Saturday, September 30, 2017

Hastings Tile & Bath Announces Their First CEU Course

Hastings Tile & Bath announced its first CEU has been approved for 2.0 CEU credits by AIA, ASID, IIDA, IDC and NARI. The course, sponsored by VOLA, is titled "The Influence of Scandinavian Design on Modern Bathrooms and Bathroom Technology" and it is available either face-to-face for 2.0 credits, or online for 1.0 credit through CEStrong ( The course provides a historical perspective of Scandinavian design and how that design aesthetic actually continues to drive both the technology inside and the design of today's faucets, showers, plumbing fixtures and accessories. Scandinavian design is all about simplicity and functionality; where every element has a purpose and nothing is over-designed. Arne Jacobsen and Verner Overgaard understood this when they designed the first VOLA faucet and the brand has never wavered from this defining principle. The CEU goes into detail about the history and also about how these in-wall systems work and why they work so well.

WETSTYLE Announces Two Management Appointments

WETSTYLE appointed Pat Hénaire (pictured on the left) as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Édouard Bourgault Parisé (pictured on the right) as Creative and Marketing Director.
  • Pat Hénaire comes to the brand with extensive experience leading sales and marketing teams in competitive markets. Prior to WETSTYLE, Hénaire played an important role at MAAX Bath as the VP of Sales and Marketing for North America, leading sales and bathware product development up to 2007. After, he joined BRP (Bombardier) as Director of Sales & Marketing, where he grew the power sport's brand presence. Hénaire also gained expertise in his recent role as the VP of Marketing for Canada at Broan NuTone Group, managing new product development efforts for home ventilation products.
  • Édouard Bourgault Parisé has been influential in the growth of WETSTYLE's marketing team and strategies. From 2008 to 2015, he played a key role in WETSTYLE's marketing department, quickly moving up the ladder from Sales and Marketing Assistant to Director of Marketing. After a brief interlude, Parisé has returned to the brand, where he will spearhead WETSTYLE's branding, advertising, PR and marketing activities, in addition to product development initiatives.

BLANCO Announces the BLANCO by Design Contest Judges

BLANCO announced the judges who will select winners for their BLANCO by Design contest. The jury is comprised of five highly regarded members of the design world including, Patricia Davis Brown, founder of Patricia Davis Brown Designs; Janice Costa, editor Kitchen & Bath Design News; Jaime Derringer, founder and executive editor for Design Milk; Veronika Miller, founder and CEO of Modenus and Steven Williams, program director for DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids). The BLANCO by Design contest is open now through November 30, 2017. Cash prizes include a grand prize of $5,000, 1st place prizes of $1,000 each for notable kitchen and laundry/mudroom and a honorable mention of $500. Designers may enter at:

CEU Events Introduces a New CEU Original Series

CEU Events is introducing a new CEU Original Series™ titled: "Does Internet Price Outweigh Industry Expertise and Knowledge?" This course helps provide discussion points for interior designers, architects, remodeling professionals, and their clients about the advantages of industry expertise and knowledge.  Furthermore, it will discuss the value of purchasing through brick-and-mortar showrooms as it covers important differences between in-store versus online shopping experiences and after sale support.  Grasp the difference between webrooming and showrooming as well as understanding the different types of mobile assisted shoppers.  Finally, it will highlight the importance of trade professional relationship, respect and teamwork while working on a client's' project. This has been a constant topic among the DPH industry - getting the conversation going with designers and architects so you can show them your true value.  Click here to schedule a quick appointment to discuss your CEU needs during the upcoming DPHA show (Booth #605).

Bathroom Butler's New RIGID LOC Mounting System

Bathroom Butler has engineered and patented its own mounting system called RIGID LOC, in order to overcome the problem of loose bathroom accessories. With the RIGID LOC System on, the accessories remain firmly in place where a special T-shaped barrel clamps down and fits neatly into a groove. As the screw tightens, the T-shaped barrel slides down into place, pulling the accessory tight against the wall where it stays on securely. The RIGID LOC System has been tested vigorously in-house for its performance and durability.  A strenuous knock test was developed to simulate the vibration caused by using various bathroom accessories daily. The RIGID LOC System passed more than 100,000 knocks, which was incredible when it was compared to the traditional set screw fixation, which failed after only 300 knocks. All Bathroom Butler's bathroom accessories are manufactured from Grade 304 Stainless Steel which is eco-friendly and 100% recyclable.

Friday, September 22, 2017

California Faucets' New Morro Bay Single-Hole Faucet

California Faucets' new Morro Bay™ Series single-hole faucet features a radically thin handle that appears to be gently sailing above the faucet body. This groundbreaking ultra-thin planar floating handle design stands apart from typical single-hole faucets with handles that move along with a heavy, cumbersome hub. Cubist and contemporary, Morro Bay's streamlined design is stylishly square without the chunky look associated with most square single-hole faucets. A thin spout adds symmetry to the handle, creating geometric balance and fluidity, while accentuating the independent operation of the handle. The Zen in Morro Bay's design lies in the width of the handle, which equals that of the spout beneath and provides a harmonious counterpoint to the cuboid faucet body. Like all California Faucets bath fittings, the Morro Bay single-hole faucet is constructed of solid brass and available in 30-plus artisan finishes, including 15 PVD finishes with a lifetime guarantee against tarnishing, and is available in heights of 5-5/16" and 11-9/16".

DuVerre 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.

Franke 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. 

Introducing 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.

GROHE'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.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Justin 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.

KEUCO 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.

SteamLinx 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.

Fairmont 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.

BLANCO 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".  

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Steamist 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.

The 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.

Alno 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.
  • The P0914-Skipper (pictured) is a smaller version (ID 13 3/4 X 9 1/2 X 5) of their popular P1218-Barbie and is available as a drop-in or undermount sink. As with all of their ceramic sinks, it is available in any of their unique finishes and can be dual glazed with the option of using two finishes.
  • The Z1710 is a rectangular matte black bar sink with inner dimensions of 16 3/4 X 10 3/8 X 7 1/2. This sink is being introduced to the Z series collection due to the many requests that Alno Inc has received for a bar sink of this size and color.

California 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.

Duravit 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.

Bathroom 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.

Friday, September 1, 2017

GRAFF'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.

Du 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.

  • Primitive Collection - featuring a bold, geometric pattern that is a signature Clodagh motif, it is offered in oil rubbed bronze, polished aluminum or satin nickel.
  • Tribal Collection - inspired by African weaving sticks translated into sleek and modern hardware, the Tribal Collection comes in antique brass, oil rubbed bronze, satin nickel or polished chrome.
  • Stacked (pictured) - is a modern, tactile and luxurious collection that is available in oil rubbed bronze or satin nickel.

BLANCO'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:
  • Undermount Installation
  • Bowl Depths: 9.5" and 9.5"
  • Dimensions: 19" x 32"
  • Low-Divide Height: 5.5"
  • Required Outside Cabinet: 36"
  • Accessories:
    • Stainless Steel Grid
    • Cutting Board
    • 8 Color Offerings

Lloyd Leblanc Named Vice 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.

Mountain Products' New Mountain Pure Filter

Mountain Products 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: 
  • More efficient and clog resistant - unique filter media created by attaching powdered activated carbon and lead absorbent material onto a cellulose-free synthetic fiber matrix
  • Filter removes 99.9% of particles over .5 microns
  • Filter incorporates an anti-microbial agent to reduce bacteria
  • Anti-scale media for protection against scale buildup on the faucet and inside of the hot tank when using a Little Gourmet instant hot system
  • 1,250 gallon capacity - lasts 1 year based on average usage
  • Operates without wasting water

Franz 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.