too!)

I also really liked Villeroy & Boch's Viva Classic series, especially for a transitional or spa-inspired bath.


Here were some of my other favorite items from the DPS showroom:

Neo Metro Mini Loo wall-hung toilet.
You love stainless steel in the kitchen... Why not the bath, too?

Victoria & Albert's Amalfi freestanding tub lets you soak in style and comfort

Americh's Clearwater series Shower Tray - on clawfeet!
How charming with a circular shower curtain bar for tiny vintage bathrooms


I had tremendous fun at the Walker Zanger showroom. This line has always had gorgeous offerings. Their new series continue to inspire.

Shown here is Waterfall,
a slate and glass combo inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright

I also love that their glass tiles come in gloss, matt or textured finishes, allowing for a dynamic blend and more timeless look. Here is a sheet of one-by-one Vintage Glass tiles in a matte finish.

In the ceramic arena,
I particularly adored their Studio Moderne series

The Tile & Marble Collection at DCOTA was showcasing a twist on traditional travertine. Rather than the warm golds we're used to seeing in this natural stone, T&M is featuring Silver, cooling down the stone with more contemporary-feeling soft grays.

T&M also carries a line of quartz countertops I hadn't seen before called Compac. What caught my eye were two pink offerings, pale Flamingo and intense Fucsia, (shown here), just in case you were wanting something quite different for your home!


I'm rather fond of unique wallcoverings, so I had to stop into DCOTA's Innovations in Wallcoverings showroom. I was not disappointed!

I love the Murano glass beads for a shimmery powder room

Innovations' Japanese-inspired Origami also delights!

I was also quite taken by the magnificent stained glass domes created by the Selecta Fine Woodoworks & Design showroom.

If your home has high ceilings and old world grandeur, this may just be the addition you've been seeking. Or maybe you've been wanting to add some grandeur currently lacking in your home. The Selecta designers can customize a piece to fit the scale and color scheme of your residence.

You might also enjoy these trip reports:

New York Design Trip Report
Kitchen/Bath Industry Show 2009 - Kitchen Spotlight
Kitchen/Bath Industry Show 2009 - Bath Spotlight
Kitchen/Bath Industry Show 2009 - Style Spotlight


  1. i like Neo Metro Mini Loo wall-hung toilet. looks very luxurius :D

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  2. Kitchen is defined as the essential part of the home and the area ought to be geared up with good high quality devices and newest modern products.Transforming of Kitchen enhances the property value and it's determined as a lifetime investment.

  3. Thanks for stopping by, and for the comments.


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