Posted 09/22/2017DuVerre Hardware Acquired by Top Knobs Du Verre Hardware and Top Knobs, announced the acquisition by Top Knobs of the Du Verre Hardware brand. Together, Top Knobs, Du Verre Hardware, Atlas Homewares, Vesta Fine Hardware, and their sister company Hardware Resources' brands, Jeffrey Alexander and Elements, represent a most compelling product selection in the industry for cabinet hardware. As an award-winning company, Du Verre Hardware has a strong history of raising the bar on innovative designs through progressive manufacturing techniques. Each piece of the brand's hardware is crafted of post consumer, eco-friendly recycled aluminum fully compatible with LEED objectives. Under the creative direction of founding partners Gina Lubin and Gavin McLean, the Du Verre brand has gained recognition throughout the design world for original hardware designs. Lubin has also guided the creative direction of the hardware company since its inception and has created some of the most intriguing Du Verre designs to date.
Posted 09/22/2017Franke Honored with 2017 KBB Readers' Choice Award Franke was recognized as a top brand in the kitchen sink category, and named a winner of the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Business' Readers' Choice Awards for the second year in a row. More than 11,000 votes were cast by kitchen and bath designers, dealers, architects, custom builders and remodelers to determine the best brands of the year in 25 kitchen and bath categories. To determine the Kitchen Sink category winners, Kitchen & Bath Business readers were asked to cast their vote based on installation type, stain resistance, durability, configuration, style and aesthetics. Price, local availability and support from the manufacturer were also considered.
Posted 09/22/2017Introducing the Richmond II from ICERA Introducing the Richmond II from ICERA, featuring a skirted bottom for a sophisticated look but still retaining the pleasing elegance of its classic design aesthetic. The Richmond II is notable for a transitional style that pairs well with both traditional and contemporary décors. A teardrop lever adds a touch of chic, while an elongated bowl and one-piece design enhance the sleek exterior. The most noticeable change is the newly skirted bowl, which provides a cleaner look and easier maintenance. As a 1.28 gpf high-efficiency toilet, it includes a fully glazed trapway for superior flushing performance. The design also features ICERA's signature EcoQuattro™ flushing system that combines flushing power, exceptional cleanliness and minimal water usage. Crafted of vitreous china with a MicroGlaze™ coating for easy cleaning, the Richmond II includes a number of thoughtful touches, such as a soft-close and quick-release seat. The unit is available in white and balsa, and includes a solid metal trip lever in polished chrome. Seat hinge caps and trip levers are available for separate purchase in satin nickel, polished nickel, polished brass, white or balsa. All ICERA toilets are 100% factory flush tested and come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Posted 09/22/2017GROHE's New Tempesta Shower System The new GROHE Tempesta shower system represents state-of-the-art shower engineering. It is built to withstand the rigors of daily use, making it ideal for families with small children. The system includes an exposed thermostat with SafeStop to help prevent scalding, an Aquadimmer volume control diverter for easy switching between overhead and hand shower, and an adjustable-height holder to suit all size users. The shower system can be paired up with the New Tempesta Cosmopolitan 100 showerhead and hand shower. The new GROHE Tempesta shower system provides an attractively priced, urban chic-styled product line for the modern bathroom. For added comfort, it includes the brand-exclusive GROHTHERM thermostat, plus features GROHE Turbostat, which reduces the risk of hot and cold shocks resulting from fluctuating water pressure. Its sleek, minimalist design lines are highlighted by GROHE StarLight, which ensures long-lasting sheen and protection against scratching and stains. Models are available with the innovative GROHE EcoJoy technology, which allows users to save water on a daily basis without compromising their shower experience.
Posted 09/22/2017Justin Berkowsky Joins GRAFF as Regional Sales Manager GRAFF® announced the addition of Justin Berkowsky as Regional Sales Manager. Berkowsky has a decade of experience working for a luxury plumbing manufacturer where he was involved in nearly every facet of the company including customer service and technical support, product design and development, marketing initiatives and increasing national sales. "We are excited to welcome Justin Berkowsky to the GRAFF team." says, Chris Kulig, GRAFF's Director, Business Strategy and Development. "His industry experience, paired with a disciplined, results-driven work ethic, makes him a valued asset to our sales community. We look forward to watching him inspire and motivate his team of regional representatives. He developed forthright relationships with a network of showrooms during his comprehensive sales trips and is exceptionally knowledgeable about decorative plumbing trends and industry standards". Justin is an enthusiastic foodie, avid music collector, and international traveler. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Posted 09/15/2017KEUCO Hosted Its Inaugural Design Tour To intensify the dialogue with North America's specifying community, KEUCO hosted its inaugural Design Tour this past June. A group of interior designers and architects from New York and Miami spent three days visiting the Ruhr region and saw firsthand how this former German center of coal mining and heavy industry is being transformed into a modern media and technology hub. Of particular interest was the post-industrial repurposing of two former mining and production sites in Essen and Dortmund. A guided tour of the Zeche Zollverein, a coal mine turned UNESCO World Heritage site and leisure time destination for local and international visitors alike, gave the guests insight into the origin of many industrial production processes. Equipped with this newly acquired information, the group went to visit to the KEUCO factory and showroom to experience first-hand the modern, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and the freshly updated corporate showroom, dubbed the KEUCO Forum, to see and touch the latest product innovations. Afterwards the guests were hosted by the team of architects responsible for the concept (and many the buildings) of the Phoenix Lake in nearby Dortmund-Hoerde.
Posted 09/15/2017SteamLinx from MrSteam SteamLinx is the most recent example of MrSteam reimagining home steam showers. SteamLinx turns any smartphone into an intuitive steam room remote control. SteamLinx is a wireless interface that consists of a smart phone app, and two small transmitter modules: one connects to any MrSteam E-series generator, and the other to the home Internet router. The two transmitters communicate with each other, allowing users to control steam room functionality wirelessly through the app on their smartphone. Users can easily activate their steam shower remotely in advance from anywhere within range of their WiFi signal. The touch of a finger is all it takes to preheat the steam shower while preparing morning coffee in the kitchen, finishing a workout in the exercise room or pulling into the garage after a long day. The simple-to-operate mobile experience of the SteamLinx system is compatible with all MrSteam home steam shower controls, the new iSteam3, wireless AirTempo, iTempoPlus and iTempo. It is also included in all MrSteam Dream and Butler packages.
Posted 09/15/2017Fairmont Designs Announces Two Managerial Promotions Fairmont Designs, announced that effective January 1, 2018 James Lin (pictured on the left) will take on the position of Director for Fairmont Designs. In this new position, Lin will focus on product development and brand awareness for the Bath Division of Fairmont Designs. Lin joined the company as the President of the newly established bath division. Under his guidance he has led the growth of the bath division into one of the leading bath furniture manufactures in the decorative bath industry. In preparation for this transition, the company also announced that effective September 1, 2017, Nathaniel Mucha (pictured on the right) will be promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of Bath. In this new role, Mucha will oversee daily operations of the bath division. Mucha joined Fairmont Designs in 2011 and has served as Vice President of Sales for the Bath Division since 2013. Mucha has over 20 years in the home improvement industry on both the manufacturer and retail sides of the industry. He graduated from the University of Washington and will continue to reside in Dallas, TX.
Posted 09/15/2017BLANCO Presented with 2 Partners of Choice "A,A" Awards BLANCO has been presented with the David Weekley Homes esteemed Partners of Choice "A,A" Award for excellence in both quality and service for 2016. The "A,A" Award recognizes national trading partners that offer the highest level of quality and service. BLANCO was one of only seventeen companies chosen out of 200 participants. Now in its 14th year, the Partners of Choice "A,A" Award is a result of the David Weekley Homes National Trading Partner Survey which surveys 1,000 of its team members annually. BLANCO is the first sink manufacturer to win this industry award for excellence. David Weekley Homes, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Houston and operates in 23 cities across the United States. David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes "America's Best Builder", "National Housing Quality Award" and "National Builder of the Year".
Posted 09/15/2017Steamist Introduces Its 550 Digital Control Steamist® introduced its 550 Digital Control. Steamist's newest, most advanced control system is equipped with a myriad of in-demand functions and features that enhance shower design and elevate the user experience. The new 550 Digital Control offers unparalleled flexibility through its large, high-definition touchscreen display featuring multiple-language capabilities and easily adjustable font sizes. Depending on the homeowner's preference, the control can be installed in portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal) orientation. Compatible with Steamist's TSG or SM Plus steam generators, the 550 can operate all Total Sense™ Spa Options such as AromaSense, ChromaSense, AudioSense and ShowerSense. Two user profiles can be programmed for instant access to temperature, duration and spa option preferences. Another breakthrough component of the 550 Digital Control is Steamist's patent-pending dual-temperature technology, which allows for superior temperature accuracy. This cutting-edge innovation delivers a more consistent and comfortable steam experience than ever before. This new dual-temperature technology is now standard on all Steamist digital controls, including the 450 and 250 models in addition to the 550.
Posted 09/08/2017The New Grohe Retro-Fit Shower System The GROHE Retro-Fit Shower System installs easily and quickly. Simply replace the existing shower arm and add the system components without altering any in-wall plumbing. Once installed, it's easy to use; a quarter turn of the diverter lever (located at the bottom of the shower bar) switches water flow from showerhead to hand shower or both outlets can deliver water simultaneously. The GROHE RetroFit shower system provides an easy upgrade for the shower by transforming an existing showerhead installation with concealed pressure balance valve into a luxurious shower system without breaking the wall, and is available in a brushed nickel finish and polished chrome.
Posted 09/08/2017Alno Inc. Adds 2 Sinks to Bates & Bates Offerings Alno, Inc. announced that they are adding two new sinks to the Bates & Bates product line, one in the Artistry in Ceramic collection and one in the Z Series collection. These models are available to order immediately and look for a new flat bottom ceramic bathroom sink coming soon.
Posted 09/08/2017California Faucets' New Gaviota Widespread Faucet California Faucets'™ new Gaviota widespread faucet offers a contemporary, urban chic silhouette. In matte black, the tubular-shaped spout and handles recall the graphic, high-contrast mood of past design eras while adding a striking accent to white fixtures, marble surfaces, and other neutral materials. Gaviota offers a practical choice for its solid-brass stout and durable ceramic disc cartridges. Even its temptingly touchable matte black finish, which feels smooth but not slippery, is a sensible choice for its ability to defy fingerprints and water spots. Matte black is just one of over 30 hand-applied finishes available from California Faucets' full line of solid brass kitchen and bath faucets. In addition to this widespread faucet, the Gaviota Series spans a selection of coordinating products in matte black. The wide array, including vessel lavatory faucet, Roman tub set, and tub and shower trim, as well as towel bars, robe hooks, and toilet paper holders, makes it easy for designers and homeowners to create a fully coordinated bath ensemble.
Posted 09/08/2017Duravit Launches Their New HygieneGlaze 2.0 Duravit launched HygieneGlaze 2.0. The new HygieneGlaze 2.0 is not only powerful on toilets and urinals, but also rapidly effective. After twelve hours, 99.9 percent of bacteria are eradicated. After 24 hours, HygieneGlaze 2.0 reaches an unprecedented level of 99.999 percent bacteria elimination. HygieneGlaze 2.0's manufacturing process is key to its impressive reduction in pathogens like E.Coli. Baked into the ceramic, HygieneGlaze 2.0 extends from the interior of the basin to the rim of the toilet or urinal. With this thoughtful and intuitive design, the HygieneGlaze 2.0 easily tackles areas high in bacteria accumulation. The glaze swiftly kills E.Coli bacteria by use of the "oligodynamic reaction" - the effect of positively charged metal ions on bacteria. HygieneGlaze 2.0 is available for all toilets and urinals in the P3 Comforts and ME by Starck ranges.
Posted 09/08/2017Bathroom Butler Opens Their New Warehouse in Miami Bathroom Butler opened its new warehouse and office in Miami to service its North American market with their offering of high quality Grade 304 stainless steel bathroom accessories and heated towel rails that are eco-friendly and 100% recyclable. Available in different collections (Natural, Loft, Cubic and Edge), the Bathroom Butler heated towel rails not only add to a bathroom's aesthetic elegance, but they keep towels dry, fresh and hygienically clean as they alleviate the chance for bacterial growth commonly associated with wet towels. Bathroom Butler's heated towel-rails also offer built-in temperature adjustment, thereby offering a solution for all heat preferences.
Posted 09/08/2017GRAFF's Exclusive New Material Sleek-Stone® GRAFF™'s exclusive new material Sleek-Stone® provides the brand's bathtubs with a durable surface that truly embodies the stylistic elements of natural stone. Featuring easy to maintain qualities, the unique material creates a warm-to-touch feel for an elevated, elegant bathroom experience. It is crafted using a stone composite material that combines 75% natural dolomitic minerals with a unique resin, spun together using state-of-the-art casting technology and artisanal processes. Sleek-Stone® represents the future of bath materials. The Tephi bathtub and sink offering (pictured), designed by GRAFF's G+ Design Studio, is crafted with the Sleek-Stone® material. Both the soaking tub and sinks feature a warm-to-touch feel, paired with a unique and luxurious smoothness - offering users an exclusive and elegant bathroom experience. The contemporary Tephi brings forth a minimalist appeal that fits seamlessly into any design aesthetic. The material composition of the tub offers the same versatile appeal as natural stone, but is enhanced with all of the technological benefits of an advanced material.
Posted 09/01/2017Du Verre Hardware Introduces Three New Hardware Collections Du Verre Hardware worked with Clodagh on three new unique hardware collections: Primitive, Stacked and Tribal. The use of intelligent materials and natural elements imbue her projects with unmistakable warmth, beauty, structure and flow that appeals to all the senses and are clearly present in all three of her striking collections for Du Verre. All three collections are made from environmentally friendly recycled aluminum. Clodagh, a multi-discipline designer based in NYC, has an extensive award-winning portfolio that spans over 24 countries and includes hotels, luxury spas, healthcare facilities, residential, branding, fashion and home products. She oversees two acclaimed companies; Clodagh Design, her interior design practice, and Clodagh Signature, her product design studio.
Posted 09/01/2017BLANCO'S New VALEA Equal Double Bowl with Low Divide BLANCO combined functionality and value with the launch of the BLANCO VALEA Equal Double Bowl with Low Divide. An expansion on a very popular style, the BLANCO VALEA features a convenient low divide, making it easier to transfer heavy pots and pans from one bowl to the other during clean up. The BLANCO VALEA features the rock hard durability of SILGRANIT®, the convenience and functionality of a low center divide and a perfect transitional shape to fit any kitchen style. BLANCO VALEA is offered in all 8 on-trend SILGRANIT colors including cinder, truffle, biscotti, white, anthracite, metallic gray, café brown and biscuit. A stainless steel sink grid accessory is sold separately. BLANCO VALEA Equal Double Bowl with Low Divide details:
Posted 09/01/2017Lloyd Leblanc Named President & General Manager of AD Waters North America AD Waters appointed Lloyd Leblanc Vice President and General Manager of AD Waters North America. Since the announcement of the AD Waters spin-off from Aquabrass in January 2017, Leblanc has steadily led the sales growth initiatives and profitability for the AD Waters brand, which introduced two leading European bath brands, Spain-based Fiora and Italy-based Simas, to the North American marketplace in Q2 and Q3 2017. In his new role with the company, Lloyd will be responsible for the implementation of sales and customer service strategies, as well as operational procedures. He will also oversee the recruitment of AD Waters candidates and ensure effective training policies across all departments, in addition to overseeing the regulation of company policies and management of the day-to-day activities. Lloyd previously held the position of Vice-President of AD Waters USA and prior to that role, he served as Vice President, USA of Aquabrass.
Posted 09/01/2017Mountain Products' New Mountain Pure Filter Mountain Products's new Mountain Pure® produces fresh, pristine water. Mountain Pure® allows customers to enjoy clean, safe water for drinking, cooking and even face washing when installed in bathrooms and kitchens. Mountain Pure® Carbon Filtration Systems comes with a carbon filter cartridge that incorporates powder activated carbon and a bacteriostatic agent that protects it from bacteria growth. 1/4 Turn automatic shut-off valve allows for easy replacement and eliminates the usual mess of replacing filters. Mountain Pure® Filter features include:
Posted 09/01/2017Franz Viegener's New Edge Freestanding Tub Filler To complete a bathroom in a contemporary motif, enhance it with the new chic Edge Freestanding Tub Filler Faucet from Franz Viegener's Premium Collection. The Edge Tub Filler Faucet is constructed of solid brass and has an extremely efficient high-flow ceramic mixing cartridge providing an outstanding 14 gpm - 57 PSI. In keeping with the streamlined design, hot and cold indicators are combined into a slim rectangular single-lever handle. Complementing the faucet is a handshower holder which indexes 90 degrees and a 60" stretchable finished metal hose. The fashionably modern Edge is available in several PVD finishes.
Posted 09/01/2017Victoria + Albert Baths' New Vetralla Tub Victoria + Albert Bath's new double-ended tub combines clean lines of a modern aesthetic with a smaller footprint, to create a dramatic focal point for any sized bathroom suite. The Vetralla tub was designed to provide the bather with an increased comfort through a greater angle of recline and support. The simple, deep and double-ended Vetralla bathtub is ideal for modern bathrooms where space is at a premium. Measuring a generous 21-5/8" tall x 28-3/4 wide x 65" long it is also offered in a larger format called Vetralla 2. Vetralla is available in seven distinctive external finishes, including gloss white, gloss black, matte white, matte black, anthracite, stone grey and light grey. As with all Victoria + Albert's baths, it is made using the brand's exclusive material, ENGLISHCAST®; a unique blend of Volcanic Limestone® and high performance resins with a number of beneficial properties. Warm to the touch - ensuring you never step foot into a cool bath while also retaining heat for longer - it is luxuriously smooth, wipe clean, scratch-resistant, super-strong and lightweight, with each bath weighing far less than their cast iron or acrylic counterparts. Each bath comes with a 25-year consumer and 8 year commercial guarantee.
Posted 08/25/2017DXV Launches Their #ProjectDXV DXV has launched #ProjectDXV, a photography initiative that partners with North American interior designers to assist publishing their work, and building the DXV library of quality interior design installation photos. This program runs to March 31, 2018. #ProjectDXV asks interior designers to submit their project plans and specifications featuring DXV fixtures, faucets and accessories for the chance to have their final design professionally photographed and potentially pitched to media. Up to 14 installed projects from across North America (ten from the United States, four from Canada) will be selected. DXV will work with each designer to choose a local photographer, contributing $2,500 to each styling and photography budget. Selected designers will also gain access to a professional PR team with valuable industry knowledge and support to pitch each project to appropriate media. The professional images of chosen participants will also be shared on DXV social platforms and company communications, to further promote the designers' awareness. For more information, visit www.dxv.com/projectdxv.
Posted 08/25/2017Steamist Adds Three New Steamhead Models Steamist® has added three new steamhead models to its complete, customizable line of in-home steam shower products. The new options, which join Steamist's renowned 3199 Steamhead, include a Bilateral Steamhead (pictured), Modern Steamhead (3199M) and Round Steamhead (3199R):
Posted 08/25/2017MTI Baths Now Offers Six Organic Hues MTI Baths is bringing an unexpected splash of color to the bathroom with six organic hues inspired by the earth, sea and sky. This palette is the result of the MTI design team's commitment to offer the luxury market products that go beyond the functional. Now every vignette can enjoy a pop of color that's grounded in earthly delight. Offered on a select number of tubs and vessel or semi-recessed sinks, these elegant exterior colors capture the eye and open exciting new design possibilities in bathrooms. Choose from an array of gorgeous colors with names that capture the essence of the outdoors, including blue lagoon, nightfall, onyx, storm gray, moonstone and terracotta. Available in a matte or gloss finish, these stunning colors can provide a strategic accent or serve as a launching point for a whole new bathroom color scheme. The modern shades of earthly colors are seamlessly combined with selected models from MTI's cutting-edge Boutique Collection manufactured in luxurious SculptureStone™ to add dimension and depth. SculptureStone™ is a special, mostly organic material MTI uses to create luxurious Boutique Collection products that are absolutely solid, sensuous to the touch and most assuredly works of art.
Posted 08/25/2017Grohe's New Euphoria Cube Shower System Geometric design is a long-term trend that continues to inspire architects and contractors to design modern bathrooms. Taking the concept of minimalism to the next level, the new Euphoria Cube shower system from Grohe offers pure geometric form to the bathroom environment. Completely devoid of curves and cylindrical elements, the new Euphoria Cube shower system coordinates strikingly with the square-shaped RAINSHOWER 230 Allure fixed showerhead and the purist Euphoria Cube hand shower with the GROHTHERM thermostat. It combines all the benefits of a rain showerhead and hand shower into a single product engineered for maximum comfort and dependable safety. The new shower system's modern bath design features pronounced edges, simple surfaces and consistently parallel lines.
Posted 08/25/2017The New Kimono Vanity from Artelinea USA The new Kimono vanity from Artelinea USA features a grip recess opening system along with a dark grey internal structure. The shape of the curved front glass, characterized by the new grip recess opening system, becomes the new key aspect of the Kimono 2017 vanity. The new restyling of this collection proposes a drawer, with total extraction, with an inner structure in a dark grey finish.
Posted 08/25/2017Franke Adds StillPure to Their Kitchen Solutions Franke has added StillPure™, a complete under-sink filtration system, to its top-of-the-line collection of luxury sinks, faucets and kitchen solutions. Equipped with industry-first Bluetooth technology to monitor water usage from a smart phone, Franke's StillPure™ Filtration System improves the taste, odor and color of water by removing harmful bacteria, parasites and cysts, chlorine and lead - allowing users to enjoy naturally-fresh water directly from the kitchen faucet. The StillPure™ Filtration System is compatible with any Franke point-of-use faucet including single-source models and Franke's 3-in-1 faucets which produce hot, cold and filtered water all from one spout. Plus, with StillPure™, the filtration features are discreetly tucked away to keep the workspace around the sink uncluttered and beautiful. The StillPure™ Franke Filtration App, now available for free download in both Apple and Android app stores, works with the exclusive FM100 module, a Bluetooth® monitor that easily attaches to the filtration system. It tracks how many filtered gallons of water a household consumes and conveniently alerts users when it's time to change the filter.
Posted 08/18/2017BainUltra's New Opalia Collection BainUltra unveiled Opalia™, an extraordinary collection of therapeutic baths inspired by the splendor of an elegant opal. BainUltra has captured that essence of luminescent beauty and soothing properties in an exquisitely crafted line of freestanding tubs made all the more remarkable by singular options for deck designs and a luxurious bathing experience that refreshes the body, mind and spirit. Opalia draws the eye with its fascinating curves, available in five enticing configurations. The oval inner shell of the bath can be centered, off-centered to either side, or oblique from the center, creating an intriguing play of elliptical shapes and boldly distinctive decks. The tub measures 68 x 39 x 25 with generous proportions to accommodate two bathers in comfort and comes in two beautiful finishes - Glossy or UltraVelour Matte. Crafted by hand for a seamless appearance, the tubs are made exclusively of acrylic for amazing durability and lasting beauty. As with all BainUltra baths, multiple therapeutic benefits are available to create the ultimate soaking experience.
Posted 08/18/2017SIGMA Designer Faucetry Names Michael Pechar National Sales Manager SIGMA Designer Faucetry announced Michael Pechar as their new National Sales Manager. Michael will be responsible for the leadership and development of the SIGMA rep network, developing new business opportunities, and creating customized solutions to customer's needs. Michael has quickly become a well-known figure in the decorative plumbing industry with years of experience on both the rep side and manufacturers side, and has served on DPHA's Board of Directors for the past few years. Utilizing his extensive background in customer service, Michael has a proven record of facilitating long-term business relationships with both customers and business partners. His strong winning attitude and personality are assets that will complement and enhance SIGMA's ability to provide innovative products to the marketplace.
Posted 08/18/2017Watermark Designs Becomes a Member of Be Original Americas Watermark Designs announced that it has become a member of Be Original Americas. Members are approved based on each applicant's product designs and manufacturing history. Be Original Americas is a non-profit organization committed to informing, educating and influencing manufacturers, design professionals and individuals on the economic, ethical and environmental value of authentic design while preserving and investing in its future. Through an extensive program of lectures, workshops and round tables, the organization encourages consumers, the architecture/design community, producers, dealers and media partners to fully support creativity and credibility in order to invest in the future of design, incentivize innovation and give back to the industry and the people it serves.
Posted 08/18/2017Top Knobs Wins KBB Reader's Choice Award For the fifth consecutive year, Top Knobs has been selected as a winner in the Kitchen & Bath Business Readers' Choice Awards. Kitchen & Bath Business readers cast more than 11,000 votes for winners in 25 distinct categories. This year, Top Knobs was honored in both the Decorative Hardware and the Bath Accessories categories. Kitchen & Bath Business Readers' Choice Award winners are selected based upon their ability to meet specific criteria. For the Decorative Hardware category, readers were asked to vote based upon aesthetics. In the Bath Accessories category, product design was the key component in selecting winners. In both categories, Top Knobs was assessed on overall style and ability to coordinate with fixtures.
Posted 08/18/2017Rubi's New Abyss Collection Rubi/Kasa Distribution unveiled a new complete range of bathroom faucets, the Abyss Collection. The proud and cut lines of faucet spout are out of the ordinary while its cylindrical body is instinctively modern. Made of solid brass construction and featuring ceramic cartridges, the entire line is available in chrome finish. For any questions about RUBI's products or distribution policy, please contact the Rubi Order Desk at 561-806-3420.
Posted 08/18/2017Victoria + Albert Moves Its Warehouse and Offices Victoria + Albert moved its warehouse and offices to new facilities that will make its operations more efficient and allow room for continued growth. The new headquarters larger warehouse in Ladson, South Carolina has prime transport links with access to the I-26 highway. With 52,000 square feet, the new warehouse holds approximately 5 months' worth of stock at any time. The continued investment in high levels of inventory enables Victoria + Albert Baths to turn orders around in a matter of days - 48 hours to be exact. The warehouse holds inventory for the USA - and forwarding from here to South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Future plans include ta new specification showroom, creating an ideal space to view a wide range of V+A products and will also act as a training facility for agents and showroom staff.
Posted 08/11/2017Grohe's Essence Semi-Pro Kitchen Faucets Now Offers Color Options The new collection of Essence Semi-Pro single-handle kitchen faucets from GROHE is now available in nine attractive rainbow shades - yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, green, blue, matte sheer marble, and matte dark gray - to make a personalized statement in any kitchen, whether entertaining guests or preparing a special family meal. The flexible, easy-to-clean velvet matte black colored silicone hose, which comes standard with this faucet, can be effortlessly replaced with a color that delights the senses, no matter your mood. You can match to other surfaces and finishes in the sink area, even coordinating with holiday décor. A winner of a 2017 international Red Dot Award, the Essence Semi-Pro faucet has a sleek, modern form with convenient features for at-home chefs. These functions include: convenient one-hand operation, a spring arm that allows for full 360-degree sink mobility and a high-performance spray head that offers easy switching between spray action and regular water flow.
Posted 08/11/2017Barclay Adds Paste Colors to Their Fireclay Collection Barclay's Fireclay Collection now includes pretty pastels to soften kitchen decor. Hand-crafted in Italy in delicate shades like sugar paper blue, country green and yellow straw., models that are now in stock (in all three new pastel colors) include:
Posted 08/11/2017Ronbow Launches Its New Brand, Ronbow Essentials Ronbow Corporation launched its new brand, Ronbow Essentials to appeal to the needs and budgets of price-conscious consumers. Available this fall, Essentials is the third product brand for the company joining Ronbow and Ronbow Signature. The new brand aims to open the door to a new consumer demographic and satisfy today's retail and design marketplace challenges, while also maintaining Ronbow Corporation's position as a leader in bathroom products. Furthermore, the company's product assortment strategy responds to a demand from their retail and distributor network, which have requested a solution in filling the gap previously not served with their core bath furniture line (Ronbow) and their 'best-in-class' European designed suites (Ronbow Signature). With the addition of the Ronbow Essentials brand, the company will reset each brand's product offerings and reclassify some existing product collections.
Posted 08/11/2017CEU Events Updates Programs Available to DPHA Members CEU Events updated programs available to DPHA members:
Posted 08/11/2017Mountain Products' New Re-Vive Collection Shower Drains Mountain Products Re-Vive™ Shower Collection added new shower drains that are elegant, beautiful and functional. Enjoy the classic look of the Basket Weave (pictured) or tile-In options, or style the shower with the contemporary look of Flow, Dreamtime, or linear designs. Pairing one of these drains with the array of other Re-Vive™ shower products allows customers to rejuvenate their style. Beyond the stylistic beauty of the drain, the Re-Vive™ drain provides superior function over other square drains on the market. Unique only to Mountain, each drain comes with the patented universal cast Iron drain ring that allows for retrofit applications onto most existing floor drains. Second, the Re-Vive™ Shower Drain's two-piece construction allows for perfect, level installation EVERY time.
Posted 08/11/2017Franke's New Pescara Collection Franke introduced its new Pescara Collection, a contemporary family of sinks and faucets with clean lines and a large, open workspace inspired by Italian tradition and its artisan culture. Pescara sinks are made from the highest quality Franke stainless steel; exceptionally resistant to staining, rust and corrosion. They are remarkably durable and an embodiment of contemporary elegance. Pescara faucets redefine functionality from the inside out, particularly the Semi-Professional model which features an innovative rear-docking spray head.
Posted 08/04/2017Turnstyle Designs' New Bullet Door Lever Designed by Christina Roberts, the Bullet is a bold statement, it is a design that is deliberately oversized, heavily textured and one that demands to be held. Perfectly shaped, and hand cast in Turnstyle Designs'™ trademark Amalfine™ composite, it is wonderfully tactile and ergonomic. Cast from a piece of rough hewn timber, the casting picks up every detail of wood grain, particularly prominent in the Alupewt. Available in 40 combinations of Amalfine and metal finishes and on two body sections - goose neck or combination, there is plenty of choice to find the perfect option.
Posted 08/04/2017BLANCO Debuts Their QUATRUS R15 Apron Front Super Single Bowl BLANCO combines innovation and on-trend design with the debut of the new QUATRUS R15 Apron Front Super Single Bowl. The QUATRUS R15 brings convenience and durability to the kitchen with its single bowl apron front style, industry leading satin finish, and large corner radius that is easy to clean and maintain. The BLANCO QUATRUS R15 is available in 18 gauge stainless steel. QUATRUS R15 details are:
Posted 08/04/2017Axent Corporation Honored with German Brand Awards AXENT won a German Brand Award June 29, 2017 in Berlin. The Swiss manufacturer of shower toilets received several awards: the most meaningful one in "Excellence in Branding" for interdisciplinary brand leading, as well as "Newcomer Brand of the Year" and the winner label in the category "Industry Excellence in Branding - Heating & Bathroom." The German Brand Award is the German Design Council and German Brand Institute's award for successful brands, consequent brand leading, and sustainable brand communication. It was initiated though the German Design Council which was founded in 1953 by the German Bundestag and sponsored by the German Federal Association of Industry.
Posted 08/04/2017AD Waters Now Exclusive N.A. Distributor for Simas AD Waters has exclusive rights to distribute Italian-based Simas company products in North America. The collections being offered by AD Waters are:
Posted 08/04/2017Victoria + Albert Introduces a New Gloss White Finish Option Victoria + Albert introduced a new gloss white finish option for a selection of bathroom vanities that sets an elegant tone and offers exceptional versatility. Customers may choose from three distinctive vanities that offer the gloss white finish, including the Bosa 112 Glass, a traditional glass-topped vanity with a full-width single drawer and the stylish Lavello 114 and Mandello 114 models. Both were created by award-winning product designers Meneghello Paolelli Associati and are available in glass-topped or wall-mounted styles. The new gloss white finish is a special catalyzed spray paint that is applied in multiple coats for a long-lasting finish. Other finish options for the three vanities include gloss black and anthracite, and light grey (Bosa 112 Glass only).
Posted 07/28/2017MTI Baths' Two New Pedestal Sinks In today's market there is a demand for beautiful, high-quality bathroom fixtures that will work in tight spaces. That's why MTI Baths has introduced two new pedestal sinks. Their footprint is modest, which is perfect when space is at a premium. Yet, the actual sink bowls are generously sized. Both are very clean and sleek in design and have an access opening in the rear.
Posted 07/28/2017Top Knobs' New Kingsbridge Series Top Knobs unites smart contemporary lines with subtle traditional detailing to form the new Kingsbridge series. Part of the Devon Collection, the Kingsbridge series blends easily into any kitchen or bath design - redefining today's transitional looks for decorative hardware. Wide, but not too wide ... detailed, but not too ornate, the Kingsbridge series features smooth flat tops and slightly rounded edges. The base of each piece includes an extra layer of detailing with two parallel bands. And, the T-shaped knobs mimic the shape of the pulls with the same wide, flat surface area. The Kingsbridge series is available in eight sizes - three T shaped knobs: 1 3/8", 1 7/8" and 2 3/8"; four pulls - 3 3/4", 5 1/16", 6 5/16" and 12" center-to-center sizes; and a 12" appliance pull. Kingsbridge is available in eight finishes including ash gray, a rich on-trend gray and honey bronze, a light brass tone. Other available finishes include black, brushed satin nickel, polished chrome, polished nickel, sable and Umbrio.
Posted 07/28/2017CEU Events Has Updated Their Programs CEU Events updated its programs. You can register for a program by going to the members only side of the website and following the path "Member benefits > CEU Events":
Posted 07/28/2017ICERA Introduces Four New Console Lav Stands ICERA introduced four new console lavatory stands. Each console lavatory is designed with the entire bathroom in mind to create a coordinated composition. The lavatory stands range in style from the Renaissance (pictured), embodying a decidedly classic form, to the Julian, designed to reflect a more modern or contemporary look. The lavatory tops are impeccably crafted in vitreous china, feature MicroGlaze™ anti-microbial porcelain glaze and have eight-inch faucet centers. All four models are available in white, with select models available in balsa and black. The stainless steel stands are PVD-coated for corrosion resistance and available in polished chrome, polished nickel, satin nickel and polished brass finishes. All ICERA vitreous china products are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Posted 07/28/2017MrSteam's New iSteam3 Control Delivering swipe-touch functionality and sleek, contemporary styling, the iSteam®3 control from MrSteam offers a variety of exciting new options designed to perfectly adapt to the preferences of every bather, seamlessly personalizing the steam shower environment. Now available in black and white finishes, iSteam3 provides a choice of black or white display screen mode. The iSteam3 is design-matched to the high-grade AromaSteam SteamHeads and pairs seamlessly with the industry-leading MrSteam E Series Residential Steam Generators. Appealing to a wide range of customers, the iSteam3 control interface offers a choice of English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian, provides a real-time clock feature and the controls can be password protected.
Posted 07/21/2017AD Waters Now Sole N.A. Distributor for Fiora AD Waters is now the sole distributor for the Spanish bath brand Fiora, which is making its North American debut. With the eco-friendly and simplified-installation properties that the brand brings through its innovative shower bases, Fiora is also merging the gap for showrooms across North America. For more than 10 years, the shower base category hasn't seen significant innovation outside of the acrylic shower base, which lacks as much luxury as it does anti-bacterial properties, something that Fiora proudly offers with its proprietary textured material, SILEXPOL (comprised of polyurethane and silica sand.) This textured slate-like material is extremely durable and warmer and softer to the touch than porcelain, acrylic, enamel steel and solid surface materials, is resistant to scratches, has antimicrobial properties, simplified installation and comes in 8 different colors.
Posted 07/21/2017BLANCO PRECIS Adds Two New Sizes to Their Single Bowls BLANCO adds the PRECIS 24" and 27" Single Bowls to its renowned SILGRANIT sink collection. The stylish BLANCO PRECIS undermount sinks are perfect for maximizing smaller spaces. Available in all eight SILGRANIT colors, the BLANCO PRECIS features the rock hard durability of SILGRANIT now with the convenience and functionality to work within even the smallest of kitchens.
Posted 07/21/2017Turnstyle Designs Celebrates Their 25th Anniversary The British company Turnstyle Designs, manufacturer of luxury door hardware, recently celebrated 25 years of manufacturing in Britain and of setting the standard of design-led architectural ironmongery. Turnstyle Designs has developed from a craft-based producer selling to shops (such as John Lewis, Purves & Purves) and Interior designers in the UK, to a company that now offers more than 30,000 different combinations of designs, materials and finishes to high-end interior designers, superyacht designers and luxury commercial projects. Products include their own range of Amalfine™ handles, (a proprietary composite blend of materials), brassware finished in house with a choice of eight different stock finishes and wide selection of beautiful leatherwork that is hand-stitched by Turnstyle's team of highly skilled leather craftswomen.
Posted 07/21/2017Julien's New SmartStation Sink The new SmartStation sink from Julien Home Refinements gives cooks the chance to flex their creative muscle. With the ultimate accessories selection, sliding from side to side of the bowl on two levels, it centralizes all prepping and cleaning tasks leading to great culinary feats. A grid, as well as a colander, a cutting board and a drying rack, available in dark walnut or golden maple wood essences, are included with the sink. With 30 other coordinated accessories that can be added to the sink, the SmartStation offers the utmost opportunity to elevate kitchen efficiency and pleasure.
Posted 07/21/2017KWC Introduces Their LUNA-E Kitchen Faucet Collection KWC recently introduced LUNA-E, a kitchen faucet collection that melds beauty with precision innovation, which is evident in exquisite attention to detail: micro spray technology that directs water exactly where it's needed; extensive swivel ranges and extra-long hoses that reach every inch of the sink surface; water-saving flow-rates; variable temperatures and easy-to-clean features. Brought to market by the leading supplier of luxury kitchen and bath faucets, shower systems and accessories, the LUNA-E collection is comprised of a Pull-Down Faucet, Pull-Out Faucet with jetclean™, Prep Faucet, Bar Faucet and Potfiller Service Faucet, and is available in both chrome and splendureTM stainless steel.
Posted 07/14/2017Hansgrohe Launches New Products at 2017 Dwell on Design Show At this year's Dwell on Design, June 23-25, Hansgrohe launched its newest shower fittings - all stylish, supremely engineered and equipped with water-saving technology. Among the introductions were the new faucet and shower components from the chic AXOR Montreux collection and a suite of showerheads and showerpipes from the Hansgrohe brand. The dynamic AXOR FINISHPLUS program, which offers bespoke AXOR fittings in highly durable finishes was also on view.
Posted 07/14/2017Artelinea's Mirror Now Produced with Natural Light Artelinea USA recently announced that its mirrors will now be produced with natural light. Cold and warm lights will be available upon request only without any additional cost. For a total well-being, lighting engineering is at the core of Artelinea's solutions: mirrors are enlightened with integrated LED lighting which can also be regulated in intensity thanks to sensors applied in the mirror. And energy-saving and long lasting lighting guarantee a green technology.
Posted 07/14/2017Dezi Home's New Serenti Series With clean lines and precise angles, the new, streamlined Sereniti Series from Dezi Home eliminates clutter while bringing peace and order to the bath. Sereniti features a sleek rectangular Towel Bar, a hardworking towel hook, towel ring, tumbler holder, soap dish, soap shelf, paper holders and wall-mounted or tabletop soap dispensers. Plus, an innovative horizontal mounted double towel bar is ideal for smaller spaces and makes an edgy design statement with space-saving practicality. Thoughtful design elements that set the Sereniti Series apart from the pack include:
Posted 07/14/2017Nantucket Sinks' New Tri-Fold Brochures Nantucket Sinks announced the availability of new tri-fold brochures showing off the complete line of its sinks. They offer 36 models of fireclay, 55 models of 16 Ga. stainless, 35 granite composites and 33 models of vitreous china lavatories. Nantucket Sinks' newest series is the "Vineyard Collection". It is made from genuine Italian fireclay and shows off the uniqueness of Italian artisans with hand finished designs. One series is the "Pietra Sarda" - it has a speckled stone look that is flecked with natural muted hues reminiscent of a rocky shore. he other is the "Shabby" - with the look of painted barn-board, weathered by the elements that has lost its coat in all the right places. The "Shabby" comes in three base colors and both series come in three sizes. The Cape Collection also shows the addition of many new items including two undermount bowls.
Posted 07/14/2017Franke Promotes Two Senior Level Executives Franke is reshaping its Kitchen Systems leadership team by promoting two experienced senior level executives:
Posted 07/07/2017The First-Ever BLANCO by Design Contest BLANCO challenges designers and trade professionals to enter the first ever BLANCO by Design Contest, which launched on June 2, 2017. Participants are required to enter three photos of a kitchen design featuring at least one BLANCO sink and faucet completed in 2016-2017 for a chance to win a grand prize of $5,000. Entries are currently being accepted online now and ending November 30, 2017 at 11:59PM EST. 1st place prizes are $1,000 each for notable kitchen and laundry/mudrooms plus an honorable mention at $500. Winners will be selected by a jury of design professionals. To enter the BLANCO by Design contest, visit their contest website here.
Posted 07/07/2017Mountain Products' New MT670-2 Chill Water Chiller Ask your customers what it would be like to have ice cold water anytime you want without having to wait for it to cool down? Explain that an instantly perfect cup of lemonade or ice tea made with the Mountain Products Chill Water Chiller is a refreshing way to cool down on a hot summer day. Mountain Chill hides cleanly and simply beneath the sink and provides 1.5 gallons (per hour) of crisp, cool water from the kitchen faucet. Customers who have the Mountain Chill Water Chiller in their homes is the ultimate in convenience. When paired with the Mountain Pure Filtration System, cold, clean and pure water can be can be enjoyed anytime day or night. The new MT670-2 features:
Posted 07/07/2017California Faucets' Latest Video Unveiling Their New 1-Hole Faucets In a sea of product messages vying for our attention every day, California Faucets has taken a different direction with Aqua Pella, its latest Pixar-inspired video introducing the company's new lineup of single-hole faucets. In the tradition of Tub Filler Fever, which went viral in the industry, Aqua Pella is the fun and memorable story of five faucets showing off their unique design personalities while performing before judges in a singing competition. The headliners stepping up to the stage in the video production include the clean-lined Arpeggio, the geometrically inspired Bel Canto and the sleek Zen-like Morro Bay. Each single-hole faucet in the group auditions in a different size or artisan finish from the company's wide selection. To view the new video, click here.
Posted 07/07/2017The Petite Vanity Collection from Ronbow The Petite Vanity Collection from Aravo by Ronbow fulfills the desire for modern style and functionality within a modest space with its refined looks, small frame and maximum storage capabilities. Once opened, the vanity features several storage components including those hung at the vanity's doors. Petite also comes with a variety of simple accessories: an LED mirror with an illuminating frame surrounding it and a hairdryer holder. The recessed finger pulls integrated into the vanity add a unique detail to the Petite Collection. At an 18" by 14" footprint, the modern vanity makes a perfect addition to any urban apartment or powder room in need of a storage solution. The innovative ceramic sinktop that fits on top of the Petite vanity features a geometric beveled shape with a unique drain cover that is integrated into the floor of the sink, resulting in the water disappearing at the infinity of the sink. The Petite comes in two color combinations: glossy white with a sandy oak finish and a glossy empire gray with a smoked walnut finish.
Posted 07/07/2017MrSteam Upgrades Their VirtualSpa Steam Shower Configuration Tool MrSteam released a new and upgraded edition of its popular VirtualSpa steam shower configuration tool. Version 3.0 helps users explore and understand the many steam shower options available to them, as well as simplifies steam generator sizing. In addition to offering a more intuitive site navigation, the new VirtualSpa makes it more straightforward for users to preview and change their selections throughout the planning process. The site also provides more in-depth product details and specifications, as well as improved functionality on smartphones and tablets.
Posted 06/30/2017Alno Inc Has a New YouTube Channel "Creations" by Alno, Inc. now has a YouTube channel, where it posted videos showing the production of Bates & Bates' ceramic and brass sinks. Each sink is made entirely by hand, taking up to 40 hours for the ornate brass sinks. Three new models were recently added to the sculptured metal collection and two new models are planned for the Artistry in Ceramic collection. If you need a copy of the pricing and dimensions for the new brass sinks, contact Jim Malcolm at Jimmalcolm@alnoinc.com.
Posted 06/30/2017Newport Brass Introduces The Taft and Chesterfield Collections Newport Brass introduced the Taft and Chesterfield kitchen collections. They are constructed of durable, solid brass and designed and manufactured in sunny California. With knurled base detail, the Taft (pictured) features a curved spout that joins the slightly flared, integrated pull-out spray, creating a refined aesthetic. The Chesterfield's distinctive pull-out spray highlights a traditional, yet bold kitchen design. Newport Brass' unique magnetic docking system secures the spray engine to the spout when not in use and a pivoting ball spray engine inlet fitting allows for enhanced directional control. Both collections include matching water delivery and accessory products and are offered in 29 finishes including: vintage copper, oil rubbed bronze, antique copper and a variety of PVD offerings.
Posted 06/30/2017Barclay's New Grids for Their Farmer Sinks Dress up and protect your fireclay farmer sink with Barclay's™ flashy new sink grids. These sink grids are fabricated from durable 304-grade stainless steel with rubber feet to protect sinks from scratches. The grids come in the following sizes:
Posted 06/30/2017GlassCrafters Electric Option Wins ADEX Product Award GlassCrafters was recently honored for design excellence for its mirrored medicine cabinets with electric option by architects and designers who voted in the Design Journal's annual ADEX product awards competition. GlassCrafters' functional mirrored cabinet with electric option delivers a beautifully designed cabinet with 2 electrical outlets, an LED white shelf light (ideal for nighttime use) and a heated door defogger.
Posted 06/30/2017Franke Introduced New Products at the 2017 ICFF Show Franke introduced an array of industry-first new products at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York from May 21-24, 2017:
Posted 06/23/2017SIDLER International's New SIDELIGHT The new beautiful design complemented by functionality makes the SIDELIGHT from SIDLER International your futuristic solution today. Dimmable Seamless LED has taken a step further with the temperature lighting option of 3000K or 4000K for your lighting preference. You will love the accessibility of the built-in USB and outlets as well as the SIDLER® patented shelf adjustment system. The integrated lighting system continues to be a signature for SIDLER® with SilverLasting and anodized aluminum body. To see the video on the new SIDLER Sidelight, simply click here.
Posted 06/23/2017Watermark Designs' New Elements Collection Watermark Designs' new Elements collection is comprised of:
Posted 06/23/2017BLANCO'S IKON Sink Wins 2017 A' Design Platinum Award BLANCO's new IKON® Apron Front Single Bowl Sink won a 2017 A' Design Platinum Award. Known as the largest and most renowned international design award in the world, the annual A' Design Award & Competition aims to continuously motivate designers, companies and brands to develop high-end and innovative products. Amongst the 1,958 winners from 98 different countries is the BLANCO IKON, which is the first Apron Front sink of its kind. Made of BLANCO's patented SILGRANIT® material, the IKON is the perfect combination of design, function and durability. The BLANCO IKON has previously been honored with awards such as KB Culture, Good Design, Interior Design Best of Year Finalist, IDA Honorable Mention, PIA Winner and IDA Finalist.
Posted 06/23/2017The New Genova Vanity from Ronbow The new Genova vanity from Ronbow is a cross between traditional and transitional design. Its large, grand molding with picture frame drawers gives the vanity a comfortable, relaxed yet refined look, while the beautiful Sabbia Beige finish creates a neat, clean feel. The beautifully shaped cone legs of the vanity effortlessly complement the oversized hardware that is easy to match with a brushed brass faucet. Genova is complete with a Carrara marble top and is offered in 30", 36," 48" and 60".
Posted 06/23/2017MTI Baths' New BASICS Tubs MTI Baths'™ BASICS tubs are value-priced, available in popular sizes and shapes, easy to install and manufactured in cast acrylic. Production time is quick: drop-in soakers and whirlpools are ready to ship in 5 business days; air baths and freestanding models in 7. And just because the project has a thin budget, it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice craftsmanship and quality. MTI BASICS tubs are handcrafted, water-tested and quality-inspected. MTI's goal is to provide plumbing contractors and business owners with handcrafted, quality products that will last. The MTI BASICS® tub model MBXFSX5832 features an integrated faucet deck to accommodate a Roman Tub faucet, an above floor rough-in so it can be installed on a slab or to make renovation a breeze, and a quick drain connection, all in a compact size of just 58" long x 32" wide.
Posted 06/16/2017MrSteam Linear Steamhead a Finalist in 2017 NYCxDESIGN Awards The MrSteam Linear SteamHead has been honored as a finalist in the 2017 NYCxDESIGN Awards in the bath category. The NYCxDESIGN Awards were created by Interior Design and ICFF to honor outstanding products exhibited at the annual citywide NYCxDESIGN celebration. The sleek and slender horizontal profile of the Linear SteamHead delivers an even dispersion of steam, smoothly and quietly, while remaining nearly invisible to the bather. Designed to be discreet and unobtrusive, this first-of-its-kind steamhead is stowed almost entirely behind the wall with only a long, narrow channel visible to release a ribbon of steam into the shower space. You may view the complete results of the 2017 NYCxDESIGN Awards here: https://nycxdesignawards.secure-platform.com/a.
Posted 06/16/2017BainUltra's New Monarch Collection Introducing the Monarch Collection by BainUltra®, a stunning achievement of design and engineering that pairs exquisite materials with an oh-so-luxurious level of bathing comfort and wellness therapies. The je ne sais quoi of the Monarch Collection begins with its innovative use of quartz and acrylic together for the first time in a tub design. The two materials complement each other perfectly, with the lovely quartz stonework outlining the perimeter of the tub as a seamless deck. No other tile surfaces are needed to complete the deck, creating an elegant yet highly durable surface with inherent antibacterial properties. The clean lines and sleek sophistication of the Monarch Collection makes it a lovely choice for high-end bathrooms and especially well-suited for luxurious condominiums. The tubs are available in drop-in or alcove settings and come in a variety of shapes and dimensions, including a traditional rectangle, a one-sided curved design for a modern look, or a curved-on-four-sides model that resembles a freestanding bath. The inner shell of the tub is finished in pure white acrylic in a high gloss or UltraVelour matte finish, while the deck is outfitted in a stunning selection of quartz stone in a range of rich hues and textures. A wall-mounted or freestanding faucet completes the look.
Posted 06/16/2017Stone Forest's Calma Tub Receives Metropolis Likes Award Stone Forest® received this year's Metropolis Likes award for their new Calma tub. Carved from a single block of either limestone or Marquina taupe marble, Calma is, as its name implies, a bathtub that provides a most beautiful respite. The editors of Metropolis magazine selected their favorite products from the city wide design fest, as part of a biannual award program known as #MetropolisLikes. The soft and sculptural lines of this freestanding tub combine a simple yet sophisticated design.
Posted 06/16/2017Artelinea USA's New Domino44 Collection The new Domino44 Collection from Artelinea USA steals the show with its simplicity which encompasses elegance, functionality, experience, safety and versatility. The round white glass is defused by horizontal strips of colour. The possibility of combining modules and accessories (columns, cubes in coloured metal) means that Domino44 is completely adaptable to the space available, and is extremely customizable. 44 cm in depth with one or two drawers, with accessories and complementary items including a new basin in Opalite, Domino44 wants to bring character and personality to the bathroom space.
Posted 06/16/2017Victoria + Albert's New Unlacquered Brass Finish Brass fixtures are among the hottest trends in bathroom design with today's styles showcasing a warmer and more sophisticated vibe than the bold brass of decades past. Victoria + Albert's beautiful new unlacquered brass finish is now available for all Florin and Staffordshire faucets. Known as a "living finish," unlacquered brass ages naturally over time, developing a unique patina over the lifespan of the fixture. If desired, the finish can be maintained in a polished state with the regular use of a metal cleaner. The Florin (pictured) and Staffordshire Collections were chosen to showcase this exceptional new finish. The Staffordshire line celebrates "New Traditional" design and its graceful combination of classic styles and modern lines, while Florin faucets capture the essence of the Art Deco aesthetic in a fresh way. Both collections are also available in a wide range of faucet designs for the tub, basin and shower.
Posted 06/09/2017The New Solutions Vanity Collection by Ronbow As the name suggests, the Solutions vanity collection from the Aravo by Ronbow series provides the ultimate solution for any bathroom need. The simple and clean vanity creates ample storage while allowing for true customization for any bathroom with the ability to change the legs, knobs and storage configuration to reflect individual style. With more than 300 different combinations, the Solutions collection comes in three different leg styles: round, square and toe kick. The knobs come in three styles: rectangular, round and handle-style knobs with polished chrome, brushed nickel or brushed brass finishes. Depending on the size chosen, the Solutions vanity includes two shelves and a pull-out drawer with an innovative hairdryer holder for maximum storage. Optional accessories for the collection include removable bamboo makeup caddies, bamboo drawer organizers and a sink bridge for the trough-style ceramic sinktop. Complete the collection with a round or rectangular LED mirror to add high-tech function to the bath. The Solution collection comes in matte white or empire gray finish and is available in 24", 30", 36" and 48" vanity sizes.
Posted 06/09/2017BLANCO Launches Their ATURA Faucet BLANCO launched its ATURA faucet with pull-down spray. Featuring an attractive high arc (16 3/8" tall with a 9" reach) and solid brass body, the ATURA is the perfect fit for any style kitchen or budget. The BLANCO ATURA offers a high performance dual spray and is available in a standard 2.2 GPM and well as a 1.5 CALGREEN water-saving model. BLANCO ATURA is available in a pull-down dual spray as well as a bar faucet model, has a ceramic disc cartridge and limited lifetime warranty, and comes in both polished chrome and stainless finish.
Posted 06/09/2017Alape's New WP.FO Basin Alape's™ new WP.FO is not a simple basin - it is a delicate workpiece that embraces the corresponding furniture to create a homogeneous unity. With WP.FO, furniture and washstand become an intrinsic work of art inspired by current trends of modern architecture. Based on a concept by Gerhard Busalt, the shape of the homogeneous body - which combines basin, shelf and furniture - reveals influences of modern architecture. WP.FO combines material lightness and functionality into an extraordinary balance. The optimised storage space with hidden drawer runners creates the required bathroom space. The handle-less furniture is equipped with a push-to-open mechanism. Drawers can be equipped with internal drawer dividers, dispenser boxes and shelves. The front of the frame is presented in five silk-matte finishes that were specially developed for WP.FO. The two subtle brown tones - moonstone and shadow earth - integrate perfectly into a quiet living ambiance, whereas the two vibrant tones - grey fossil and aubergine - set accents in the bathroom. Classic white rounds off the color palette. WP.FO is available in two depths - 450 mm for wall-mounted fittings and 500 mm for deck-mounted fittings - and three different widths: 800, 1,000 and 1,250 mm.
Posted 06/09/2017Infinity Drain Unveils New Center Drain Products at ICFF Infinity Drain unveiled new center drain products at the ICFF Show a few weeks ago. These new center drains from Infinity Drain features include:
Posted 06/09/2017Steamist's New & Advanced 550 Digital Control Steamist's® newest, most advanced control system, the 550 Digital Control, is equipped with a myriad of in-demand functions and features that enhance shower design and elevate the user experience. The new 550 Digital Control offers unparalleled flexibility through its large, high-definition touchscreen display featuring multiple-language capabilities and easily adjustable font sizes. Depending on the homeowner's preference, the control can be installed in Portrait (vertical) or Landscape (horizontal) orientation. Compatible with Steamist's TSG or SM Plus steam generators, the 550 can operate all Total Sense™ Spa Options such as AromaSense, ChromaSense, AudioSense and ShowerSense. Two user profiles can be programmed for instant access to temperature, duration and spa option preferences. Another breakthrough component of the 550 Digital Control is Steamist's patent-pending dual-temperature technology, which allows for superior temperature accuracy and delivers a more consistent and comfortable steam experience than ever before.
Posted 06/02/2017Franke Awarded Platinum 2017 ADEX Awards for Design Excellence Franke's recently received a Platinum 2017 ADEX Awards for Design Excellence.
Posted 06/02/2017California Faucets' New Tamalpais Bath Series Utilitarian design. Exposed pipe. Distressed finishes. These are the adjectives that describe "industrial design," the inspiration behind California Faucets new Tamalpais bath series, which brings a hip, yet distinctively upscale look to modern bath environments. The widespread faucet featuring a clean-lined, 7-inch height, L-shaped and cylindrical spout and ADA compliant handles is the centerpiece of the series. As added bonuses, the bath faucet is offered with a 1.2 gallons per minute, water-saving aerator, quarter-turn ceramic disc valves that promise long-lasting, maintenance-free use, plus flexible braided hoses that simplify installation. In addition to the widespread, the Tamalpais series includes a wall-mount vessel lavatory faucet, Roman tub set, wall-mount tub spout and handles, a bidet set, thermostatic and pressure balance shower controls, and a full range of coordinating accessories. The Tamalpais lavatory faucet and accompaniments are constructed of solid-brass and available in more than 30 artisan finishes, from classic chrome, brass, and nickel tones to rustic copper and bronze looks. Of these, 15 PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finishes are guaranteed for life against tarnishing.
Posted 06/02/2017Valley Acrylic Recognized by Canadian Design & Construction Report Valley Acrylic was recently recognized by Canadian Design & Construction Report as one of Canada's top 10 mechanical and plumbing industry professionals. Valley Acrylic (Valley) is a B.C.-based, female-owned, environmentally focused company dedicated to the design and manufacture of new and innovative bathroom products. The company's acrylic bathtubs, showers, modular bathing systems, shower receptors and fixtures are designed and manufactured with the goals of being healthy, easy to clean, easy to install, and to look good. To read the entire article in Canadian Design & Construction Report, just click here.
Posted 06/02/2017Dornbracht Introduces Their Vaia Collection This spring, Dornbracht introduced Vaia. Inspired by eclectic style, the distinctive design of the new premium designer fitting is both elegant and progressive. Vaia is equally at home in traditional and modern bathrooms, as well as those that combine elements of eclectic style. The Vaia series incorporates a soft, balanced design language with an attitude that is receptive to anything new. Its delicate spout features a traditional shape and transposes to a new, open silhouette. There is a traditional feel to the handles as well - available as cross-handles or levers - that combine geometric shapes and soft contours. The rosettes are tapered, creating an especially smooth transition to the washstand. With fittings and accessories for washstand, bidet, shower and bath applications, Vaia brings creative freedom to transitional bathroom design. Vaia is available in platinum matte and polished chrome finishes. Beginning in autumn 2017, Dornbracht will introduce a new finish: an exquisite dark platinum matte. Its dark, lightly brushed silk matte color is warm, soft and grounding, creating a feeling of old-world charm in the bathroom. The new variant provides another opportunity to individualize the bathroom.
Posted 06/02/2017Mountain Products' New Ultra-Thin Revive Handshower Thin is in. Mountain Products has introduced a matching handshower to complement its ultra-thin Revive Showerheads. Just like the showerheads, the handshowers are constructed in stainless steel and mimic that sleek, thin profile with a 30° ergonomic bend. The handle is double walled to prevent scalding and available in round and square shapes. Also offered in the Re-Vive™ collection are the waterway, slide rail and hand shower hose.
Posted 05/26/2017Elkay's "Designed by the Dozen" Contest Elkay is offering designers the opportunity to win up to $2,000 in select Elkay products each month and one grand prize winner to received $25,000 to create the ultimate kitchen makeover at year end. You can visit Elkay.com/DesignedbytheDozen or use the hashtag #ElkayEveryday on Facebook and Twiiter to share a picture of your completed kitchen design to be entered to win. No purchase is necessary and the contest ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on 12/31/17.
Posted 05/26/2017Hansgrohe USA Launches the AXOR Montreux Collection Hansgrohe launched several new hospitality solutions and programs at this year's HD Expo, May 3-5. The exciting introductions included new faucets and shower components from the AXOR Montreux collection, as well as stylish, high-performing and eco-conscious showerheads and showerpipes from the Hansgrohe brand. The show also marked the début of AXOR FINISHPLUS, a dynamic program that offers bespoke AXOR fittings in highly durable finishes to meet the needs of top commercial projects around the world. A working handshower "fountain" was also on display, allowing visitors to see and test out Hansgrohe's latest Select shower technology firsthand. Introductions on display included:
Posted 05/26/2017BLANCO's ARTONA Kitchen Faucet Wins 2017 Red Dot Award BLANCO announced its ARTONA® kitchen faucet won a 2017 Red Dot award in the Product Design category. The Red Dot design competition has been awarding products for good design and innovation for more than 60 years. Products from around the world were judged by a jury of 40 independent designers, design professors and special journalists. The 2017 competition received more than 5,500 entries from a total of 54 countries. The BLANCO ARTONA® faucet with pull-down spray is offered in a variety of dual finishes to coordinate with BLANCO's SILGRANIT® colors as well as full chrome and stainless models. The ARTONA offers both kitchen and bar/prep models and also has different spray models for water conservation.
Posted 05/26/2017KWC Wins Two 2017 ADEX Awards KWC's INTRO faucet was recently awarded a Platinum 2017 ADEX Award for Design Excellence, and KWC's PIANA faucet received a Gold ADEX Award for Design Excellence.
Posted 05/26/2017Lenova's New PermaClean Apron Front Ledge Prep Sink Lenova's new PERMACLEAN APRON FRONT LEDGE PREP SINK combines exceptional good looks with serious hands-on practicality. As part of Lenova's popular Apron Front Collection, this sink offers a modern interpretation of a classic look with sleek lines and a graceful 10" bowed front. It's available in a single or double bowl configuration, with a low divider in the double-bowl layout to accommodate large pots with long handles. One of the most notable aspects of the sink is its engineered platform ledge that allows it to easily convert to a food prep center when accessorized with an optional stainless steel colander, roll-up grid drainer, and bamboo cutting board. As an added bonus, this new sink features Lenova's PermaClean drain system - a seamless design that eliminates unsightly drain lines and creates a smooth high-end look that is more sanitary and includes removable splash guards and strainer baskets. Crafted from durable commercial-grade 304 stainless steel, the PermaClean Apron Front Ledge Prep Sink is a smart and sophsticated addition to any kitchen. Standard features include an easy-to-clean satin finish and five-side sound baffling pads.
Posted 05/19/2017California Faucets Strengthens Its Leadership Team California Faucets is strengthening its leadership team with two promotions on the executive level and a new senior manager of customer experience:
Posted 05/19/2017Watermark Designs Meets EPA Certification Criteria Watermark Designs announced that its most popular faucet and shower fixtures have met EPA certification criteria, thereby affording them the ability to use the important WaterSense® label. Products bearing the WaterSense® label have been independently certified to perform well; help save water, energy and money; and encourage innovation in manufacturing. You can see Watermark Designs' products on the EPA website here: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/product-search.
Posted 05/19/2017Duravit's New Luv Collection Duravit's new Luv collection, designed by Cecilie Manz, made its US debut in Las Vegas earlier this month at the HD Expo. Luv is defined by soft, muted colors and a signature, oval shape that was inspired by the simple image of a bowl filled with water resting on a table. The collection is accomplished and original, combining Nordic style with classic features. Luv's curated selection of materials and colors brings warmth and durability to the bathroom. The color palette of matte lacquers and soft glazes was developed exclusively for Duravit and emphasizes the collection's refined aesthetic. Also featured in Duravit's exhibit were:
Posted 05/19/2017RUBI/Kasa Distribution Moves Their Facility to Boca Raton RUBI/Kasa Distribution, a new DPHA member, recently moved into their new facility in Boca Raton, Florida (1181 S Rogers Circle #31). KASA Distribution is the exclusive importer/distributor of RUBI by Soligo, a complete plumbing line consisting of kitchen faucets, kitchen sinks, bathroom faucets, showers, bathroom sanitaries, furniture, accessories and more. An innovative Canadian manufacturer, the company prides itself with top quality products and modern designs, and are now well established in Florida with their shipping facility and local support. RUBI is supported by a strong network of more than 300 authorized retailers and excellent after-sale service.
Posted 05/19/2017KEUCO's New Edition 400 Collection Edition 400 is KEUCO's™ idea of freedom of design. Awarded the "Design Plus" seal of quality, the new line features streamlined elegance, yet gives rise to its own artful, singular design. Conceptualized by renowned agency Tessearux + Partner, Edition 400 sets a new standard for bathroom design. The essence of Edition 400 is the unique washing area. Available in single or double washbasin stylings, this essential piece is easily customized with a variety of widths and furnishings that can be effortlessly combined with the Edition 11 or Royal 60 washbasins. Wall-mounted or floor-standing units are available to complement the washbasin. Each unit comes with ample storage, as do the vanity units which have now been reduced in size to make way for a truly functional storage compartment. Each vanity is available in a multitude of finishes from natural textures such as walnut to sleek, satin veneers.
Posted 05/12/2017GRAFF Appoints Ryan Paul as Regional Sales Manager GRAFF® appointed Ryan Paul as Regional Sales Manager. A results-oriented professional, Paul will actively support the GRAFF sales team in the western region of the United States. Paul will apply a principled approach to optimize sales growth and grow relationships with area showrooms. Paul has more than 20 years of experience in the luxury kitchen and bath industry, spanning multiple angles and viewpoints including showroom sales, sales representative agency partner and sales management. Both Paul's passion and dedication for the trade is also evident through his active role with the Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association (DPHA). Paul currently serves as Secretary and sits on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.
Posted 05/12/2017AMBA Products Offers More Choices in Their Jeeves Collection AMBA Products offers customers more model choices available by special order. These items include their new sizes for select Jeeves Collection models, a new matte black finish for stocked and special orders and a new "ladder" and extra-wide/tall option in the Jeeves Collection. All Jeeves Collection items can now be ordered in matte black finish (subject to the 12-14 week lead time), and are being stocked in matte black for the following models:
Posted 05/12/2017Hansgrohe Sponsors the Amgen Tour of California Hansgrohe USA is getting into the cycling spirit this season by joining in the action as a sponsor of the Amgen Tour of California - America's largest Tour de France-style cycling road race. Held in California from May 11 - 20, the prestigious annual event invites the world's top teams to compete along a demanding, multi-stage course, which travels more than 700 miles from Sacramento to Pasadena. As a three-city sponsor, Hansgrohe USA will have its own branded tent at the daily finish line - "Lifestyle Festivals" of Sacramento (5/14), Santa Clarita (5/17), and Pasadena (5/20). Surrounding Stage One in Sacramento, which is the official overall race start, Hansgrohe will have additional exposure May 13-15, including a private VIP tent and other on-site activations. The annual race has become known for epic sprinter showdowns among top cyclists including the BORA-hansgrohe team's Peter Sagan who holds the record for the most Amgen Tour of California stage wins (15). Sagan, the winner of the last two World Championship titles has sported the green jersey as the Tour de France's best sprinter five years in a row equaling the performance of Erik Zabel as the only two cyclists who have achieved that distinction.
Posted 05/12/2017Newport Brass Unveils A Dual Temperature Fixture in the Metropole Kitchen Collection Newport Brass introduces a captivating addition to its Metropole kitchen collection - a Dual Temperature Fixture that quickly and efficiently dispenses both hot and cold filtered water. The single hole fixture is equipped with a traditional lever handle design but features a hexagonal base and spout perfect for the contemporary kitchen. This compact version of the Metropole kitchen faucet features an ergonomic, washerless ceramic disc valve cartridge - providing precise control of the faucet, enabling it to be turned on/off with just a quarter-turn. Made in California of durable, solid brass construction, it fits in flawlessly with the pull-down faucet and with other accessories within the Metropole collection, including a matching air gap cover and deck or wall-mounted pot filler. The Metropole Dual Temperature Fixture is also available in Newport Brass' 28 finishes.
Posted 05/12/2017ROHL's New Perrin & Rowe Deco Exposed Floor Mounted Tub Filler with Handshower The ROHL Perrin & Rowe® Deco™ Exposed Floor Mounted Tub Filler with Handshower has been awarded an inaugural AD Great Design Award. The awards were created by Architectural Digest to further elevate distinctive products that represent truly best-in-class. The Perrin & Rowe® Deco™ Floor Mounted Tub Filler was designed and crafted in Great Britain. Each Perrin & Rowe® Deco™ Tub Filler is assembled by hand and then hand-polished with a special jeweler's finish to maintain the fixture's intricate lines. The tub filler was featured in the April 2017 print and digital editions of AD with expanded coverage on archdigest.com.
Posted 05/05/2017BLANCO'S New QUATRUS R15 Single Bowl Laundry Sink BLANCO brings style and functionality to a new part of the home with the launch of the QUATRUS R15 Single Bowl Laundry Sink. A perfect fit for small spaces, the QUATRUS R15 features an extra deep 12 inch bowl and generous R15 radius corners, to make cleaning up carefree. The QUATRUS R15 is built to fit within a variety of cabinet sizes featuring a versatile dual deck design, which can be installed as a drop-in or undermount. BLANCO QUATRUS R15 is offered in 18 gauge Stainless Steel featuring a satin finish. Custom accessories including a stainless steel basket can be purchased separately. Details are as follows:
Posted 05/05/2017Barclay's New Eden 450 Corner Pedestal Lavatory For those who desire the fashion of a full size pedestal sink but need to make the most of an odd configuration or limited bathroom space, Barclay Products offers the Eden 450 Corner Pedestal Lavatory. A slim outer ridge outlines the pointed back of the basin, which is shaped for corner placement. The remainder of the basin's top is defined by rectangular lines while the inner part slopes slightly downwards. If your taste and decorating style veer towards a crisp modern look, the trendy flair of the Eden 450 Corner Pedestal lavatory will add that flattering accent to your bathroom.
Posted 05/05/2017Top Knobs' New Allington and Brixton Series Top Knobs introduces two series in the transitional Devon Collection: the Allington series and the Brixton series (pictured). Crafted from the highest quality materials and backed by Top Knobs' lifetime warranty, the Allington and Brixton series feature classic shapes that easily blend with any traditional, contemporary or modern kitchen or bath design. Both series include two new finishes: ash gray, a rich on-trend gray, and honey bronze, a light brass tone. Each Allington pull features a center floret for gentle feminine styling. The floral bud shaped knobs add a sweet touch wherever they are installed. Footed bases weight each piece to cabinetry. Featuring a masculine, industrial look, the Brixton series includes knobs, pulls and appliance pulls. Classic in feel, the series works in any style design. Each has layered, pipe-like details at base. The pulls in the series are a modern interpretation of the Top Knobs Normandy pull. Allington product details (Available in 5 sizes and 8 finishes):
Posted 05/05/2017Americh's Sawyer Smooth Nickel Tub The new Sawyer Smooth Nickel tub from Americh is a simply remarkable design with reflective beauty thtoughout. The Sawyer is part of the Americh free-standing collection, includes an integral waste and overflow, and is compliant with both UL and cUl standards.
Posted 05/05/2017GRAFF Introduces Their "Evolution of the Bathroom" CEU Course GRAFF® is now offering a continuing education unit course that focuses on the many facets of bathroom design for architecture and design professionals. Titled "The Evolution of the Bathroom," the course is directed by four core objectives: to explore the bathroom's new position of importance in a residential or hospitality setting; to observe the bathroom's gradual evolution into a luxurious, spa-like oasis; to inform of the various features found in the contemporary bath; and to forecast the plumbing industry's emerging trends. The goal is to help professionals develop a broader understanding of the social and environmental influences that have continued to impact bathroom innovation. Through interactive programming, staff and attendees will have the opportunity to gain education credits while networking with other industry professionals communicating opportunities for industry growth. GRAFF's course provides CEU credits in conjunction with the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) and will be presented throughout the United States to interior designers and architects.
Posted 04/28/2017California Faucets' New Corsano Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet California Faucets now offers the Corsano Series Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet. The pull-out faucet is a more petite version of the series' larger professionally styled pull-down faucet, making it perfect for kitchens where space between overhead cabinets and countertops may be limited. The Corsano Pull-Out model offers handle options, coordinated accessories, and 100-percent brass construction. Choose from stick or blade handle options. Coordinating accessories include a soap dispenser, air activation switch for disposer, and air gap. Plus, the faucet and accessories are all made of solid brass, including the Pull-Out spray head-an often cheapened element by many manufacturers. Additionally, the spray head allows for seamless toggling between single stream and spray modes-a feature only seen in a few other brands. Like all faucets and accessories in the Kitchen Collection, the Corsano Pull-Out comes in a selection of more than 30 artisan finishes, including 15 PVD finishes with a lifetime guarantee against tarnishing. For those looking to coordinate with popular stainless steel appliances, the newly introduced Ultra Stainless Steel™ (PVD) finish is a perfect match. And because it's a physical vapor deposition (PVD) finish, it offers unrivaled durability. And for designers and homeowners seeking a departure from shiny stainless steel and chrome finishes, California Faucets introduces carbon (PVD). A unique take on matte black, the carbon (PVD) finish has the color of a number-two pencil. It features a slightly lighter ray nuance and more depth of color.
Posted 04/28/2017Franke Kitchen Systems Revises Their MAP Policy Franke Kitchen Systems continues to focus on supporting their core distribution partners. In order to drive value in supporting the Franke and KWC brands, they have made revisions to the MAP policy which was implemented in 2016. As part of the implementation feedback received from their core distribution partners, Franke provide unilateral compliance monitoring and enforcement Friday, April 28th, 2017. In addition to the MAP Policy update, Franke Kitchen Systems has launched an Authorized Online Reseller Policy. Under this policy:
Posted 04/28/2017Hansgrohe Ranked Top Ten in World by iF Design In 2017, the Hansgrohe Group once again ranks among the ten best companies in the world in the field of design. In the current "company" design rankings published by the renowned International Forum Design (iF), the taps and showers specialist based in Schiltach, Germany, ranks sixth among some 2,000 listed companies. With 1,040 points, Hansgrohe improved on its 2016 position, moving up four places and surpassing Audi to become the top-listed German company. The iF "company" ranking combines the overall results of the iF awards received by a company over the past three years. In 2017, eight AXOR and Hansgrohe products were awarded, and moreover, the international jury of 58 experts distinguished the AXOR Uno taps with a Gold Award. This year, a total of 5,575 products from 59 countries were submitted for consideration.
Posted 04/28/2017Infinity Drain Announces a New Partnership with USG Durock Infinity Drain recently announced a new partnership with USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), and unveiled the USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System. This completely waterproofed, linear drain shower system is easier and faster to install than traditional shower construction. Together, the USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System pairs high-performance USG Durock™ Brand Shower System components with decorative linear drains from Infinity Drain. This innovative system offers architects, designers and contractors one complete waterproof shower installation made easy. The USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System offers a bonded waterproofing system made for tiled shower installations that eliminates many traditional application challenges. The USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System is comprised of:
Posted 04/28/2017Victoria + Albert Introduces Their Rossendale Collection Victoria + Albert introduces the Rossendale Collection, a beautiful duo of trough basins that bring a spacious luxury to the bathroom. The clever rim design of the Rossendale basins means the installer can choose between a drop-in or undermount application. Long popular in kitchens and mud rooms, trough sinks are becoming increasingly in demand for the bathroom as consumers and designers appreciate their sense of spaciousness and industrial simplicity. In contrast to sinks with traditional round or oval shapes, the trough basin combines generously sized double-width sinks to form a single sleek rectangle. Trough sinks are a smart choice in bathrooms where tight quarters prohibit a double vanity. And because their depth from front to back is fairly narrow, the Rossendale basins offer even greater design flexibility. The Rossendale 122 measures 47-7/8" long by 15" wide and 5-5/8" deep. It is long enough to easily accommodate two faucets if desired, giving a modern twist to the idea of a double vanity. Its sister basin, the Rossendale 91 (pictured), is slightly smaller at 36-1/8" long and is ideal for spaces with less countertop area. Both basins feature gently sloped sides and a stylish modern edge on the drop-in design. As with all Victoria + Albert designs, the Rossendale basins are crafted from their signature ENGLISHCAST® material and hand-finished to a glossy shine that is both durable and easy to maintain.
Posted 04/21/2017Elkay's New Vandal-Resistant Water Filter Kits The new Elkay vandal-resistant water filter kits are an ideal retrofit solution to add a lead filtration system on existing non-filtered water coolers, fountains and bottle filling stations, and can be applied to Elkay or non-Elkay manufactured products. Kits are available with or without a filter status monitor and alert. Key features include:
Posted 04/21/2017ICERA's New Malibu II 10" Rough-in Toilet ICERA introduced the Malibu II 10" Rough-in Toilet, offering an elegant design for remodels and compact bathrooms. Most toilets are designed to fit a standard 12" rough-in, but smaller bathrooms require something different. ICERA created this chic space-saving solution with a smart blend of form and function. Featuring simple, clean lines and EcoQuattro flushing technology, the Malibu II is a reminder that form and function can occupy the same space quite harmoniously. This newly redesigned model features a compact-elongated bowl - all the comfort of an elongated toilet with space-saving in mind. The bolt cover tiles provide a sleek, fully skirted look that is easy to maintain. The Malibu uses only 1.28 gallons per flush and is capable of clearing over 1,000 grams of solid material in independent MaP testing (as compared to an industry average of only 350 grams), and with an oversized 2-1/8" trapway (larger than industry standard), clogging is virtually eliminated. Best of all, the flush mechanism is quiet and a premium soft-close, quick-release toilet seat is included.
Posted 04/21/2017BLANCO Joins DIFFA for 4h Year as "Specify with Care" Partner BLANCO joins DIFFA for a fourth year as a Specify with Care partner. Each time BLANCO's new LIVEN™ Laundry Sink is specified, BLANCO will make a donation to DIFFA. The LIVEN Laundry Sink comes in 8 trending SILGRANIT® colors with a deep, functional bowl that resists heat, stains and chips. The LIVEN Laundry Sink is made of BLANCO's patented SILGRANIT® material and features a generous radius on each of its corners; making it as easy to clean as it is durable. This innovative laundry sink is 25x22 inches - a perfect fit for compact laundry areas. An extra-deep 12" bowl, perfect for soaking, and space saving basket designed to fit on top of the sink make any dirty job a breeze. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has granted more than $41 million to support hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the country combating HIV/AIDS through preventive education, treatment, direct care and advocacy.
Posted 04/21/2017Louis Steed Named AD Waters Western Regional Sales Manager AD Waters USA announced the appointment of Louis Steed as its Western Regional Sales Manager, handling most states west of the Mississippi, effective March 27th, 2017. Louis comes to AD Waters with over 30 years of experience in both retail and project sales. Based in Houston, Texas, he will be traveling on a regular basis throughout his territory, visiting showrooms, architects and designers. Louis can be reached at " firstname.lastname@example.org".
Posted 04/21/2017Hansgrohe's "Shower Like a Pro" Sweepstakes A sprinter, all-rounder or leisure cyclist, Hansgrohe USA is inviting its social following to engage in a new campaign that explores cycling and shower styles. Named "Shower Like A Pro," the sweepstakes celebrates the brand's international title sponsorship of the BORA-Hansgrohe team. Running from March 27 - April 22, it serves as a fun countdown to the Tour de France style Amgen Tour of California race in May. Enter through Hansgrohe USA's Facebook page. Five winners will receive a stylish Hansgrohe showerhead, and one grand prize recipient will win a special VIP trip to Stage One of the Amgen Tour of California, Sacramento, May 13-15. To enter, visit the Hansgrohe USA Facebook page and access the "Shower Like A Pro" tab, which features a fun quiz through which users can find out what kind of "cyclist" describes them and what shower product best suits their needs. Each of five winners will receive a Hansgrohe Croma Select E 180 Showerhead. The grand prize winner will receive a Croma Select E 180 Showerhead and a trip to Stage One of the Amgen Tour of California in Sacramento, May 13-15, 2017, consisting of the following:
Posted 04/14/2017Kim Frechette Joins Infinity Drain Sales' Team Infinity Drain announced Kimberly Frechette has been added to its sales team She will be spearheading efforts in multi-unit sales as Commercial Sales Director. Kim has been in the decorative plumbing industry for more than 25 years and brings a great deal of experience in both the U.S. and Canada with many types of plumbing products and different areas of market sales. Her responsibilities include fostering relationships with developers, architects, hospitality designers, and mechanical contractors. She will work with specialty markets such as healthcare facilities and custom pool installers, among other specification driven activities. Kim will also be focusing on ongoing education efforts highlighting decorative shower drains and their many applications. Kim has a deep affection for the plumbing world and especially the decorative segment. She has been closely involved in the Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association (DPHA) in education and marketing for the past 10 years, and she enjoys talking about the importance of plumbing in our everyday lives and highlighting how "pretty plumbing that functions smoothly can change your life".
Posted 04/14/2017DXV's New Pearlescent White Finish Available for Pop Vessel Sink Collection Taking inspiration from the natural iridescence of Mother of Pearl, a gleaming new Pearlescent White finish lends an opulent and luminous beauty to the Pop collection of vessel sinks from luxury brand DXV. Mother of Pearl, the traditional name for the blend of minerals that creates a delicate glimmer on the interior of oyster shells, has been used since ancient times to beautify home decor. This same opalescent sheen now adds an exquisite allure to DXV lavatories in the high-style bathroom environment. This gleaming finish is showcased in the rectangle, round and square DXV Pop collection of vessel sinks, which are also available in canvas white, black, matte black, and chenille gray finishes. These refined lavatories can be complemented with the sophisticated styling of DXV vessel bath faucets; selections are available in polished chrome, brushed nickel, platinum nickel and matte black finishes.
Posted 04/14/2017Americh's New Sawyer Copper 7131 Tubs Americh recently introduced their new Sawyer Smooth Bright Copper 7131 (pictured) and Sawyer Smooth Dark Copper 7131 bathtubs. These new extraordinary, modern and simply remarkable designs have beauty along with perfection stamped all over them. The Sawyer tubs are part of the Americh freestanding collection, include an integral waste and overflow, and are compliant with both UL and cUL standards.
Posted 04/14/2017Nantucket Sinks Launches a New Collection of Fireclay Sinks Nantucket Sinks is launching a new series of designer collection hand finished fireclay sinks from Italy. This is from the same factory that offers the exclusive designer collection of Regatta fire clay lavatories and vessels! In this new series, there are three different finishes, which are available on all three different size sinks. If you have a chance to look closely at the finishes, you will be amazed at the work that the artisans of Italy can do!
Posted 04/14/2017Chris Kulig Promoted to GRAFF's Director, Business Strategy and Development GRAFF® promoted Chris Kulig to Director, Business Strategy and Development. Previously holding the title of National Sales Manager, Kulig has more than a decade of experience managing sales initiatives across North America and promoting new business developments for GRAFF. In his new role, Kulig will be focusing on product development and identifying new business strategies and opportunities worldwide. He will continue to work closely with numerous GRAFF departments to set corporate and business-unit strategies, develop cross-functional operational plans, identify critical success metrics for the business and lay the groundwork for their implementation. As director of business strategy and development, Kulig will oversee engineering, technical support, inside sales, outside sales and merchandising at GRAFF.
Posted 04/07/2017Franke's New and Improved Waste Disposers Franke's new and improved waste disposers are energy efficient and environmentally friendly, offering superior pricing and performance. They range in size from 1/3 horse power to 1-1/4 horse power. Because these disposers will be replacing Franke's current line, the company is preparing a package to retrofit any Franke disposer displays you may have in your showroom. Please watch for an email that explains that process, and for more information, please reach out to the Franke representative in your territory. Some new features include:
Posted 04/07/2017Ronbow's Arden Vanity Selected for 2017 AD Great Design Award Ronbow® announced that its Arden vanity was selected for Architectural Digest's AD Great Design 2017 award. This new annual award selects products throughout the year that represent best-in-class design and offer a unique curation for AD's audience of tastemakers, influencers and design enthusiasts. The Arden vanity is one of five exceptional vanities chosen from hundreds of products as the perfect twin vanity addition for the bathroom to maximize space and style, and the vanity is featured on architecturaldigest.com in "AD's Guide to the Perfect Bath." The simple design of the Arden vanity is enhanced with modern features like soft-close wood doors, soft-close, easy-to-access, full-extension drawers and striking dovetail construction. As a final touch, this eco-friendly masterpiece is sealed with a detailed black finish. Made of durable, water resistant, and renewable strawboard material, the Arden vanity naturally brings together function and style to create a peaceful and serene bathroom. An optional drawer bank and drawer organizer are also available and Arden is also offered in glossy white.
Posted 04/07/2017BLANCO Launches Their LIVEN Laundry Sink BLANCO launches its innovative dual mount LIVEN Laundry Sink - the perfect sink for a design-inspired laundry room. LIVEN comes in 8 trending SILGRANIT® colors with a deep, functional bowl that resists heat, stains and chips. The LIVEN Laundry Sink features a generous radius on each of its corners, making it easy to clean. This innovative laundry sink is 25x22 inches - a perfect fit for compact laundry areas. An extra-deep 12" bowl, perfect for soaking, and space-saving basket designed to fit on top of the sink make any dirty job a breeze. With multi-purpose installation, the dual mount LIVEN can be installed under or over the countertop for added convenience. LIVEN Laundry Sink details:
Posted 04/07/2017AD Waters to Open New Florida Warehouse AD Waters will open a new Florida warehouse this month (April) that will exclusively serve AD Waters clients on the East Coast as well as the expanding Florida market. The opening of the Florida warehouse reaffirms the company's dedication to logistic optimization and commitment to providing efficient order processing for clients. Notably, AD Waters' primary Distribution Center, located in Phoenix, AZ, will continue to manage all orders, customer service and technical support for the United States. Orders will continue to be processed in Phoenix, while East Coast orders will ship out of their Florida warehouse. This new platform will allow AD Waters to reduce transit lead times for all East Coast clients.
Posted 04/07/2017Elkay Unveils Their New Premium Water Dispensers Elkay's™ new premium water dispensers offer ambient, cold, hot or sparkling water. These directly plumbed, filtered water dispensers feature attractive and sleek stainless steel designs that are perfect for offices, homes or spas. These units are good for the environment, dispensing water directly into glasses or pitchers, and reducing dependency on plastic water bottles. Available in the second quarter of 2017, these dispensers' key features are:
Posted 03/31/2017Hastings Tile & Bath Introduces Their Artisan Glass Collection Hastings Tile & Bath introduced the Artisan Glass Collection. Crafted entirely of glass, the collection comprises countertops, framed mirrors, towel warmers, wall and shower panels, basins, floor tile and mosaics. The collection is as varied as it is stunning. The products are available in more than 90 colors and styles, providing the most diverse and visually arresting possibilities. Details include:
Posted 03/31/2017The New Americh Beverly 4242 Tub The new Beverly 4242 from Americh is a charming, circular and contemporary design. It's spacious interior and integral seat offers a cozy bathing experience, creating an immaculate center piece for any bathroom setting. The Beverly Round 4242 is a part of the Americh drop-in collection and is also available with any system and in all Americh standard colors. Compliant with both UL and cUL standards, other features include:
Posted 03/31/2017Newport Brass' New Kirsi and Pavani Bath Collections Newport Brass® introduced the new Pavani and Kirsi bath collections. Both series deliver leading edge designs that are ideal for the modern bathroom. Kirsi (pictured) features prominent mitered edge handles that perfectly complement the matching spout. Pavani adds variety by pairing sleek handles with a curved spout, features that are contrasting yet complementary. Some highlights of both collections include:
Posted 03/31/2017The New Triple Basalt Pedestal from Stone Forest The new Triple Basalt Pedestal from Stone Forest is a dramatic addition to the "organic contemporary" category. Each set of three plinths is cut from a single column of basalt and features a combination of natural and polished facets. Brass fittings connect the plinths and are available in either brushed brass or satin nickel.
Posted 03/31/2017MTI Baths Launches Their Rebranding Campaign MTI Baths announced a rebranding effort that reflects the company's position in the luxury market. The new brand progression appeals to customers who appreciate high design, as well as showcasing the company's continuing commitment to quality, service and customization. Key components of the rebranding include an updated logo that reflects an art-infused sensibility, new brochure designs beginning with the Boutique Collection and a completely redesigned website that celebrates MTI's affinity for sensuous beauty and personal wellness. As MTI unveils the rebranding to define their future, it also pays homage to the past, including their visionary leaders, founder J.C. Henry and their present CEO Kathy Adams, and an extraordinary array of more than 100 awards for design excellence and product innovation. The new branding will strengthen this heritage and support a mission to continue creating exceptional products in years to come, all designed for the purpose of satisfying the needs of discerning clients and enriching their lives.
Posted 03/24/2017Sterlingham Company's New Three Tier Corner Basket The new Three Tier Corner Basket from Sterlingham Company Ltd. offers easy access to your bath essentials. The Three Tier Corner Basket is elegant and functional and is becoming one of the most popular bathroom accessories that the company distributes worldwide. Each individual basket wire is meticulously hand bent, polished and soldered to the frame, leaving an astonishing finish in quality that is befitting the elegance in design. Ideal for residential and hospitality bathrooms alike, the Corner Basket features individual hand-formed basket tray wires and lathe formed ball and bracket details. The baskets are assembled with traditional hand soldering techniques and all components are hand-polished before assembly. Available in finishes of polished brass, chrome, nickel, satin nickel, and bronze and gold shades, the brand can customize the basket to any height and also offers extra baskets.
Posted 03/24/2017BLANCO Expands Their IKON Apron Front Single Bowl Offering BLANCO expanded the design of their ground-breaking IKON Apron Front Single Bowl with the addition of a larger 33" bowl. The success of the BLANCO IKON, the first ever apron front SILGRANIT® sink, led BLANCO to create a 33" bowl for even more convenience and versatility. The BLANCO IKON 33" Bowl will launch in four on-trend colors including Anthracite, café brown, white and metallic gray, with more color offerings to follow throughout the year. Accessories sold separately include a bottom grid, floating grid and cutting board.
Posted 03/24/2017Metal Style Bouvet is Distributing Bouvet and LaForge in North America In November 2014, Metal Style Bouvet took over the distribution for Bouvet and LaForge products for the USA territory. Symbols of fine craftsmanship, both Bouvet and LaForge product lines offer a vast array of styles which reflect the simple elegance sought by today's clientele. Hand-forged by ironsmiths working within the centurys-old Bouvet France tradition of experience and expertise, their collections combine traditional forging methods with state-of-the-art manufacturing processes. Metal Style Bouvet, or MSB for short, has been distributing fine decorative hardware for doors and cabinets throughout Canada for over 40 years and two years ago expanded its territory to encompass all North America. The offices can be reached by visiting their website at www.bouvet.com or via phone at 800-282-6883.
Posted 03/24/2017WETSTYLE's New Tulip Tub Collection Spring has sprung, which means it's time to refresh your interior. Think outside-of-the-box and opt for a luxurious new soaking tub from WETSTYLE. The Tulip Collection, designed by Canadian furniture designer Joël Dupras and the WETSTYLE Design Lab, celebrates the sensuality of spring as the first blooms burst forth from the ground, their silky petals unfurling into delicately curved tips. Organic in inspiration, the flawlessly smooth volume shoots up into two distinct angles at each end, one rising slightly above. Opening like a tulip, a sleek curve crowns the tub, inviting the body to become one with the form. Offered in True High Gloss,™ matte, and WETSTYLE's new dual finish (True High Gloss™ interior and rim and matte exterior), the Tulip bathtub can complement any space or style.
Posted 03/24/2017KEUCO's Edition 11 Now Approved for North American Market KEUCO commissioned the renowned design agency Tesseraux+Partner to design EDITION 11, a holistic design concept for the bathroom - including faucets, accessories, furniture, sinks, mirrors, and mirror cabinets. Now IAPMO approved and available for sale in North America, these faucets convey a feeling of premium quality and design. Each product boasts immaculate, hand-polished surfaces, careful of workmanship, the most modern of technology, corrosion-free fasteners, and meticulous checks for leak-proof results on each individual fitting.
Posted 03/17/2017Nest Studio Launches Their New Step Series Nest Studio announced the launch of its Step Series. The Step Series is inspired by Art Deco architecture and the geometry of pre-Columbian pyramids. Like the rest of the Nest Studio line, the Step Series is hand finished and made of solid brass. This new series includes a handle, small knob, large knob and ball pull and is a great statement piece in modern interiors. Step comes standard in satin brass, polished nickel and antique brass and includes a unique juxtaposition of sand blasted and polished finishes.
Posted 03/17/2017Hardware Resources Introduces 3 New Ergonomic Products Hardware Resources offers three ergonomic alternatives to bending, twisting, and turning to reach the back of a cabinet or closet: the Easy 360 Susan (the convenience of a drawer combined with the benefits of a lazy Susan); a "No Wiggle" Pullout for base cabinets (designed to be the sturdiest pullout in the market); and a Revolving Boot and Shoe Rack (pictured) that offers full access to that all-important shoe collection.
Posted 03/17/2017Stone Forest's New Cerne Lav Sink Classic and versatile, Stone Forest's™ new Cerne Lav Sink is equally at home as an above counter or semi-recessed sink. The Cerne Lav sink is sculpted from blocks of Luna Bianca Oro marble, a white marble with traces of gray and gold/brown veining. The thick brim of the sink creates additional design interest and makes the Cerne perfect for contemporary, rustic or transitional designs.
Posted 03/17/2017Americh's New Wright Tub The new Wright tub from Americh is a sharp, crisp, clean, modern design and with its spacious interior and sloped lumbar support it is the definition of elegance and grace. The Wright tub is a part of the Americh drop-in collection, is available in all Americh standard colors and is compliant with both UL and cUL standards.
Posted 03/17/2017The New Lily Tub from MTI Baths The new award-winning Lily from MTI Baths brings a modern touch to the traditional slipper tub. Its gently sloping sides and curved rim resemble beautiful petals but also provide extraordinary comfort and strategic positioning to support a bather's head and neck. The overall look is airy and ethereal with a contemporary vibe that makes this freestanding tub a true stand-out in any bathroom décor. Lily was also a stand-out at the 2017 Iconic Awards, where it was named a product winner in Cologne, Germany. As part of MTI's popular Boutique Collection, Lily is available as a soaker or air bath in white or biscuit with a matte or high-gloss finish. Measuring a generous 60-1/4" x 32" x 20-3/4", the tub comes with an integrated slotted overflow which requires only drain installation. Lily is manufactured of MTI's proprietary Engineered Solid Stone®, and options include a floor-mounted high-flow tub filler, faucet stands, bathroom table or tub tray.
Posted 03/10/2017Americh's 2-Piece Free-Standing Jacob 4242 Bathtub The 2-piece freestanding Jacob 4242 bathtub is a part of the Americh Collection. This curvaceous, cutting edge, alluring design with it's spacious interior and integral seat offers a pleasurable bathing experience. The Jacob can be purchased as tub only/airbath system II and includes an integral waste and overflow in polished chrome. The Jacob is available in all Americh standard colors, with dual color option available. Compliant with UL and cUL standards.
Posted 03/10/2017BLANCO IKON and ARTONA Win 2016 GOOD DESIGN Awards BLANCO announced both the BLANCO IKON® Apron Front Single Bowl Sink and the BLANCO ARTONA® (pictured) faucet are 2016 GOOD DESIGN® Award winners. The revolutionary BLANCO IKON® is the first Apron Front sink of its kind. Made of BLANCO's patented SILGRANIT® material. The IKON is the perfect combination of design, function and durability. The BLANCO ARTONA® faucet with pull-down spray is offered in a variety of dual finishes to coordinate with BLANCO's SILGRANIT® colors as well as full chrome and stainless models. The ARTONA collection offers kitchen and bar models and also includes different water conservation