Friday, March 15, 2019

in2aqua's New CLASSIC Bath Collection

in2aqua's new CLASSIC bath collection catches the glamorous spirit of the past. It's familiar, extraordinary, modern retro-look, decorative and detailed, and captures the timeless and elegant designs of yesteryear while crafting them with today's cutting-edge technology.  The widespread faucet and 4-hole roman tub kit are constructed of solid brass and include metal handles and escutcheons.  The double handles rest on 1/4 turn valves.  All in2aqua products utilize Fluehs valves made in Germany and Kerox PVD+™ plasma coated greaseless ceramic disc technology.  The solid brass pressure balance shower valve is designed to prevent cross flow, reduce water hammer, and protects bathers against scalding and cold-water shock.  Temperature control is within 3.6 degrees (F) of the set point despite a 50% water pressure drop.  All in2aqua products are engineered to meet or exceed North American standards.  The shower head and hand shower utilize Air Technology to enhance the showering experience and save water.  The CLASSIC design is available with a tarnish free extra hard chrome coating or PVD brushed nickel finish that will last a lifetime.  All products shown are ADA compliant.  The widespread faucet, 4-hole roman tub kit, and pressure balance shower valve are backed by in2aqua’s Go Pro Limited Lifetime Warranty for as long as the homeowner owns the product.

California Faucets Honored with a 2019 Gold AVA Digital Award

California Faucets claimed another award for its signature Pixar-inspired videos. The company’s latest video, Bath Time, has won a Gold Award in the category of Digital Video Creation/Live Action/Animation in the AVA Digital Awards 2019 competition. Following last year’s win for Aqua Pella, the fun and memorable story of five faucets in a singing competition, Bath Time creatively blends computer-generated imagery with live action. “With Bath Time, the idea was to have viewers interact emotionally, through animation, to something inanimate that they use every day—a faucet,” explains Noah Taft, California Faucets Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. AVA Digital Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization consists of several thousand production, marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, and freelance professionals. Judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

Thermasol Promotes Two Long-Term Employees

ThermaSol® announced the promotion and appointment of two dedicated, long-term employees to new positions. Thomas Hagins is now Director of Technical Services and Carrie McMullen is being promoted to Factory Operations Manager, assuming Hagins’ former position. In her new position, McMullen will manage and lead all operational aspects of ThermaSol’s new 40,000 square foot, fully self-contained facility. Hagins will take the lead in educating ThermaSol’s internal customer care staff as well assisting in the training of their extensive network of technicians across North America. In their new roles, Hagins and McMullen will continue to ensure that ThermaSol functions efficiently and effectively.

Crosswater London Adds New Exterior Finishes to Their Balthazar Tub

Crosswater London announced new exterior finishes for its Balthazar freestanding bathtub. The metal surround that wraps the distinguished soaker is now available in white, black or gold, joining polished stainless and recently launched polished nickel, for a striking centerpiece in the luxury bathroom. Engineered for form, function, and durability, the Balthazar is created from high-performing ClearStone material, an innovative natural stone compound that ensures brilliant white color and a hard-wearing, high-gloss surface that resists stain, retains heat, and minimizes maintenance. Hand-polished for over ten hours, the lustrous sheen of the tub itself is matched in beauty by its exterior metal surround in five distinctive finishes. Sleek and stunning, the new white exterior is polished to perfection; while the matte surface of the black exterior is understated elegance. For a highly reflective surface with warmth and character, opt for the outer casing in gold. All three exciting new finishes extend designer options to the existing polished nickel and polished stainless for a sumptuous focal point in the traditional or contemporary bathroom. Generous in proportion and classic in shape, the Balthazar exudes old-world elegance with modern appeal. The overall size of 66” in length, 30” in width, and 27 1/8” in height with a center drain position accommodates two bathers comfortably.

ACS Marketing Honored by Dornbracht and Infinity Drain

ACS Marketing, an independent rep agency who covers southern California, Arizona and the Las Vegas area, was recently honored by the following member manufacturers with multiple awards:
  • Dornbracht USA - 2018 North American Sales Representative Award (inaugural award)
  • Infinity Drain
  • 2019 Highest Volume Increase
  • 2019 Highest Sales Volume

Friday, March 8, 2019

GRAFF's New Harley Faucet Collection

GRAFF recently unveiled its new Harley Faucet Collection. Conceptualized by GRAFF’s G+ Design Studio, the design of the contemporary collection was derived from the stylings of classic motorcycles, fusing an industrial aesthetic with detail work nostalgic of the all-American icons. The collection includes one, two, or three-hole versions of the sink and bathtub; wall, floor or deck-mounted models, and a linear lever option, also knurled for a user-friendly handle. A first for the brand, the Harley Collection portfolio of offerings includes a two-hole lavatory faucet ideal for narrow spaces, as well as powder rooms and laundry rooms. The revised footprint of the faucet enhances the user experience and applicability of the collection’s designs. The free-standing bathtub filler stands out for its elegance, while the various wall-mounted faucet orientations speak to the sophistication of the Harley collection. The Harley collection is available in several elegant finishes, including onyx - a PVD finish that is as attractive as it is durable. Additional finishes available include: polished chrome, polished nickel, brushed nickel, gunmetal, olive bronze, black, white, gold and brushed gold. Unique to the Harley Collection, the faucet handles are available in three stunning two-tone finish options, polished chrome with onyx and polished nickel with onyx, and brushed gold with onyx.

Top Knobs Introduces Their New Grace Collection

Top Knobs introduced the Grace collection. Inspired by the ageless beauty of New York's five boroughs, Grace includes knobs, pulls and appliance pulls that lend a nod to some of Top Knobs' most well-loved designs over the past 25 years. All hardware in the Grace collection is available in six desirable finishes including: ash gray (AG), brushed satin nickel (BSN), flat black (BLK), honey bronze (HB), polished chrome (PC) and polished nickel (PN). Grace Collection details include: 

  • 276 pieces 
  • Six series: Henderson, Pomander, Kent, Riverside, Minetta, and Barrow 
  • 3 Appliance pull styles available in sizes 12" and 18” 
  • Pulls in all 6 series available in sizes ranging from 3 ¾" to 12” 
  • Knobs in 4 series available in sizes 1 ¼" and 2”

Mountain Plumbing Products Honored as Forte Group's 2018 Vendor of the Year

Mountain Plumbing Products was honored with the 2018 Vendor of the Year award at the recently concluded Forte Group's annual conference in Austin, TX. The company wants to thank their partners, customers and the entire Mountain Plumbing Products family for making this achievement possible.

MTI Baths Wins a 2019 AVA Digital Award

MTI Baths announced it won a 2019 AVA Digital Award. Out of 2,500 entries from throughout the US, Canada and 24 other countries, MTI won Platinum Distinction for the outstanding work demonstrated in their Hydrotherapies for Wellness video. AVA Digital’s Platinum Award is presented to those entries judged to be among the most impressive submissions in the competition. The AVA Digital Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding achievements by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of media that is part of the evolution of digital communication. Platinum Winners are recognized for their excellence in terms of quality, creativity and resourcefulness. Wellness viewed in a holistic way is of great interest and importance for many people today. From the beginning, promoting wellness for individuals and improving the quality of their lives has been the focus of MTI in the design and function of its products and therapies.

Whitehead Sales Honored as Duravit's Top Sales Region Overall in 2018

Duravit USA has kicked off the year by celebrating its business associates. At its 2019 National Sales Meeting, the manufacturer recognized Whitehead Sales as their 2018 honoree as the rep agency with the top sales overall in a region. Based in South Florida, Whitehead Sales was named Duravit’s Top Sales Region Overall for 2018, thanks to a combination of project and showroom sales.

Friday, March 1, 2019

AXOR's New MyEdition Collection

AXOR unveiled its new MyEdition Collection at last week’s 2019 KBIS Show. MyEdition is a tailor-made collection to bring individualization to the bathroom. The new line pairs sleek, low-profile faucet and tub filler bodies with six different cover plates including leather, wood, two types of marble, and a mirrored or black glass. With the AXOR FinishPlus program, an additional 13 finishes are available, offering nearly 300 extra design combinations geared towards satisfying varying personal styles. With the AXOR Signature program, the option to add an inscription is also available. AXOR MyEdition incorporates the company’s innovative new PowderRain spray, a micro-fine mist that has a powder-like feel. Developed in Hansgrohe's R+D lab in Germany, the secret is in the spray disc, which features precisely arranged nozzles that incorporate several microscopic openings rather than just one. The resulting spray is so fine it melts into the skin rather than bounces off of it. This allows the skin to retain warmth and translates to reduced splashing at the sink. What's more, the spray is engineered to be remarkably quiet, a result of rigorous testing in an acoustics chamber.

in2aqua's New Multiport Ceramic Disc Valve Diverter

in2aqua‘s new multi port ceramic disc valve diverter, combined with its high-performance thermostatic valve, guarantees an ergonomic and user friendly shower system. The award-winning in2itiv™ mounting system saves installation costs and reduces sound transfer to the back wall. Configuring shower systems is a snap with the easy-to-use Shower Configurator on in2aqua.com. Simply pick and click the desired design, configuration, and finish, and a list of all needed shower components, including the rough-ins, are provided. Equally impressive is in2aqua‘s shower collection which utilizes Air Technology to enhance the showering experience and save water.

BLANCO Introduces the BLANCO QUATRUS R15 Apron Super Single Sink

BLANCO introduces the BLANCO QUATRUS® R15 ERGON Apron Super Single sink. Featuring a transitional, geometric design the QUATRUS R15 ERGON refreshes the classic farm sink with a modernized look and functionality that meets the everyday needs of the most practical, yet beautiful kitchens. With a generous R15 radius, rear-positioned drain hole and a high ledge for custom accessories, the QUATRUS R15 ERGON offers users maximum workspace in, under and on top of the sink. Optional accessories include a grid, steel colander and wood cutting board – the QUATRUS R15 ERGON elevates a kitchen’s workspace and limits countertop clutter. Features include:

  • BLANCO QUATRUS® R15 ERGON Apron Super Single
  • 33” x 20 ½ ”, 9” deep, outside cabinet: 36”
  • Accessories
  • Grid
  • Steel Colander
  • Wood Cutting Board (included with sink)
  • BLANCO QUATRUS® R15 Apron Front and Undermount Series
  • 18 Gauge Stainless Steel
  • X-pattern drain grooves
  • Easy-to-clean satin finish surface

Laufen Bathrooms' On-Site Party at the 2019 ISH Fair

Laufen Bathrooms would like to extend an invitation to any DPHA member who is attending the ISH Fair in a few weeks to be a part of their on-site party on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 6 to 10 p.m. at their location in Hall 3.1, Booth B51. To reserve your spot, yo may RSVP with Steve Barry via phone at 516-650-7500 or email at stephen.barry@laufen.ch.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

in2aqua's New Urban Collection

in2aqua GmbH will soon introduce the URBAN collection, already popular in Europe, to North American showrooms. The URBAN collection will offer bath faucets and performance shower systems in six minimalist designs. Highlighted is the STRATA X Widespread and STRATA X 4-Hole Roman Tub Kit. The STRATA X models reflect harmonious elegance through geometric design. Features of the STRATA X widespread include:

  • German quality, engineering and design
  • Faucet body constructed of solid brass
  • Metal handles and escutcheons
  • Go Pro lifetime faucet and finish warranty
  • Double handle operation - handles rest on 1/4 turn valves
  • ADA compliant
  • Fluehs valving (made in Germany)
  • Neoperl flexible hose technology
  • Flowrate 1.2 GPM

BLANCO's New LATO Soap Dispenser

BLANCO recently launched the BLANCO LATO Soap Dispenser. Matching today’s kitchen faucets, the sleek LATO Soap Dispenser offers a polished chrome finish paired with one of BLANCO’s popular SILGRANIT® colors – White, Biscuit, CafĂ© Brown, Truffle, Metallic Gray, Cinder and Anthracite. Also available in solid polished chrome or stainless steel finishes, the BLANCO LATO has a classic contemporary, perfectly elegant design for any kitchen. Measuring 4 3/4” x 3 3/4”, the BLANCO LATO is made of solid brass construction.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Berenson Adds New Finishes and New Lengths to Some Collections

Berenson Corporation has expanded some of their best selling collections to include trending finishes and longer lengths. The new lengths are 18 inches and 448 mm, and finishes being added to some of their collections are:

  • Black
  • Brushed Copper
  • Graphite
  • Matte Black
  • Modern Brushed Gold
  • Polished Copper
  • Polished Chrome
  • Satin Gold
  • Vintage Nickel

For more information on the new product offerings from Berenson Corporation, simply click here.

The Furniture Guild's New Lydia Vanity

The Furniture Guild offers a beautiful yet practical addition to the bathroom with its newest transitional vanity – the Lydia. Generously sized to neatly store all manner of linens and toiletries, the Lydia brings an impressive minimalist style to a master bath or guest suite. Three long drawer fronts are outlined with a decorative metallic trim that compliments the horizontal pull handles for a look that is dramatic yet elegant. As with all Furniture Guild collections, the Lydia can be customized with an array of finish options including traditional and exotic woods, matte and high gloss finishes, and custom paint colors. Its popular interior configuration includes double drawer pullouts concealed behind non-sink doors in addition to a third pullout for extra storage space. The interiors of the drawers are fully furnished and offer optional glass dividers and LED lights. The vanity is available as a wall-mounted unit or as a freestanding model with exposed legs. The Lydia comes in sizes ranging from 24" to 72" in single or double bowl configurations. The vanity is created using time-honored techniques and FSC certified hardwood as well as formaldehyde-free furniture grade plywood. All finishes are GREENGUARD certified for indoor air quality, and each vanity is covered by a lifetime warranty.

GROHE Honored with Three 2018 GOOD DESIGN Awards

GROHE earned three prestigious 2018 GOOD DESIGN Awards in the kitchen and bath categories for design innovation and excellence. These awards are presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. The GOOD DESIGN award-winning products from GROHE include:

  • The updated Atrio Bath Collection (pictured), which now features a slimmer, more streamlined shape, perfect for consumers who crave a more simplistic look and feel in their bathroom. The lavatory faucets in this collection feature a water-efficient flow rate of 1.2 gpm, and are EPA WaterSense-certified and compliant with CEC regulations in California.
  • Another award recipient was the Tallinn Faucet Collection, which pairs geometric forms with soft curves, and is perfect for consumers who prefer contemporary styling in their bathroom or kitchen.
  • Featuring a wide spray face and the cutting-edge GROHE DreamSpray technology, the GOOD DESIGN Award-winning Tempesta 210 Shower Head provides consumers with a deeply relaxing experience in the comfort and privacy of their own home.

Friday, February 15, 2019

BLANCO's New BLANCO SILGRANIT Kitchen Design App

BLANCO introduced its newly updated free kitchen design app, BLANCO SILGRANIT®. Made for homeowners, designers and fabricators, the app helps users evaluate the appearance of BLANCO sinks paired with popular countertops to select the perfect color combination for their kitchen design. Favorite combinations may be saved and e-mailed to others. Users may also photograph and add their own countertop selections to the app. Compatible with iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android (phones and tablets), the BLANCO SILGRANIT app also has a Store Locator feature, so users may find their nearest BLANCO dealer. BLANCO SILGRANIT Color App highlights include:

  • Easy and intuitive iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch/Android App lets users mix and match BLANCO sinks with countertops to find the perfect pairing
  • 157 different BLANCO sinks in SILGRANIT, stainless steel and fireclay
  • 60 colorful countertop choices
  • Ability to search by sink or counter to start
  • Ability to photograph a counter and add it to the app
  • Users can store designs in a Favorites folder to share or save for later
  • The Store Locator function allows users to find where to purchase a BLANCO sink by simply entering their home zip code and connecting with a retail outlet where BLANCO products are available
  • Gallery displays kitchen design ideas and inspiration

DXV's Modulus Bath Collection Earns a 2018 GOOD DESIGN Award

DXV earned a prestigious 2018 GOOD DESIGN Award in the bath category for design innovation and excellence. These awards are presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. A GOOD DESIGN Award winner in the bath category, the DXV Modulus Bath Collection features an array of products that blend form and function into a useful bathroom. From lavatories to faucets and showerheads, these products offer an endless array of modular configurations. That means consumers have the flexibility to transform any space—from spacious master bathrooms to quaint powder rooms—into their own personalized bath oasis. Each year, the GOOD DESIGN Awards recognize the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around the world. The award program emphasizes quality design of the highest form, function, and aesthetics of a standard beyond ordinary consumer products.

Americh Honored as LPG's 2018 Vendor of the Year

Americh was honored and humbled by receiving the 2018 Vendor of the Year award at the recently concluded Luxury Products Group's annual conference, that was held in the Orlando, Florida area. The company wants to thank their partners, customers and the entire Americh family for making this achievement possible.

Grandeur Hardware to Unveil Satin Brass Finish at IBS

Grandeur Hardware will unveil its latest innovations at the 2019 International Builders Showcase in Booth SU3033. Grandeur Hardware will use IBS to showcase their popular Traditional/Transitional line of hardware that finds a perfect balance between two different design aesthetics. They will also promote their gorgeous new satin brass finish that is gaining attention from consumers and designers alike.

Duravit Featured in Oodi Central Library in Helsinki

Duravit is showcasing its smart, savvy design in Finland. The new Oodi Central Library in downtown Helsinski features a stunning architectural structure, alongside some familiar, stand-out Duravit pieces. The Oodi embodies Finland's values of education and free expression - the library's expansive and architectural design reflects a focus on creative thought and a dedication to sustainable design. Designed by ALA Architects, the library is a nearly Zero Energy Building and has three levels with unique focuses. Sustainable, efficient materials are especially evident in the bathrooms: Duravit's ME by Starck wall-mounted toilets and D-Code washbasins offer the highest level of function and quality, rounding out the Oodi Library's attention to detail and design.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

California Faucets Expands Their Classic Brass Finish Offerings

Kitchen and bath design aficionados report that brass finishes are not just back but predicted to come on strong in 2019. In tune with the growing wave of homeowners pursuing a warmer, homier look at the kitchen sink, California Faucets presents its most distinctive lineup of classic brass finishes yet. Made with materials reflecting the quality of yesteryear in styles that maintain a modern flair, the brass finishes range from satin brass, with its eye-catching bling, to the more rustic burnished brass. Because all California Faucets products are made of 100-percent brass, finishes such as burnished brass and satin brass offer a new way to enjoy the beauty, quality, and luxury of this fine metal. Featuring a finish that will patina over time, burnished brass speaks to today’s homeowners’ growing appetite for industrial chic design, blending the high quality of brass with a rich vintage look. Satin brass (PVD) is slightly shinier, like classic brass, and in a PVD finish. Up to eight times harder than chrome, PVD finishes come with a lifetime warranty against tarnishing. In addition to the trending brass tones, California Faucets’ entire Kitchen Collection is available in a selection of more than 30 artisan finishes, including 15 PVD finishes with a lifetime guarantee against tarnishing.

The New Mizu Tub from Hydro Systems

East meets west with the new Mizu tub from Hydro Systems, an evolution of the traditional Japanese soaking tub known as an ofuro. Taking its upright design cues from the Peace Pagoda, the added option of a thermal air system brings the time-honored bathing ritual into the 21st century with technological sophistication. Thousands of tiny heated bubbles provide a full sensory experience and unparalleled therapeutic effects to wash away stress and fatigue. The Mizu’s steep-sided form has the added benefit of fitting beautifully into small or irregularly shaped places, while providing a deep soak for seated bathing. The Mizu is a space for restoration, meditation and finding your inner zen.

Lenova Adds Matte Black Finish to Two New Faucets

Lenova introduces black as a stunning new finish option for two cool faucets – also brand-new – a double dose of glamour and luxury perfect for today’s upscale kitchen. This is a matte black, sleek and quiet with a flat finish that complements both traditional and contemporary decors. Matte black is a timeless alternative to trendy metallic finishes, it’s a pleasing contrast against classic white and gray or modern colorful kitchens, and always looks fresh and new. Introducing the SK222 and the K410 (pictured) faucets. Both are crafted of the finest type 304 stainless steel with zero lead content for maximum durability and long-lasting beauty. Lenova incorporates proprietary PVD processing into its manufacturing system to create a matte finish that is amazingly durable and easy to maintain. These pull-down faucets feature a two-function sprayer and a 360° swivel spout to meet the demands of the busiest kitchens. The SK222 has a striking geometric vibe while the K410 has a gently rounded silhouette. Both are notable for their dramatic arches and side levers. In keep with Lenova’s exacting standards, the faucets include top quality ceramic cartridges for drip-free performance and a 10-year limited lifetime warranty.

JACLO Unveils a New Pivot Drain Tub Waste & Overflow

JACLO recently unveiled a new Pivot Drain Tub Waste and Overflow. Features include:

  • All brass construction
  • 3 pivot drain styles -
  • #399 - Exposed overflow drain with pivot neck
  • #399-2537 - Exposed bottom outlet tub drain and overflow with pivot neck
  • #399-1537 - Exposed direct outlet tub drain and overflow with pivot neck
  • Requires tub drain and overflow trim kit (sold separately)
  • Fully polished and plated for use on free-standing tubs
  • Available in 26+ finishes

CEU Events Introduces Their New Class Code Feature

CEU Events solved the pain points of attendance recording during training sessions by introducing an all-new Class Code feature. The feature allows the presenter to capture attendance of almost any size class in under two minutes utilizing attendees' mobile devices. Each CEU Event is now assigned a unique four-character Class Code (e.g., 1234) and URL (e.g., www.ceuevents.com/ 1234). At the end of the presentation, the Instructor can direct the attendees to the unique URL which allows them to register or sign-in to the event in real time. If you are presenting in front of 10, 500 or even 1,000 attendees, everyone will be able to use their own mobile devices to register or sign-in for your event at the same time! This new feature saves everyone time, assures accuracy, and is 100% electronic! For more information, click here.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

in2aqua's New 2-Hole In-Wall for Wash Basin Faucet

in2aqua will soon be expanding its Lifestyle collection with several new faucet options. The in2aqua 2-Hole In-Wall for Wash Basin is a wall-mounted faucet lever and spout that will be available on March 1st in the EDGE, STYLE, and CLASSIC designs. The EDGE design is shown in the image. Features include:
  • German quality, engineering & design 
  • Go Pro lifetime faucet & finish warranty 
  • Spout constructed of solid brass 
  • Plasma coated ceramic disc 
  • Single handle operation 
  • Installation: 2-hole; wall 
  • Metal handle, sleeve and escutcheon 
  • Flowrate 1.2 GPM 
  • CALGreen, WaterSense 
  • ASME A112.18.1, CSA B125.1 
  • NSF/ANSI 61

American Standard Receives Two 2018 GOOD DESIGN Awards

American Standard earned two prestigious 2018 GOOD DESIGN Awards in the kitchen and bath categories for design innovation and excellence. These awards are presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.
  • Beale MeasureFill Touch kitchen faucet (pictured) - this faucet delivers an adjustable set volume of water on demand, ranging from a half cup up to five cups. Consumers now get the precise measurement faster than using conventional measuring cups, and in turn, streamline their cooking and baking tasks. Also, the easy touch on/off feature is ideal for full or dirty hands – so a touch of the wrist or back of the hand is all it takes to operate this faucet.
  • Studio S Bath Faucet Collection - a collection of stylish bathroom sink faucets, bath/shower faucets, and accessories. Specifically designed to be a time-saver to install, the Studio S sink faucets incorporate the Speed Connect Drain, a pre-assembled system that won’t need adjusting now or years down the road. The shower faucets in this collection feature TRIMendous universal valve technology, making it simple for consumers to change the trim after installation without having to rip out their tile.

MTI Baths Honored with a 2018 GOOD DESIGN Award

MTI Baths was recently honored with a 2018 GOOD DESIGN® Award.  MTI Baths was recognized for its innovation and cutting-edge IDD or Integrated Deck Designs. The Integrated Deck Designs by MTI Baths are customized partial tub surrounds constructed according to the desires, needs and spaces of the customer. Available to work with all MTI freestanding tubs, they snugly cradle the tub design without distracting from its aesthetic. Created from MTI’s proprietary SculptureStone® material which is 100% solid and 75% organic, the Integrated Deck Design provides a mounting space for faucets and toiletries and a concealed place for air bath blower motors, while also making cleaning easier. Founded in Chicago in 1950 by the The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, GOOD DESIGN® remains the oldest and the world’s most recognized program for design excellence worldwide.

Nostalgic Warehouse's New Vintage-Inspired Brass Cabinet Hardware

Nostalgic Warehouse will unveil its new vintage-inspired Brass Cabinet Hardware at the 2019 International Builders Showcase. These solid brass cup pulls and cabinet knobs complement the line’s existing door knobs and plates for an elegant and cohesive finished look. The three-inch cup pulls will coordinate with some of the company’s most popular collections, including Victorian, Soleil, Egg & Dart, and Meadows. The brass cabinet knobs match the Victorian, Meadows, Egg & Dart, New York, Homestead, Mission, Craftsman and Deco door knobs currently available. A brass Carre bar pull will be available in 3” or 4” lengths along with two sizes of the new brass Farmhouse cup pull. All of the hardware will be offered in Nostalgic’s full range of finishes. Also at the show will be three new brass levers by Nostalgic Warehouse – the Manor, the Fleur and the Swan. These are an exciting addition to the collection as they are the first brass levers to be offered by the company, and they will be available as early as June 2019.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Duravit USA Appoints Two New VP of Sales

Duravit USA is headed into 2019 with two new VP's of Sales. Kerry Rudd will now lead Duravit's North American sales team as Vice President Sales - Wholesale. Duravit also welcomes Russ Kinney as their Vice President Sales - National Business Development. 


  • Kerry Rudd (pictured on the left), Vice President of Sales – Wholesale. In his new role, Rudd will lead Duravit’s North American sales team, leveraging five years of experience with the company to develop and implement strategic sales plans in support of company objectives. Rudd previously served as Vice President Business Development with Duravit, where he was responsible for the development of contract, specification and e-commerce business growth for North America. Prior to joining Duravit, Rudd spent 10 years in the decorative bathroom fixtures industry, managing accounts for some of the largest plumbing distributors throughout the US.
  • Russ Kinney (pictured on the right), Vice President Sales – National Business Development. In his role, Kinney will be responsible for the development of contract, specification and e-commerce growth for North America. Kinney joins the team with over 20 years of experience in the decorative plumbing industry, most recently as the Director of Consumer Sales for Watts Water Technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Husson University in Bangor, Maine. Kinney will be based out of Duravit USA’s headquarters in Duluth, GA.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

BLANCO PRECISION R0 DURINOX Honored with Three Major Design Awards in 2018

BLANCO proudly announced that the BLANCO PRECISION® R0 DURINOX® Super Single Bowl with Apron has earned three major design awards for its distinctive look and superior performance. The PRECISION® R0 DURINOX® was recognized in the 2018 GOOD DESIGN® Awards, KBCULTURE Awards 2018 and the 2018 Interior Design’s Best of Year (BoY) Awards as an Honoree. Scratch and fingerprint resistant, DURINOX is the latest innovation from the artisans at BLANCO STEELART® featuring a completely unique look and feel with two times the strength of traditional stainless steel. Tailored to a hard-working and sophisticated kitchen, the PRECISION R0 modernizes a classic style complete with a velvety, matte finish and sleek silhouette. Featuring crisp, zero radius seams and an on-trend farmhouse style, the PRECISION R0 combines superior strength and unsurpassed resilience in its design.

Friday, January 18, 2019

AMBA Products Releases Vidoe Explaining the Basics of Heated Towel Racks

Not only did AMBA Products welcome in the new year by adding their new brushed nickel finish to the Traditional Collection, but they also released a new video explaining the basics of how heated towel racks work.  Click here to view the video.

Native Trails Debuts Several New Products at IDS Toronto

Native Trails debuted several new products and finishes at last week’s IDS Show in Toronto, which will be available in March of this year.  These new products and finishes include:
  • New Vanity Collections 
    • Solace 48” Vanity with NativeStone Shelf - in both Sunrise Oak and Midnight Oak (pictured) 
    • Solace 30” Vanity with NativeStone Shelf - in both Sunrise Oak and Midnight Oak 
    • Solace Mirror, with or without shelf - in both Sunrise Oak and Midnight Oak 
    • Chardonnay Floating Vanity - in both Chardonnay and Cabernet finish 
    • Zaca 36” Wall Mount Vanity - in both Pearl and Slate finish
  • NativeStone Vanity Top - available in Ash, Slate, Pearl & Earth, with various sink cutouts and faucet configurations available
  • New in Hammered Copper and Nickel finishes - 
    • Rhapsody Farmhouse Kitchen Sink 
    • Cozumel Hand-Hammered Copper Vanity Top
  • NativeStone Earth Finish - all NativeStone products are now available in their new finish, Earth! This natural, warm finish, somewhere between brown and gray, pairs well with many color palettes.

DDI System Announces Their Next Generation of Inform eCommerce

DDI System announced their next generation of Inform eCommerce. Inform eCommerce Pro is a flexible eCommerce platform completely connected to Inform ERP, supporting a leading-edge experience for both B2B and B2C retail shoppers. Inform eCommerce Pro is highly customizable technology designed for easy deployment, supported by Inform ERP’s embedded product information management. DDI’s new Inform eCommerce Pro takes distributors into the next generation of eCommerce with full control over the look, content, and functionality of their business’s website. Direct connectivity with Inform ERP provides real-time, customer-specific pricing and branch-level inventory. Live order, invoice, and sales history inquiries provide a reliable self-service experience on any device. Inform eCommerce Pro leverages the power of the Magento® Commerce Cloud open source platform. The solution, combined with DDI System’s integrated services, allows distributors to easily and affordably deploy robust B2B and B2C sites. The out-of-the-box template provides industry standard site navigation, filtering attributes, multiple images, descriptions, specifications, related product recommendations, customer reviews, and attachments. The Magento Marketplace offers many eCommerce feature extensions and hub of professional developers to help distributors customize and add functionality.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

MrSteam Expands Their Team

MrSteam recently announced two personnel additions intended to strengthen technical service and customer relationships as well as enhance growth in a marketplace with an increasing interest in the many wellness benefits offered by steam showers. Kris Lee, Regional Sales Manager, has been promoted to National Technical Service Manager and Hilda Contreras has been appointed Business Development Manager.

  • Kris Lee joined MrSteam in 2010 as a Field Service Technician and rapidly rose through the ranks to his new role as National Technical Service Manager. With this promotion from his previous position as Regional Sales Manager, he will now provide support to decorative plumbing showrooms and premiere steam dealers across the country. In his eight years with MrSteam, Lee has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the technical side of the steam shower industry and a dedication to developing strong, positive relationships with customers.
  • Hilda Contreras joins MrSteam as Business Development Manager, bringing a wealth of experience in sales and management in the design and architectural products industry. Most recently, she served as Sales Manager for a Los Angeles-based lighting manufacturer. Before this, Contreras held several positions of increasing responsibility with a wholesale distributor, including Showroom Manager. Contreras has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.