Saturday, May 26, 2018

The New AT200LS SpaLet Integrated Electronic Bidet Toilet from DXV

DXV, part of LIXIL, recently introduced the AT200 LS SpaLet integrated electronic bidet toilet. This elegant fixture offers new, technologically advanced features. DXV SpaLet dual-flush bidet toilets provide a variety of completely automated, easily adjustable functions to turn the bathroom into a relaxing, life-enhancing space. Conveniences include hands-free flushing, automated lid opening and closing, and heated seat. The state-of-the-art DXV AT200 LS SpaLet delivers the ultimate in performance and efficiency, with its completely adjustable two-nozzle water-spray system and integrated air dryer for a fresh, right-out-of-the-shower feeling. New features of the DXV AT200 LS SpaLet include two innovative functions for odor control: the Air Shield deodorizer with a replaceable charcoal filter, and Room Refresh, which utilizes pioneering Plasmacluster ion technology to purify the air in the room after use. To further improve hygiene, Plasmacluster technology is also used with a blue light that cleans the air inside the bowl when the lid is closed while the exclusive Hyper Clean surface preserves bowl cleanliness and prevents scratches. Smartly styled with a full skirted base, the dual-flush DXV AT200 LS SpaLet offers the choice of a light, 0.92 gallons per flush (gpf) or a full, 1.32 gpf volume, and is WaterSense-certified.

Newport Brass' New Malvina Faucet

Articulate engineering unites geometric lines and exact planes to create the new Malvina faucet by Newport Brass. Malvina's strong profile was inspired by the iconic smooth stucco and concrete pillars used in contemporary architecture. The rectangular levers or cross handles made of solid brass are meticulously shaped and expertly finished to achieve this striking and precise fixture - all within Newport Brass' California facility. An added feature, the widespread faucet not only meets WaterSense requirements but surpasses them at 1.2 gpm. Equally impressive, Malvina meets the water-saving standards established by the California Energy Commission and CALGreen. 

The Furniture Guild Unveils Their Avento Vanity

The Furniture Guild introduced Avento, a sleek freestanding vanity that celebrates the chic elegance of minimalist design while offering the necessary functionality for daily living. Avento builds on the success of the company's award-winning Avant design, incorporating the same integrated finger pull in a beautiful brass finish but adding a single row of drawers and an open shelf for ample storage. The Avento is available in multiple configurations for single or double basins and can be ordered in sizes from 24" to 72" long. Even the interior of the vanity can be customized with dividers, LED lighting and integrated outlets.  The design options for the Avento Collection are nearly limitless, with six distinctive metal finishes and more than 50 options for panels finishes that include traditional and exotic woods, unique textured surfaces, and high gloss acrylics. Perhaps the most intriguing option is The Furniture Guild's new Fenix nanotech material. Shown here as drawer panels and a fully integrated countersink, Fenix is an impressive material that is beautiful and amazingly durable. It's antibacterial, resistant to abrasion, mold and fingerprints, and uses thermal healing to remove any micro-scratches.

GRAFF's New Musa Collection

GRAFF® has woven its material expertise into a new line for the bath: the Musa Collection. Consisting of a stunning sculptural bathtub and two complimentary sink offerings, the Musa Collection provides minimalist style for today's bathroom. The Musa freestanding bathtub is an emblem of sophistication. Crafted from Sleek-Stone® and molded into a generously-proportioned basin, Musa its available in gloss or matte white finishes. The latest addition to GRAFF's portfolio of bath furnishings delivers a refined option that can be paired with the brand's floor-mounted tub fillers, especially the Sento Collection. The Musa Collection's vessel sinks are available in both countertop and freestanding applications. Mirroring the same smooth, rounded edges of the collection's bathtub, both variations add a sophisticated touch to the bath and can be completed with either wall-mount or vessel sink faucets from GRAFF's extensive product library. Available in gloss or matte white finishes, the Musa sinks come equipped with a decorative drain covering matching the finish of the basin for a seamless look.

Americh's New Varna 6630 Freestanding Bathtub

Americh's new Varna 6630 Freestanding Bathtub measures 63" by 30" by 23".  This divine architectural design is beautifully sculpted from Mineral Cast thus creating a radiant solid surface bathtub. Available in either a glossy white or matte white finish, the Varna is part of the Americh Roc Collection. The Varna includes an integral linear waste and overflow. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 20, 2018

WETSTYLE Breaks Ground on a New Factory Complex

WETSTYLE announced that it broke ground on a new factory complex in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville May 1. Strategically selected, the factory's location will house the brand's expanded manufacturing operations alongside a new dynamic showroom space. The factory will be situated within the Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville's Industrial Eco Park, which requires tenants to abide by strict environmental regulations. In order to secure the highly regarded location, the WETSTYLE team had to perform extensive emissions management and environmental impact studies. The headquarters, designed in partnership with Sydney Gobel Architecture and Atelier Moderno, will consist of two buildings linked together by an enclosed pathway. The larger of the two buildings will consist of the 30,000-square foot factory and operations offices. The second, 11,600-square-foot building will house the showroom on the lower level and corporate offices above. The showroom space will showcase WETSTYLE's stunning selection of the brand's bathware products, as well as offer ample room for events. A dedicated training area for sales representatives and professionals will also be integrated into this space.

Native Trails' Santorini Copper Freestanding Tub Winner of 2018 Green GOOD Design Award

Native Trails'™ Santorini copper freestanding bathtub is a winner of the 2018 Green GOOD DESIGN Award, honoring the best in modern green design. Artisan-crafted and forged of high-quality recycled copper, the Santorini soaker tub tells the story of generations of Mexican artisanship. Through thousands of hammer strikes, and over the course of several weeks, the work of Native Trails' master coppersmiths reflects centuries of craft techniques that have been passed down and continually refined. This is the fifth year the company has been selected as a winner in the annual competition, which is sponsored by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. This year hundreds of entries poured in from two-dozen countries around the globe before the Green GOOD DESIGN Award jury identified the world's most significant examples of sustainable modern design.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Zitta's New Space Saving Espace Shower Models

Zitta's™ brand-new design concept, Espace, adds innovative space saving ideas and new bath and shower design models to their line that work for both small and big bathrooms. Zitta has imagined a freestanding shower that would fit into any design project, a truly unique design solution.  The exclusive round shower allows the base to be placed virtually anywhere in the room because the plumbing is run from the freestanding column through the floor. The base is made from high-quality acrylic and features a central drain with drain cover. The freestanding shower comes with a shower column complete with body jets, handshower, waterfall and a rain shower head. It provides freedom of installation and many practical details like the easy access panel and stainless steel anti-stain finish. The curved shower glass possesses all the features and components Zitta is known for, such as the ZittaClean glass treatment and the Zitta clip on the door for easy cleaning. Every detail has been carefully thought through to make the installation and use convenient and simple.  One of the layout options is to place the shower base against an outside wall without having to worry about the pipes freezing in cold North American winters or it can be simply used to create a unique design that provides a modern twist to the room.

Colonial Bronze's New Empire Collection

Colonial Bronze introduced its new Empire Collection of stepped handles and knobs, along with an expansion of its knurled line of Post-Modern, Industrial hardware.  "The Bronze" has also added an extensive line of backplates and rosettes for decorative and practical use. The Empire Collection comprises more than a dozen innovative shapes and styles, including round, square and hexagonal knobs. This "stepped" hardware line includes handles for cabinetry or appliance use. Like the vast majority of Colonial Bronze products, the new collection is customizable in length, width, diameter and projection, and is available in 46 elegant finishes.  Colonial Bronze's new products are made in the USA from 94% recycled material (certified).

American Standard's New Pekoe Apron Front Kitchen Sinks

Highlighting a contemporary spin on a classic farmhouse design, the new Pekoe apron front kitchen sinks from American Standard offer smart features and timeless beauty that coordinate with modern appliances. Handcrafted from durable, 18-gauge stainless steel, the new Pekoe kitchen sinks offer a generously-sized single basin to accommodate large pots and pans. Pekoe sinks feature brand-exclusive SoundSecure+ rubber padding on the bottom and sides of the sink, helping to prevent unwanted noise and vibration. Additionally, the sinks' unique StoneLock insulated undercoating further helps to absorb sound and minimize condensation underneath the basin. Expertly designed 10 mm rounded corners simplify cleaning, while channel grooves at the sink base provide improved drainage. The stainless steel Pekoe apron front kitchen sinks - available in 30 and 33-inch sizes - are finished on three sides to provide installation flexibility. The integrated support at the back of the sink enhances strength and durability. A coordinated strainer, installation instructions, cutout template, and stainless steel protective bottom grid are included with each sink for convenience.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

California Faucets' New Descanso Series

California Faucets brings industrial chic style to the bath with the new Descanso™ series. Featuring a cylindrical shape and a distinctive hash-mark textured knurling detail on spout tip and handles, Descanso is a versatile collection that makes a personal statement. With a variety of unique accents to choose from and a complete line of coordinating bath accessories, homeowners and designers can create a one-of-a-kind look that's part raw, part rustic and all function with stylish lever or cross handles offering precise, smooth operation. At the heart of the Descanso Series is a cylindrical-shaped widespread lavatory faucet with fluid lines and soft curves. The striking low-profile design is featured in Burnished Brass, a new living finish that is lightly abraded to create a worn, natural aged look that will patina over time. This beautifully imperfect vintage finish sets the stylish tone for the entire series, which includes a lever or cross handle option and a choice of low-spout or swan-like arched spout. And for a variation, there's a joystick option, which is ideal for smaller baths and powder rooms. Joining the Descanso lavatory faucets is a full series that makes pulling together a fully coordinated bath easy. There's a Roman Tub Set Trim, which like the bath faucet is available in a low spout and an arched version with a choice of handle styles. Plus, there's a full range of coordinating accessories that helps further define the industrial chic look. In addition to the signature look with knurling detail and burnished brass finish, the Descanso series can be further customized with carbon fiber handle detail. 

Ultimate Marketing Opens Their New Training Center

Ultimate Marketing has opened their new training center in San Carlos, CA. Located in the heart of the Bay Area, the 2,000 square foot facility will be available to showrooms, plumbers and the architect and design community. The showroom will host technical trainings, CEU's, product knowledge classes and designer nights. Ultimate Marketing, who covers the northern California area, has been an independent manufacturers representative since 2005, and is continually striving to take their agency to the next level.

Grohe's New Rainshower 310 SmartActive Showerhead

While some types of showers gently caress the skin like a summer rain, others give an invigorating massage. The new Rainshower 310 SmartActive showerhead from GROHE offers the best of both worlds for a thoroughly satisfying shower every time. Moreover, the juxtaposition of an extra-large shower head with a slender shower arm introduces an exciting design dimension to the bath setting. Available in round or square, and sporting a minimalist design that promises an exceptional water experience, these showerheads will harmonize perfectly with any modern bathroom design. The Rainshower 310 SmartActive showerheads use a special spray face to double the pleasure of showering. Oval water outlets arranged in a star-shaped pattern at the center of the spray face generate a vigorous massage jet. They are surrounded by an arrangement of nozzles producing a much gentler PureRain spray. Users can choose between a concentrated jet to loosen up tense muscles and a rainshower softly enveloping their body. The shower can be energizing and invigorating, or soothing and relaxing, to provide a deeply satisfying shower session. Both shower faces are available in starlight chrome and the round option is also available in brushed nickel infinity finish.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Duravit's New XSquare Collection

Duravit paired long-standing brand classics with fresh collections for the 2018 edition of HD Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2-4. Exhibiting signature series like ME by Starck, L-Cube, and 2017's DuraSquare, Duravit's 200+ years of bathroom innovation is highlighted through the brand's thoughtfully balanced showcase of previous releases and new, innovative series. New for 2018, the XSquare collection represents an invigorated and sleek aesthetic, with modern finishes, colors, and a geometric, savvy design language. In conjunction with designer Kurt Merki Jr., Duravit's XSquare is a bathroom furniture range specially-attuned to the design of the contemporary DuraSquare washbasins. The eye-catching XSquare stands apart thanks to its striking quadrant-shaped chrome profile, which accentuates the edges of both wall- and floor-mounted vanity options. On the floor-standing models, the transition from frame to leg is seamless. The chrome profile is an extension of the washbasin's corner radius, creating both visual harmony and bold independence. Three new, special furniture finishes - matte light blue, matte concrete gray, and satin-matte aubergine - as well as the linen decor finish, round off XSquare's vast color palette. XSquare's furniture range is completed with new storage cabinets, mirrors, and mirror-storage solutions.

The New Blake Collection from Sagehill Designs

The new Blake Collection from Sagehill Designs is a casually inspired collection of fine bath furnishings.  The collection features a textured taupe finish that allows the beauty of the select oak solids and veneers to shine through.  The bureau style cabinets feature slatted shelves and mirror details, inset drawers and side panels.  The cabinets are available in a variety of widths and feature Sagehill Design's fine furniture craftsmanship and finish.  Each Blake Collection piece is designed to provide the utmost in style, storage, and durability. Find out more at

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Americh's New Freestanding Beijing 6534 Tub

Americh introduced the new freestanding Beijing 6534 tub. This clean, seamless design is beautifully sculpted from Mineral Cast resulting in an impressive solid surface bathtub, and measures 65" x 34" x 22". Available in either a glossy white or matte white finish, the Beijing is part of the Americh Roc Collection. The Beijing also includes an integral linear waste and overflow.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Turnstyle Design Awarded Queen's Award for Enterprise

Turnstyle Designs Ltd announced that it has been awarded a Queen's award for enterprise - the UK's highest accolade for business success. The honour has been awarded in the category of 'International Trade' in recognition of exceptional export sales. As a Queen's Award winner, Turnstyle Designs can expect an invitation to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty the Queen later in the year. The company is also allowed to use the Queen's Award Emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for a period of five years as a symbol of its quality and success. Despite Brexit fears, Turnstyle Designs is still bullish about further growth both in the UK and export markets.  Business is expanding both factory premises and offices this year. The company has hired a new export sales manager in the past year who has opened up new dealers in Germany, Russia, Ireland, Taiwan and Australia, with more expansion planned for 2018.

DXV's New Modulus Collection

Exhibiting a versatile combination of modern design and functional geometry, the new DXV Modulus collection offers bath fixtures, faucets, furniture and accessories ideal for a luxury bathroom setting in residential and hospitality applications. Introduced by DXV, part of LIXIL, the bath components in the DXV Modulus collection highlight functional design that creates simple yet dramatic spaces with a selection of trending materials and finishes. The modular concept displayed allows for maximum flexibility in installation, bringing high design to any project, including master bathrooms and powder rooms where space may be at a premium. Highlights of the new collection include:
  • DXV Modulus bathroom lavatories in three sizes ranging from a 21-inch single bowl to a 55-inch double bowl, with an optional decorative drain plate.
  • Single-lever, vessel, wall-mount and widespread faucets are available in a choice of four finishes. A decorative brass ring-offered in polished chrome or brushed nickel-at the base of the faucet provides a custom, two-tone aesthetic.
  • The DXV Modulus freestanding soaking tub showcases striking, angular lines and high-gloss acrylic construction.
  • Furniture options include space-saving wall mounted drawer units, counter tops and vanities that can be combined in an array of configurations. 
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Laufen's New Val Bathroom Collection

The Val bathroom collection is a range of new products that reveal the true design potential of the Laufen brand, as well as its architectural ingenuity. Made from SaphirKeramik from Laufen, the collection was designed by Munich designer Konstanstin Grcic, and features simple architectural lines, narrow edges bordering on the extreme, and uniquely crafted surface structures for each product. The entire range plays with geometry and angles, featuring both rectangular and asymmetrical washbasins and drop-in washbasins, which are equipped with built-in storage spaces and tactile surface textures. Other distinct features of the Val line are the circular and rectangular storage trays, both of which are made of SaphirKeramik, as well as the distinct trademark design that is apparent in all Laufen collections.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Infinity Drain's New Consumer Handout Literature

The folks at Infinity Drain spend a lot of time talking about how to specify linear drains by asking two questions: 
  1. Which one do you like? 
  2. Which one do you need?
Their new consumer handout literature is light on technical information but chocked full of beautiful imagery and an in-depth look at the different decorative styles and finishes of linear drains and center drains Infinity Drain offers.  It's enough information to get your client inspired and to pique the interest of an installer or trade professional. Click here to request literature be sent directly to your showroom, and please specify quantity, mailing address, and contact information.