Friday, August 31, 2018

Lenova Introduces Their New Ultra Ledge Sinks

Lenova takes the kitchen sink to a whole new level with the latest addition to its popular Ledge Series. Introducing the Ultra Ledge  - and as its name implies, this sink is bigger and better than ever. Available in 46" and 58" models, the Ultra Ledge is the ultimate prep and clean-up station, a professional-grade work area worthy of the busiest home chefs who have large families to feed or who simply love to cook and entertain. In addition to its generous proportions, the Ultra Ledge Sink  is most notable for its dual levels of accessories that facilitate easy food preparation. Engineered platforms allow users to slide in optional accessories as needed, including a colander, cutting boards and roll-up grid racks. This thoughtful design elevates the traditional functions of a kitchen sink and transforms it into an efficient station for chopping produce, draining pasta, drying dishes and soaking even the largest pots and pans. Crafted from durable 16-gauge 18/10 stainless steel, the Ultra Ledge Sink is a smart and sophisticated addition to any kitchen. Standard features include an easy-to-clean satin finish, sound baffling pads, and removable splash guards and strainer baskets.

MTI Baths Celebrates Their 30th Anniversary

MTI Baths celebrates its 30th anniversary this month, a milestone that highlights the transformation of a small family business into one of today's leading bath manufacturers. It all started with one man's dream to create a better bathtub and today the company celebrates their founder whose spirit of risk-taking was inspirational and integral to MTI's culture. From its humble beginnings to its current position, MTI Baths has had an unerring focus on excellence that has influenced everything they do - from design innovation and craftsmanship to customer service. MTI offers an extensive product line with hundreds of tubs in every shape and style as well as shower bases, sinks, counter sinks, vanity sinks and genuine teak accessories. The company has earned more than 100 awards for new products, design excellence and product innovations, in addition to being featured countless times on popular programs like HGTV, Property Brothers and DiY. As the company embarks on this milestone anniversary, the brand continues its dedication to "the 3 R's of MTI" - respect, responsibility and resourcefulness, and a corporate culture that rewards creativity, flexibility and passion. Company CEO Kathy Adams (pictured) explains the company strategy this way "We don't want to be just best in the world at one thing - we want to try to be best in the world at every single thing we do. When you make that your goal, continual improvement happens."

Americh's New Drop-in Drain Kit for Free-Standing Tubs

Americh recently introduced a new drop-in drain installation kit for free-standing tubs.  This kit, which can be used for all free-standing bathtub installations, requires no access panel and can be used wherever access is an issue.  Other benefits and advantages of using the new drop-in drain kits are: 
  • Allows for an installation as close to the wall as possible.
  • The plate can be uninstalled if adjustments are needed.
  • There is a reusable cap for multiple pressure tests, if required.
  • Installation can be done for both 1 1/2" and 2" drains.

GRAFF's New Arnina Vessel Sink

GRAFF's new Arnina Vessel Sink is defined by its sophisticated curvilinear shape and elegant footprint. Constructed using GRAFF's own Sleek-Stone material comprised of 75% natural dolomite minerals, the Arnina Vessel Sink offers durability in addition to high design. A circle in a world of squares, the countertop sink asserts elegance with its softly polished frame and generous basin, workable for both master suites and powder rooms. GRAFF's wall-mount and vessel faucets pair perfectly with Arnina for a cohesive style that feels contemporary, fresh and distinctly luxurious. Gloss and matte white finishes are available to match with the bathroom preferences of traditionalists and modernists alike.

Friday, August 24, 2018

California Faucets Celebrates Their 30th Anniversary

California Faucets proudly marked thirty years as a manufacturer of artisan-crafted bath and kitchen fixtures. California Faucets' history of innovation has resulted in products and technologies that have shifted the industry's approaches to both design and performance. Most notable among those is StyleDrain®, the first decorative shower drain with fast-flow efficiency. StyleDrain transformed a category that was once restricted to lackluster, industrial-like drains into a sleek focal point. The industry took notice of California Faucets' innovations, recognizing StyleDrain and line extensions StyleDrain® Tile and CeraLine® with numerous awards, including three prestigious Best of Year (BoY) Awards from Interior Design (ID) magazine. Along with its reputation for innovation, California Faucets prides itself on its culture rooted in old-fashioned values and fine craftsmanship. With the mantra, "artisan hands, not mass produced," the manufacturer continues to deliver custom-built, handcrafted, solid-brass fixtures in 30-plus hand-produced finishes, even as it has gradually expanded in size and industry footprint. The wide array of finishes, including 15 decorative PVD finishes with a lifetime guarantee against tarnishing, establish the brand as a world leader in PVD while playing an important role in the manufacturer's ability to satisfy most any design vision. In essence, by offering the ability to customize any spout in any handle in any finish, California Faucets presents users with nearly limitless design freedom. 

Top Knobs' a Winner of 2018 KB&B Readers' Choice Awards

For the sixth consecutive year, Top Knobs has been named a winner of the Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine Readers' Choice Awards. More than 20,000 votes were cast online by KBB readers, who selected their favorite brands and manufacturers in 25 categories. Top Knobs has come out on top in two categories, Bath Accessories and Decorative Hardware. Voters were asked to select their choices based on specific criteria in each category. In the Bath Accessories category, voters assessed overall design, while in the Decorative Hardware category, voters focused on aesthetics and style. Both categories also put emphasis on the ability for products to coordinate with kitchen and bath fixtures. Top Knobs has been selected as a winner every year since the start of the award program in 2013.

Newport Brass Introduces Their ADA Compliant Grab Bars

Newport Brass® introduced new ADA compliant grab bars that are available in 27 decorative finishes, seven length options ranging from 12 to 42 inches and a variety of styles to complement the design of any bath fixture or hardware. The concept of installing secure and substantial accessories in the bathroom is more common in residential construction and renovation projects. Homeowners consider the safety benefits and convenience of installing grab bars as a "must-have" amenity and not just for assisted-living needs. Decorative and stylish grab bars are being used in many different applications (other than parallel to a toilet), including the shower and bathtub - providing a sure-confident grip for the user. The grab bars cater to a large demographic of those who are 65 years of age and older that want to age in place. To view the new grab bars, click here:

Barclay's Newman and Nickleby Tubs Available with Integral Drain Slots

Barclay Products'™ Newman (pictured) and Nickleby acrylic tubs are now available with integral drain slots.  These innovative tubs have a drain channel built into the tub wall to save both space and installation time.  A drain and decorative overflow cover are included in a choice of five fashion finishes - polished chrome, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, polished brass and polished nickel.

Scott Burns Completes His First Full Length Triathlon

Scott Burns of Upscale Sales, a DPHA member and independent representative in Florida, recently completed the Loggerhead Triathlon in Jupiter FL. About a year ago, Scott set a rather lofty goal of participating in a Triathlon. On August 4th of this year, he completed his second (and first full length) triathlon. The first one (the Turtle Man Triathlon on June 30th, 2018) was an abbreviated length to see if he was ready for the full length one. Yes, the local theme in his neck of the woods is "turtle." There is a plethora of turtle nests on the local beaches and the turtles garner much deserved attention.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Elkay's New Lustertone Iconix Sink

With its clean, simple design, the stylish Lustertone Iconix™ sink from Elkay adds a modern touch to the kitchen. Its sophisticated shape maximizes bowl space and makes sink cleanup quick and easy. Constructed from premium 16-gauge stainless steel for strength and performance. Elkay's exclusive Perfect Drain® adds to the seamless look and feel of this sleek sink. The luminous linear grain of Lustertone Iconix is resilient against everyday scratches for lasting beauty. To view the entire collection, please visit Features include: 
  • Engineered for a sophisticated look and more workspace.
  • The edgeless design of Perfect Drain means crumbs and other waste have nowhere to go but down the drain.
  • Scratches blend into the linear grain and can be removed with help from a restoration kit.

Mountain Products New Chill Water Chiller MT670-2

Now you can enjoy a crisp cup of cold water made instantly with the new Mountain Products' Chill Water Chiller, a most refreshing way to cool down on a hot summer day. Mountain Chill hides cleanly and simply beneath the sink and provides 1.5 gallons (per hour) of crisp, cool water from your own faucet. Having the Mountain Chill Water Chiller is the ultimate in convenience. When paired with the Mountain Pure Filtration System, it provides a green alternative to bottled water anytime day or night. The MT670-2 features:
  • Cools your water to between 39° F to 50° F
  • Large Y2 gallon stainless steel tank
  • Processes 1.5 gallons per hour
  • Lead free
  • 3 year compressor warranty
  • Adaptor allows for connection to either :3/8" or 1/4" tubing
  • Required space: 16" L x 10.125" H x 11.25" W

BLANCO Expands Their Precis Collection

BLANCO added the PRECIS 30" Single Bowl and PRECIS 1-3/4 Bowl with Low Divide (pictured) to its renowned SILGRANIT® sink collection. As an expansion to one of BLANCO's most popular lines, the new 30" PRECIS Single Bowl sink allows for the same SILGRANIT technology and array of color options in a unique size for 33" cabinets. The PRECIS 1-3/4 Bowl with Low Divide adds functionality by keeping prep and cleaning areas separate, with the ability to accommodate large pots, pans and baking sheets. The BLANCO PRECIS introductions are offered in all 8 on-trend SILGRANIT colors including anthracite, biscotti, biscuit, café brown, cinder, metallic gray, truffle and white. Other features include: 
  • BLANCO PRECIS 30" Single Bowl - 30" x 18", 9.5" deep, outside cabinet: 33"
  • BLANCO PRECIS 1-3/4 Low Divide - 33" x 18", 9.5" deep, outside cabinet: 36"
  • SILGRANIT features:
    • Rock hard granite durability
    • Heat resistant up to 536°F
    • Unsurpassed cleanability backed by industry leading 7 patents
    • Resistant to scratches, stains and all household acids and alkali solutions

American Standard's New Town Square S Collection

Inspired by the heritage of classic American architecture, yet thoroughly updated with modern technologies and conveniences, the Town Square S Collection of bathroom fixtures and faucets from American Standard incorporates authentic architectural details to make it easy to create a fully coordinated look for your clients. A signature crown molding design element unites the entire collection, from the sink pedestal and freestanding bathtub to the toilet tank and the base of each faucet. The comprehensive collection includes:
  • A freestanding soaking tub with a three-sided design that allows it to be installed flat against a wall or placed in the center of the room.
  • A spacious integral apron bathtub that will fit a standard alcove (for added design flexibility).
  • Two styles of sink tops that can be installed on a pedestal leg, a metal console, a wood washstand, or in a countertop. 
  • A two-piece elongated toilet that meets WaterSense-certification requirements by using 20 percent less water on each flush than standard 1.6 gpf toilets.
  • A comprehensive selection of bathroom sink and shower faucets in various configurations and long-lasting finishes.

Hydro Systems' New Charlize Tub

Inspired by the fleur-de-lis, the flared-out shape of Hydro Systems' new Charlize tub is a versatile transitional design that can fit any decor. Equipped with a built-in faucet deck, the Charlize's trumpeted, fountain-like form is perfectly scaled to provide optimal lumbar comfort at each end with just the right dose of indulgence. And don't forget the integral linear overflow making for a cleaner look and easier install. Made of acrylic and sized at 70"L x 36"W x 22"D, other features include an integral linear overflow and a faucet deck.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

LACAVA Adds Their New Taupe Finish

LACAVA introduced a new furniture finish to their wide collection. The new Taupe finish has three variations: matte taupe (premium), gloss taupe (luxury), and textured taupe (luxury). The cross between brown and gray tones combines for that perfect homey appeal. Shown here is the matte taupe finish on the Kubista H266 double wall-mount vanity. See more details at Have any questions? You can reach LACAVA at (773) 637-9600 or by email at

Victoria + Albert's New Metallo 61 and Metallo 113 Quartz Washstands

Victoria + Albert expanded its Washstand Collection, with the introduction of the Metallo 61 and Metallo 113 (pictured) Quartz Washstands. The Quartz Washstands, designed by Italian design duo Meneghello Paolelli Associati, are made in a brass construction with a polished chrome finish, topped with a choice of three durable quartz finishes with undermounted basins. The Metallo Quartz Washstands are characterized by the shape of the legs, which feature right angle "tee joints" that reference traditional bathroom pipework. The Metallo 61 Quartz is the most compact washstand in the collection at 24"wide, making it the perfect choice for smaller bathrooms and powder rooms. The washstand is topped with a durable quartz surface and features a curved 'ogee' edge, with an optional quartz upstand. The Metallo 61 Quartz includes an undermounted Kaali 46 basin with a built in overflow; a new deep, compact basin from Victoria + Albert. The Metallo 113 Quartz washstand, measuring 44-1/4", also features the curved ogee edge, with an optional quartz upstand and comes with an undermounted Rossendale 91 basin with an internal overflow. Both the Metallo 61 Quartz and Metallo 113 Quartz offer a practical towel bar and tubular brass shelf for storage beneath. They are available in the three quartz colors including black, white and biscuit and feature adjustable screws on the feet for perfect leveling.

GROHE's New Lineare Faucet Collection

Available for the first time in U.S. showrooms, the new GROHE Lineare bath and shower faucet collection features softened corners and smooth contours to ensure superior ergonomics and greater comfort. Inspired by the modern aesthetic of architect Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House, these new faucets harmonize cylindrical bodies with thin rectangular handles to offer the ultimate in design flexibility. The collection offers the slimmest faucet body available from GROHE in a broad range of styles: extra-small, small, and large size centerset lavatory faucets; a widespread faucet; pressure balance trim; shower trim combination, floor standing tub filler and roman tub filler with hand shower. GROHE Lineare features and benefits include:
  • Increased height between the spout and lever provides comfort and usability.
  • PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) technology produces a surface three times harder than stainless-steel finishes and 10 times more scratch resistant. 
  • GROHE EcoJoy technology saves water and energy.

Oliver Bahr Named President of Hansgrohe USA

Hansgrohe, Inc. announced it has appointed Oliver Bahr as President/GM, effective July 23. Formerly a President at Franke Kitchen Systems North America, Bahr comes with the unique advantage of a dual citizenship (USA and Germany) and a documented history of tremendous success in product and brand development, performance culture, and collaborative e-commerce strategies. Bahr has a long history of exemplary achievement in sales and marketing, including successful establishment of operational footprint and performance optimizations. His diverse range of international expertise and his multicultural background will be a considerable asset in his new role at Hansgrohe as he looks to build on the company's success in 2018. A talented team of over 250 employees and a world-class manufacturing facility in Alpharetta, GA will also fall under Bahr's supervision. Before joining the plumbing sector, Bahr held several key positions with the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation from 2006-2013 after working with the Stanley Black & Decker Corporation.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Infinity Drain's New Compact Floor Drain Flange

Infinity Drain has re-designed the decades-old clamping flange floor drain so it's better suited for use with linear drains.  Their new patent pending compact design makes installation against the shower wall easy.  Features of their new compact floor drain flange include:
  • Smaller footprint allows installation of linear drain against the wall
  • Compact design replaces existing Infinity Drain CDI 22, CDP 22, and CDA 22
  • SKU #'s and pricing do not change
  • Subfloor cutout template included in box
  • Patent pending

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Mountain Plumbing's Newest Sink Strainer Designs

Mountain Plumbing's three newest sink strainer designs are the pinnacle of dynamic styling and function. The Contemporary sink strainer uses the same stemball spring-loaded center post for positive open and close positions as their Classic MT300 strainer. The Traditional Duo Basket Sink Strainer features a tight sealing lift-and-turn basket strainer. Meanwhile, the 3-in-1 Sink Strainer has a heavy duty stopper lid that fits securely over a lift-out basket that catches waste while straining out water. All three sink strainer flanges and baskets are constructed out of 304 stainless steel and are available with matching disposer strainer trim. These Contemporary, Traditional and 3-in-1 strainers are available in multiple finishes that will add the " finishing touch" to any kitchen, bar or prep sink.

Hydro Systems New Millennium Bathtub

Designed by Los Angeles based L2 Interior's, Jason Lai and Stephanie Leese, who have been featured on HGTV, Hydro Systems' Millennium is a bathtub that will have all your guests talking. Taking its cue from the audacious form of the Crain Communications Building, the Millennium's asymmetrical embellishments make it a striking and singular creation. Free-standing on its own or seamlessly integrating with built-in finishes - from classic marble and travertine to of-the-moment trends like subway tile - the design flexibility of the Millennium allows you to be the architect of your own 'wow' moment. Features include: 
  • Size is 63"L x 33"W x 22"D
  • Linear Integral Drain
  • Available free-standing or in an alcove setting
  • Bathing accommadates 2 people comfortably
  • Option for different colors above and below tub band
  • Unlimited options for color choice of band on tub

Artelinea's Dama Vanity Now Comes with a Sliding Door

The new model of Artelinea's™ Dama basin unit is now available with a sliding door and innovative finishes. A collection that goes beyond fashion thanks to its personality and elegance, versatility and modernity.

BLANCO Introduces Their VALEA 27" Single Bowl

BLANCO recently introduced the BLANCO VALEA 27" Single Bowl, designed with a sleek horizontal shape and a deep 9.5" bowl for washing, scrubbing and rinsing. A big and tough solution for kitchens with 30" cabinets, VALEA is made with BLANCO's patented SILGRANIT® material and comes in all 8 on-trend colors: Anthracite, Biscotti, Biscuit, Café Brown, Cinder, Metallic Gray, Truffle and White. BLANCO VALEA features include: 
  • Heat resistant up to 536°F
  • Resistant to scratches, stains and all household alkali solutions
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Cutout template supplied
  • Super Single and Equal Double have same cutouts for added flexibility
  • Undermount clips are provided

Hans Juergen Kalmbach Named Hansgrohe's New Chairman of the Executive Board

Hans Juergen Kalmbach (pictured) is the new Chairman of the Executive Board of the Hansgrohe Group; Reinhard Mayer has been appointed Deputy Chairman. Kalmbach succeeds Thorsten Klapproth, who, after four years of successful business expansion, will turn over his position as CEO. Hans Juergen Kalmbach is a Black Forest native, born in 1974 in the city of Freudenstadt, close to the Hansgrohe Group Headquarters in Schiltach, Germany. He is currently an Executive Board Member, responsible for international sales. After starting his career within the Hansgrohe Group in 1998, Hans Juergen Kalmbach held various leadership positions in Germany and abroad. From 2010 to 2014, he was responsible for the international business of the Delta Faucet Company. He then returned to the Hansgrohe Group headquarters in Germany and assumed responsibility for the Sales Divisions Northern and Western Europe. In addition, he also led the Corporate Business Development. He took over the Sales Division Asia Pacific in 2015 and the Global Projects Division. Kalmbach holds a degree in Business Administration. Next to Kalmbach, the Executive Board of the Hansgrohe Group continues to consist of Christophe Gourlan, Frank Schnatz, Frank Semling and Reinhard Mayer. Mayer will take on additional responsibilities as of August 1, 2018 in his new role as Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board.