Saturday, October 27, 2018

Mountain Products' New Traditional Round Rain Shower Head

Mountain Plumbing Products introduced a new Traditional Round Rain Head shower head design. Don't be fooled by the large look of this rain can, this solid brass beauty has powerful pressure similar to their ultra-slim styles. Made in 8" and 10" sizes, with an 1/2" IPS swivel ball joint for easy adjustment, this shower head is available in five different finishes, giving your shower a traditional touch of class. The Re-Vive™ shower arms are available in various popular styles and finishes too. The Re-Vive™ shower heads are seamlessly constructed of 304 Grade stainless steel, making these tough beauties the perfect fit for both outdoor and indoor showers. Clog-free silicone nozzles ensure both a strong, smooth flow and easy cleaning. Each shower head comes with a standard 1.6 GPM flow restrictor, but this can be switched out with a 2.5 GPM restrictor which is also provided for areas that do not require the lower flow rate. 

Hydro Systems Has One Week Lead Times for Selected Models on the East Coast

What used to take multiple weeks to produce and ship from Hydro Systems' west coast plant can now be shipped in one week from the new Georgia manufacturing facility.  Take advantage of these quick turnarounds for your made-to-order bathtubs and choose from the following select freestanding models for shipment from Georgia in just 5 to 7 business days:
  • DANIELA, Designer Collection (58"x30")
  • TRIBECA, Metro Collection (68"x35")
  • PICASSO, Maestro Collection (66"x36")
  • BREANNE, Studio Collection (66"x36")

American Standard Receives a 2018 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award

American Standard has received a 2018 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award recognizing the brand's years of award-winning efforts to develop and promote WaterSense-labeled products and encourage water conservation across the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) previously named American Standard WaterSense Partner of the Year in 2017 and 2012, and also honored the brand with a WaterSense Excellence in Innovation and Research Award in 2016. EPA's WaterSense program supports product certification and encourages consumers to reduce water usage through water-saving products, services and simple changes in behavior. The annual WaterSense Awards recognize organizations that are on the cutting edge of water efficiency, innovation, collaboration, and outreach.

hansgrohe to Unveil Their New Website

hansgrohe is about to unveil its new website. Formerly a destination for both hansgrohe and AXOR,, will now be dedicated solely to the hansgrohe brand and its robust portfolio of products - AXOR brand products can be found on the AXOR design site. Built to be a helpful resource for consumers specifically, the newly redesigned hansgrohe USA site will showcase a streamlined look, increased functionality, inspirational content and interactive features. The revamped site offers engaging new features, such as the Bathroom Style Finder. The Bathroom Style Finder invites users to discover their signature bathroom style via fun quizzes. After completing the quiz, the user is matched with his or her dream bathroom style, shown through a wealth of inspiring project images. In each featured inspiration image, there are links to the featured products, as well as clever tools like the product comparison function, so the user can source the products to create the bathroom of their dreams.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Barclay's New Chabbi Chic Double Bowl Farmer Sinks

Give your kitchen a cozy rustic warmth with one of the new "Chabbi Chic" Double Bowl Farmer Sinks from Barclay Products. Made in Italy, these fireclay Farmer Sinks boast three "Chabbi Chic" hues: country green, sugar paper blue and yellow straw.  The sinks are finished on three sides.  Shown here is the double bowl Kinsey in country green. Each bowl measures 14 3/8"x16"x9" with a total outer width of approximately 33", and garbage disposals can be used with these sinks.  The "Chabbi Chic" Farmer Sinks are fashionable yet endearing with a country charm.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

BLANCO's New PRECIS ADA Compliant Single Bowl Sink

BLANCO expanded their stylish PRECIS™ sink collection with the launch of its ADA Compliant Single Bowl Sink. Available in all eight, on-trend SILGRANIT® colors, the PRECIS ADA Single Bowl features a convenient 5" inside bowl depth that works within rigorous ADA constraints, ensuring compliance. Inspired by professional kitchens in both form and functionality, the versatile PRECIS collection brings experience and design to the next level. Now featuring an ADA Compliant model for the ultimate user-friendly experience, the PRECIS Collection has the ability to fit within any home.  BLANCO PRECIS™ ADA Single Bowl details include:
  • Undermount
  • ADA Compliant
  • Outside Cabinet: 30"
  • Bowl Depth: 5 3/8"
  • Available Colors: Anthracite, Biscotti, Biscuit, Café Brown, Cinder, Metallic Gray, Truffle and White
  • Optional Accessories: Sink Grid

Thermasol Appoints Patrick Weidl Director of Business Development

ThermaSol® announced the addition of Patrick Weidl as Director of Business Development, effective October 8, 2018. Weidl will handle sales-related duties across the United States for the ThermaSol brand.  Weidl comes to ThermaSol with more than seven years of experience in the home design industry, most recently with LACAVA, the Chicago-based luxury plumbing fixture and furniture manufacturer. He also served in the United States Army and brings the discipline he learned in the Army to his exceptional leadership qualities in the hospitality and decorative plumbing and appliance industry. Currently involved in many industry associations, Weidl was also elected to the Board of Directors of DPHA (Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association) at its annual conference last week.

ICERA's New Malibu II Back-Outlet Toilet

ICERA's new Malibu II Back-Outlet Toilet features a powerful, water-efficient and quiet gravity flush. The Malibu also features a chair-height, compact elongated-bowl for maximum comfort. The simple connectivity eliminates potential installation challenges, while the sleek styling complements a wide variety of bathroom décors. Its back-outlet engineering results in a slim design that is ideal for smaller spaces, and the skirted design neatly hides unsightly pipes and other connectors. The Malibu II is one of the few back-outlet toilets on the market to offer a high-performance, quiet gravity flush with a certified 1000g MaP score - using only 1.28 gallons of water per flush. It has earned an EPA WaterSense designation as a high-efficiency toilet, with an oversized 3" flush valve and optimized rim jets for an exceptionally clean bowl. Crafted of vitreous china with a MicroGlaze™ coating for easy cleaning, the Malibu II includes a number of thoughtful touches, such as a soft-close and quick-release seat and cover. The unit is available in white and includes a polished chrome solid metal trip level. Other metallic finishes available are polished nickel, satin nickel, polished brass, white enamel and Venetian bronze. All ICERA toilers are 100% factory flush tested and come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Adam Bryson Appointed CFO of LIXIL Americas

Adam Bryson has been appointed the chief financial officer of LIXIL Americas, operating American Standard, DXV and GROHE brands. Bryson will be responsible for the organization's financial and strategic planning, business and tax issues, annual budget, treasury and financial operations, compliance, and governance. He will become a member of the region's executive team and report to LIXIL Americas' Chief Executive Officer and President Steven Delarge. Bryson previously served as the chief financial officer for GROHE in Dusseldorf, Germany, overseeing the finance, IT, corporate development, and pricing functions. He served on the GROHE AG Board of Management with global statutory responsibilities, as well as directed joint ventures in the Middle East and Africa. He honed his experience in finance, accounting, treasury, and tax through roles of increasing responsibility at GROHE. Before joining LIXIL, Bryson served at Diageo as global business support partner and regional business performance manager, Africa, successfully implementing financial performance and accountancy improvements in those roles. Earlier in his career, he held various financial positions at Seagram and Nestle. Bryson holds an LLB in public law from the University of Glasgow.

Friday, October 19, 2018

GRAFF Takes Part in the Design Chicago Conference at the Merchandise Mart

GRAFF recently took part in the annual Design Chicago Conference at the Merchandise Mart as part of a two-day open house and CEU presentation series. GRAFF's Art of the Bath Design Center (Suite 103) played host to the programming and served as the launchpad for the brand's latest achievements in elevated design for the bath. Additionally, GRAFF's CEU Shower Basics for Design Professionals, taught by Business Development Manager, Celine Marcotte, explored the art of correctly and strategically specifying shower systems. An in-depth look at best practices, the CEU looked to  assist architects and design professionals in understanding the characteristics and performance of each shower component for effective selection. Fitting for the largest residential design conference in the Midwest, GRAFF's presentation offered invaluable insights into one of the most popularly renovated home spaces.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

OMNIA's New Solid Brass and Stainless Steel Pocket Door Locks

OMNIA's new solid brass and stainless steel pocket door locks provide privacy in bedroom and bathroom applications. Modern and traditional trim designs complement any decor and feature concealed mounting screws. All trim styles are also available as flush pulls for use on pocket, barn and sliding doors. Popular finish options include satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze and a very on-trend satin brass. 

Danze by Gerber's New Vaughn Collection

Danze by Gerber has introduced its latest in bathroom products - the Vaughn™ Collection. Carefully created with a streamlined look, the new Vaughn bath collection features a dynamic and sophisticated design.  The arched curves and smooth planes of the faucet body contrast the angled faucet handle, giving the faucet effortless beauty. Inspired by fluidity and movement, Vaughn's transitional styling integrates seamlessly within any bathroom decor.  The bath collection offers a single handle faucet, widespread faucet, 4" centerset faucet, Roman tub faucet and tub/shower combinations, including diverter trim.  Each product is available in chrome, brushed nickel and satin black finishes. The tub and shower trim kits are fully compatible with the powerful Gerber® Treysta valve, the latest innovation in valve technology. Other features of the Vaughn Collection include:
  • Drip-Free Ceramic Disc Valve - The engineering of the ceramic disc valve creates a tight seal to prevent drips and allows the handle to turn with ease.
  • Laminar Water Stream - This feature ensures a low splash, and clear, crisp water stream.
  • All-Metal, Durable Construction - The all-metal faucet body stands up against daily wear and tear, allowing each faucet to preserve its elegant exterior for a lifetime of use.
  • High-Quality Finish - The high-quality finishing process ensures the longevity of the finish.
  • Water Efficient Flow Rate - With an efficient, WaterSense™ certified flow rate of 1.2 gpm for lavatory faucets and various flow rates for tub and shower, Vaughn saves water without sacrificing performance.
  • Lifetime Warranty - Danze by Gerber faucets carry a limited lifetime warranty.

DXV Design Summit Unveils Luxury Bathroom

DXV annually invites four individual designers or small teams of designers with DXV panel memberships to unveil luxury bathrooms using its products at the DXV Design Summit. Wilson Kelsey Design was one of the selected panelists, bringing Artaic on board to offer its expertise in mosaics for all tile work. With a directive to create a space inspired by an art movement from 1875 - 1915, firm co-founders Sally Wilson and John Kelsey looked to the Impressionism art movement and French painter Monet to influence their abstract and luxurious bathroom. The design duo aimed to celebrate Monet's Lily Pad series using the architecture of the classic period, modern aesthetics, and technology through fixtures, lighting and materials. The result is a stunning vignette, marrying classic and modern aesthetics to achieve the ultimate in luxury, which was unveiled at the DXV 2018 Design Panel Reveal Event in New York City at the Agora Gallery on September 12th. Along with the unveiling at the DXV Design Summit, the final designs will be published in DECADEFIFTEEN Inspired Resources magazine and will be used in the national ad campaign for DXV, appearing in Architectural Digest, Veranda, Elle Decor, Traditional Home, and House Beautiful magazines.

Duravit's Architec Collection Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Duravit's successful Architec Collection celebrates 25 years on the market! From Architec's innovative washbasin to its new panel tub, the collection's distinct, clean lines and wide range of sizes and configurations make Architec a truly enduring design. An architect's design relies on the fundamental elements of the circle and the square. Architec applies this philosophy to the bath, with a history of providing feasible solutions for all possible floor plans. The Architec washbasin provides additional comfort in barrier-free bathrooms due to its round, integrated, ergonomic grip. Because it allows various combination options using wood or glass, the classic Architec design has caught the attention of projects such as the residential complex "Reflections at Keppel Bay" in Singapore or the Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland. Additionally, the Architec panel tub was recently developed specifically for the North American market. A modern approach to the standard alcove bathtub, Architec is compact, sleek, and easy-to-clean - making it the ideal option for small spaces. The tub also has adjustable feet, and its leveling foot support system removes the need for an additional bedding compound, cutting out a time-consuming installation factor.

Kraus USA's New Britt Commercial Faucet

Inspired by professional kitchen design, the Britt™ commercial faucet from Kraus USA makes a striking style statement, with the functionality to match, and features a flexible, commercial-style open coil spring spout with stainless steel hose and secure docking arm. A heavy-duty open coil spout swivels 360 for a full range of motion in and around the sink, while the gooseneck design offers ample height for filling and cleaning your largest pots and tallest pitchers. The dual function sprayhead with large non-slip rubber button switch allows the user to easily shift between 2 functions, with an aerated stream for everyday cleaning, and a powerful spray for heavy-duty rinsing. Soft rubber nozzles make the sprayhead easy to clean and maintain a lasting powerful flow. Available in all-Brite™ Spot Free Stainless Steel finish, which helps prevent fingerprints and requires less cleaning.