Victoria + Albert's New Gordano 6032 and Rossendale 6636 Tubs

Victoria + Albert announced their foray into the world of built-in baths. In fact, they liked the new design so much that they were inspired to create two tubs - the Gordano 6032 and the Rossendale 6636 tubs. The Gordano 6032 and Rossendale 6636 (pictured) are beautiful in any setting with sophisticated lines and exceptional design flexibility. Both may be installed as a drop-in or under-mount and have four adjustable feet for perfect leveling and easy installation. The tubs may be set into a custom surround built to complement any bathroom décor, making them a smart choice for hospitality settings as well as residential use. These tubs have been designed with comfort in mind; each has a 32° angle of recline and integrated arm rests for a relaxing soak. And as with all Victoria + Albert baths, they are crafted from their signature ENGLISHCAST® material, hand-finished to a glossy white shine.

Posted 02/17/2017




Hansgrohe's New Kitchen Faucet Range Incorporates Their Select Technology

Hansgrohe's™ new kitchen faucet range was developed to meet current market demands, freeing up space and allowing cooks to be masters of their culinary domain. Hansgrohe's Select technology is integrated into the new kitchen models including the Talis Select S (pictured), Metris Select, and the AXOR Citterio Select collections. Developed in collaboration with Phoenix Design, Select enables hands-free operation. Intuitive and practical, Select functionality requires neither a power supply nor any additional equipment hidden in the cabinet below. Users turn water on and off by engaging the Select button with the back of the wrist, elbow, etc., contributing to increased workflow around the sink. Since the flow is shut on and off with just a push, temperature and volume can be conveniently preset.

Posted 02/17/2017




The Parkett Bath Collection from Sagehill Designs

The Parkett Bath Collection from Sagehill Designs features attractive mid-century styling with its clean lines and modern feel. Combined with its textured finish gives this vanity new life for today's relaxed interior styles. The Parkett vanity features a bureau style design with tapered legs, a parquet pattern on the upper drawer, and integrated matching drawer pulls. The collection includes a 30" and a 36" base with as well as a matching portrait mirror. This collection from Sagehill Designs is sure to become a statement piece in your casual contemporary bath interior. See www.sagehilldesigns.com for more information.

Posted 02/17/2017




DXV Adds Wall-Hung Vanities to Their Lyndon Bath Collection

Luxury brand DXV, a division of LIXIL Americas, expands its popular contemporary-styled Lyndon bath faucet and fixture collection with a chic offering of wall-hung vanities. Showcasing an appealing combination of minimalistic design lines and convenient features, the Lyndon vanities offer spacious drawers with ample room for toiletries and accessories, with specialized slow-close hardware to prevent slamming. Designed to complement the existing Lyndon lavatory collection, these solid wood vanities are available in two sizes: a compact 22-inch model ideal for smaller spaces, and a generously-proportioned 33-inch configuration. These wall-hung vanities are available in a choice of natural oak or wenge wood finishes, and are accented with solid brass decorative hardware. They include convenient wall mounting kits and are protected by a two-year limited warranty.

Posted 02/17/2017




Dornbracht's National Sales Meeting Previews New Items to be Seen at ISH Fair

Dornbracht America's™ annual Sales & Marketing Conference took place in Germany this year. After yet another successful year with double digit growth, the team was excited to travel back to the company's roots and visit the Dornbracht and Alape factories where they got an exclusive preview of new products that will be presented at ISH. One of the highlights was their trip to Harkotten Castle which was built in 1754 and has been the headquarters of Sieger Design for almost 30 years. The partnership between Dornbracht and Sieger Design dates back to 1985, when the first design series Domani was launched. Christian Sieger himself gave them an exclusive tour of the castle where the group got a glimpse of the creative work that originates within those historic walls.

Posted 02/17/2017




AMBA's Radiant Shelf Heated Towel Rack Honored as Best of KBIS Products

AMBA Product's™ Radiant Shelf Heated Towel Rack was recently honored as one of the Best of KBIS products shown in Orlando, FL from January 10-12. Available in both polished and brushed finishes, this modern yet compact 8-bar heated towel rack enhances any bathroom: a versatile design allows you to hang towels for daily use, while also storing additional towels on the heated shelf. The heated bars will warm and dry towels while helping to reduce humidity in the bathroom. This model even has an integrated on/off switch on the unit and comes with a plug, as well as a hardwired kit.

Posted 02/10/2017




Franke Unveils Several New Products at the 2017 KBIS Show

Franke showcased a range of new technology and design innovations at the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando January 10-12. Particularly noteworthy for melding form and function with technology to serve the home chef were Franke's:

  • All-in-one Chef Center: Named one of Beautiful Kitchens & Baths' 30 Most Innovative Products for 2017, the Chef Center enhances entertaining, simplifies cleanup and maximizes creativity for those who demand a cooking experience they can customize. Incorporating the capacity to both compost and store as well as offering all-inclusive accessories, the Chef Center is more of a sous chef than a sink - an extra hand in the kitchen instead of just a well-made receptacle.

  • Industry-first StillPure Franke Filtration App: Franke's StillPure Filtration System filters out limescale, metals, chlorine and more - providing users with the purest fresh water available directly from the kitchen faucet. The StillPure Franke Filtration App - available for mobile download in the Spring of 2017 - works with the FM100 Monitor (a Bluetooth monitor that easily attaches to the Filtration System) to track how many filtered gallons of water a household consumes and conveniently alerts users when it's time to change the filter.

  • Easy-to-install Fast-In Products: Franke's ingenious Fast-In technology - featured on select top-mount sinks and faucets - allows Do-It-Yourself (DIY) homeowners to save time and money without sacrificing the superior quality, craftsmanship and performance they expect from the Franke brand. Franke's Fast-In Quick Install Kitchen Sink System offers simple no-tools-required, top-mount installation; versatile single-bowl or double-bowl designs; and either traditional or hand-crafted, modern styles. Fashioned of Franke stainless steel, the faucets in Franke's Fast-In Collection - Bern Pulldown, Bern Pro Pulldown, Bernadine Pulldown and Bernard Pullout - are beautiful and durable. They attach to the sink above the countertop in a few quick steps: simply insert the faucet base into the sink, locate the two mounting screws, and tighten with a Phillips screwdriver.

      Posted 02/10/2017




      The New Contura II Tub From Americh

      The new Contura II tub from Americh is a clean, sleek sophisticated design with its seamless exterior that is perfect for any bathroom setting. The Contura II is a part of the Americh freestanding collection and includes an integral waste and overflow. Available in which and biscuit only, it is compliant with both UL and cUL standards.

      Posted 02/10/2017




      Stone Forest's Infinity Pedestal in Cumulo Granite Honored with 2016 BoY Award

      The Stone Forest Infinity Pedestal in Cumulo Granite was named an Honoree in the 2016 BoY (Best of Year) award from Interior Design Magazine in the "Bath: Fixtures" category and an Honorable Mention in the 2016 KBCULTURE Awards. Monumental certainly describes this solid stone pedestal sink that tips the scales at 800 pounds. Hand carved from a block of Cumulo granite, the oval basin is a mesmerizing study of the interaction of intricate pattern and massive form, which measures 36"H by 30"W by 12"D.

      Posted 02/10/2017




      AD Waters Appoints Benjamin Alliker Regional Sales Manager

      AD Waters announced that E. Benjamin Alliker has been appointed their regional sales manager for New York, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Mr. Alliker has worked in decorative plumbing showrooms for 15 years in the New York area, where he helped architects, designers and contractors to specify, purchase and install products. He will now put those skills to work assisting AD Waters' customers and their clients. Ben is based out of the AD Waters Soho showroom and can be reached at balliker@ad-waters.com.

      Posted 02/10/2017




      BLANCO IKON and ARTONA Honored With 2016 Interior Design's BoY Awards

      BLANCO's IKON® Apron Front Single Bowl Sink (pictured) and the ARTONA® faucet were honored in the Kitchen Fixtures and Kitchen Fittings categories with 2016 Interior Design's Best of Year (BoY) Awards. The BoY Awards, hosted by Interior Design magazine, now in its eleventh year, received over 80,000 votes for 2,000 of the year's most renowned products.

  • The 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 offers both kitchen and bar/prep models and also has different spray models for water conservation.

      Posted 02/03/2017




      The Galley Dresser Wins Best of 2017 KBIS Silver Award

      The Galley Dresser won a Best of KBIS - Kitchen: Silver award at last month's KBIS Show in Orlando, FL. The Galley Dresser is an amazing piece of kitchen furniture purposefully designed to work in harmony with Galley Workstations. Available in 4 sizes, 13 hand-selected, high-gloss finishes and nine custom hardware finish options, including four signature finishes by Doug Durbin, it is completely handcrafted from start to finish. There is nothing else like it in the kitchen industry today. The Galley Dresser is designed to hold its own in any kitchen style, whether it is traditional, transitional, modern, or contemporary. Every single detail about The Dresser is intentional. The Galley Dresser is just as beautiful and functional on the inside as it is on the outside.

      Posted 02/03/2017




      MrSteam Announces Two New Appointments

      Mr. Steam announced the appointment of Sandra Pearce as Marketing Manager and T.J. Mullally as Southern Regional and E-Commerce Sales Manager. These new positions will allow Mr. Steam to respond to the rapidly growing interest in home steam showers and other spa-like amenities, while providing key support in marketing and brand messaging as the MrSteam brand continues to expand.

  • Pearce brings more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience to Mr. Steam, most recently as an independent marketing and business development consultant. Pearce will oversee content, production, and distribution of all marketing and publicity materials. She is tasked with creating a diverse suite of marketing tools, in addition to developing messaging and presentations for showrooms. Previously, Pearce served as marketing director at Apex Energetics and marketing manager at MPA Media. She studied at Cerritos College.

  • In his new position, Mullally brings a wealth of industry know-how, as he works to increase e-commerce sales, as well as manage showroom sales in the southern states. Prior to joining Mr. Steam, he was employed as the director of business development at PIRCH kitchen and bath showrooms, director of sales for GRAFF Faucets, and national sales manager for JACLO. Mullally also served on the DPHA Board of Directors. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army and attended Georgia State University.

      Posted 02/03/2017




      Chris Chmura Promoted to Brasstech's Hospitality Business Development Manager

      Brasstech® announced that Chris Chmura has been promoted to hospitality business development manager. He willl manage all hospitality projects including developing brand specifications among hotel chains, architect and design firms and targeting hospitality management groups. He will also be responsible for securing projects, conducting product training and managing hospitality projects post-sale in conjunction with Brasstech's distribution partners and sales agencies. Before joining Brasstech in 2015, Chmura was an architectural specification manager at Accuride International, where he managed the beginning stages of installations, working closely with architecture, engineering and design firms to ensure that projects ran smoothly. Chmura also has a vast knowledge of the plumbing industry including a successful track record with Kohler. At Kohler, he assisted with business development by establishing their dealer network that included remodel, new construction, commercial and kitchen and bath outreach. He brings to this position over 20 years in sales and national account management experience.

      Posted 02/03/2017




      Duravit's Scola Washbasin Featured in Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall Complex

      Duravit's Scola washbasin is featured in Hamburg's new Elbphilharmonie concert hall complex. The impressive building stands on the Hamburg harbor and includes three concert halls, a hotel, restaurants, and private apartments. The central point is the Plaza, offering stunning 360° views of the city. In the sanitary facilities, the Scola washbasin by Duravit stands on the parquet floor, combining classical design with a modern feel. As one of the most successful classics in the Duravit portfolio with a circular, deep inside bowl, Scola plays the same leading role as the first violin. The Sundeck Pool by Duravit also gives a solo performance in the wellness area of the Elbphilharmonie's Westin Hotel, offering quiet relaxation either before or after a concert evening.

      Posted 02/03/2017




      California Faucets Expands to a Third Manufacturing Facility

      To meet continued and accelerating growth, California Faucets has recently expanded its operations to include a third manufacturing facility. The new building that opened on December 1, 2016 is located near the company's current headquarters in Huntington Beach. Adding 20,000 square feet of additional space, the new facility will significantly boost production and warehousing capacity, thus enabling the company to scale up for anticipated future growth. The newly added facility brings their operating space to more than 80,000 square feet.

      Posted 01/27/2017




      Top Knobs' New Devon Collection

      Top Knobs' new Devon Collection offers a blend of transitional decorative pieces where classic charm meets modern flair. Featuring knobs, pulls and appliance pulls from five series, the Devon Collection blends seamlessly into any design. The collection introduces two new finishes: ash gray, a rich on-trend gray, and honey bronze, a light brass tone. Made with the highest quality materials, Devon pieces have an industrial yet classic appeal to them, yet they easily blend with modern styles for truly versatile kitchen or bath design. The Devon Collection includes 36 pieces each available in eight trending finishes - ash gray, black, brushed satin nickel, honey bronze, polished chrome, polished nickel, sable and Umbrio. Collection details:

  • Five series: Allington, Brixton, Exeter, Kingsbridge and Torbay
  • 8 knobs in 3 series. Sizes range from 1" to 1 7/8"
  • 27 pulls from all 6 series. Sizes range from 3 3/4" to 12", including two 12" appliance pulls.
  • 1 decorative back plate from the Brixton series measuring 1 3/8".

      Posted 01/27/2017




      ThermaSol's ThermaTouch Control Wins 2016 GOOD DESIGN Award

      ThermaSol® announced that its ThermaTouch 7" Controller has won the 2016 GOOD DESIGN™ award. GOOD DESIGN™ is the world's most prestigious, recognized and oldest Design Awards program organized annually by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. The ThermaTouch in-shower 7" LCD touchscreen controller is the largest, brightest and most advanced in-shower controller on the market today. ThermaTouch allows the user to access and personalize all aspects of their home spa environment, from steam duration, temperature setting and individual memorized presets, to Tranquility, a new visualization and sound effect experience used in conjunction with the new Serenity Light, Sound, Rain Head. ThermaTouch includes built-in Infrared Temperature Sensing (ITS) and Bluetooth® which enables the user to pair their own Bluetooth media device so they can enjoy music anywhere in the bath space.

      Posted 01/27/2017




      Americh's New Neena Tub

      The new Neena tub from the Americh Corporation is a new age, sophisticated, modernistic design with it's subtle yet bold seamless curves and spacious interior. It redefines the definition of elegance. The Neena is part of the Americh freestanding collection and includes an integral waste and overflow. The Neena is available in all Americh colors or with their dual color option, and is compliant with UL and cUL standards.

      Posted 01/27/2017




      Stone Forest Papillon Tub Wins 2016 GOOD DESIGN Award

      Stone Forest® announced that its Papillon sculptural bathtub was honored with a 2016 GOOD DESIGN™ award. Stone Forest's Papillon tub is a statement-making piece whose unique shape enables the bather to slip into a calming inner sanctum. Inspired by classic Italian design, the striking, tapered barrel-shaped vessel is carved from a single block of Cumulo Granite. Always on the quest for new and inspiring natural materials for bringing Stone Forest designs to life, Mike Zimber discovered Cumulo Granite in India and couldn't resist the dance of its cloud-like swirls of veining. The Papillon tub is also available in Carrara, Sandstone, Silver Travertine or Black Granite.

      Posted 01/27/2017




      AD Waters to be Exclusive Aquabrass' Exclusive North American Distributor

      With more than 30 years of experience in the kitchen and bathroom business, Aquabrass announced a spin-off of its distribution operations into a new company entity named AD Waters. AD Waters will now serve as the exclusive distributor for Aquabrass Design Inc.'s three brands (Aquabrass, Aquabrass Black Series and Alt) across North America and continue to service Canada and USA from its four distribution centers (located in Phoenix, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver) and its specification showroom in NYC. Additionally, AD Waters will begin distributing complimentary product lines of emerging European bath brands to widen the product portfolio, with the first two brands having a target launch date set for the second quarter of 2017. Their management team is as follows:

  • Tony Masecchia, CEO
  • Lloyd Leblanc, Vice-President - USA
  • Cédric Ribot, Vice-President - Canada
  • Édouard Bourgault Parisé, Marketing Director

      Posted 01/20/2017




      Steamist's New Digital Shower System

      The new Steamist® Digital Shower System allows customers to choose multiple shower experiences from up to three outlets without cluttering the space with multiple controls. The system combines a thermostatically controlled and pressure-balanced shower valve with Steamist's SH-450 multi-function digital control to optimize user comfort while offering a clean, modern design. Steamist's shower valve can be customized to the user's selection of a standard showerhead, a rain shower, body spray, waterfall or hand shower. The valve is just 1-1/2" thick, which makes it extremely easy to install in any position behind the wall, and the maximum temperature limit is adjustable from 80°F to 120°F. The SH-450 digital control is a shower-only version of the touchscreen control that is the centerpiece of Steamist's Total Sense steambath system. It is the only control needed to operate all three of the user's chosen shower outlets and can be easily programmed with two different user shower profiles, including both temperature and volume control for each profile.

      Posted 01/20/2017




      BLANCO's New PROFINA 36" Apron Front Single Bowl Sink

      BLANCO introduced the PROFINA 36" Apron Front Single Bowl kitchen sink. A generously sized iconic farmhouse sink with an innovative accessory ledge to assist in reducing countertop clutter. PROFINA saves counterspace and fits stylistically within modern kitchens. BLANCO PROFINA is equipped with sleek ¾" thick walls. The integral ledge provides added workspace for a cutting board and dish rack/colander. The BLANCO PROFINA is offered in two on-trend colors: white and biscuit, and a beechwood cutting board is included with the sink. Accessories sold separately include a bottom grid and a dish rack, which can rest on the accessory ledge doubling as a colander. The BLANCO PROFINA 36" Apron Front Single Bowl details are:

  • Fireclay material allows for perfect, smooth and easy to clean surface
  • Contemporary sink walls" 3/4"
  • Dimensions: 36" x 19"
  • Integral Accessory Ledge provides added workspace
  • Single Bowl, Farmhouse Style
  • Beechwood Cutting Board Included
  • 2 Color Offerings: White and Biscuit

  • Optional Accessories:
  • Dish Rack - rests on accessory ledge and can also serve as a colander
  • Stainless Steel Sink Grid
  • 3-in-1 Basket Strainer

        Posted 01/20/2017




        Turnstyle Designs Launches Their New Website

        After 18 months of development, Turnstyle Designs launched its new and vastly improved website. Simple to use, fast, good looking, and incredibly useful, the new site works on all formats and will let you explore Turnstyle Designs products like never before. Get full color and find specific spec sheets, find out how their products are made, go straight to their product launches, save and return to your wish lists or inquiries. With more than 20,000 options of designs and finishes available, you can now view every design in every finish combination at the click of a button. Incredible detail, incredible speed and incredibly easy... try it out for yourself.

        Posted 01/20/2017




        Duravit Adds 2 People to Their Sales Team

        Duravit USA has enhanced its sales team with the promotion of Dominic Mincieli (Western Regional Sales Manager) and the addition of Spencer Chiaro (National Accounts Manager). Effective team leaders with reputations for producing exceptional results, both Mincieli and Chiaro are set to support the brand's continued growth in the North American market. A bit about each:

    • Dominic Mincieli: After serving as Duravit's National Accounts Manager for three years, Mincieli is bound for the west coast, taking on the role of Western Regional Sales Manager. In this role, Mincieli will apply his experience to the up-and-coming west coast markets, and will also actively support marketing and operations.

    • Spencer Chiaro: Joining the team as a National Accounts Manager. Chiaro brings over 15 years of experience in both the residential and hospitality segment to the table; roles have touched on both the domestic and international market with Chiaro leading account distribution for plumbing products in the US, Ecuador, Mexico, and Colombia.

        Posted 01/20/2017




        PM Fixtures Becomes Exclusive N.A. Distributor for MGS USA

        PM Fixtures, a division of Purcell Murray, recently announced its North American partnership with, MGS USA and MGS Progetti. As of January 01, 2017, PM Fixtures is the exclusive MGS marketing, sales and stocking distributor for the North American market. "The decision to expand MGS' resources and support network is based upon its ongoing growth in North America" said Vittorio Bergossi, Director of MGS. "We are very happy to expand our collaboration with PM Fixtures to all of the U.S. and believe this is a great opportunity for both companies." Other things to be noted are:

    • Eric Goldman and Stewart Goldstein of MGS USA will remain on the PM Fixtures team and will assist with the transition. They are available for any questions or help required with open orders, shipments and sales in progress.
    • A new toll-free MGS USA telephone number is now live at 866-203-7110.
    • Additionally the PM Fixtures concierge customer service and support are always available at 866-201-1761.

        Posted 01/13/2017




        Hansgrohe Co-Sponsors Sur La Table Web Series, Full Plate

        Hansgrohe is cooking up an exciting web series with Sur La Table featuring award-winning journalist Katie Couric! Full Plate with Katie & John went live on New Year's Day 2017. Hosted by Sur La Table National Chef Joel Gamoran and co-sponsored by Hansgrohe and cookware brand GreenPan, the series invites viewers into Katie and her husband John Molner's home kitchen where they learn how to make quick, delicious and healthy recipes perfect for busy lifestyles. The episodes will go live on SurLaTable.com every Sunday of January at 7pm EST. There will be teasers, fun content, as well as Hansgrohe and GreenPan giveaways on social media all month long to celebrate #FullPlate. The campaign will culminate in an exciting live event with Katie at Sur La Table's Hell's Kitchen location in NYC on Tuesday, January 31 at 4pm.

        Posted 01/13/2017




        Lenova Unveils Several New items at 2017 KBIS Show

        Lenova unveiled its new linear drain and shower lines, in addition to expanded vanity and sink collections, earlier this week at the 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando. Known for their ground-breaking and stylish designs, Lenova did not disappoint with this year's debuts at KBIS.

    • PERMACLEAN APRON FRONT LEDGE PREP SINK (pictured) - Available in a single or double bowl configuration, this sink offers a modern interpretation of a classic. The engineered platform ledge allows it to easily convert to a foodprep center when accessorized with an optional stainless steel colander, roll-up grid drainer, and bamboo cutting board. And 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 sanitaryand includes removable splash guards and strainer baskets.

    • THERMOSTATIC SHOWER PANEL - This all-inclusive shower system offers today's most popular bells and whistles, such as a rain shower top, multiple body sprayers and a hand-held shower.

    • LINEAR DRAINS - Crafted from premium quality Type 304 stainless steel, these contemporary drains come in a variety of sizes and designs. The adjustable-height metal legs allow for smooth leveling of the drain grate to the tile and the generously tapered slope of the frame ensures high-capacity drainage. The drains are all ADA compliant and UPC certified.

    • VANITY LINE - with eight styles in a wide range of finish options. The new vanities are constructed of environment friendly - CARB (California Air Resources Board) certified, zero emissions solid hardwood that is engineered to prevent warping and last. The vanities are finished with a 16-stage wood preparation, sanding and finishing process including five layers of premium, environmentally-friendly paint. The line offers full extension adjustable under-mount soft close slides for drawers and 6-way adjustable soft close hinges for doors. The vanity tops are pre-drilled for faucets and available in granite or an integrated ceramic sink-top. A high-quality square design porcelain sink is included with the granite vanity tops.

        Posted 01/13/2017




        Signature Series by Ronbow's New Website

        Ronbow has launched its new Signature Series website. The Signature Series website showcases the creativity and passion that inspired each of these designers to create luxurious bathroom collections. The website includes detailed sections of each designer and their Signature Series collection and the ceramic sinks of each designer. For further information and where to buy each collection there is also a downloadable catalog and distributors tab. The Signature Series collections brings together 11 collections from nine top European designers under one brand. These internationally recognized, leading designers include Alexander Zhukovsky, Phoenix Design, Kurz Kurz Design, Pininfarina, Danelonmeroni, Joan Lao, Ramon Esteve, Ora Ito and Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez.

        Posted 01/13/2017




        DRS & Associates Celebrates Their Clients' Achievements

        Although DRS and Associates rarely steps out in front of the camera, this season they couldn't help themselves because they are so proud of the work that so many of their clients have done and the recognition they've each received by the industry's most recognized and coveted international design awards. DRS and Associates derives so much pleasure when their clients win that they wanted to share the good news for those DPHA members and their respective awards:

    • Watermark Designs is the recipient of Interior Design magazine's 2016 "Best of Year" Awards for its Elan Vital Kitchen faucet with telescopic spout. Interior Design is the recognized international authority on products and interiors, and this global awards program had 2,016 entries from 38 different countries in 130 product and project categories this year.

        Four of DRS' clients won the GOOD DESIGN™ award, which is the world's most prestigious, recognized and oldest Design Awards program, organized annually by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.

    • ThermaSol received an award in the category of Bath and Accessories for their new ThermaTouch controller

    • Stone Forest received an award for their Papillon tub carved and sculpted from a single block of Cumulo Granite

    • Ronbow's™ Signature Series won an award for their VENTO collection designed by Pininfarina

    • Archetto by Littman Brands™ custom design and manufacturing division also won an award.

        Posted 01/13/2017




        GRAFF Releases Finezza DUE Series

        GRAFF has released the Finezza DUE, a series of faucets designed for the timeless and modern bathroom. Conceptualized by GRAFF's internal design team, the G+ Design Studio, Finezza DUE represents a blend of grace and elegance enriched by architectural, refined details and clean, essential lines. Finezza DUE's shape is characterized by a soft, elegant line that aligns the faucet's body to the base without interruptions. A blend of traditional style with modern elements, DUE is part of GRAFF's new Finezza collection, which includes a full line of coordinating shower components and bath accessories for a unified bathroom suite.

        Posted 01/06/2017




        California Faucets' DAVOLI Honored with 2016 Interior Design BoY Award

        California Faucets DAVOLI Series Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in oil rubbed bronze received an honorable mention from Interior Design magazine's Best of Year (BoY) Awards in the highly competitive kitchen fittings and fixtures category. Davoli was one of 2,016 entries from 38 different countries judged by professionals in the architecture and design industry. The DAVOLI Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in oil rubbed bronze is Italian design merged with California craftsmanship. And to personalize a unique look, the new faucet's distinctive silhouette can be teamed with a choice of seven unique handles in an array of designs, ranging from modern to classic, which includes a handle made of Swarovski® crystal for a little extra bling. And the DAVOLI can be ordered in more than 30 artisan finishes. But no matter which handle or finish you choose, the DAVOLI puts a fresh, contemporary spin on a classic style, all while standing up to the rigorous demands of the hardworking sink area. This is made easier with its one-button toggling between spray modes.

        Posted 01/06/2017




        MrSteam's AirTempo Control Awarded a 2016 GOOD DESIGN Award

        The sleek and innovative AirTempo Control from MrSteam has been named a 2016 GOOD DESIGN award recipient in the bath category for design excellence. The award is presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. The user-friendly AirTempo is the steam shower industry's first wireless control for residential applications, offering exceptional functionality and the convenience of remote control. Powered by replaceable, long-lasting lithium batteries, the AirTempo communicates wirelessly, thus eliminating the time, hassle and expense of running a cable from the control to the generator. Installation is largely a matter of deciding where to locate the AirTempo, which mounts in seconds with no tools required. Since the AirTempo is untethered to any equipment, it can be removed from its dock for use as a remote control outside the steam shower; e.g., in an exercise room, on a bedroom nightstand, or by the coffeemaker on a kitchen countertop. The user can also activate the steam bath remotely in advance of entering the shower. If entry to the shower is delayed, the generator automatically shuts off if the control is not returned to its dock within five minutes.

        Posted 01/06/2017




        OMNIA Industries' New Ultima II Collection

        The striking minimalism of OMNIA's™ Ultima I line of cabinet hardware and appliance/door pulls is amplified with the introduction of Ultima II. New designs, new finish offerings, and a wider array of pull sizes allow for a unique hardware statement to be created for any bath or kitchen project. Dramatic minamalism puts Ultima I and Ultima II at the forefront of decorative hardware and cabinetry trends. Exceptional quality and a unique aesthetic are behind the success of Ultima and those attributes shine in the six new pulls and new knob in the Ultima II collection. With a wider array of finish offerings and pull sizes ranging from 4 to 18 inches, an individual hardware statement can be created for any bath or kitchen project.

        Posted 01/06/2017




        XYNC Brands Acquired by Elk Group

        XYNC Brands, most prominently known as the parent of RYVYR, was recently acquired by Elk Group (known for their lighting and home décor furnishings). XYNC Brands, founded in 2004, crafts unique products featuring exceptional design and function for the kitchen/bath industry. Each item of XYNC's RYVYR brand is conceived to flow seamlessly with all elements within the portfolio, including sinks, vessels, vanities, tops, mirrors and plumbing fittings. XYNC is most notably known for RYVYR which features affordable, yet stylishly luxurious bath vanities. XYNC will also bring experts from the plumbing industry with extensive Kitchen & Bath knowledge to ELK's team. In addition to XYNC Brands President, Hal Weinstein, veterans John Weinstein and Sharon Taylor will be joining ELK to provide a seamless transition and continue to provide design, sales and customer service experience. Kathy Frank continues with marketing communications and customer service support.

        Posted 01/06/2017




        MTI Baths Launches a Newly Redesigned Website

        MTI Baths launched a newly designed state-of-the-art website. Incorporating the latest RWD (Responsive Website Design) technology, all content and features of mtibaths.com are now available on handheld devices, just as on your laptop or desktop. The genius of this new RWD technology is that the appearance and navigation of the site automatically adjust to the size of the screen of the device, optimizing both graphics and functionality. Complete and easy access to all website content and features has become more important as an increasing number of designers and showroom consultants are using mobile devices as they interact with their customers.

        Posted 12/30/2016




        HANSGROHE'S Design Prize 2017 by iF

        Design students and young graduates from all fields of design are invited to submit future-oriented solutions that redefine the use of water in the kitchen to win the HANSGROHE DESIGN PRIZE 2017 by iF. The renowned competition for young designers initiated by Hansgrohe SE and organized by iF is being held for the seventh time this year. Design students and young graduates from all fields of design are invited to submit future-oriented ideas and solutions that redefine the use of water in the kitchen. The most innovative concepts will be rewarded with prize money totaling EUR 5,000. Entries will be accepted up until January 13, 2017. Participation is free of charge and entries can be submitted to ifworlddesignguide.com.

        Posted 12/30/2016




        Hardware Resources's New No-Wiggle Pull-out Cabinet Organizer

        Hardware Resources expanded their cabinet organizer collection with the new base cabinet "No Wiggle" Pullout Cabinet Organizer. The patent-pending top-mounting bracket of the organizer eliminates side-to-side movement and sag, yet is hidden under the first shelf for a clean look that is easily integrated into kitchen designs. The "No Wiggle" Pullout is available in four widths and one standard height, plus it is equipped with four shelves for easy and extensive storage capabilities. Product details for the "No Wiggle" Pullout Base Cabinet Organizers (Item #BPO2) are:

    • Constructed with UV coated white birch wood includes two adjustable and two fixed shelves
    • Patent-pending integrated 6-way adjustable door-mounting brackets allow for easy mounting
    • Utilizes Hardware Resources USE58-100 series concealed undermount slides and 225lb ball bearing top slides for added support and weight bearing loads
    • Self-indexing rear bracket
    • Concealed soft-close slides
    • Available in 5", 8", 11" and 14" widths for face frame or frameless cabinet applications
    • Ships fully assembled and ready to install

        Posted 12/30/2016




        Franke's Chef Center Honored with Interior Design Best of Year Award

        This year, Interior Design's Best of Year Awards celebrated its 11th Anniversary and had 2,016 entries, from 38 different countries, in 130 product and project categories and Franke's™ Chef Center was one of just three brands honored in the kitchen fixtures category. The Chef Center system features two versatile, antimicrobial compartments that can serve as a composter, wine bucket, storage bin, or any other purpose imaginable. Adding to its all-in-one appeal, the Chef Center also comes with an array of 82 custom accessories, including a cutting board, colander, grid, mobile drainer board, push button remote-operated strainer basket and Franke's exclusive Roller Mat. The Chef Center's wide basin accommodates large pots and pans easily, and the sink allows the custom accessories to lay flat on the sink ledge and slide easily from side to side. Handcrafted from premium-quality 18-gauge stainless steel, the Chef Center also features superior sound absorption to significantly reduce disposal and dishwashing noise.

        Posted 12/30/2016




        Ronbow's Signature Series Wins Two Awards

        Ronbow® announced that two of the collections from their highly-acclaimed Signature Series have won prestigious design awards. The UNITY Collection has received an Iconic Award for Interior Innovation and the WIDE Collection has won an Architectural Record Products Award in the Kitchen and Bath category.

    • The UNITY collection (pictured) by Kurz Kurz Design features a harmonious blend of simple shape and color. UNITY expresses this through a soft, glossy white palette, natural plywood edges, and a symmetrical, U-shaped, curved design theme carried throughout the wood open shelving, stainless steel legs and ceramic sinktop. The UNITY collection includes vanities, LED mirror cabinets, wall cabinets and seating that embody pure beauty for the bath. The UNITY vanity includes a unique sinktop design that cascades into an elegant ceramic countertop with optional brushed nickel stainless steel legs for floor standing or wall hung style as well as an LED mirror cabinet.

    • The WIDE collection by Phoenix Design celebrates the elegance of pure, clean design and harmonious color combinations. A symmetrical line design theme is integrated throughout the collection, making a modern, minimalist statement. Each vanity features wide cabinets punctuated by a beautiful linear design and a uniquely elegant white ceramic sinktop with a flared edge. The WIDE vanity cabinet with elegant, flared edge sinktop with LED mirror above and paired with matching side cabinet.

        Posted 12/30/2016




        Victoria + Albert Unveils Their Kit 40 IntelliWaste System

        Victoria + Albert unveiled its Kit 40 Intelli Waste system that uses advanced magnetic technology to provide reliable flood protection for both home and hospitality settings. With its sleek and unobtrusive design, the Kit 40 is perfect for freestanding tubs. It works just like a standard "click clack" drain, but the ingenious concealed system uses water pressure to sense rising water levels. When the depth reaches 15", the patented technology triggers the plug to open, allowing water to escape and avoiding a flood. Once the faucet has been safely turned off, the water depth continues to drain to 11" and then automatically reseals, allowing the bather to enjoy a deep and luxurious soak. The Kit 40 is an available option on all Victoria + Albert freestanding tubs without a predrilled overflow. The Intelli Waste system's revolutionary emptying performance removes water at up to 9-1/2 US gallons per minute, has a quick, hassle-free installation and requires no unsightly overflow pipes.

        Posted 12/16/2016




        Aquabrass Launches Their Redesigned Web Site

        On December 2nd, Aquabrass launched its redesigned website. Fully responsive and mobile-friendly, the fresh new design offers extensive imagery and brand storytelling. Amongst the new features are an Inspiration photo gallery presenting bathrooms and kitchens of various styles showcasing Aquabrass products that were designed by top architects and designers from throughout North America, and a portfolio section boasting some of Aquabrass' most recent hotel and condominium project work.

        Posted 12/16/2016




        ThermaSol Announces Two Organization Position Shifts

        ThermaSol® announced two major position shifts in its organization. Martin Siwy (pictured on left), current Vice President of Sales and Marketing will now take on the role of Vice President of Marketing, freeing him up from sales to focus more intently on longer range marketing initiatives. Martin will utilize his wide-ranging experience and creative perspective to identify and develop new business opportunities and explore unconventional marketing projects and programs as well as playing an important role in the development and introduction of new products.

        Ryan Paul (pictured on right) was promoted to Vice President of Sales. In this position, Paul will establish and execute annual sales strategy for ThermaSol's U.S. residential market, manage the sales team's shared goals and maintain a line of communication with sales agencies and showroom professionals. Ryan Paul joined the ThermaSol sales team three years ago, and will incorporate his more than 20 years of sales and management experience in the kitchen and bath industry into his new role. He will work with the sales team to create effective presentations, programs and promotions as well as offering engaging brand and product trainings that support ThermaSol's showroom partners.

        Posted 12/16/2016




        Watermark Designs Wins Interior Designs 2016 Best of Year Award

        Watermark Designs won Interior Design magazine's 2016 "Best of Year" Award. This year, the Best of Year Awards celebrated its 11th Anniversary and had 2,016 entries, from 38 different countries, in 130 product and project categories, and Watermark Designs' Elan Vital Kitchen Faucet with telescopic spout was named the winner in the Kitchen Fittings category. Watermark's Elan Vital Kitchen Faucet is so innovative it in fact received a patent for the telescopic spout. The entire Elan Vital collection combines the utilitarian aesthetic of industrial design with the ability to completely customize faucets. Reminiscent of industrial steam pipes, the Elan Vital Telescopic Kitchen Faucet's spout extends or retracts as needed. The deck mounted lever controls volume and temperature using a hydro-progressive valve. The brass wire basket is optional, as is an independent side spray.

        Posted 12/16/2016




        Nantucket Sinks' New Regatta Collection

        The new Regatta Collection from Nantucket Sinks are bathroom sinks that are hand made by Italian artisans in the true tradition of Italian art. The handmade lavatories have beautiful appliques or are hand-painted with real platinum, 24k gold leaf and copper. Some are even thrown on a potter's wheel! Additionally, these pieces are made of fine Italian fireclay. There are 20 different models and include semi recessed bowls, vessels, undermount, round, rectangular and more. For more information, call 401-295-5978 or visit their web site to see these and other special items.

        Posted 12/16/2016




        Franke Adds Bryan Aown and Amy Trump to Their Management Team

        Franke announced Bryan Aown as VP Product Management and Innovation and Amy Trump was named the company's US Controller.


    • Bryan Aown - Aown is responsible for leading Franke's Kitchen Systems product development group responsible for the Franke, KWC and Kindred brands, and translating insights into consumer solutions. Aown's primary focus will be driving growth in Franke's core business, in addition to expanding the brand's innovative kitchen portfolio. Aown has more than 20-years' experience with Whirlpool Corporation where he held several positions, including director of new business creation and director - innovation. Aown is a graduate of Central Michigan University and received his MBA from Indiana University South Bend. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Shari, and two children. Aown likes to cook, ride his bike and play golf.

    • Amy Trump - As Franke's US Controller, Trump has financial oversight of all four subsidiaries within Franke's Kitchen Systems division. Trump and her team will manage a range of responsibilities including monthly sales, general ledger reporting, monthly forecasting, annual budgets, and manufacturing costs. Trump has three years of experience in public accounting and over 15-years of experience in private accounting. Most recently, she was finance controller at Weir Minerals North American Process Systems; prior to that, she was plant controller at Mountain City Meat Company. Trump has mastered many disciplines within the diverse field of private accounting, having also worked as an accountant and an analyst. She is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and lives in Nashville.

        Posted 12/09/2016




        Top Knobs' Channing Knobs and Pulls Honored by This Old House

        Top Knobs announced that the Channing knobs and pulls, part of the Barrington Collection of decorative hardware, was included in the This Old House list of Top 100 Best New Home Products for 2016. Published in the November/December 2016 issue, the annual list from This Old House is comprised of the most outstanding, innovative products that entered the market in 2016. Categories include kitchen, bath, tools, home tech, outdoor, building products, and finishing touches. Channing knobs and pulls are a masculine, yet graceful, series of sturdy squares and rectangular based designs. Available in four pulls - 3", 3 ¾", 5 1/16" and 6 5/16" - and a 1 1/16" knob. Coordinating backplates and cup pulls are also available. The Channing series is offered in six finishes: flat black, brushed satin nickel, sable, polished chrome, polished nickel and Umbrio. All Top Knobs products come with proprietary sealed finish and lifetime warranty.

        Posted 12/09/2016




        WETSTYLE Recently Featured in Several Projects

        It has been a busy year for WETSTYLE, whose products have recently been included in a few high-end condominium renovations in New York and Canada. Some of those bathrooms featuring WETSTYLE product offerings are:

    • 325 W Broadway - Located in New York, these luxury condominiums feature a freestanding tub with a contemporary design from the BE Collection.
    • Cardero by Bosa Properties (pictured) - located in Vancouver, these luxury condominiums feature a sunken bathtub from the Cube Collection as well as a shower from the DC collection.
    • LL Sur le Lac Interieur - located in Quebec, these luxury condominiums feature freestanding bathtubs from WETSTYLE's Ove Collection.

        Posted 12/09/2016




        Brizo's New Litze Bath Collection

        The new Litze Bath Collection by Brizo melds innovative engineering and artistry to strike a balance that is equally at home in modern classic environments and urban, more industrial spaces. With thoughtful details such as three distinctive handle options and a beautifully simple bent tube spout, Litze offers a wide range of configurations inspired by the revival of the arts and crafts movement.

        Posted 12/09/2016




        Duravit Adds to Their U.S. Sales Team

        Duravit has strengthened its U.S. team with the addition of Andrea Raymond and Danelle Howard to its roster of sales representatives.

    • Danelle Howard (pictured on the left) will act as a representative for the Southern Territories of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Howard's extensive industry experience was fostered through her role with Ferguson Enterprises. While there, she was responsible for marketing a wide range of products to a diverse customer base and earned numerous accolades for her ability to achieve high benchmark goals. Howard has also cultivated her reputation for exceptional customer relationships through her memberships to industry associations, including ASID, NKBK, Home Builders Association, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

    • Andrea Raymond (pictured on the right) will cover the Midwestern Territories of Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas. Raymond began her tenure in the design industry at Waterware where she provided sales support and direction for luxury plumbing materials. Further sales and management experience was gained through positions at Coraggio Textiles and Carlson's Floors; both roles encompassed growing sales, managing accounts across states, and identifying varying market trends. Raymond's accomplishments are underscored by her reputation for growing department sales and collaborative efforts.

        Posted 12/09/2016




        Aquabrass Debuts Their MARMO Collection

        Aquabrass debuted the MARMO collection under its new "Aquabrass Black Series" brand, an exclusive program offering high-end designer fixture collections through a select network of North American authorized dealers. Made in Italy, the collection was designed in collaboration with designers Antonio Gardoni and Federico Castelli. MARMO is the perfect combination of metal, stone, water and quality engineering. Each piece produced is one-of-a-kind due to the natural characteristics of the stone, yet the collection remains elegant, pure, geometrical and well suited to fit a range of décor from classic to modern. A custom modular POS display was also designed to showcase the collection. The full product offering and catalogue can be viewed by clicking here.

        Posted 12/02/2016




        Javier Korneluk and Celine Marcotte Join GRAFF's Team

        GRAFF® announced Javier Korneluk as Senior Director of Global Sales and Marketing and Céline Marcotte as Business Development Manager.

    • Javier Korneluk joins GRAFF with more than 25 years experience building major brands within the bathroom industry, including Victoria & Albert, Blanco, Ideal Standard and Laufen. An industry veteran with a deep understanding of international business, Korneluk will use his knowledge and strategies to further increase GRAFF's success domestically and abroad.
    • Céline Marcotte joins as Business Development Manager. With more than 20 years in the kitchen and bath industry, Marcotte has extensive experience in the luxury plumbing product distribution and specification markets, including an in-depth knowledge of the hospitality and retail markets. Additionally, she has held key positions for high-end manufacturers in sales and marketing management over the past 10 years, creating and developing strategic programs for clients in both North America and Europe.

        Posted 12/02/2016




        BainUltra's New Nokori Oval 6737 Tub

        BainUltra® unveiled the latest addition to its sought-after Nokori Collection - the Nokori Oval 6737. As its name suggests, this new tub is an oval-shaped iterati