Friday, January 26, 2018

AXOR Launches New Designs in Their Montreux Collection

The AXOR brand is launching new designs within the iconic AXOR Montreux collection this winter. Drawing inspiration from design features popular in the early 20th century, AXOR and world-renowned design studio, Phoenix Design, have collaborated to provide a bath and kitchen collection in the style of the first commercially manufactured fittings. Featuring contemporary lever handles and classic details (e.g. delicate cross handles and elegant ceramic inlays) combined with industrial design elements, the new offerings include lavatory faucets, shower components, and kitchen fixtures. The AXOR Montreux collection can be ordered in 13 gorgeous finishes through the AXOR FinishPlus program including: polished brass, brushed brass, stainless steel optic, brushed nickel, polished nickel, brushed gold optic, polished gold optic, brushed red gold, polished red gold, brushed bronze, polished bronze, brushed black chrome and polished black chrome.

Brizo's New Levoir Bath Collection

Paying homage to the slender proportions and graceful forms seen in classic British automobile design, the new Levoir™ Bath Collection by Brizo® distills the true essence of timeless sophistication. The name "Levoir" was inspired by the sleekness of style and architecture of the 1960s, deriving from the word "sight" in French, specifically meaning "to see him." Infused with a sense of history, the stunning contours, rounded geometries and slender forms seen throughout the collection eliminate unnecessary weight and mass, a signature characteristic of mid-century style. The lavish details of the various lavatory configurations, wide spread spout heights and lever and cross handle options deliver simple, yet elegant, silhouettes that create streamlined harmony and unparalleled luxury customizable for any space. The Levoir ™ Bath Collection offers a complete suite of products, and all handles are secured to the valves with neodymium rare earth magnets, simplifying installation and eliminating the need for set screws to provide a clean, tight fit. The Levoir Bath Collection by Brizo® will be available for order in late 2018.

Danze Adds Their New Foodie Caliente Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet

Danze, Inc. has added The Foodie Caliente. This Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet features a spring-action wand commonly seen in commercial-grade kitchen environments, which provides flexibility and convenience.  The scale of the faucet, however, is a bit more compact than traditional pre-rinse faucets, making it a great match for any sized home kitchen. The addition of the red hose gives it a playful pop of color and creates a focal point of design in a contemporary or transitional kitchen environment. The Foodie Caliente has a 20-9/16" high spout, which swivels 360 degrees, and an 8-7/8" spout reach.  An easy twist of the spray head allows the user to move between a single steady water flow to a powerful spray. The Foodie family of faucets is also available in chrome, stainless steel and satin black finishes. Danze uses a ceramic disc valve in the faucet to provide a tight seal for drip-free performance and soft-touch nozzles for easy removal of mineral buildup.  The faucet also operates at a water efficient rate of 1.75 gallons per minute.

Laufen Introduces New Creations at IMM in Cologne, Germany

Laufen recently showcased its latest design creations and functional solutions for bathrooms at the international interiors show IMM in Cologne, Germany. As part of the new trade fair format "Pure Architects", the Swiss company presented its bathroom products targeting in particular architects, planners, interior decorators and designers who, like Laufen, view bathrooms as living spaces. As a result, the bathroom collections on display were focused on the topics of design, cozyness and atmosphere. SaphirKeramik played a starring role in Laufen's fair presentation. The extremely slim material enhances the spatial impact of the bathroom, and has the design potential to give the bathroom a new decorative quality with tangible surface textures as well. To make the most of this potential, Laufen collaborated with trendsetting designers like Toan Nguyen, Konstantin Grcic, Ludovica+Roberto Palomba. A selection of Laufen's product range at IMM were:
  • Ino by Toan Nguyen
  • Kartell by Laufen
  • Val by Konstantin Grcic

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Dezi Home's New Lift & Clean Shower Baskets

Cleaning out the soap and sticky residue that builds up in shower baskets is an unpleasant task that nobody enjoys. To solve this problem, Dezi Home introduces Lift & Clean Shower Baskets. More than just another shower basket, it features a dishwasher safe insert and concealed removable installation bracket, allowing the entire basket to be removed for easy cleaning. The basket's unique design eliminates the need for unsightly silicone caulking, which, over time, can crack and become corroded with mold. The Lift & Clean Shower Basket comes in both a standard and corner design and coordinates with all other Dezi Home bath accessories. It's available in four decorative finishes: polished stainless steel, old world bronze, satin stainless steel and matte black. The dishwasher-safe basket insert comes in white or black depending on the basket finish and features open slats for water drainage. All products ship from the Dezi Home factory in Huntington Beach, California.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Pat Jarvis is New V.P. of Sales & Marketing at Hydro Systems

Hydro Systems announced that Pat Jarvis was named new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Pat has been a leader in the kitchen and bath industry for more than 20 years. He started with Kohler in 1993, holding numerous sales and management positions, even earning Kohler's coveted "Salesman of the Year Award" in 1995. After Kohler, he took over as the head of sales and marketing for Dornbracht, a position he held for the past 12 years. Pat will operate out of Georgia where he will direct Hydro Systems' marketing efforts, while helping to ramp up sales in anticipation of their new Atlanta based manufacturing facility, which is expected to come online in the second quarter of 2018.

Alno Inc. Now Offers Matte Black Finish

Alno, Inc. recently announced that matte black is now available in some of their most popular Creations by Alno, Inc. collections. Matte black will also be available in any brass based cabinet hardware or bath accessory series with a 4-week lead time. Look for the details in their new cabinet hardware catalog, which will be released shortly. Alno Inc. will soon be stocking this trending finish in the following series.
  • Cabinet Hardware:
    • Contemporary I / Contemporary II
    • Tab
    • Linear
    • Millennium
    • Block
    • Style Cents
  • Bath Accessories:
    • Contemporary I /II

The New Riley Collection from SunnyWood

The Riley Collection from SunnyWood features casual-traditional styling with a twist. Traditional cabinet features such as raised panels and shaped moldings give this collection added appeal when combined with its fresh white base color and its hand-applied gray accent finish.  The combination is both fresh and familiar. The cabinets feature soft-close door and drawer mechanisms, solid-wood dovetail drawer construction, full extension drawer slides, 3/4 length storage shelves, and natural finished veneer interiors.  The collection is finished in SunnyWood's Riley white finish that is both durable and beautiful. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Victoria + Albert's New Lavello 40 Armadio Wall-Mounted Cabinet

The latest bath furniture introduction from Victoria + Albert provides exquisite storage solutions for bathrooms with limited space. The elegant Lavello 40 Armadio wall-mounted cabinet is ideal for discreetly storing away towels, lotions and potions. And its wall-hung design makes any bathroom appear larger by keeping the floor space underneath open. Designed by Meneghello Paolelli Associati to perfectly complement the brand's Lavello 114 or Mandello 114 vanities, the cabinet can be installed alone or as a pair on either side of a vanity. Crafted in England using time-honored techniques, it is made from the finest beech timber frames and features two adjustable internal shelves in solid cherry wood. The door is offered as either a left or right-hand opening. Available in gloss black, anthracite or gloss white, the Lavello 40 Armadio measures 15-5/8" wide by 11-5/8" deep by 32-5/8" tall.

BLANCO's 2017 Showroom Catalog Wins Gold Summit Creative Award

BLANCO won the Gold Summit Creative Award for their 2017 Showroom Catalog as well as a two-time finalist, once in the WOW Worthy Trade Ad category for the BLANCO PROFINA™ advertisement and once in the Exclusively Ours Trade Ad category for the BLANCO IKON® advertisement. The Summit Creative Awards is an international advertising competition offering participants from more than 50 countries across five continents a unique opportunity to showcase their talents and have their work judged by experts in the advertising field.

The New Grayson Collection from Sunnywood

Clean design lines and a stylish gray painted finish make the Grayson Collection from SunnyWood a great basis on which to build the perfect kitchen interior. The Grayson Collection offers transitional styling and fresh design.  Finished in a neutral gray tone gives a kitchen a feeling of casual sophistication that will complement a wide variety of kitchen interiors. The cabinets feature soft-close door and drawer mechanisms, solid-wood dovetail drawer construction, full extension drawer slides, 3/4 length storage shelves, and naturally finished veneer interiors.  The collection is finished in SunnyWood's dove gray finish that is both durable and beautiful.

Friday, January 12, 2018

EWS Announces Two Changes to Their Executive Staff

EWS Inc./Environmental Water Systems recently announced two important changes to their executive staff. Mark Truncale has been promoted to Senior Vice President. W. Kenneth Clark assumed the role of Vice President of eastern regional sales January 1, 2018. Clark will oversee sales, training, and performance of all east coast accounts and showrooms and report directly to Senior VP, Mark Truncale. Clark comes to EWS with a strong, 30-year background in sales, marketing, and business development. Originally from New Jersey and currently residing in Delaware, Clark was most recently the Director of International Sales at Zurn Industries. Clark also earned his degrees from University of Delaware, Newark and the Austro-American Institute in Vienna, Austria.

Friday, January 5, 2018

California Faucets' New Ultra-Thin Showerheads

California Faucets is expanding its extensive and continually evolving selection of contemporary styles with a line of Ultra-Thin Showerheads. Measuring just 5/16 inch thick - among the thinnest on the market today - the showerheads offer the clean minimalism consumers crave. At the same time, each showerhead still delivers a robust, rain-like drenching spray for refreshing showering indulgence. Ultra-Thin Showerheads come in square and round styles, and in 6-, 8-, 10-, or 12-inch sizes. Each fitting features 80 to 121 self-cleaning rubber jets with a maximum flow rate from 1.5 to 2.5 gpm, depending on the model. Ultra-Thin Showerheads are constructed of solid brass and available in a selection of more than 30 decorative finishes, including 15 PVD finishes with a lifetime warranty against tarnishing. Each has a ½-inch swivel inlet and can be mounted on the wall or ceiling.

Victoria + Albert's Leslie Delli-Venneri Earns WELL AP Credentials

Victoria + Albert Baths announced that Leslie Delli-Venneri, Business Development Manager West, has earned the WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP™) credential through the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™), placing her among a group of leading professionals who are dedicated to supporting human health and well-being in the built environment. The WELL AP credential is the new, leading credential signifying advanced knowledge of health and well-being in the built environment and specialization in the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL). WELL APs have successfully passed the WELL AP exam, an assessment based on the expertise of leading practitioners in the field of design, health and wellness in the built environment. Developed using GBCI's rigorous test development best practices, the WELL AP exam is designed to test a candidate's knowledge and proficiency in building wellness and the principles, practices and applications of the WELL Building Standard. The WELL AP Exam was launched last October and was complemented by a comprehensive educational program. In fact, the next CEU course offered by Victoria + Albert will be about Wellness and the Well Standard.

Kristy Ferguson Becomes Duravit's Customer Service Manager

Duravit USA has expanded their core team with the addition of Kristy Ferguson as Customer Service Manager. Kristy will apply her wealth of industry knowledge and prior management experience to initiate customer service initiatives and drive sales. With over 10 years of experience in the customer service and sales management industries, Kristy brings both dedicated leadership and informed decision making to the table. She will be responsible for managing and communicating customer service goals, while also optimizing the customer service department to increase sales and bolster organic growth. Kristy will be based out of the company's headquarters in Duluth, Georgia.