Monday, December 31, 2018

Barclay's Harmony Basins Introduce Four New Fashion Hues

Barclay’s Harmony Basin line introduces four new fashion hues (matte black, matte light green, matte tan and matte cream).  White is also available now in both gloss and matter finishes.  Drains with matching ceramic covers can be purchased separately.

Kraus USA Adds Three New Styles of Bathroom Accessories

Based on popular demand, Kraus USA has added three new families of bathroom accessories in a range of styles:
  • VENTUS™: Elegant Transitional Style (pictured). With clean lines and subtle curves, Ventus™ accessories add a beautiful transitional touch to any master bath or powder room. 
  • ELIE™: Clean Contemporary Style. With simple styling and subtle details, Elie™ accessories bring a refreshed contemporary look to any bathroom. 
  • STELIOS™: Ultra-Modern Style. Kraus USA's newest line of accessories, Stelios™ adds a modern edge to any style of bathroom. Available in a range of finish options suitable for different designs.

Laufen's Sonar Wave Bowl Receives 2018 Interior Design BoY Award

In December, Laufen’s Sonar Wave Bowl was honored in Interior Design’s “Best of Year Awards 2018” in the Bath:Fixtures category. The award marks the second consecutive year Laufen was recognized in the magazine’s famed BoY awards. In 2017, Laufen won in the Bath:Cabinetry category for the Katrell Floorstanding Washbasin. Expressive yet minimalist, Sonar’s formal language plays with arcs and angles, emphasizing the slender lines of SaphirKeramik. To emphasize the lightness of the objects even more, designer Patricia Urquiola and Laufen developed a fine, three-dimensional texture for the washbasin bowls’ external surfaces. The textured version can be selected as an optional alternative to the traditional smooth surface and is reminiscent of sound waves propagating in water.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Lenova's New TKO Touch Kitchen Faucets

Lenova makes a messy kitchen a little neater with their new TKO Touch Kitchen Faucets. Today's busy cooks will appreciate the easy operation of this elegant contemporary faucet line that allows water to flow with just a simple touch. It's perfect for those times when you're mixing a meatloaf or kneading dough and don't want to touch the faucet handles to wash your sloppy hands. Not only does this ingenious design help keep your kitchen cleaner, it fosters improved sanitation by reducing the potential spread of bacteria from raw foods. A touch of your wrist or forearm on the body of the faucet is all that's needed to activate the water stream. And when you've finished, another short tap turns it off. The TKO Touch Faucet line is constructed in high-quality, no-lead brass and is coated with a state of the art PVD finish to withstand years of use. Exceptionally beautiful with sleek sophisticated designs, these faucets stand out for their smart features such as automatic shut-off and integrated sensors with LED lights to indicate water temperature for your safety and comfort. And because they are powered by four standard AA batteries, faucet operation will not be impeded by any power outages. The TKO line is available in brushed nickel or polished chrome and includes a pull-down adjustable sprayer and a single lever handle. 

California Faucets' New "Bath Time" Video

Singing in the bath is now more fun than ever. "Bath Time," California Faucets' first-ever video to combine CGI with live-action, features faucets and fittings from their new Descanso® series that magically come to life and sing. The third in a trilogy of groundbreaking Pixar-like productions, "Bath Time" gives an amusing glimpse into what can happen when you take a relaxing bath accompanied by California Faucets fittings.  Their first two CGI videos, "Tub Filler Fever" (aka "Dancing Faucets") and AquaPella (aka the "Singing Single-Holes") went viral in the industry, and have since been featured on television, on the internet and in showrooms across the country. Video credits go to:
  • Created and Written by:  Noah Taft (Senior VP, Marketing & Sales), California Faucets
  • Producer:  Alex LaFlamme and Noah Taft
  • Acapella music:  Bradley Hampton, "Pitch Perfect" consultant

GRAFF Launches Two New Brass Finishes

GRAFF just launched two new brass finishes, which are part of the brand's expanding portfolio of customizable details.  Offering a timeless feel, the two new offerings, Unfinished Brass and Finished Brass, accentuate bath fixtures, including the gracious lines of GRAFF's Camden Collection (pictured). A fresh interpretation of a classic finish pairing, GRAFF has reimagined what it means to select a brass finish. Considered living finishes, Unfinished Brass and Unfinished Brushed Brass are intended to age and change in appearance over time. The surface texture on the Unfinished Brushed Brass finish allows for a smoother, subtle tone to emerge over time, creating a unique look.  

Friday, December 28, 2018

Kraus USA Expands Thier Kitchen Faucet Offerings

Kraus USA recently announced the arrival of their newest kitchen faucets, as well as upgrades they've made to some of their most popular models:
  • Artec PRO™ (pictured) - the Artec Pro™ kitchen faucet features heavy-duty all-metal construction with an open-coil spring spout for an in-demand industrial look. The multi-functional design includes a rotating pot filler for filling tall pitchers and large pots, and a pre-rinse sprayer that blasts away tough residue.
  • Ansel™ - their newest pull-down faucet, Ansel™ features a beautifully balanced transitional design with an ergonomic dual-function sprayhead that offers an aerated stream and powerful rinsing spray. A flexible nylon hose with swivel adapter offers unparalleled range of motion and effortless movement all around the sink.
  • New Finishes - Kraus has started offering some of their most stylish kitchen faucets in an on-trend matte black, brushed gold and premium Spot-Free all-Brite™ stainless steel finishes.
  • Nolen™ - a sleek contemporary kitchen faucet now available in striking two-tone combinations for a uniquely modern look, as well as in Spot-Free all-Brite™ stainless steel finish.
  • Esina™ - now available in a trendy Matte Black finish, Esina™ is an elegant transitional faucet that suits any style of kitchen, with a dual-function sprayhead that offers an aerated stream and powerful rinsing spray.
  • Sellette™ - Kraus has expanded their popular Sellette™ family with a bar/prep faucet for a great way to complete the look of a kitchen or entertainment area.

Barclay's Alma Cast Iron Wall-Hung Kitchen Sink

Go back in time with this rugged cast iron wall-hung kitchen sink form Barclay.  The Alma is 42" wide with a generous drain board and backsplash pre-drilled for a faucet with an 8" spread (shown in the attached picture with Barclay's Kate Wall Mount Faucet). Alma is also available in a 60" width with a drainboard on each side.

Friday, December 14, 2018

MTI Baths' New Configurator Software

MTI Baths takes the stress out of ordering Integrated counter-sinks with an online interactive program that is simple to use and provides a "final look" rendering at the end for extra peace-of-mind.The new  MTI Configurator uses ingenious software to walk users through a straight-forward process to ensure the end design is perfect in every way. The Configurator is great for designers but is so easy that anyone can use it. Its step-by-step procedure keeps users from making mistakes and generates a summary with all part codes and retail pricing for easy ordering. The Configurator lets users establish a personal account and then directs them through a series of choices. Counter dimensions are carefully recorded by length, height and depth, and then other options are offered, such as installation mode (vanity or wall mount), the shape and position of the bowl, and faucet configuration. The Configurator prompts users to consider factors they may not have thought of, such as drain types, edge treatments, and bowl colors and finishes. It also offers a variety of finishing touches such as a backsplash, sidesplash, and a matching cover to protect the bottom of the sink. There's even an optional sink tray made of genuine teak for displaying toiletries and accessories. MTI also plans to expand the Configurator to other MTI products, such as a simple counter, a counter with holes cut out for MTI semi-recesssed sinks and vanity sinks.

Sterlingham Company's New Cascades Collection of Single Rail Towel Warmers

Sterlingham Company Ltd. neatly combines luxury and nimble design with its exciting new line of single rail towel warmers. The Cascades Collection features beautifully crafted towel warmers that are exceptionally versatile in configuration and style. Their sleek design consumes less wall space than traditional warmers, allowing them to be hung alone, paired, stacked or arranged in nearly any formation. They are a welcome addition to upscale bathrooms for their exceptional looks as well as their wonderful warming effect. The Cascades Collection offers a range of styles to suit contemporary baths, transitional spaces and those inspired by a vintage motif. The Stourton, Park Lane and Wollaston lines make use of classic and flared ball joints to bring a traditional elegance to the bathroom. The Churchill incorporates 38 mm tubes and casted wall mounts to achieve an oversized opulent aesthetic. On a more modern bent, the Tura and Wolverley have a sleek minimalist look with clean lines, while the Craft Master features geometric planes and angles for an edgy vibe. All are painstakingly crafted from solid brass and available with electric, hot water or dual fuel heating systems. Each line may be ordered in bespoke sizes and dimensions to suit the needs of individual customers. The collection comes in a variety of hand-polished finishes to complement existing bathroom fixtures and create a beautifully cohesive design space.  

Kimberly Frechette Named Americh's National Sales Manager

Americh Corporation appointed Kimberly Frechette as its National Sales Manager. With more than 25 years of experience in retail and wholesale plumbing, focusing on higher-end products, Kimberly's background is well suited to Americh's market approach. Kim's career has included positions in national and regional sales, in both showroom and commercial capacities, for several manufacturing companies. Kim's work in showrooms as well as her experience with architects and designers throughout the country will greatly support Americh's ongoing efforts and future plans. "We have known Kim for many years, said Dino Pacifici, Vice President of Americh. "She is very well respected within our industry and we are excited to have her as part of the Americh team." 

BLANCO's PRECISION R0 DURINOX Super Single Bowl with Apron a 2018 BoY Honoree

BLANCO announced that the BLANCO PRECISION® R0 DURINOX® Super Single Bowl with Apron has been named a 2018 Best of Year honoree in the Kitchen Fixtures and Kitchen Fittings categories at the 2018 Interior Design's Best of Year (BoY) Awards. Now in its thirteenth year, the 2018 BoY Awards received over 160,000 votes for 2,000 of the year's most renowned products. 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. Created using technology inspired by the aerospace industry, DURINOX® is an exclusive patented material by BLANCO and is extremely resistant to scratches and impervious to fingerprints.

Brizo Expands Their Brillance Luxe Gold Finish Offerings

Offering a lustrous finish for various styles and spaces, the Brilliance® Luxe Gold finish by Brizo is now available across additional collections, following the success of the finish in the Litze kitchen and bath collections. Brizo has now extended this rich finish to the Virage Bath Collection, the Rook Bath Collection, the Odin Bath Collection and the Artesso Kitchen Collection, providing additional options for customers looking to add gilded warmth to their aesthetic. The embodiment of timeless luxury, the Brilliance Luxe Gold finish blends modern sophistication and lavish warmth for an elegant finish that adapts to almost any style.

Monday, December 10, 2018

BainUltra's New VIBE Collection

BainUltra's new VIBE™ is inspired by city skylines and architecture to provide a restful oasis of relaxation for those weary in body and spirit. With a refined sophistication and sleek profile, the VIBE is perfectly at home in a chic loft or high-rise condo. Its ergonomic design was engineered to fit the smaller bathrooms common in urban living spaces without impacting the quality or comfort of the bathing experience. Its clean lines and minimalist style combine with artfully sloped walls to form a tub that looks and feels purely fabulous. VIBE offers indulgent therapies to help bathers recharge tired bodies, restore focus and relieve stress. Hydro-Thermo Massage® can ease muscle pain and increase circulation, while Illuzio® chromatherapy uses colorful lighting to soothe, energize and balance. Together, they create an extraordinary ritual that allows bathers to reflect and temporarily disconnect from a demanding world. The brand's new VIBE Collection has a tub to fit every installation. The beautiful freestanding version measures 58" x 28" x 21", and is offered in a glossy white, Ultravelour matte or an eye-catching black-and-white finish for a truly dramatic statement. The VIBE is also available as a drop-in with undermount option (pictured), measuring 60" x 30" x 19" or an alcove model which is 60" x 30" x 19". All are crafted of durable acrylic that comes in a gorgeous glossy white finish. 

Linkasink's New Artisan Glass Sinks

Linkasink's new Artisan Glass Sinks are a perfect example of Linkasink's hand-crafted artistry. These elegant glass sinks are individually created through a meticulous process that involves many hours of painstaking labor. The glass is heated and cooled during three trips to the kiln to form the basic shape of the sink that ensures the strength of the glass, and creates a satin finish. Work also takes place afterwards when diamond bits and sanders are used to create the drain hole.  Each sink is gilded by hand. In total, it takes five days to create these spectacular glass sinks. The sinks are embellished with gold and brass leaf that is hand-applied to form patterns such as Stripe, River, Window, Églomisé, and Banded Églomisé. These feature different amounts of metal leafing - with the Églomisé having a fully gold or brass appearance. Églomisé (ay-glo-mees-ay) is French for gilded glass - a decorative technique in which metal leaf is applied to the back side of a piece of glass.  Decoration of this type has been made since the Roman Empire. Glass sinks are available in a variety of shapes and sizes which include rectangular and square undermount sinks as well as round vessel-style sinks.  The glass itself is available in white, black, or Églomisé.  Variations in the finish of the glass are also available and include a Crackle finish and a Bubbles finish. 

GRAFF Featured in San Diego's Pacific Gate Development

GRAFF® was recently selected to outfit San Diego's latest luxury residence, Pacific Gate. Developed by Bosa Development and boasting an iconic downtown address, the collection of luxury condo residences provides homeowners with the very finest in-house amenities created and curated by KPF and HBA design. Pacific Gate's residences include stunning bathroom suites that epitomize both decadence and luxury with top of the line fixtures installed throughout. Fitted with GRAFF's striking Immersion (pictured) system, each bathroom suite features the collection's faucet, shower set, and wall-mounted bathtub filler and trim in the dynamic polished chrome finish. This concept is continued into the residence's kitchens, where the sleek Oscar Collection is mounted as the central water source. Finished in chrome and complementary to the space's gray, textured tile and rich wood cabinetry, the curvilinear faucet offers a soft, yet impactful aesthetic. Met with a pull-down spray head and two spray and stream water flow functions, the Oscar kitchen faucet is a standout focal point.

Danze by Gerber's New Draper Collection

Danze by Gerber introduced the Draper Collection. Thoughtfully crafted with an inspired aesthetic, the Draper collection features vintage coin-edge details for a modern take on a classic design.  The soft-industrial influence gives a refined elegance providing an interesting and eye-catching mix of curved lines and geometric details. The Draper collection features tub and shower trim kits that are fully compatible with the powerful Gerber Treysta valve, the latest innovation in valve technology. Showerheads included with the tub and shower trim also feature air injection technology. You can choose from a single handle, two handle widespread or two handle center set faucet designs, depending on your preference for the bathroom.
  • All bath faucets feature:
    • Drip-Free Ceramic Disc Valve
    • Laminar Water Stream
    • All-Metal, Durable Construction
    • Water Efficient Flow Rate
  • In the kitchen space, there are two pull down faucet options (chrome and stainless steel) available. Features and benefits of the kitchen faucets, include:
    • DockForce® Magnetic Docking Technology
    • SnapBack® Retraction System
    • Dual Function Sprayhead
    • High-Quality Finish
    • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Brian Danielson Joins ACS Marketing

Brian Danielson recently joined the ACS team, where he will be concentrating on the project market in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Brian began his decorative plumbing and hardware career in 1998 with OSA, a German multi-regional representative agency and member of the GEA Group.  Initially handling administrative duties for OSA's trade with the Hong Kong, Malaysian and Singapore markets, Brian expanded his focus to Russian and Eastern European markets in 1999, representing several leading German manufacturers including Dornbracht, Alape, Bette and FSB, building their sales in those regions from the ground up. In 2006, Brian moved to Moscow and took on additional duties as head of the OSA representative office in Russia, establishing the office and directing a team of sales, marketing and technical service professionals, where he personally led their commercial and hospitality project business. During the global financial crisis in 2008 and the years that followed, Brian directed his efforts to additional and growing market segments including SPA and Wellness. Working directly with some of the world's leading architect and design firms, as well as hospitality brands, Brian secured numerous notable properties across Eastern Europe, continuing through the 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Forum and the 2014 Olympics. Brian currently resides in the Los Angeles area.

Friday, November 30, 2018

New Toilet Paper Holders with Shelves from Keuco

What can one do with the various items in the trouser pockets, such as cell phones, keys, etc., when there is no wall or window sill nearby to set things down? KEUCO has developed a solution that is just as practical as it is elegant: a new toilet paper holder/shelf combination in the design of the PLAN and EDITION 400 series.
  • Matching the other PLAN accessories, the new PLAN toilet paper holder (pictured) is available in a glossy chrome, matte aluminum, and premium stainless steel finish. Mobile devices, money or other pocket contents can find a temporary and safe home on the slip-resistant and scratch-proof shelf surface made of fine linoleum.
  • On the EDITION 400 model, the soft, organic forms expressed in its rounded corners interact harmoniously with the slender, rectilinear contours of the toilet paper holder with integrated shelf, producing an effect of aesthetic lightness. With a width of 328 mm and depth of 100 mm, this new toilet paper holder provides shelf space near the WC, such as for mobile devices or discreetly stored hygiene articles for women, for example. The aluminum surface is also very resistant, including against fingerprints, and it is very easy to clean. 

Top Knobs' New Grace Collection

Top Knobs is celebrating 25 years of excellence. To kick off the milestone year, Top Knobs will unveil its new collection, Grace, at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas, February 19 through 21, at booth N2763.  "Grace is a celebration of our most popular designs over the past 25 years," states Christine Zimmer, Top Knobs Product Manager. "We've taken some of our most successful pieces, stripped them down and crafted a collection of hardware that is nothing short of spectacular."  Within the 5 boroughs of New York lies a treasure trove of streets and neighborhoods that exemplify a timeless sophistication that draws people in. That ageless beauty is what inspired the new designs. The Grace collection is comprised of 276 pieces in 6 series: Barrow, Henderson, Kent, Pomander, Minetta and Riverside. "We wanted to deliver a collection to our loyal customers that would showcase some of our finest pieces, only reinvented to translate into more modern-day designs," states Zimmer. "Grace is, without a doubt, an extraordinary collection that embodies an aesthetic that will be relevant for years to come." 

Brizo's New Vettis Concrete Single-Handle Faucet

Brizo unveiled the Vettis™ Concrete Single-Handle Faucet. A feat of engineering and craftsmanship, the limited-edition faucet offers a new level of luxury. Each faucet is meticulously handcrafted by expert sculptor Christopher Shannon in his small British Columbia studio. The concrete faucet blends the finest quality of raw materials and an exquisite geometric form to create architectonic harmony, while the sui generis nature of hand-pour concrete gives each faucet a distinct texture, color and style. A limited-edition offering of only 500, the Vettis Concrete faucet is available by reservation only at

Anthony Hajjar Rejoins JACLO as Director of Business Development

JACLO  announced the return of Anthony Hajjar as their Director of Business Development. Anthony has 12 years of industry experience, nine of which were spent at JACLO. Mr. Hajjar brings his expertise in sales, marketing, and knowledge of JACLO's day-to-day operations, as well as the expectations from their customers. The folks at JACLO Industries are all very excited about Anthony's return, and look forward to his enthusiasm and dedication that are driving forces of JACLO.

Kraus USA Expands Their Standart Pro and Pax Sink Collections

Kraus USA has expanded its top-selling Standart Pro™ and Pax™ stainless steel sink collections to include more sizes and new mounting options.  Kraus crafts their sinks from TRU16 real 16-gauge stainless steel and equips them with best-in-industry NoiseDefend™ sound dampening technology.
  • Standart PRO™ Undermount (pictured) - they've added a new double bowl model with innovative ultra-slim low divider to their best-selling kitchen sink series. Undermount installation creates a seamless transition between the sink and counter.
  • Standart PRO™ Topmount - the easy to install drop-in design of Standart Pro™ top-mount sinks features an extra-thick mounting deck with a beveled edge that allows customers to wipe water directly into the sink.
  • Standart PRO™ Flat Apron Front - the sophisticated flat-front design of Kraus' newest farmhouse sink will add modern style to any kitchen. Below-counter installation creates a seamless transition from countertop to sink.
  • Pax™ Series Topmount - now featuring new models with in-demand standard sizes and a double bowl sink with ultra-slim low divider, Pax™ drop-in sinks have an extra-thick mounting deck that makes it easy to add modern style to any kitchen .

Friday, November 16, 2018

MTI Baths' New Mineral Composite Tubs

MTI Baths expanded its renowned Designer Collection with five beautiful freestanding tubs manufactured in MTI's proprietary mineral composite material. Available as a soaker or air bath, the mineral composite tubs are crafted from a signature blend of high grade minerals mined from nearby quarries in Georgia. Each piece is treated with a high-performance polyresin coating resulting in a high gloss white finish that delivers a luxurious soak that stays warm longer. The non-porous surface is durable, stain, scratch and UV damage resistant, and is easy to clean and maintain. The mineral composite tubs are crafted in the United States and finished by hand to exacting quality standards. The tubs are covered by a 10-year warranty and ship within a 10-day lead time. MTI's Designer Collection of fine acrylic tubs - including freestanding, drop-in, undermount and alcove installations - offers a broad selection of healing hydrotherapies and sensory therapies to support people in their quest for holistic wellness. The mineral composite tubs are thoughtfully engineered with generous proportions, deep bathing wells and strategic lumbar support for a supremely comfortable bathing experience. Styles range from traditional to modern and feature elegant silhouettes that easily complement nearly any bathroom décor.
  • Charlotte - Notable for its classic lines, curved ends and delicately rounded rim.
  • Hudson - A vintage-inspired design embellished with a raised linear detail.
  • Adeline - Exquisite oval proportions create a chic profile and modern rim.
  • Madison - An urban rectangular tub with concave design and flat edge.
  • Hamilton - Flowing lines and graceful curves blend into a distinctive profile.

Hansgrohe's New PowderRain Spray Technology

Hansgrohe launched their new PowderRain™ spray technology. Developed in the R & D laboratory at the company's German headquarters, the innovative spray mode produces sumptuous yet efficient micro-fine droplets. It also delivers exceptional acoustic performance. PowderRain is available in a range of overhead and handheld showers from the hansgrohe brand including the Raindance S 240 with PowderRain Showerhead, Raindance S 180 with PowderRain Showerhead, as well as a Raindance Select S 120 with PowderRain Handshower. PowderRain spray is much finer than conventional shower jets. Instead of only one spray outlet per nozzle, PowderRain spray has several fine openings. The droplets are so light that they fall gently on the skin without bouncing off. This automatically reduces splashing and retains warmth on the skin: a great advantage in open showers. The sprays are arranged more densely as well, which intensifies the effect. The Raindance S 180 P showerhead is available in either 1.75 GPM or 2.0 GPM versions, while the Raindance S 240 P has a flow rate of 2.5 GPM. To meet a wide range of environmental codes, as well as user preferences, the Raindance Select S 120 P Handshower is available in 1.75, 2.0, and 2.5 GPM versions. Available finishes include chrome and brushed nickel. 

MrSteam's Redesigned Web Site

MrSteam redesigned its website - a sleek package full of stunning photography and crisp product descriptions. The new site makes it easier for homeowners and trade professionals to learn about the benefits of steam showers in spa bathrooms of all types: at home, at the gym and at resorts. The simplified navigation places product information, installation guides, specs, and high-quality photos within one-click reach. New features such as Explore The Possibilities, Plan Your Project and 3D VR Models turn product research into a fun, interactive, and aesthetically pleasing experience. The popular MrSteam sizing app assures error-free generator sizing and system specifying with transparency in MRSP pricing to build trust with clients when they can visualize all the features they can enjoy while staying on budget. Additional enhancements to include:
  • New site search functionality, including a prominently positioned dealer locator to quickly connect active purchasers to the MrSteam dealer network.  
  • Product pages full of downloadable, stunning photography and inspirational product descriptions.
  • Engaging and entertaining blog content that invites readers to explore ideas and stories related to steaming.
  • New case studies let site visitors get inspired and envision their own new steam showers.

Duravit's Vero Washbasins Featured at the Victoria & Albert Museum in Dundee, Scotland

The Victoria & Albert Museum has opened a branch in Dundee, Scotland in a spectacular new building on the banks of the Firth of Tay by 64-year-old Kengo Kuma, which appears to rise out of the water like the bow of a huge ship. Gray in gray, like the cliffs on the nearby North Sea coast, it is made from thousands of wave-like stone slabs. The two building sections in the form of inverted pyramids provide free access to the River Tay on the ground and are joined on the first floor. The light-flooded hall, says Kuma, is intended to make visitors feel as if they are entering a Japanese temple. The 1,100 square meter exhibition floor is reached via a wide staircase, glass elevator and dark limestone floor with fossil imprints. Everywhere, circular passages, seating areas and cafés provide unexpected views of the water, cranes and the Tay bridge. Duravit's classic rectangular Vero washbasins are featured in the washrooms, keeping with the museum's timelessly modern design. The Vero series is a modern design classic that has now been a Duravit bestseller for more than a decade - its consistent, rectangular design is equally elegant and timeless.

ThermaSol's New Digital Shower Valve

ThermaSol® recently introduced: the Digital Shower Valve. ThermaSol's new digital shower valve, coupled with their new ThermaTouch Plus control, delivers a complete and personalized shower experience - every time. Connected via ThermaSol's digital shower valve and using the latest Smart Technology, ThermaTouch's intuitive interface provides homeowners the ability to control and customize their shower more precisely. There is nothing else like it on the market today.
  • Users choose the components they want and easily control the water outlet (shower head, rain head or wand), lights, temperature, duration and volume control.
  • Two Stepper motors deliver more refined and precise temperature maintenance and control to the valve providing up to 400 motor positions to ensure accurate temperature. In keeping with Thermasol's dedication to providing the quietest and most durable products, NO Solenoids are ever used.
  • Designed using ceramic disc Flus valves which guarantee accurate and safe temperature control.

Friday, November 9, 2018

AXOR is Now an Official Partner with Design Hotels

Bring out the cake and balloons - AXOR is celebrating 25 years of exceptional kitchen and bath design! Rounding out its anniversary year in style, the brand just announced it is an official partner of Design Hotels, a lifestyle and marketing brand that represents a handpicked collection of more than 300 privately owned and operated hotels around the globe. AXOR faucets, showerheads, and accessories are regularly featured in Design Hotels™ member properties, such as the Hotel Liberty (pictured - a former prison in Offenburg/Germany), the Les Bains in Paris, or 11 Howard in NYC, to name just a few. The ambitious standards set by both brands for their products and their  member properties rely on integrated design concepts and the ongoing commitment of their creative partners. The two brands were present together for the first time at the Design Hotels™ arena in Copenhagen from October 10 - 12.

GRAFF's New Incanto Collection

GRAFF® recently unveiled its new Incanto Collection. Incanto, available in deck-mounted, wall-mounted, and free-standing variations, features a streamlined shape inspired by classic geometries and modern minimalism, offering a sophisticated style for luxurious bathroom suites that can be adjusted to match the needs of users. Challenging traditions in form and proportion, the Incanto Collection offers a sleek geometric shape to modernize bathroom design in both residential and hospitality spaces. Within the collection's portfolio, single-lever and three-hole options are available. The collection's single-hole faucet emerges from a square base and seamlessly flows into a rectangular frame. Projecting a distinctly modern aesthetic, furthered by the faucet's precise 90-degree angle, the faucet's base and spout are connected without a break in material. The spout takes on a slimmer format, creating an elegant contrast between elements. Consistently, the faucet's lever is designed with an angular divot and a slender, flat rectangular top applied for easy maneuvering. The backside of the lever is designed to promote movement with a clever diagonal cut, engineered to ensure flexibility and control of water temperature and pressure. Incanto's range also includes a Roman bathtub set with a deck-mounted handshower. Both the deck-mounted handshower and the floor-mounted bathtub filler have a rectangular block base.

BLANCO Wins a NCW Magazine's 2018 Eco-Excellence Award

BLANCO won a NCW Magazine's 2018 Eco-Excellence Award. Through a review of more than 500 products, the Eco-Excellence Awards honor excellence in social and environmental sustainability for products, services and companies. BLANCO's EMPRESSA faucet collection won for its water saving elements. Each faucet in the EMPRESSA collection boasts a stunning silhouette modeled after the shape of vintage wine presses found across Europe. Embodying classic elements and modern refinements, the EMPRESSA collection offers exclusive features such as a pull-down spray on a bridge faucet, which eliminates the need for a side spray element.

Advance Plumbing & Heating Supply Wins a Commerce Design:Detroit Award

Design Core Detroit, a non-profit that offers services to strengthen, grow and attract design businesses to Detroit, and AIA Detroit announced Advance Plumbing Heating and Supply Company and its design team, D Met Studios, have won a Commerce Design:Detroit Award in its inaugural competition. Commerce Design:Detroit recognizes 10 brick-and-mortar commercial projects, submitted jointly by the business owner and design team. Commerce Design:Detroit recognizes the role of design in increasing competitiveness of local businesses, spurs work by local designers and architects, and preserves the unique local identity of Detroit's neighborhoods. These spaces help to create a sense of place, and improve quality of life for locals and visitors alike. The winners of the first Commerce Design:Detroit Awards were selected from a highly competitive group of 37 submissions, representing a broad range of businesses, scales and neighborhoods. Developed more than 20 years ago in Montreal - another UNESCO City of Design - the program is now licensed in more than a dozen cities around the world, now including Detroit.

The New Air Massage Option for Barclay's Tubs

Customize your new Barclay bathtub with the wonders of air massage.  Barclay's new option adds 16 strategically placed air jets, powered by today's most reliable blower, to provide a complete body massage. Placement of the jets at the bottom of the tub ensures maximum bubble action for your massage.  Each jet contains a back flow preventer, and is also drained and dried by an automatic system purge run after each use, ensuring good hygiene and making the system virtually maintenance free. Control the intensity of your massage with the ergonomically shaped, water tight remote. Choose either white or black jets. Air massage can be added to most acrylic, copper or resin tubs without claw feet; it is not available for cast iron tubs.

Monday, November 5, 2018

ThermaSol Introduces Their ThermaTouch Plus Control

ThermaSol® introduced one of the latest additions to their product line: ThermaTouch Plus. This product delivers customization and precise and personal settings to homeowners in what ThermaSol is calling an ROWI - Return on Wellness Investment. Utilizing the power of the Android operating system, the new ThermaTouch Plus controller is now an App Platform, hosting 20 of the most popular Apps which users can download via the ThermaTouch App Store, just like you can on your mobile devices (Streaming Music, News with Live TV, Business News, Sports with Live TV, Relaxing Sounds & Weather, Hulu, iHeartRadio, AP Mobile, Businessweek, ESPN, Relaxio, Netflix, Pandora, BBC - Audio Feed, Business Insider, Weather, Spotify, CNN - Live TV Feed, CNBC, FOX - Live TV Feed, Fox Business, NBC and Yahoo Finance). Other attributes of ThermaTouch Plus include:
  • Fully waterproof, ThermaTouch Plus can be installed anywhere: a shower, bathing area, patio, etc.
  • ThermaTouch Plus controls ThermaSol's new digital shower and the Serenity Light, Sound Rain Head.
  • ThermaTouch Plus controls all aspects of steam generation and shower.
  • WiFi-enabled capabilities ensure that users automatically receive any updates to the software right to the controller, in-home after purchase.   

Americh's New Beijing 5832 ROC Freestanding Tub

Americh's™ new Beijing 5832 ROC Freestanding tub, measuring 58"x32"x22", is a clean and seamless design that is beautifully sculpted from Mineral Cast, creating a radiant, solid surface. Available in both glossy or matte white finish, the Beijing is part of the Americh ROC Collection and can be purchased as a Tub Only. Standard features include an integral waist and overflow with polished chrome trim and a 5-year warranty on the tub vessel.

Hardware Resources Adds Three New Hardware Finishes

Hardware Resources recently announced three new, hot hardware finish additions: matte black, satin bronze, and brushed gold. The added finishes synchronize with fashion-forward faucets, lighting fixtures, and bath fixtures such as towel bars. Because they appear in select collections within the company's Jeffrey Alexander and Elements lines of hardware, these finishes make it easy for designers, builders, and homeowners to realize their creative visions for trend-conscious kitchens and bathrooms. Product details include:
  • Hardware Resources' Matte Black finish is featured in 9 Jeffrey Alexander collections: Annadale, Bordeaux, Key West, Lenoir, Lyon, Merrick, Mirada, Sonoma, and Sutton.
  • Elements collections with the Matte Black finish (pictured) include: Belfast, Edgefield, Florence, Glendale, Madison, Naples, Stanton and Verona.
  • Jeffrey Alexander collections with the Satin Bronze finish include: Alvar, Belcastel 1, Bremen 1, Leyton, Lyon, Merrick, Sutton, and Tiffany.
  • Elements collections with the Satin Bronze finish include: Florence, Glendale, and Madison.
  • Jeffrey Alexander collections with the Brushed Gold finish include: Sutton and Tiffany.

Alno Inc.'s New Kelli Ceramic Lavatory Sink

Alno Inc. recently introduced their new drop-in rectangular flat bottom ceramic lavatory sink, the Kelli. It is available in any of Alno Inc.'s unique ceramic finishes and has inner dimensions of 13 7/8" X 17 1/4" X 5 7/8". Call your local sales rep or Alno Inc. at (818) 882-6028 to get more details on this new addition to their product offerings.

Duravit Announces the Winners of Their 6th Designer Dream Bath Competition

Duravit USA has completed the sixth edition of its annual Designer Dream Bath Competition, selecting one winner and two honorable mentions for both the Built and Unbuilt categories. For the Built category, which honors a project completed featuring Duravit within the last five years, the winner is David Gonzalez-Blanco of Billy Blanco Designs (pictured), with honorable mentions given to firms White Arrow and Falken Reynolds. For the Unbuilt category, which tasks designers with re-imagining their own bathrooms featuring the latest Duravit product introductions, the winner is Frevent Design, with honorable mentions given to OAD Interiors and AD-WO.
  • David Gonzalez-Blanco, of the South Florida based firm Billy Blanco Designs, used the Duravit Cape Cod collection as inspiration for his winning Built project. Designed by Philippe Starck, the Cape Cod collection perfectly accentuates the Ontario home's bayfront master suite. The picnic table-inspired vanities are complemented by the soft curves of the freestanding bathtub and round washbasins, and Gonzalez-Blanco further played into the project's setting with elegant aqua tile.
  • The Unbuilt category invited designers to redesign their own bathroom featuring Duravit's new Brioso and XSquare collections. The winning project, by Frevent Design, exudes a luxe simplicity, with the organic shapes of Duravit ceramics juxtaposed by the crisp geometry and modern wood of the furnishings.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Mountain Products' New Traditional Round Rain Shower Head

Mountain Plumbing Products introduced a new Traditional Round Rain Head shower head design. Don't be fooled by the large look of this rain can, this solid brass beauty has powerful pressure similar to their ultra-slim styles. Made in 8" and 10" sizes, with an 1/2" IPS swivel ball joint for easy adjustment, this shower head is available in five different finishes, giving your shower a traditional touch of class. The Re-Vive™ shower arms are available in various popular styles and finishes too. The Re-Vive™ shower heads are seamlessly constructed of 304 Grade stainless steel, making these tough beauties the perfect fit for both outdoor and indoor showers. Clog-free silicone nozzles ensure both a strong, smooth flow and easy cleaning. Each shower head comes with a standard 1.6 GPM flow restrictor, but this can be switched out with a 2.5 GPM restrictor which is also provided for areas that do not require the lower flow rate. 

Hydro Systems Has One Week Lead Times for Selected Models on the East Coast

What used to take multiple weeks to produce and ship from Hydro Systems' west coast plant can now be shipped in one week from the new Georgia manufacturing facility.  Take advantage of these quick turnarounds for your made-to-order bathtubs and choose from the following select freestanding models for shipment from Georgia in just 5 to 7 business days:
  • DANIELA, Designer Collection (58"x30")
  • TRIBECA, Metro Collection (68"x35")
  • PICASSO, Maestro Collection (66"x36")
  • BREANNE, Studio Collection (66"x36")

American Standard Receives a 2018 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award

American Standard has received a 2018 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award recognizing the brand's years of award-winning efforts to develop and promote WaterSense-labeled products and encourage water conservation across the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) previously named American Standard WaterSense Partner of the Year in 2017 and 2012, and also honored the brand with a WaterSense Excellence in Innovation and Research Award in 2016. EPA's WaterSense program supports product certification and encourages consumers to reduce water usage through water-saving products, services and simple changes in behavior. The annual WaterSense Awards recognize organizations that are on the cutting edge of water efficiency, innovation, collaboration, and outreach.

hansgrohe to Unveil Their New Website

hansgrohe is about to unveil its new website. Formerly a destination for both hansgrohe and AXOR,, will now be dedicated solely to the hansgrohe brand and its robust portfolio of products - AXOR brand products can be found on the AXOR design site. Built to be a helpful resource for consumers specifically, the newly redesigned hansgrohe USA site will showcase a streamlined look, increased functionality, inspirational content and interactive features. The revamped site offers engaging new features, such as the Bathroom Style Finder. The Bathroom Style Finder invites users to discover their signature bathroom style via fun quizzes. After completing the quiz, the user is matched with his or her dream bathroom style, shown through a wealth of inspiring project images. In each featured inspiration image, there are links to the featured products, as well as clever tools like the product comparison function, so the user can source the products to create the bathroom of their dreams.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Barclay's New Chabbi Chic Double Bowl Farmer Sinks

Give your kitchen a cozy rustic warmth with one of the new "Chabbi Chic" Double Bowl Farmer Sinks from Barclay Products. Made in Italy, these fireclay Farmer Sinks boast three "Chabbi Chic" hues: country green, sugar paper blue and yellow straw.  The sinks are finished on three sides.  Shown here is the double bowl Kinsey in country green. Each bowl measures 14 3/8"x16"x9" with a total outer width of approximately 33", and garbage disposals can be used with these sinks.  The "Chabbi Chic" Farmer Sinks are fashionable yet endearing with a country charm.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

BLANCO's New PRECIS ADA Compliant Single Bowl Sink

BLANCO expanded their stylish PRECIS™ sink collection with the launch of its ADA Compliant Single Bowl Sink. Available in all eight, on-trend SILGRANIT® colors, the PRECIS ADA Single Bowl features a convenient 5" inside bowl depth that works within rigorous ADA constraints, ensuring compliance. Inspired by professional kitchens in both form and functionality, the versatile PRECIS collection brings experience and design to the next level. Now featuring an ADA Compliant model for the ultimate user-friendly experience, the PRECIS Collection has the ability to fit within any home.  BLANCO PRECIS™ ADA Single Bowl details include:
  • Undermount
  • ADA Compliant
  • Outside Cabinet: 30"
  • Bowl Depth: 5 3/8"
  • Available Colors: Anthracite, Biscotti, Biscuit, Café Brown, Cinder, Metallic Gray, Truffle and White
  • Optional Accessories: Sink Grid

Thermasol Appoints Patrick Weidl Director of Business Development

ThermaSol® announced the addition of Patrick Weidl as Director of Business Development, effective October 8, 2018. Weidl will handle sales-related duties across the United States for the ThermaSol brand.  Weidl comes to ThermaSol with more than seven years of experience in the home design industry, most recently with LACAVA, the Chicago-based luxury plumbing fixture and furniture manufacturer. He also served in the United States Army and brings the discipline he learned in the Army to his exceptional leadership qualities in the hospitality and decorative plumbing and appliance industry. Currently involved in many industry associations, Weidl was also elected to the Board of Directors of DPHA (Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association) at its annual conference last week.

ICERA's New Malibu II Back-Outlet Toilet

ICERA's new Malibu II Back-Outlet Toilet features a powerful, water-efficient and quiet gravity flush. The Malibu also features a chair-height, compact elongated-bowl for maximum comfort. The simple connectivity eliminates potential installation challenges, while the sleek styling complements a wide variety of bathroom décors. Its back-outlet engineering results in a slim design that is ideal for smaller spaces, and the skirted design neatly hides unsightly pipes and other connectors. The Malibu II is one of the few back-outlet toilets on the market to offer a high-performance, quiet gravity flush with a certified 1000g MaP score - using only 1.28 gallons of water per flush. It has earned an EPA WaterSense designation as a high-efficiency toilet, with an oversized 3" flush valve and optimized rim jets for an exceptionally clean bowl. Crafted of vitreous china with a MicroGlaze™ coating for easy cleaning, the Malibu II includes a number of thoughtful touches, such as a soft-close and quick-release seat and cover. The unit is available in white and includes a polished chrome solid metal trip level. Other metallic finishes available are polished nickel, satin nickel, polished brass, white enamel and Venetian bronze. All ICERA toilers are 100% factory flush tested and come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Adam Bryson Appointed CFO of LIXIL Americas

Adam Bryson has been appointed the chief financial officer of LIXIL Americas, operating American Standard, DXV and GROHE brands. Bryson will be responsible for the organization's financial and strategic planning, business and tax issues, annual budget, treasury and financial operations, compliance, and governance. He will become a member of the region's executive team and report to LIXIL Americas' Chief Executive Officer and President Steven Delarge. Bryson previously served as the chief financial officer for GROHE in Dusseldorf, Germany, overseeing the finance, IT, corporate development, and pricing functions. He served on the GROHE AG Board of Management with global statutory responsibilities, as well as directed joint ventures in the Middle East and Africa. He honed his experience in finance, accounting, treasury, and tax through roles of increasing responsibility at GROHE. Before joining LIXIL, Bryson served at Diageo as global business support partner and regional business performance manager, Africa, successfully implementing financial performance and accountancy improvements in those roles. Earlier in his career, he held various financial positions at Seagram and Nestle. Bryson holds an LLB in public law from the University of Glasgow.

Friday, October 19, 2018

GRAFF Takes Part in the Design Chicago Conference at the Merchandise Mart

GRAFF recently took part in the annual Design Chicago Conference at the Merchandise Mart as part of a two-day open house and CEU presentation series. GRAFF's Art of the Bath Design Center (Suite 103) played host to the programming and served as the launchpad for the brand's latest achievements in elevated design for the bath. Additionally, GRAFF's CEU Shower Basics for Design Professionals, taught by Business Development Manager, Celine Marcotte, explored the art of correctly and strategically specifying shower systems. An in-depth look at best practices, the CEU looked to  assist architects and design professionals in understanding the characteristics and performance of each shower component for effective selection. Fitting for the largest residential design conference in the Midwest, GRAFF's presentation offered invaluable insights into one of the most popularly renovated home spaces.