Saturday, September 29, 2018

Victoria + Albert's New Pembroke Collection

Victoria + Albert introduced a new bathtub-and-basin duo known as the Pembroke Collection. Named in honor of the birthplace of England's first Tudor king, this transitional line evokes a sense of regal elegance and refined luxury. Both pieces were created in partnership with award-winning Italian design powerhouse Meneghello Paolelli Associati. The Pembroke is a freestanding bath with an intriguing blend of crisp lines and graceful curves. The silhouette lightens towards the base, adding a pleasing roundness that brings a soothing softness to the room. Measuring a generous 69 1/2" x 31 3/8" x 22 3/4", the tub is deep and dual-ended, proving ample space for a luxurious soaking experience for one or two bathers. It is available in seven exterior finishes including gloss black, matte black, matte white, stone gray, light gray and anthracite. As with all Victoria + Albert designs, the Pembroke Collection is made from ENGLISHCAST™, a one-piece casting of a proprietary blend of Volcanic Limestone™ and resins that is harder and more durable than acrylic. Each piece is carefully finished to an easy-to-clean high-gloss shine and is covered by a 25-year warranty.

The New Harmonie Washbasin from GRAFF

Tall, matte, and handsome, (okay and glossy too), GRAFF's new-to-market Harmonie washbasin is as suave as it is urbane. Displaying an impressive stature and a cylindrical body, the Harmonie washbasin surprises with its countertop installation, sharing a revised design route for vanity areas. Constructed using GRAFF's own Sleek-Stone material comprised of 75% natural dolomite minerals, the Harmonie Washbasin offers exceptional durability in addition to high design. The epitome of elevated design, the basin is best accentuated by GRAFF's wall-mount and vessel faucets offerings, creating a seamless scheme in form and function. Option of gloss and matte white finishes similarly add an enviable finishing touch.

BLANCO Expands Their Stellar Collection

BLANCO expands the STELLAR collection with a 32" Super Single Bowl. The new size is the perfect fit for standard 36" kitchen cabinets. The 18-gauge stainless steel sink provides rounded edges for ease of cleaning, a deep bowl for soaking and its wide design makes it a practical yet stylistic addition to any type of kitchen. BLANCO STELLAR features: 
  • Great style and durability come standard in 12 proven shapes for the traditional American home
  • Refined Brushed Finish (RBF)
  • 18-gauge stainless steel
  • 32" x 18" dimension, 9" deep

Friday, September 28, 2018

Advance Plumbing & Heating Supply Opens Their New Detroit Showroom

Advance Plumbing & Heating Supply Company hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 25th, to celebrate the grand opening of their new showroom in Midtown Detroit. Mayor Mike Duggan joined the fourth-generation family business - founded in 1920 - to commemorate Detroit's first ever decorative plumbing showroom. The decorative plumbing showroom is adjacent to its well established wholesale plumbing and heating operation. The 5,000 square foot showroom, located at 3740 Cass Avenue, features a newly renovated historical façade that dates back to 1918. Owner Jeffrey Moss stated that after 98 years of being located in the City of Detroit, it was now time, with the incredible resurgence of the city, that they open Detroit's first ever decorative plumbing showroom. In addition, they have renovated an unsightly building on Cass Avenue to create an amazing historic building.

OMNIA's New ARC Collection of Door Hardware

OMNIA suffered a deeply felt loss in September 2017 when the company's founder and Chairman, Alberto Romolo Comini, passed away suddenly. The company, now helmed by members of the next generation of the Comini family, recently introduced a collection of door hardware designs that pays homage to the beloved family member it lost. ARC includes six curated designs, three knobs and three levers, available in all the popular finishes including a very on-trend satin brass. The line features lower profile roses in two diameters with push-button privacy available on either size. Latchsets can be ordered as passage, privacy, and dummy.

Monday, September 24, 2018

MTI Baths' New Gently Flowing Stream Bath

Wellness is more important than ever. The evidence is everywhere, from the soaring popularity of juice bars and yoga studios to social media frenzies over fitness trackers and cleansing diets. While wellness is leading the headlines, it's nothing new to MTI Baths. From the very beginning, promoting wellness for individuals and improving the quality of people's lives has been a core component of MTI's mission and an important focus in the design and function of both its products and therapies. MTI offers five distinct types of hydrotherapy experience: the traditional soaking bath, the deep massage of the whirlpool bath, the relaxing air bath, the new gently flowing Stream Bath, or a combination of air bath and whirlpool. With more than 200 different tub models, MTI allows customers to tailor their bath configurations to meet their own personal style and therapeutic needs. One new offering is a state-of-the-art system known as Microbubbles that super-saturates the water with up to 50 percent more dissolved oxygen than regular water. Billions of tiny bubbles act to gently exfoliate and moisturize the skin, while at the same time releasing energy that helps keeps the bath water warm. This optional therapy can be added to most soaking or air bath tubs for a super-luxurious bathing experience. 

DXV Introduces Their Aqua Moment Drop-in Airbath with Waterfall

DXV, part of LIXIL, introduces the Aqua Moment Drop-In Airbath with Waterfall, the only bathtub on the market to offer a relaxing waterfall that envelops the bather's shoulders in the comfort of warm, flowing water. Drawing on the Japanese heritage and expertise of LIXIL, the company developed the system behind this remarkable tub to offer an indulgent feeling of a deep soak while requiring less water. This unique tub offers a variety of attractive benefits: 
  • Convenient drop-in design provides greater flexibility to suit bathrooms of all sizes.
  • All features, including the waterfall shoulder bath, airbath, and chromatherapy lighting, come standard with the tub, offering clients and customers a better value than other hydrotherapy tubs.
  • The exclusive, permanent EverClean Airbath 360° system prevents mold and mildew from forming in the airbath's circulatory system to help keep the pipes cleaner than other tubs, providing your clients with a more hygienic experience.

California Faucets Expands Their Rincon Bay Collection

California Faucets is expanding its Rincon Bay Collection of mid-century modern style bath faucets and fittings. With sleek, clean lines interrupted by just a small sculptural detail along the bottom of the spout and lever handles, Rincon Bay faucets combine a no-frills sensibility with a futuristic vision characteristic of mid-century design. By injecting a new choice of cross handles into the design mix, it takes the line in a slightly more transitional direction with a classic, yet modern look that is well suited for use in both traditional and contemporary bathrooms. The new cross handles are available across the Rincon Bay line, including the 8-inch widespread lavatory faucet, wall-mount vessel faucets with a 6-1/2" or 8-1/2" spout, Roman tub faucet, tub/shower faucets, and shower handle. Lavatory faucets include a ¼-turn ceramic disc cartridge.

CEU Events Launches a Cross-Association Tool for Showrooms and Trade Professionals

CEU Events® officially launched an industry first, cross-association tool for showrooms and trade professionals enabling them to find and request their next in-person CEU event.  To view the library of courses available and request your next CEU event directly with the Instructor in your area, click on the Request a CEU Event. If your company would like to list their courses, please contact CEU Events at  In addition, the United States Patent and Trademark Office officially recognizes CEU Events® as a registered service mark for in-person education forums in the field of architecture, interior design, plumbing, engineering, real estate, electrical, nursing, insurance, education, law, medical and social work. Reg. No. 5,557,547.

Barclay's New Bamboo Tub Caddies

Barclay's beautiful new bamboo tub caddies keep all those bare necessities at your fingertips while you enjoy a leisurely sad.  Bamboo is lightweight and easy to care for, as well as a decorative addition to the bath decor.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

California Faucets' Adds Combination Hot and Cold Water Dispensers

The Kitchen Collection from California Faucets continues to expand with the addition of Combination Hot and Cold Water Dispensers. Blending the hot and cold dispensing functions into one stylish element, the hand-finished dispensers perfectly coordinate with existing Kitchen Collection designs. A rarity in the industry, the single-handle design offers a more streamlined, uncluttered look, allowing designers and homeowners alike to make a consistent style statement throughout the kitchen. Plus, a large array of customizable handles and hand-applied finishes offers unlimited personalization options. Sculptural and ergonomic, the Hot and Cold Water Dispensers are in harmony with the same Italian-inspired design and California craftsmanship as the original kitchen collection. After choosing a traditional or modern faucet body, designers and homeowners get to select from nearly a dozen unique handle options ranging from traditional-style Porcelain Lever to more contemporary Black Blade and Stick designs. For further customization, they can select any one of the 30-plus available artisan finishes, which includes 15 PVD finishes with a lifetime guarantee against tarnishing. The single handle Combination Hot/Cold Dispenser design measures 10 ¾-inches overall with 2 5/16-inch base diameter and 4 3/4-inch spout to center.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Grandeur Hardware's New Georgetown Lever

Grandeur Hardware offers a fresh take on traditional architecture with its beautiful new Georgetown Lever. Inspired by Federalist style and the signature rowhouses of its namesake district in Washington DC, the Georgetown Lever walks the line between modern and traditional aesthetics. Its elegant silhouette and balanced proportions lend a sense of luxury and refinement, while its clean lines and minimalist design add a contemporary vibe. The Georgetown Lever may be paired with a variety of backplates and rosettes to create a custom look. It measures 4 3/4" long with a projection of 2 5/8". Like all Grandeur products, the Georgetown is crafted from solid forged brass, using time-honored techniques and a meticulous by-hand finishing process. The end result is a piece of exceptional strength and durability with a flawless surface free of blemishes or imperfections. Suitable for both interior and exterior doors, the Georgetown Lever is available in seven stunning finish options, including antique pewter, timeless bronze, lifetime brass, polished brass, polished nickel, satin nickel and vintage brass.

AD Waters Introduces OLI

AD WATERS introduces OLI, one of the largest manufacturers of toilet carriers and flush plates. OLI is the only carrier on the market to include a flush plate in the box, ready to be installed. UPC certified and backed with a solid 10-year warranty, reliability has been the pillar of their reputation over the years. The alluring flush plate designs are in a class of their own and are the reason the OLI brand is unique. The TRUMPET pneumatic flush plate, winner of an Archiproduct Design Award, features unique piston-like push buttons which draws its inspiration from a real trumpet, a design masterpiece. The I-PLATE was also the  winner at the ICFF Show in NYC for Best in Bath Category, awarded by the International Furnishings and Design Association. This flush plate allows you to personalize the push buttons in one easy click, giving you the possibility to mix and match a variety of colors to suit your mood. Additionally, OLI's commitment continues to place innovation at the service of water preservation with their latest technology: the AZOR Silent. This ecological and silent inlet valve (NF class) is equipped with a revolutionary delayed refill system which starts filling the cistern only when the flush valve is closed - allowing additional water savings per flush.

BLANCO Publishes Their Catalog on 2020 Cloud

BLANCO has published its catalog on 2020 Cloud, the industry's leading kitchen design software. 2020 helps professional designers, retailers and manufacturers in the interior design industry plan and visualize designs in real-time. 2020's software allows designers to create kitchens with 3D renderings and ensures that projects comply with industry design standards, from start to finish. Currently featuring more than 90% of its most popular sink and faucet products, BLANCO's growing catalog content is available to dealers and designers in the U.S. BLANCO has received the 2020 Accredited Manufacturer logo and the 2020 Certified Content logo. To learn more about 2020 Cloud and BLANCO's design catalog online click here.

Monday, September 10, 2018

BLANCO Partners with DIFFA for Fifth Year

BLANCO joins DIFFA for a fifth year as a Specify with Care partner. Each time BLANCO's new PRECISION® R0 DURINOX® Apron Front Sink (pictured) is specified, BLANCO will make a donation to DIFFA. BLANCO's PRECISION R0 DURINOX Super Single Bowl is a testament to classic style. This sink is the first of its kind to be made from BLANCO's latest material innovation, DURINOX. With two times the strength of traditional stainless steel, PRECISION R0 in DURINOX is handcrafted to each precise detail, and is tailored to a kitchen that is both hardworking and sophisticated. Complete with a velvety, matte finish and sleek silhouette, this sink awakens the senses and lends commanding style and unsurpassed functionality to any home. And DIFFA, since its founding in 1984, has emerged from a grassroots organization into one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education in the U.S. With chapters and community partners across the country - including Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Seattle - DIFFA has granted more than $41 million to support hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the country combating HIV/AIDS through preventive education, treatment, direct care and advocacy.

Newport Brass Offers Two Tub Fillers in All 27 of Their Decorative Finishes

Newport Brass® announced that two of its most popular freestanding tub fillers, Priya (pictured) and Secant, are now available in all 27 of the brand's decorative finishes, including antique brass, polished gold, and satin bronze. Responding to customer input for additional options, the expanded finish offerings provide homeowners the ability to complement any décor or design style. Hand-finished by master craftsmen in California, the Priya and Secant tub fillers come complete with an ADA compliant lever handle and integrated hand shower. The Priya tub filler asserts elegance and grace through its curved spout and dynamic appearance. Adding architectural flair to the bath, Secant combines modern structure and geometric shapes to produce an impressive contemporary design.

Alno Inc. Launches Two New Acrylic Series

Alno, Inc. announced the launch of two new acrylic series, which are available in both cabinet hardware and bath accessories - Contemporary Acrylic (a contemporary twist to acrylic) and Acrylic Royale (a transitional style acrylic series). Both series are in stock and ready to ship in the following seven finishes: matte black, polished brass, unlacquered brass (PB/NL), polished chrome, polished nickel, satin brass and satin nickel.  You can also special order these new items in any of Alno's other finishes by using the group 4 column and filling out the special order form which you can find on the last page of their cabinet hardware catalog, dated 02/01/18. 

Duravit Partners with the Philharmonie de Paris

The folks at Duravit are joining in harmony with the stunning Philharmonie de Paris, providing a range of products from the bathroom brand's most classic collections. Inaugurated in 2015, the Philharmonie de Paris (designed by star architect Jean Nouvel) houses the largest concert hall in all of Paris. Duravit's elegant washbasins from the Vero range adorn the Philharmonie, along with Starck 1 and Starck 3 toilets from designer Philippe Starck.