Friday, April 27, 2018

GRAFF Expands Their Finezza Faucet Collection

GRAFF® has expanded its Finezza faucet collection to include a coordinating sink and freestanding bathtub for a complete and cohesive bathroom suite. The sophisticated offering mirrors the geometries and glamour celebrated during the Art Deco period, representing a perfect blend of grace and elegance. GRAFF's freestanding Finezza Bathtub is characterized by a trapezoidal shape, which is accentuated by a layered detail at the bathtub's top and base.  Drawing upon the geometric shape exuded by the collection's bathtub, the matching Finezza sink offers a sophisticated design focal point in the bath. The sink can be specified to the user's liking, with no faucet holes (for wall-mount or vessel faucets), one faucet hole or three faucet holes and is suitable for countertop, vanity or drop-in installations. Both the bathtub and sink offerings are available in white gloss Sleek-Stone® or white matte Sleek-Stone® finishes for an alluring warm to the touch feel. The sophisticated Finezza bathtub and sink furnishings are constructed using GRAFF's exclusive Sleek-Stone® material, which combines 75% natural dolomitic minerals with a unique resin to create a naturally durable surface. Conceived through extensive research and a state-of-the-art casting technology, GRAFF has constructed the Finezza bathtub and sink with this material to endure on a molecular level.

Amba Products Launches Their New Website

Spring might be taking it's time, but the new Amba Products website is here now!  The folks at Amba have been listening to user feedback in order to craft an improved online experience, and they now have some exciting new features to share:
  • Brand-new homepage experience and mobile optimization
  • Redesigned main navigation for easy access to all products
  • Use search filters to find the perfect heated towel rack
  • Product pages have all the info you need including finish previews

California Faucets Adds Black Finishes to Their Kitchen Collection

For those seeking a departure from sparkling stainless steel and chrome in the kitchen, California Faucets' Kitchen Collection now comes in an array of striking black finishes, making it easier than ever to personalize the kitchen sink area. California Faucets offers a variety of premium black hued finishes for its recently-launched Kitchen Collection: matte black, one of today's hottest finishes for faucets and decorative hardware; carbon (PVD), a unique take on matte black with more depth of color, similar to that of a number-two pencil; and black nickel (PVD), a space-age finish blending the gleam of nickel with shades of black. These and all of California Faucets' artisan finishes are produced by hand at the company's Huntington Beach, California factory. Also available in shades of black, a complete line of sink accessories eliminates the guesswork when it comes to creating a perfectly harmonized sink ensemble. In addition to the 100-percent solid brass kitchen faucets, including the streamlined Culinary Series, the traditional Davoli Series, the curvy Rosolina Series, and the minimalist Poetto Series, solid brass accessories include hot and cold water dispensers, soap dispenser, air activation switch for disposer and air gap. 

BLANCO's New EMPRESSA Faucet Collection

BLANCO introduced the expertly crafted EMPRESSA faucet collection. Inspired by BLANCO's German heritage and featuring four versatile models, 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. The EMPRESSA Collection debuts two exciting new finishes, polished nickel and oil rubbed bronze, and also comes in stainless finish or polished chrome. EMPRESSA features four versatile models including: Semi-Professional, Pull-Down, Bridge and Bar. A matching soap dispenser is also available.
  • BLANCO EMPRESSA Details (Available April 2018):
    • Available finishes: polished chrome, stainless finish, polished nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze
    • EMPRESSA Bridge Faucet: Pull-down dual spray
    • EMPRESSA Semi-Professional Faucet: Pull-down dual spray
    • EMPRESSA Kitchen Faucet with Pull-down spray: Pull-down dual spray
    • EMPRESSA Bar Faucet: Steam spray

Watermark Designs' Elements Collection Recognized by HD Awards

Watermark Designs announced that their latest original faucet collection, Elements, has been named a finalist in Hospitality Design magazine's 14th annual HD Awards competition. This year, nearly 700 projects were submitted across 23 categories and nearly 300 products were submitted in 11 categories, including Flooring, Casegoods + Furniture and Bath. Elements can be custom-designed into more than 380,000 variations. The collection offers architects and designers the ability to play with color, form and texture in the creation of their own unique design statement. Elements is comprised of 14 handle styles, called Covers which are grouped into four material categories: Raw, Rock, Lumber and Forged. Every Cover has a base with 24 finish options and two options for inserts. The decorative inserts are offered in two styles: Bridge style and Scallop style. Both the insert and base are available in Watermark Designs' 24 finishes. The inserts are snapped into place and held using Watermark's patent pending rare earth magnets. New this quarter are additional handle options designed using the process of Guilloche (pictured); a decorative technique in which a very precise, intricate and repetitive pattern is mechanically engraved into an underlying material via engine turning, which uses a machine of the same name, also called a rose engine lathe.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Top Knobs Expands Their Honey Bronze and Ash Gray Finishes

In line with the most modern kitchen trends, Top Knobs expanded their popular Honey Bronze and Ash Gray finishes to 17 cabinet hardware series in 5 collections. The highly desired finishes are now available in 113 cabinet pulls, knobs, latches, back plates and appliance pulls for completely cohesive room designs. Honey Bronze (pictured) puts a chic twist on classic bronze and brass finishes with a softer, light golden tone. The stunning shade adds the perfect touch of old-world charm to kitchen and bath designs. A unique alternative to traditional gray finishes, Ash Gray brings a warm feeling to designs with its low-reflecting shine. The versatile color works well with any color scheme and acts as an anchor to bring all parts of the room together. Available in the following collections:
  • Devon Collection: Brixton, Allington, and Kingsbridge Series. Exeter and Torbay pulls.
  • Chareau Collection: Reeded knobs and pulls, Chalet knobs and pulls.
  • Mercer Collection: Holland pulls, Glacier knobs and pulls, Europe tab pulls, Quilted knobs and pulls, Oculus knobs and pulls.
  • Barrington Collection: Channing cup pulls, knobs, pulls and backplate.
  • Transcend Collection: Contour knobs and pulls, Ascendra knobs and pulls.
  • Cabinet Latches.

Beyerle US to Launch New Barn Door Hardware Models at 2018 HD Expo

Beyerle US will launch new barn door hardware models, extending its variety beyond stainless steel, at the HD Expo in Las Vegas, May 2-4, 2018. Meeting current trends, and to serve customer's desire for vintage-inspired design, Beyerle US is releasing their new barn door hardware system "Purist" in fresh color palettes. The new finishes include gold, rose-gold, and classic black coated along with their standard satin and polished stainless steel, brushed stainless steel, and dark bronze. Metal tones in gold and rose-gold add an attractive detail to both modern and traditional design elements, in any room. Gold and rose-gold hardware paired with dark wood can make a grand statement, without being ostentatious; it gives a warm, soft contrast. Combining glass and gold adds depth to a space. Glass sliding doors allow for natural light to flow through living spaces - the visual appeal of contrasting elements of metal, wood, and glass can be the statement piece and essential design feature in modern living spaces. In addition to the new metal-toned line of sliding door hardware, Beyerle US will show its new shower door hardware Urban IV.  

Barclay's Maxwel 36" Double Bowl Farmer Sink with Accessory Ledge

Constructed of durable fireclay, the Maxwel 36" Double Bowl Farmer Sink with Accessory Ledge from Barclay Products is a beautiful addition to your customer's busy kitchen.  Finished on all four sides to present a smooth and waveless surface, the sink also features an interior ledge to hold customer accessories.  Other product specifications are:
  • Resists heat, stains and cracking
  • Overall dimensions are 36" W x 19" D x 10" H
  • Interior dimensions are 16 1/8" W X 19" D x 8 7/8" H
  • Compatible with 3-1/2" drain
  • Available in white or bisque
  • Accessories sold separately - wire grid, colander with wood handle, all metal colander and cutting board

OMNIA's Prodigy Collection Expanded to Include Glass Knobs

OMNIA's popular Prodigy collection of high quality, moderately priced door hardware has been expanded to include striking new glass door knob designs. All of the Prodigy glass door knobs are also now available in coordinating glass cabinet knobs.  OMNIA launched Prodigy five years ago as a compelling collection of door hardware designs engineered with beauty, durability, and affordability in mind. Subsequent expansions to the successful line have brought the offerings to five door levers and eight door knobs available in all of the popular finishes including an on-trend satin brass. Glistening glass cabinet knobs can also be ordered with bases in a refined Antique Brass. All Prodigy door hardware is available with a choice of five unique concealed screw mounted roses and five coordinating auxiliary deadbolt designs offer additional security on entrance doors.

Laufen's Ino Bathroom Collection

The Ino bathroom collection from Laufen draws a new interpretation for the classic form of a washbasin. Designed by French Designer Toan Nguyen, this new collective draws upon the creativity of Laufen's SaphirKeramik material to create elegant objects that fit seamlessly into the bathroom. Each product was designed to be weightless but stable, and crafted with simple clean lines. The entirety of the collection was made with the same careful attention to detail that each Laufen product is crafted with, as well as built to be environmentally friendly. For this durable yet high-end collection include a wall-mounted washbasin, a countertop, a half inserted washbasin bowl, two differently designed bathtubs, and additional high-quality bathroom furniture.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

California Faucets' Aqua Pella Receives Platinum Level Honors

California Faucets received platinum-level honors in the international AVA Digital Awards 2018 competition for Aqua Pella, the company's latest Pixar-inspired video campaign. This nod follows the campaign's notable recognition from Hanley Wood's Brand Builder Awards as well as the international Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals' (AMCP) MarCom Awards. Aqua Pella, the fun and memorable story of five faucets showing off their unique design personalities in a singing competition, received the Platinum AVA Digital Award in the Digital Video Creation/Animation category. The Platinum Award goes to those entries judged to be among the most outstanding in terms of quality, creativity, and resourcefulness. Recognized for its innovative approach to product promotion, the Aqua Pella video is unique and unexpected in the plumbing fixtures and fittings industry. AVA Digital Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP).  Judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. 

Hastings Tile & Bath's New Urban Collection of Vanities

Hastings' new Urban collection of vanities might literally offer more variations and design flexibility than any bathroom vanity on the market today. The vanity is offered as a wall mount or floor mount (with or without legs), and with open or closed side panels. There are a myriad number of finishes - almost too many to count. The grooved handles which wrap around 3 sides of the vanity can be specified in a different finish or color, which adds more contrast to the vanity. Here are the many features of Urban:
  • Soft-close metal drawer construction
  • Detailed drawer interiors w/compartments 
  • Open or closed side panels 
  • Duplex Drawer Front means you can specify contrasting finishes (and sized) panels which gives an interesting design opportunity 
  • Grooved handles can be a different finish or color (adding more contrast to the design) and the grooved handle can wrap around the entire cabinet (including side panels) 
  • Optional anthracite finished metal leg stands 
    • Solid-Surface with an array of basin styles and finishes/colors 
    • Glass-glossy or matte (sandblasted) in 45 colors! 
    • Cement Resin in 10 colors 
    • Porcelain in 11 stone finishes 
    • HPL (high pressure laminate) in 9 stone or wood finishes 
    • 45 colors of glossy or matte lacquered finishes 
    • 45 matte lacquered wood grain finishes 
    • 8 Soft touch colors 
    • 4 metal look hand painted lacquer finishes 
    • 9 HPL finishes 
    • 15 3D textured wood finishes 
    • 10 cement resin finishes 
    • LED Backlit Framed Mirror with Open Shelves 
    • Tall Open or Closed Storage Cabinets (up to 63") - You can specify one side closed and one open

Wetstyle's New Straight Bath

The Straight Bath from Wetstyle evokes simplicity, softness and purity, thanks to its sleek lines and rounded edges. These elements come together to create a sensation of lightness, as if Straight were born to become one with its surroundings. Straight's dimensions are ideal for small spaces (can fit within a 60'' alcolve) and its rectangular, contemporary look, softened by its curves, lends an elegant feel to today's bathrooms. The bathtub's subtly inset base adds an extra touch of refinement. Straight is handcrafted in WETMAR BiO™, a robust, non-slip, thermo-insulating eco-material available in True High Gloss™ or matte finish, and its dimensions are 58 15/16" x 27 15/16" x 21 1/16".

Saturday, April 14, 2018

BLANCO Launches Their New PRECISION R0 Farmhouse Sink

BLANCO launched the new PRECISION R0 Farmhouse Sink crafted of its revolutionary DURINOX stainless steel material. 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 patent pending material by BLANCO. Extremely resistant to scratches and impervious to fingerprints, DURINOX sets the standard for the future of stainless steel material. PRECISION R0 Super Single Bowl with Apron Product Details:
  • Undermount sink
  • Bowl Depth: 10"
  • Apron Front Depth: 10"
  • Outside Cabinet: 36"
  • Single Bowl (32" x 30" x 19 /1/2")
  • Optional Accessories - Sink Grid
  • BLANCO DURINOX® Details pictured):
    • Harder. More elegant. More Exclusive
    • Unique material innovation: specially finished stainless steel surface in a velvety-matte look and with a homogeneous structure
    • Highly resistant to scratches: more than twice as hard in comparison to conventional stainless steel surfaces
    • Impervious to fingerprints in comparison with conventional stainless steel surfaces

Stone Forest's New Workstation Sink Collection

Stone Forest's new Workstation Sink collection includes the Wave Front Kitchen Sink and the Basket-Weave Pattern Farmhouse Sink. The Workstation sinks come with a range of accessory options, including a colander, cutting board and drying rack. The Wave Front Sink captures the dancing pattern of flowing water on its apron front carving. Both sinks are carved in both Carrara Marble and Honed Basalt. The delicate basket-weave on the front of Stone Forest's Papiro Cream marble farmhouse sink brings a soft three-dimensional aspect to the product.  

Friday, April 6, 2018

Victoria + Albert's New Washstand Category

Victoria + Albert unveiled a new category of washstand noted for its beautiful brass construction, gleaming polished chrome finish and ENGLISHCAST® basin top. With an open design and minimalist lines, the collection was created in collaboration with Italian designers Meneghello Paolelli Associati, known for its ability to refine classic designs so pieces will work equally well in modern or traditional environments. The washstands are available with 0, 1 or 3 faucet holes so the designer or homeowner can choose faucets that best suit the bathroom's design. The generous width of the basin tops means that there's ample room for toiletries on the surface of the washstand, in addition to the storage shelf beneath. Each washstand also features an adjustable screw on the two legs for perfect levelling.
  • The Candella (pictured) washstands are typified by the design of the legs, which feature elegantly shaped details. A towel bar and a storage shelf in toughened glass are practical yet well designed, lending a sense of hotel style to the bathroom. The Candella is available in two sizes; Candella 114 (45-1/8" W), which is topped with a sleek Mandello 114 Solo basin, or the Candella 100 (39-3/8" W), topped with a Victorian-inspired Lario 100 Solo basin.
  • The Metallo washstands offer right angle tee joints that reference traditional bathroom pipework, looking equally at home in a more historic period bathroom or industrial-inspired scheme. Each washstand features a practical towel bar and a shelf for storage, finished in a tubular brass. The Metallo is available in two sizes; Metallo 114 (45-1/8" W), which is topped with a sleek Mandello 114 Solo basin, or the Metallo 100 (39-3/8" W), topped with a Victorian-inspired Lario 100 Solo basin.

Watermark Designs' New Mini-Thermostatic Valves

Watermark Designs has introduced new mini-thermostatic valves that still incorporate filters and check valves that can be accessed from behind the trim plate. Once you see a back plate that measures only 3 1/2" in diameter, any other back plate will look obscenely large.

AMBA Products' New Radiant Large Towel Warmers

The radiant has been a popular heated towel rack option for AMBA Products, so they are expanding the collection to include larger models for maximum towel hanging space. Similar to their smaller companions, the Radiant Large features an integrated switch. Radiant Large models will only be available in hardwired versions, but will give customers an additional 10 inches of hanging space! Stay tuned, more information on availability is coming soon. Models will include:
  • RADIANT LARGE HARDWIRED STRAIGHT - 23 5/8" x 41 5/16"; 150 watts and 1.3 amps
  • RADIANT LARGE HARDWIRED CURVED - 23 5/8" x 41 5/16"; 150 watts and 1.3 amps
  • RADIANT LARGE SQUARE HARDWIRED - 23 5/8" x 41 5/16"; 150 watts and 1.3 amps

Grandeur Hardware's Lyon and Coventry Knobs Now Available in Black

Grandeur Hardware celebrates the style perfection of the color black with two new knobs featuring bold hues inspired by the darkest midnight sky. Both offer classic silhouettes and clean lines that complement nearly any d├ęcor, while their ebony tone lends a dramatic sense of sophistication and glamor. The new Lyon knob is made in the style of Grandeur's Chambord crystal knob, in stunning black glass that is exquisitely smooth and perfectly glossy. This knob offers a charming appearance with octagonal edges and an elegant look that combines the best of contemporary and vintage vibes. The new Coventry knob (pictured) is made of beautiful black porcelain and offers a simple rounded design notable for its timeless appeal and exceptional versatility. The overall look of both knobs is sophisticated and stylish, a luxurious addition to fine homes where details are important. Both knobs are paired with solid forged brass plates and pre-attached for exceptional durability and easy installation. They are available in a variety of functions, including passage without a locking mechanism, privacy with a locking mechanism and surface mounted dummies. The knobs are assembled by hand in the United States and carry a lifetime mechanical warranty.

SLIK Portfolio's New Line of SLIK STONE Tubs and Basins

SLIK Portfolio's new line of SLIK STONE™ tubs and basins are inspired by some of the world's most stunning mountain ranges. Looking at these natural wonders, they were drawn to their striking beauty, their longevity, and their quiet sense of peace and serenity. These are the qualities that they have worked hard to craft into all of their SLIK STONE™ bathtubs and basins. By blending some of the finest and most resistant natural stone minerals with advanced high-grade resins, SLIK Portfolio created a material that offers amazing durability and beauty. The new collection features a range of six natural color blends in luxurious matte and gloss finishes to perfectly complement any bathroom aesthetic and design requirement. Embodying a unique tactile experience our various colors and finishes ensure that you have all the design choice and flexibility you need to perfectly execute your project. SLIK STONE™ is comprised of:
  • 14 new SLIK STONE™ freestanding bathtubs ranging from 60" to 79" in length
  • 6 new SLIK STONE™ freestanding basins 
  • 7 new SLIK STONE™ vessels 
  • Stocking and special order program 
  • Natural color blends: White, Black, Charcoal, Natural Stone, Sand and Espresso 
  • Lifetime warranty